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Bethesda Athletic’s new boss places major emphasis on youth

Bethesda manager Mark Hughes

Bethesda Athletic new manager Mark Hughes has shown commitment to giving youth its chance in announcing his squad for the 2020-21.

Former Mynydd Llandegai chief Hughes, announced as the latest Pesda boss earlier this summer, has recruited a host of young players for the forthcoming campaign.

In a goal-packed playing career, Hughes turned out for Y Felinheli, Llanberis, Bethesda, and Glantraeth, as well as Mynydd, where he was player-manager.
Now he is looking forward to guiding Pesda in a bid to repeat past glories.

Hughes said: “I’m delighted to announce that we’ve secured a core group of players for the season ahead. As I’ve previously said, it’s hopefully the beginning of a new era and with that in mind the team will be based around local youth.

“Having said that, the experienced lads will be invaluable in guiding the younger players. I am intending to add 3 or 4 more players to the squad before the season starts.”

Hughes has also announced his backroom staff for the coming season.

Geraint “Gus” Jones

Geraint ‘Gus’ Jones and Paul Feaver will jointly assume the position of assistant-manager.

Paul Feaver

Gus has a wealth of managerial experience, most recently as manager of Llanberis in the Welsh Alliance, whilst Paul was assistant at Ogwen Tigers last season and is a former Bethesda player.

David Ball (left) with former Anglesey League chairman Dennis Bryant

David Ball will be goalkeeper/first-team coach and is well-known having played for numerous clubs over a 25-year career.

In addition to having started with Bethesda, his former clubs also include Llanrug, Llanberis, Glantraeth, Felinheli and Mynydd Llandegai.

Hughes said: “I am really pleased that Gus, Paul and Dave have agreed to join the club. Between them they have a wealth of knowledge and also different skill sets which will be invaluable in helping me to create a professional environment for the team.

“We are still looking to recruit a physio and if anyone is interested in this role please do not hesitate to get in touch.”

Here is Mark Hughes’ initial 20-man squad for 2020-21 (pen pictures by Mark Hughes)

Shane Owen: Age 17 – a young GK chased by many clubs. Such raw ability and incredibly brave, he’ll thrive under Dave Ball’s guidance.

Wisdom Janes: Ex-Glantraeth, Mynydd Tigers and Bethesda. Wiz has plenty of experience, good in the air and likes to play from the back.
Keiron Bullock: Age 19. Very versatile player, always gives everything for the team. Quick and strong.
Dylan ‘Corbri’ Roberts: Dyl wants to get back into playing, again strong and can read the game well.
Andrew Roberts: Ex-Llannerchymedd – hugely experienced, another ball playing defender and a leader.
Mubarak Braganca: Age 20. Ex-Caernarfon 19s, Ogwen Tigers. Mo is tall, athletic and quick. Great attitude as well.
Sion Bullock: Age 18. Ex-Caernarfon U19s – Hugely talented, last season he was unlucky with injuries. Has matured and I’m expecting a big season from him.
Owen Roberts: Ex-Llandudno Academy / Mynydd Tigers, still only 16. Lovely left foot and great potential.
Shay Williams: Age 18 – good all round defender or holding midfielder.

Dylan Price: Ex Bethesda and Mynydd Llandegai – I’ve worked with Dyl before, he’s got a good understanding of the game and nice left foot. He’ll be key this season as one of the team’s leaders
Tomos Eames: Age 20. Ex Bethesda and Ogwen Tigers. Has the potential to be the outstanding player in the league this season. Still only 20, he was wanted by a number of higher league teams. Very creative and an eye for goal
Tomos Hughes: Ex Llandudno Academy and Mynydd Tigers. Only 16, an outstanding prospect and mature beyond his years. Can run a game.
Kyle Hartleb: Only 18, but so skillful and tricky. Can play down either flank.
Lewis Dixon: Again only 16, comes from the well known local Dixon football family of Paul, Lee and Don. Tenacious, understands the game and versatile.
Sion Bullock: Ex Caernarfon 19s, Ogwen Tigers. A big season for Sion ‘Snr’, still only 20, potentially a huge player for us in the middle of the park.
Leon Owen: Age 18 – Ex Bangor City / Ogwen Tigers. Can play anywhere down the right hand side. Has experience of playing in the Cymru Alliance under Gary Taylor Fletcher, great technique and delivery from set pieces

Daniel Hughes: Ex Llandudno Academy, Mynydd Tigers. One of the most sought after talents in his age group across North Wales. Can win a game single-handedly.
Adrian Roberts: Former Caernarfon 19s, Bethesda, Ogwen Tigers. Direct, pacey striker with such enthusiasm for the game.
Jack Henry: Ex Mynydd Llandegai. Still only 23, after taking a break from the game he’s got himself back fit and is raring to go. A good all round striker and focal point up top.
Dafydd Williams: Age 18. Has pace to burn and ideally suited to our big pitch.’

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