Team of the Early Season: North Wales Women’s Football League

Paige Williams has started the season brilliantly for Amlwch. Picture: Gethin Jones, ATFC

Just two months into the 2019-20 season in the North Wales Women’s Football League, but already we have seen plenty of exciting action.

Here is my Team of the Early Season so far. I might do a Team of the Half-Season in January.

Lauren Jones (Rhyl – Goalkeeper)

Lauren Jones (yellow jersey) has been outstanding for Rhyl so far. Pic: @FootyRhyl – Rhyl FC Ladies Twitter account

Brilliant shot-stopper, brave, commanding keeper who has been crucial in the early fine form of the rebadged Rhyl side of 2019-20.
The Lilywhites have lost just once – 2-1 at home to joint-champions Llanfair – and Lauren’s heroics between the sticks in that game ensured they could easily have taken a draw.

Paige Williams (Amlwch Town)

Paige Williams is a model of consistency. Pic: Gethin Jones, ATFC

After finishing last season on a high for Town, and then being a key part of the Ynys Mon side which reached the Inter-Island Games Final in the summer, Paige has hit the ground running this campaign for a strengthened Amlwch squad.

Tonicha Dickens (Connah’s Quay Nomads)

Tonicha Dickens (right – red) is proving a fine signing for Nomads. Pic: Gethin Jones, ATFC

This left-footed set-piece specialist is off to a flyer with new-side Nomads, having already netted five goals.
With so much Welsh Premier experience behind her at former club Rhyl, TJ is delivering all the good things expected of her in Division One.

Llinos Hughes (NFA)

Llinos Hughes (back row – fifth from left) has performed superbly for NFA

Following a difficult start to the season, NFA have really sharpened up defensively, and one of the reasons for that is the magnificent central defensive play of teenager Llinos.
Composed on the ball, strong in the tackle, she was simply outstanding in her team’s surprise 2-1 win over Mountain Rangers.

Mary Bailey (Llanfair United)

Mary Bailey is one of the league’s very best defenders

Inspirational skipper makes full use of her height in defence and in attack, having scored three times already from her surges forward.
This no-nonsense defender just gets better and better and her form will be vital if Llanfair are to push for the title again.

Cerys Gadd (Amlwch Town)

Cerys Gadd stands out season after season. Picture: Gethin Jones, ATFC

Surely the first name on the Amlwch team-sheet every week, Cerys is looking as good as ever this season, no doubt benefiting from playing alongside some exciting new signings at Lon Bach.
She scores, she assists, she tackles, she passes…..always involved in the game.

Mia Rawling (Penrhyn Bay)

Mia Rawling (front row – furthest left) has made a great introduction to senior football

One of the finest sights this season has been the emergence of Penrhyn Bay in Division Two.
After struggling last term, the addition of the FAW Under-16 Welsh Cup squad, plus other new faces, has given them fresh impetus.
The 16-year-old Mia has been one of the main success stories so far, scoring five goals, including a stunning free kick against Holywell Town.

Ffion Owen (Amlwch Town)

Ffion Owen (right) with Amlwch Town joint-manager Mo Eynon. Pic: Gethin Jones, ATFC

Seven goals already this season, including two hat-tricks.
Fantastic to watch, the way she breaks from midfield and either lays on goals or scores them.

Katie Bowe (Mountain Rangers)

Katie can score from anywhere – even the corner flag

Mountain Rangers’ star signing of the summer has shown her qualities in abundance with 10 goals so far.
Her long-range free kicks and incisive passing have already made her an opponent to be feared in Division Two. Back in 2015-16, she scored 21 goals from midfield in all competitions for Welsh Premier League side Llandudno, one absolute stunner in the Welsh Cup Final – just think about that. Great to have players like this in the North Wales League.

Gemma Jones (Llanfair United)

Gemma Jones (red) is banging in the goals again for Llanfair. Pic: Llanfair United FC Facebook

Goals is what Gemma’s mainly about.
She’s a deadly finisher who is top-scorer in Division One, netting eight times.
Last season Gemma was leading goal-getter in all North Wales League associated competitions with 32, so she is just carrying on the trend.

Catrin Evans (Amlwch Town)

She wears the blue of Amlwch but should also be given a chance in the red of Wales. Pic: Gethin Jones, ATFC

The mini-maestro on the left, six goals already but also such a creative player with amazing skills and an ability to leave defenders standing.
Deserves her chance internationally, I will keep championing her claims.
Wingers are exciting players – full stop. Catrin is a true talent.

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