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My All-Time North Wales XI – Steven Halliwell (Gresford Athletic)

Steven Halliwell dishes out the orders from his technical area

Gresford Athletic director of football Steven Halliwell is the latest to choose his All-Time North Wales XI.

Steve took over as Colliers boss in November 2016 and in his first season in charge led them to a fantastic third spot in the Cymru Alliance and lifted the NEWFA Challenge Cup.

Athletic have since finished eighth and 10th and were in 10th spot in the newly-named Cymru North before football was postponed last month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Steve has without doubt made the Clappers Lane outfit a respected force in tier-two of the Welsh football pyramid.

He said: “As I’m still involved at Gresford it would be unfair to name anyone who’s playing for us now or in the past, so it’ll (my team) be based on an 11 that I’ve come up against during the 4 seasons I’ve been at the helm in the Cymru Alliance/North.

“Really tough one this as there is so much talent In North Wales at this level. Could probably do 3 of these, but here’s my choice.”

Formation: 4-3-3

Alex Ramsay

Alex Ramsay. Picture: Caernarfon Town FC

Excellent goal keeper for Caernarfon Town in the Cymru Premier. His handling and distribution are very good, he’s outstanding in his position.

Jake Phillips

Jake Phillips. Picture: airbusfc.com

From full backs I’m looking at energy and quality delivery into the box. Jake has both and also a long throw to add into the mix. Still only young so can play for years to come in the WPL

Kai Edwards

Kai Edwards (yellow and blue) puts in a tackle for Prestatyn. Pic: John Pickles

Imposing player in both boxes. A very good defender and has been consistently good whenever we have faced him and is a part of a solid Prestatyn team.

Nathan Craig

Nathan Craig. Pic: Paul Evans, Caernarfon Town FC

I know he’s not a CB, but he’d have to be in any side over the last few years. He is versatile and is absolutely quality, his ability on set pieces alone would get him in!

Curtis Strong

Curtis Strong. Pic: airbusfc.com

Last season when Airbus won the Cymru Alliance, I felt he was the best player that we came up against in both games. His energy and quality down the left hand side were a real threat, a proper attacking full back and was a nightmare to face.

Richie Foulkes

Richie Foulkes. Pic: Flint Town United FC media

This lad is one when you look at the team sheet and see him on it you know that you’re in for problems. He’s such a handful airily and on the deck and always seems to score against us, very good player for Flint Town United.

Darren Thomas

Darren Thomas (yellow) on the attack for Caernarfon. Pic: Paul Evans, CTFC media

I shouldn’t really say it but he was a player I hoped was playing when we faced Caernarfon Town. He really was a joy to watch, a naturally gifted midfielder who can create a goal out of nothing either for himself or a team mate,

Rob Hughes

Rob Hughes (red) chases down the ball for Prestatyn Town. Pic: John Pickles

Another hugely talented player who is definitely regarded highly by everyone that you speak to. Will prove a massive part of Prestatyn winning the league this year, even though he’s been gone for a couple of months to play in Australia.

Danny Brookwell

Danny Brookwell. Pic: Paul Evans, CTFC media

This lad ripped us apart when we faced Caernarfon, his pace is frightening and is no surprise to see him doing so well in the WPL

Jordan Davies

Prestatyn’s Jordan Davies (yellow and blue)

A real livewire for Prestatyn Town, pace to burn and an excellent finisher who causes every team problems, Top player.

Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown. Pic: Flint Town United FC media

I only came across him this season but have watched him a few times since we played Flint. His movement and strength against top defenders really impressed me and I’m sure he’ll find his way to the top league sooner rather than later

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