At the start of each football season I choose 12 players well worth a watch.
Usually, I do progress checks on them every few weeks throughout the campaign.
Well, I drew this list up in early August, so here we are about seven weeks on….
How are they doing? Let’s assess the form of Dave’s Dynamic Dozen….
1 PETER JONES (LLANDUDNO ALBION)
After scoring 21 goals for the Albion last season, this talented striker has followed up in style by making a great start to 2019-20.
Jones netted five times in his team’s opening two matches and is now on eight for the current campaign.
His goals have helped Albion reach the top three of Welsh Alliance Division One.
Headmaster’s Comment: First class Pirate! First class! Go to the top of the class boy! Keep sailing that happy ship!
2 ALAW DAVIES-SMITH (CORWEN)
With the women’s football season not starting until the first week in September, Alaw has played just the once so far for new club Corwen.
That opening game saw them lose just 2-1 to established Denbigh Town in Division One after a promising performance.
Lots more good things are expected from this former Welsh Premier League right-back and her young side.
Headmaster’s comment: Young Alaw shows promise. One to watch!
3 DAFYDD JONES (CONWY BOROUGH)
Midfielder Jones, signed from Bodedern Athletic in the summer, has made a fine start in the midfield for Cymru North club Conwy.
Jones is starting regularly and although one or two results have gone against them, away wins against the likes of Llanrhaeadr and Llandudno recently proves Boro are a force worthy of respect in tier-two.
Dafydd was a key part of the Ynys Môn squad which won the Inter-Island Games and he is much-missed at Boded.
Headmaster’s comment: A fine effort young man. Hard work always brings rewards!
4 MEILIR WILLIAMS (BLAENAU AMATEURS)
After scoring five goals in his first three games for Blaenau, this prolific striker has unfortunately been on the injured list.
And the Quarrymen have certainly missed him, as would any side being deprived of the talents of such a quality marksman.
The Welsh Alliance Division One top scorer last season with Penrhyndeudraeth made a welcome return to former club Blaenau in May.
He grabbed a hat-trick in his team’s opening day 4-2 success at Llanrug United, but has not featured since the Amateurs’ 3-1 loss to Penrhyn on August 20 due to a hip problem. He hopes to be back in action in a couple of weeks.
Headmaster’s comments: Stunning start, cannot wait to throw your sick note away! Come back soon, always a place for you at my school!
5 KAI EDWARDS (PRESTATYN TOWN)
Ever-present this season in what has generally been a rock-solid defence for the Cymru North leaders.
Kai was one of seven former Prestatyn starlets to return to Bastion Gardens this summer following spells as a professional with Wrexham, The New Saints and Neath, as well as representing Connah’s Quay Nomads and Llandudno in the Welsh Premier.
Still only 28, Kai’s experience has majorly boosted a Prestatyn back-line already including the likes of the legendary David Hayes.
Headmaster’s comment: Future head boy for sure! Keep them in line young Edwards, keep them in line!
6 DEAN REDMOND (BODEDERN ATHLETIC)
Nine goals in nine matches in all competitions so far for the striker who scored 39 times last season for Gwynedd League champions Menai Bridge Tigers.
Dean has adapted to Welsh Alliance Division One like a duck to water, helping Boded settle into the top six. He has netted seven of Athletic’s 11 league goals so far.
Headmaster’s comment: Consistency is the key young man and you are delivering the goods!
7 CATRIN EVANS (AMLWCH TOWN)
After scoring 18 goals in 12 matches for last season’s North Wales Women’s League Division One joint-champions Bethel, Catrin was then part of the Ynys Môn ladies side which reached the Inter-Island Games Final, where she netted in a 2-1 defeat to Isle of Man.
She joined Amlwch and has produced a great start there too, scoring twice on her debut in a 9-0 victory at NFA. Her dazzling wing skills were a stand-out feature in that game.
Headmaster’s comments: Head girl status for you if you keep this up Miss Evans!
8 CONNER KENDRICK (PENYCAE)
Six goals so far for Conner with his new club – four in the league and two in the Welsh Cup.
Penycae have made a respectable start, currently lying fifth in the Welsh National League Premier Division, and no doubt their summer signing from Cefn Albion will have a big role to play going forward. The Riverside club recruited a lot of players in pre-season and Conner is certainly one of the early success stories.
Headmaster’s comments: Class always shines wherever it appears! Plenty to come from you I am sure Mr Kendrick!
9 HARRY LEWIS (HOLYHEAD HOTSPUR)
Midfield powerhouse has missed Hotspur’s last couple of games due to university commitments, but before that was a shining light for the Holyhead side.
Young Harry made his debut for the club in the Huws Gray Alliance and has already shown massive promise for Darren Garmey’s side to date in the early days of the 2019-20 campaign, scoring in a 5-1 win over Mynydd Llandegai.
Headmaster’s comments: Capital performance young Lewis! Boy to man in an instant, you are heading for fine things!
10 DYLAN SUMMERS-JONES (BANGOR 1876)
Has he made a good start to the 2019-20 season? Nine goals in 1876’s first eight matches is the answer!
Dylan scored Bangor 1876’s first competitive goal at Ogwen Tigers on 10th August 2019 and has been outstanding ever since – not just his goal-getting, but in his overall play.
This Anglesey-based striker, just 17, has looked the part from day one. He banged in eight goals in his first three games, including back-to-back hat-tricks against Sychdyn in the FAW Trophy and Caergybi in the Gwynedd League.
Headmaster’s comments: You’ve always shown promise in my school young Summers-Jones! Remember me to your dad, he owes me a round of golf! I always like people with double-barreled names. Wonderful play young man!
11 KONNER DRUCE (TREARDDUR BAY BULLS)
In eight Gwynedd League matches – of which Bay have won seven – they have conceded just six goals and netted 32. That says plenty about Konner’s form.
This tremendous talent was outstanding between the sticks for Bryngwran Bulls when they lifted the Anglesey League title last season.
Is now part of the amalgamated Bulls and Trearddur Bay United side. Saved a penalty on his debut.
Headmaster’s comments: New school, same quality! Even Loki wouldn’t have kept out some of those shots you’ve saved young Druce. More trophies on the way I am sure!
12 JON EDMONDS (CAERWYS)
With Caerwys having only played two league games so far, in between a run of very tough cup ties, Jon has not really had the chance to show fully what he can do.
He was on the mark in Saturday’s Premier Cup win over Mold Town United, though, and once he gets a few games under his belt, one suspects he will be back to his usual net-busting antics.
This former Halkyn United and Flint Mountain front man has always been about goals and with him in the side, Jordan Hadaway and Ethan Jones’ team have a big chance of pushing for honours.
Headmaster’s comments: Ah yes young Edmonds, I remember your father Noel. Unlike him, I am sure you will go onto great things. Good young management team at Caerwys – a club on the up!