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Super Signings No 4: another 10 top captures in 2019-20

Jacob Wise heads clear for Holywell. Picture: Lee Douglas

Jacob Wise (FC Nomads to Holywell Town)

Jacob Wise has been outstanding at the back for Holywell

The giant Wise joined the Wellmen last summer from the disbanding FC Nomads and has been a key figure in a Holywell side boasting the tightest defence in North Wales football.

Wise’s partnership with Danny Dobbins – who signed at the back end of last season – and James Graham has got stronger as the season’s moved on.

Simon Kay (to Mountain Rangers)

Simon Kay (second right – adidas top) with the Mountain Rangers management team

This pivotal midfielder has been a major asset to Rangers manager Alex Philp with his vast experience which extends all the way up to the Welsh Premier.

On the field, Kay has most Man of the Match awards and has contributed 14 goals from the holding-midfielder position, but the way he helps the youngsters and his influence in the changing room has been just as important for the Rangers.

Kay played for Caernarfon Town in 2002-03 and 2003-04 when they were a League of Wales side, making four substitute appearances. He then made the switch to Cemaes Bay and later to Glantraeth, featuring in the Cymru Alliance League and Cup double-winning side of 2005/06.

Kay captained Llandudno Junction to Barritt Cup success in 2008/09 and after a spell with Bethesda landed the same trophy with Caernarfon in 2009-10.

Further spells at Bontnewydd, Bethel, Nantlle Vale and Llanrug United followed before he joined the Rangers’ revolution in summer 2019.

Joe Griffith (to Denbigh Town)

Joe Griffith in truly the most wonderful purple of purple kits

Since he signed for Denbigh Town in December, they have recorded 10 wins, a draw and a single loss with six clean sheets.

A pretty good introduction then for experienced keeper Joe Griffith, whose former clubs include Holywell Town and Caerwys.

Joe is also a professional DJ and model with a strong family football background.

Andy Williams (Bro Goronwy to Cemaes Bay)

Since joining Cemaes Bay last summer Williams has formed a great partnership up front with Steven Whittaker, the pair piling up 58 goals between them.

Former Bro Goronwy goal machine Andy has contributed 19 of those goals and has proved a great signing for the Anglesey League title chasers.

Mike Davies (to Trearddur Bay Bulls)

Mike Davies (centre) celebrates Trearddur Bay’s 2010-11 Anglesey League title success with team-mates Craig Brodie (left) and Asa Thomas. Mike is still going strong for Trearddur Bay Bulls. Picture: Dennis Young

Veteran defender Mike Davies has been immense at the back for Trearddur Bay Bulls in their debut season in the Gwynedd League.

The 39-year-old has helped Richard Owen’s side produced the second-best defensive stats in the league behind runaway leaders Bangor 1876.

Davies has been a giant of Anglesey football for many years.

Back in 2010-11, he captained Trearddur Bay United to a quadruple, including the Anglesey League title. He’s also experienced many successes with Holyhead sides.

Despite one or two ‘retirements’, Mike has remained a force and it is great to see him still performing to such a high standard.

Dylan Allshorn (Flint Town United to Holywell Town)

Dylan Allshorn (stripes) has proved a great signing for Holywell Town. Pic: Lee Douglas

Attacking midfielder joined the Wellmen on loan from Flint in October and has been a massive hit at Halkyn Road.

So far, Allshorn has netted six goals in 15 appearances and provided a multitude of assists. He constantly wins praise from the fans. Another diamond capture for Town manager Johnny Haseldin.

Jason Hughes (to Mountain Rangers)

Jason Hughes

A revelation for the Rangers since coming out of retirement this season.

“Huggies” came through Cae Glyn Juniors, where he won the North Wales Junior Challenge Cup and several league titles.

Became a regular for Caernarfon Town’s youth side and was called up to the first team aged 17, made his debut versus Connah’s Quay away in a 1-0 defeat whilst picking up the MoM award.

He soon left Caernarfon and did not play for several years before returning with Talysarn Celts where he was voted player of the season.

Later played for Llanllyfni and Nantlle Vale before hanging up his boots last season.

Emerged from retirement and has not missed a game for Rangers this season. His experience and agility have played a major part in the club having the best defensive record in the Anglesey League.

Luke Edwards (Runcorn Town to Holywell Town)

Luke Edwards (stripes) shows some trickery for Holywell. Pic: Lee Douglas

Has had a great first season for the Wellmen.

Edwards has chipped in with some important goals (11 in total) and assists from midfield, playing a key role in the club’s push towards the Welsh National League Premier Division title.

Dylan Summers-Jones (to Bangor 1876)

With 45 goals to his credit this season it is pretty safe to store Summers-Jones in the file marked ‘success’.

The young phenomenon is his club’s top scorer (although by only two from Jamie Petrie) and his all-round attacking play and finishing has made him one of the stars of the 2019-20 season.

I personally don’t know of anyone else with more goals this term in North Wales senior soccer. Whatever the situation, Dylan must be pretty near the top.

Cai Owen (Rhyl to Colwyn Bay)

Cai Owen

Top quality signing by the Seagulls in the January transfer window.

The versatile Owen had been arguably Rhyl’s best player this term and their loss is certainly Bay’s gain.

Owen progressed through the Bangor City Academy, making his senior debut at 16 under Neville Powell, before making the move to Llandudno in June 2018.

He joined Rhyl on loan from Llandudno in August 2018 and made his competitive debut against Caernarfon Town before making a permanent switch in mid-October.

Owen made 46 appearances for the Lilywhites, scoring five goals, and was named Supporters Player of the Year last season.

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