September birthdays on the North Wales women’s football scene…..
Abby Williams (Airbus)
Long-serving midfield general has played for Airbus since 2009.
Brilliant in delivering set-pieces and capable of scoring long-range crackers. A true leader.
She played in the boys team for Broughton Supersaints until the age of around 11 (she was the only girl in the team), then joined Penyffordd Girls until she was 15.
At that point Abby took a few years out from football until joining Airbus Ladies 11 years ago and has been there ever since.
Injuries have held her back in recent times and it is hoped this ace performer, 30 on September 4, will have better luck this season.
Charlotte Durrans (Holywell FC Girls and Ladies)
Charlotte Xena Rose Durrans (really catchy if it was a line in a song) began playing senior women’s football with newly-formed Holywell last season.
She plays mainly in midfield or up front and is relishing the chance to improve her game in the campaign ahead.
Turns 26 on September 4.
Versatile footballer who has played for Llysfaen, Mochdre, Junction and Llandudno.
Her most recent spell at Llandudno in the 2018-19 season saw her play in goal and she impressed as a goalkeeper in the Welsh Premier.
Serves in the armed forces, does a lot of running.
Vigorous banter merchant.
Anest Haf Roberts (Bethel)
Rated as one of the best central defenders in North Wales.
Does not turn 18 until September 9, yet has already made a big impact in the game.
One of her biggest achievements so far came in the Welsh Schools FA Under-15 Cup final 2016-17.
She scored for Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen in 1-1 draw and they beat Ysgol Glantaf, Cardiff, on penalties at Park Hall, TNS’s ground.
Since breaking into Bethel’s first team she has been an outstanding performer.
Anest was named Bethel’s Player of the Season for 2019-20 as well as Grassroots North Wales Young Player of the Season.
Sara Hilton (Connah’s Quay Nomads)
Former Wales captain from under-15 to U-19, ex-Manchester United and Tranmere Rovers defender/midfielder.
Great pedigree as a player and has carried that forward into coaching, where she is very highly qualified.
Former manager of Crewe Alexandra Ladies and has coached in the men’s Cymru Alliance League.
Superb first season with Nomads, leading them to runners-up spot in North Wales Women’s League Division Two (unbeaten) and the Welsh Cup semi-finals.
Abbie Holland (Northop Hall)
Now an outfield player for the Hall, but back in 2012-13 she represented Wales Under-19’s as a goalkeeper.
Versatile performer, very adaptable and a great team player.
Abbie started playing football at the age of 7 when she joined Aston Park Rangers. She played up front, scoring a few goals.
After Aston she went on to join Mold Girls JFC, now known as Northop Hall GFC. She has been with them ever since, having twice won the North Wales Women’s Football League title with the club.
She used to be known as Abbie Shore, but after marrying Todd Holland she is now Abbie…….Holland!
Lively Liverpudlian who will be the beautiful age of 21 on September 28.
Jamie works for the NHS and we thank her and her colleagues for all they have done to look after us during these very difficult few months. ⭐️❤️
Ms Boyd is a goalkeeper with a bubbly personality who loves football and all the socialising that comes with it.
She has played for Llanberis and Bangor University and is also a singer/musician who plays guitar.
A young lady of many talents, popular with everyone who meets her.
Currently on a break from football due to her recently becoming a mum!
Natasha Cerys Matthews is an absolutely class defender who makes the game look easy.
She first came to light in senior football when playing for Bangor City in 2017-18.
After moving away from the area to study, she made a brief comeback last season for Llandudno.
Has also represented Dolgellau, Barmouth girls and North Wales Coast Development Centre, as well as Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn, where her skills first really developed.
She once played in the Welsh Schools FA National Cup Final, representing Eryri. “We lost but the experience was amazing,” she said.
Tash’s partner is Sion Parry, goalscorer extraordinaire with Llanystumdwy in recent years, as well as impressing in spells with Porthmadog and Bangor 1876.
Diane “Dorris” Roberts
Amazingly funny person who used to attend Ysgol Brynrefail.
Last season she was part of the Llanberis squad who played in North Wales League Division Two.
Great player to have on your side, a brilliant motivator, and really helps the younger players along.
I don’t know much else, but I’d be happy to hear of her plans for the 2020-21 season.