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Dave’s Dynamic Dozen: End of 2019-20 season report

Dafydd Jones (red) had a fine season for Conwy Borough. Picture: Dai Sinclair

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.

The last catch-up was in mid-February, just two or three weeks before the last action of the season. Here’s an end-of-year report….

Dave’s Dynamic Dozen

1 PETER JONES (LLANDUDNO ALBION)

Peter Jones (second left) with the Albion management

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 prevented him playing much since October.

Was struggling for full fitness but still expected to be in contention for a place in Albion’s squad to face Penydarren in the FAW Trophy Final, which could still be played post-COVID-19.

2 ALAW DAVIES-SMITH (CORWEN)

Alaw (left) challenges Bethel ace Ffion Williams. Picture: Sian Armstrong

An inspirational figure as Corwen took their first steps in the top flight of North Wales women’s football.

Despite being mainly a defender, she finished up top-scorer for her team in a much-shortened season.

The former Rhyl player 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.

3 DAFYDD JONES (CONWY BOROUGH)

Dafydd Jones (red) in action for Ynys Môn. Pic: Dai Sinclair

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.

And Dafydd added more value to his stock as he impressed throughout the campaign in centre-midfield, helping Conwy end up in a more than respectable seventh place in the tier-two league.

4 MEILIR WILLIAMS (BLAENAU AMATEURS)

Rejoined Blaenau last summer and had a very good season, netting 15 goals and finishing fourth in the Welsh Alliance Division One goalscorers’ chart.

No doubt Meilir would have grabbed many more but for injuries which hampered his season.

Williams was Division One top-scorer with Penrhyndeudraeth in 2018-19, so it was a tremendous capture for Blaenau when he returned to his former club.

5 KAI EDWARDS (PRESTATYN TOWN)

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

With players of Kai’s quality in defence, it is little wonder Prestatyn ended up Cymru North champions for the third time in their history.

The former Wrexham, The New Saints and Neath centre-back was one of seven former Seasiders starlets to return to Bastion Gardens last summer.

And Edwards was a huge success at the Motion Finance Stadium as part of a rock-solid defence which conceded just 19 goals in 26 matches.

6 DEAN REDMOND (BODEDERN ATHLETIC)

Dean Redmond (green)

Did superbly well up front after stepping up two levels to Welsh Alliance Division One with Bodedern.

The 2018-19 Gwynedd League Player of the Season after scoring 39 goals for champions Menai Bridge Tigers, Redmond has bagged 18 in all competitions for Athletic in 2019-20.

Curly proved his quality at tier three and must be rated one of the signings of the season on Anglesey.

7 CATRIN EVANS (AMLWCH TOWN)

Catrin Evans (red) on the ball. Pic: Dai Sinclair

A championship winner in her first season with Amlwch Town.

Pacy winger Catrin, 17, was a key member of the North Wales Women’s League Division Two title-winning squad, scoring 14 goals to add to the 18 she netted in Division One for Bethel the season before.

She joined Amlwch on the back of Ynys Môn ladies team making it all the way to the Inter-Island Games Final against the odds last year. Catrin scored in the final, where Anglesey lost 2-1 to Isle of Man.

Tremendous prospect who should blossom even more next season.

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 continued to impress for Mold, with 11 goals to his credit.

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.

His goal-getting talents helped Mold finish fourth in the WNL Premier.

9 HARRI LEWIS (HOLYHEAD HOTSPUR)

Harri Lewis (left)

Young midfield powerhouse shone brightly for a Hotspur outfit which finished up deserved champions of Welsh Alliance Division One.

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: “Harri 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)

Another goal on the way for Dylan (blue and white)

Dylan Summers-Jones’s 45 goals in all competitions made him one of the top marksmen in North Wales football – if not THE top.

The Gaerwen-based youngster banged in seven hat-tricks, including a five-goal haul and two fours.

On top of that, he was part of a Gwynedd League championship-winning squad.

Definitely one of the players of the season across North Wales, a tremendous talent with a great future ahead of him.

11 KONNER DRUCE (TREARDDUR BAY BULLS)

Konner Druce produces another wonder save. Pic: Wynne Evans

Tremendous keeper who has excelled with the Bulls on their promotion to the Gwynedd League this season.

Konner 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 had two assists and a goal on his record, plus two man of the match awards.

12 JON EDMONDS (CAERWYS)

Arrived at Caerwys with a reputation for being one of the most prolific goalscorers around at this level.

He netted five in a 14-0 victory at Bellevue, but overall did not get the full opportunity to show what he could do in this much-disrupted season.

Part of a Caerwys squad which finished fourth in the North East Wales League, there are surely better days to come for this goal machine.

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