THE son of Bala Town manager Colin Caton made his first team debut for English Football League One side Shrewsbury Town last week, aged just 17.

Charlie Caton played the last ten minutes in Salop's thrilling 4-3 Papa John's Trophy victory over Crewe Alexandra on November 10.

Shrewsbury Town topped Group C in the competition following a lively cup tie at the Alexandra Stadium. Crewe had trailed 2-0, then led 3-2 before eventually losing 4-3 to Sam Ricketts' side.

Former Ysgol Brynhyfryd school student Caton came on to replace Joshua Daniels with ten minutes left of the match, with fellow Welsh youngster Louis Lloyd also making his first team debut in the closing minutes.

The left footed second-year centre forward started out at Ruthin Rovers before signing for Wrexham's academy at the age of eight years old.

He then joined the Shrewsbury Academy as an U16 and has swiftly progressed at the club. He is described on the club website as a 'natural goal scorer' and was the U18s top goal scorer last year, scoring more than 20 goals.

Caton, who turns 18 next week, has also made several appearances for the Wales National youth teams along the way too.

His father, Colin, has managed Bala Town for the last 18 years - taking the Lakesiders from the Wrexham Leagues to the UEFA Europa League qualifiers.

Speaking about his son making his first team debut for Shrewsbury, he said: "I'm really proud, he's worked hard to get to where he's at it, especially as it's not easy for young lads to come through academies these days.

"Over the years, I've fetched and carried him from and to games across the North west and even to Newcastle.

"Moving to Shrewsbury from Wrexham was a tough move for him as he had to leave his mates who he had played with for years behind, but it was one he couldn't turn down.

"He's now in between the Shrewsbury under 18's and the first team at the moment and still learning but we've got a three-year plan in place to see if we can help him go further and hopefully get a pro contract when the second year of his scholarship ends."