North Wales football summer signings 2020 (Nos 31-45)

Conor Harwood is Flint Town United’s third signing of the summer. Picture: NCM Media

Sam Molyneux (Rhyl to Gresford Athletic)

Picture: Gresford Athletic FC

Gresford have completed the re-signing of Sam Molyneux from Rhyl.

The forward had previously played for the Colliers before signing for the now disbanded Lilywhites.

The 23-year-old started his career at Shrewsbury Town as a youth player before signing for Brickfield Rangers, where he was a consistent goalscorer over a number of seasons.

He signed for Gresford Athletic in the summer of 2018, making 15 appearances in the 2018/19 Huws Gray Alliance, scoring five goals.

He then left the club and signed for Rhyl in the 2018/19 January transfer window and enjoyed a successful spell at Belle Vue.

Molyneux’s arrival at Clappers Lane following the signings of Barry Torrence and Corey Smart.

Arwel Williams (to Llangoed)

No-nonsense defender that will put his body on the line.

He sets standards and expects fellow team-mates to follow suit.
Newly-appointed club captain.

Conor Harwood (Connah’s Quay Nomads to Flint Town United)

Harwood has left Nomads to become Flint Town United manager Niall McGuinness’ third signing of the summer following the arrival of Rob Hughes and Wes Baynes to the Essity Stadium.

The young forward, 20, originally joined Nomads at U14 level and has been a part of the club’s academy ever since, before progressing to the first team set-up.

He made his competitive debut for Quay when he started against Denbigh Town in the 2016 Nathaniel MG Cup, providing the assist for Michael Wilde’s second goal on that evening.

Went on to make Cymru Premier history as he was the first Millenium-born player to play in the league when he came on as an 88th minute substitute against Airbus on Boxing Day 2016.

Harwood scored an important winner against Bala Town in the 2018/19 season, with a last-minute header to give Nomads a 1-0 victory and also netted against his new team in the 2019/20 Nathaniel MG Cup at Deeside Stadium.

He leaves the Nomads having made four competitive starts and 14 substitute appearances for the club, scoring on two occasions.

Mel McGinness (Llangefni Town to Holyhead Hotspur)

Back at Hotspur for a fourth time in his career.

McGinness signed for Bangor City as a 16-year-old in 2006 and debuted as a substitute in a 2-2 Welsh Premier League draw at Carmarthen Town.

However, first-team opportunities were limited at Farrar Road, and following a spell at Llangefni Town in 2008/09, the striker returned home to join Holyhead Hotspur and was an outstanding success at the New Stadium.

In 2011/12, Hotspur lifted the Welsh Alliance League title, Cookson Cup and Barritt Cup treble, as well as reaching the national FAW Trophy final.

McGinness was the chief shining light in that campaign with a magnificent 50-goal haul.

He went on to be a consistent marksman for Holyhead in the tier-two Huws Gray Alliance, also having a stint at Welsh Alliance Division Two Gaerwen in 2015/16.

In 2016/17, he wrote himself another page in Hotspur folklore when banging in a hat-trick as the club won the Welsh Alliance Reserves Division Lock Stock Fireworks Challenge Cup, thrashing divisional champions Bangor City 4-1.

Last summer he was part of the Ynys Môn side which won the Inter-Island Games football tournament, bagging the winner in a 2-1 victory in the final over Guernsey at Holyhead.

He then moved to Porthmadog, switched to Llangefni Town in January 2020, but is now back with Hotspur.

Josh Allen (Connah’s Quay Nomads to Llandudno – season-long loan)

Left to right: Max Moore (details featured below) and Josh Allen. Picture: NCM Media

Commanding centre-half who has been learning his trade alongside top class defenders like George Horan at Nomads.

Was part of last season’s championship-winning Connah’s Quay Under-19/Scholars A side.

Gavin Sharpe (Gwalchmai to Llannerchymedd)

Attacking midfielder who has always played and excelled at a good level.

After spells with Llangefni Town and Bodedern, he returned to Llannerchymedd in 2011/12 and was part of an Anglesey League cup-treble winning side.

He was also a key man in the very successful Medd team which won a Gwynedd League treble in 2013-14, scoring 21 goals.

Gavin went on to feature in the UEFA Regions Cup squad that triumphed in Estonia in summer 2014.

The versatile performer later turned out for Holyhead Hotspur in the Cymru Alliance, as well as Llangefni, before returning to Medd in 2018-19.

Most recently, he played for Gwalchmai in Welsh Alliance Division Two.

James Phillips (Llanrug United to Llangefni Town)

First new signing of the summer for Llangefni manager Chris Roberts.

Previously with Llanrug United, whom he joined in 2015, energetic defender Phillips is a talented player who should fit in very well for the Anglesey-based Cymru North club.

Cefni boss Roberts said: “He’s a player that I have been wanting to bring to the club for some time now and I think he will fit in perfectly to the way we intend to set out and play next season.

He’s quick, reads the game well and is a very versatile player. I’m looking forward to getting back out on that pitch and having him a part of our squad.”

John Bennett (to Llandudno)

Versatile midfield player or left back who came through Altrincham’s successful youth system before spending the 2012/13 season with Winsford United.

Signed for Mossley where he spent two successful seasons before moving on to Curzon Ashton in the closed season of 2015.

Returned to Mossley just a month later before departing to Northwich Victoria in January 2017.

Llandudno manager Sean Eardley said: “He’s played at a good level in England and became captain at Northwich Vics at a young age which tells me he’s a good leader and after speaking to him regularly he’s excited to get going.” 

Matthew Jones (Llangefni Town to Llannerchymedd)

Striker Jones leaves Cymru North club Llangefni after four seasons to rejoin Medd, where he has been a prolific marksman over the years.

Jones notched 29 goals for the club in the 2014-15 season and 37 in 2016/17.

He started his career at Bodedern Athletic, where he was also a regular net-finder.

Max Moore (Connah’s Quay Nomads to Llandudno – pictured above with Josh Allen)

Exciting attacking midfielder who loves to get on the ball and likes to make things happen.

He was a big influence in the Under-19 Connah’s Quay side that won the development league last season.

Kenny Hughes (Bodedern Athletic to Llannerchymedd)

One of the best keepers on Anglesey, a strong consistent performer over a number of seasons.

Another of the brilliant Llannerchymedd squad which scooped the Gwynedd League treble back in 2013-14.

Kenny has also excelled for the likes of Bodedern and Gwalchmai.

Iwan Hywel Jones (to Llangoed)

Holding midfielder and a manager’s dream. Always wants the ball, keeps things simple.

Llangoed manager Mark Thomas says: “If the ball’s there to be won, nine times out of 10 he wins it. He will always drive the team forward in all conditions, winning or losing.”

Mamadie Sheriff (to Brymbo)

Dynamic attacking midfielder Sheriff joined Penycae early last season following a short spell at Brickfield Rangers.

He had arrived at Clywedog Park from Robbie Fowler’s Football Academy in the summer.

Aeron Edwards (The New Saints to Connah’s Quay Nomads)

Aeron Edwards. Pic: NCM Media

Big statement by champions Connah’s Quay Nomads as they capture 32 year old midfielder Aeron Edwards from The New Saints.

A Wales C International, Edwards started his career as a junior player at Brickfield Rangers before joining Buckley Town in 2007, moving briefly to Caersws in 2009 before switching to the Oswestry-based TNS ahead of the 2009/10 season.

During his time at Park Hall, Edwards  won the JD Cymru Premier, Welsh Cup and Welsh League Cup on multiple occasions, as well as winning the Goal of the Season award for the 2018/19 campaign. He made in excess of 350 appearances for Saints.

Edwards was picked by Mark Jones to captain the Wales C squad against England C in March 2019, having also played in the same fixture a year earlier.

He was also chosen for the 2020 match, which was ultimately cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nathan Burke (Bala Town to FC United of Manchester)

Nathan Burke. Pic: Naomi Jones, Bala Town FC

Midfield ace Burke has opted to join FC United after four years at Maes Tegid.

He made 160 (+10) appearances in all competitions for the Lakesiders, scoring seven goals in total including one in the Europa League against FC Vaduz.

A former Liverpool Academy and Warrington Town player, Burke joined Bala in January 2016 and was part of Town’s 2017 JD Welsh Cup winning squad.

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