At the start of each season I choose 12 North Wales players well worth a watch.
Usually, I do progress reports on them every few months throughout the campaign.
Last August, I selected the 12 players featured below as potential stars of the season.
So here we are in mid-February. How are Dave’s Dynamic Dozen for 2019-20 shaping up?….
1 PETER JONES (LLANDUDNO ALBION)
After scoring 21 times for the Albion last season, Jones began the current campaign on fire with six goals in his first three games and 10 in the team’s opening 12 fixtures.
This 24-year-old former Wales Schools international, once on Llandudno’s books when they were in the Welsh Premier, looked set for a sensational season, but a niggly quad injury has prevented him playing much over the past four months.
As a result, he has not scored since last October.
Currently struggling for full fitness but still very much part of the management’s plans, he will hope to play a big role in Albion’s end-of-season run-in, which includes a huge FAW Trophy semi-final against Holyhead Hotspur.
2 ALAW DAVIES-SMITH (CORWEN)
Alaw is doing a fine job leading a young Corwen side in their first season in North Wales Women’s League Division One.
The former Rhyl defender took over as coach last summer and the team’s performances have been very encouraging on the whole, bringing victories over Northop Hall and Wrexham.
Like most other sides in the league, Corwen have suffered from numerous postponements due to the weather. They have also had a spate of injuries, so it’s been a baptism of fire for Alaw. She’s doing great.
3 DAFYDD JONES (CONWY BOROUGH)
After a fine 2018-19 season for a Bodedern Athletic side which finished runners-up in Welsh Alliance Division One and then being a key part of the Ynys Môn squad which won the Inter-Island Games, midfielder Jones stepped up to the Cymru North with Conwy Borough.
Currently in the top six, Boro have pulled off some cracking results this term and Jones has been a highly consistent performer in the centre.
4 MEILIR WILLIAMS (BLAENAU AMATEURS)
Williams was Welsh Alliance Division One top-scorer with Penrhyndeudraeth last season, so it was a tremendous capture for Blaenau when he returned to his former club in the summer.
And the promoted Quarrymen have certainly benefited from getting Williams back on board. He grabbed a hat-trick in his team’s 4-2 success at Llanrug United on August 14, and is currently fifth in the Division One marksmen table with 13 league goals. He would probably have had a fair few more but for injuries.
5 KAI EDWARDS (PRESTATYN TOWN)
One of seven former Prestatyn starlets to return to Bastion Gardens last summer.
And Edwards has been a huge success at the Motion Finance Stadium as expected over the past six months.
Part of a rock-solid defence which has conceded just 19 goals in 24 matches, Edwards and his Seasiders lead the Cymru North table by a massive 13 points.
6 DEAN REDMOND (BODEDERN ATHLETIC)
Has done superbly well up front since stepping up two levels to Welsh Alliance Division One with Bodedern this season.
The 2018-19 Gwynedd League Player of the Season after scoring 39 goals for champions Menai Bridge Tigers, Redmond has bagged 18 goals in all competitions for Athletic in 2019-20.
His consistency and robust presence up front has helped Boded to many a fine result.
7 CATRIN EVANS (AMLWCH TOWN)
This dazzling 17-year-old winger who began her senior career with 18 goals in 12 matches for last season’s Division One joint champions Bethel has continued her stunning form with Division Two leaders Amlwch this term.
She is currently on 14 goals in all competitions for the Anglesey side, who she joined on the back of Ynys Môn ladies team making it all the way to the Inter-Island Games Final against the odds. Catrin scored in the final, where Anglesey lost 2-1 to Isle of Man.
With Amlwch in the running for trophies over the closing months of the season, expect Catrin to add plenty more goals to her tally.
8 CONNER KENDRICK (Mold Alexandra)
After beginning the season with new club Penycae, scoring six first-team goals and two for the reserves, Kendrick signed for fellow Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division side Mold Alex in October, netting twice on his debut.
He has continued to impress for Mold, with 11 goals to his credit so far.
A star performer for a Cefn Albion side which lifted the FAW Trophy last season, bagging 10 goals in the competition, Kendrick will always score wherever he plays – he’s a natural marksman.
9 HARRY LEWIS (HOLYHEAD HOTSPUR)
Young midfield powerhouse has shone brightly in the Welsh Alliance for Hotspur this term.
Made his debut for the club in the Huws Gray Alliance and in the early days of the 2019-20 campaign, scored in a 5-1 win over Mynydd Llandegai.
Hotspur manager Darren Garmey said: “Harry has been outstanding this year. Right from the first game of pre-season up to now, he has been brilliant. He is another player that has come of age this season and seems to be getting better all the time.”
10 DYLAN SUMMERS-JONES (BANGOR 1876)
Not a bad season for Summers-Jones so far – 45 goals to date for Gwynedd League runaway leaders Bangor 1876!
He is currently on a run of scoring in 13 successive matches, grabbing 27 goals over that spell.
The Gaerwen-based youngster has banged in seven hat-tricks, including a five-goal haul and two fours. He must be right up there among the highest scorers in the whole of North Wales football – he might even be top!
11 KONNER DRUCE (TREARDDUR BAY BULLS)
Tremendous keeper who has excelled with the Bulls on their promotion to the Gwynedd League this season.
Konner has kept seven clean sheets in all competitions, having missed out on three games due to an injury, a broken finger sustained in the warm up v Llangoed and he went on to play the game. He also has two assists and a goal on his record, plus two man of the match awards.
12 JON EDMONDS (CAERWYS)
Awesome goal-getter is currently suspended and will be looking to fire on all cylinders when he returns for a thriving Caerwys outfit he joined this season.
His goals will be vital in the closing weeks of the campaign. He has shown this term when he’s on his game he can be a devastating striker.