Countdown to 2019-20: Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Football League
Llansannan after winning the Orig Williams Cup. Pic: CPD Llansannan Facebook page

Premier Division

CPD Llansannan look like major contenders to lift the Premier Division title this season.

Under new manager Tom Lewis, the club has already won a trophy, beating Nantlle Vale of the Welsh Alliance 1-0 to land the inaugural Orig Williams Cup.

And they have followed up with a victory and draw against two other Welsh Alliance sides in Llannefydd and Llanrwst United.

Key players for the Llan Siro outfit this season will include renowned goal-getter Leon Gierke, the former Burnley and Rhyl striker, as well as midfield general Adam Gage.

Gruff Roberts is a major asset to the team. He has been the focus of interest from higher league clubs, but as he plays rugby for Denbigh he will only be available for around half of Sannan’s games.

Liam Wyn Jones, 21, is pacy, skillful full back who could easily play a couple of levels higher, while another to watch is Gethin Vaughan, an 18 year winger who has joined Llansannan this summer, having been on Colwyn Bay’s books. Bags of potential, plenty of pace and an eye for goal.

Llansannan finished third last season, just a point behind title-winners Llandudno Amateurs.

I’m backing Tom Lewis’ men to end up top of the pile in 2019-20.

Llandudno Athletic took second spot last term, and Rhys Lane’s men are more than capable of going one better.

It has not been an easy summer for Athletic, though, with a number of vital players joining neighbouring clubs.

Athletic’s first XI will challenge anyone, but manager Lane is short on numbers and currently working hard to build a squad in time for the big kick-off.

There will be plenty of interest in how last season’s runaway Division One champions, Llanelwy Athletic, perform at the higher level.

Llandudno Amateurs came up to the Premier and won it at the first attempt, and there’s no reason why Llanelwy cannot make a good fist of it too.

Llanfairfechan Town, despite the loss of talisman Dave Williams to the Amateurs, are looking good in pre-season, scoring plenty of goals in wins over the likes of Llannefydd, Porthmadog Reserves, Llanfairpwll and Bro Goronwy.

Town were narrowly beaten 1-0 in the Quarry Cup Final by Penmaenmawr, but overall things are looking very positive for Llanfair, who should go well in 2019-20.

Keiran Evans is remaining a player for Rhuddlan


The same is true of Rhuddlan Town, whose manager Wayne Hughes has been able to re-sign Mathew Beach as well as persuading the talented Keiran Evans to return to playing after his initial decision to be just assistant-manager.

Results and performances have generally been encouraging and I’d expect Rhuddlan to be top three or four at the least.

Meliden come down from the Welsh Alliance and have always done well at tier five level, but they may need time to rebuild.

Premier Division (11)
Abergele
CPD Bro Cernyw
CPD Llansannan
CPD Y Glannau
Cerrigydrudion
Llandudno Athletic
Llanelwy Athletic
Llanfairfechan Town
Meliden
Rhos United
Rhuddlan Town

Division One

It’s an interesting line-up in Division One with no clear title favourite.

Llanfairfechan Town Reserves will be much improved, certainly based on their pre-season results which have been very eye-catching.

They have already won the Quarry Cup, beating Pen Phoenix Reserves 4-1 with Anthony Gustafson and Elliot Croston – two players to watch this season – scoring two apiece.

Llanfair have also brought in some new faces and merit big respect.

Llysfaen boss Emlyn Robert Jones has made some good additions over the summer, not least the returning club all-time top goal-getter Reece Kearney.

Llandudno Amateurs Reserves are a new team possessing plenty of experienced and respected players. They have the potential to be a real force.

Newcomers NFA are reported to have put together a powerful squad and word is they should make quite an impact in their first season.

Henllan have a squad which knows each other inside out and this should stand them in good stead, while new side Rhyl All-Stars have suffered some heavy pre-season beatings, but will get better with experience.

Machno United have Premier Division experience, but have dropped down to Division One on their own request this season, so it possibly might be a case of adjustment and consolidation for their young squad.

Picking a title winner is very difficult with quite a few new teams, but I’m going to give it a shot and opt for Llanfairfechan Town Reserves.

Division One (10)
Betws-y-Coed
Denbigh Development
Henllan
Llandudno Amateurs Reserves
Llanfairfechan Reserves
Llysfaen
Machno United
NFA (North Football Association)
Penrhyn Bay Dragons
Rhyl All Stars

Matches in the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League begin on Saturday, August 17.

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