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Pre-season chat: Huw Davies (CPD Mynydd Llandegai)

Mynydd Llandegai manager Huw Davies

Mynydd Llandegai will compete in the tier 4 North Wales Coast West Premier Division this season.

Grassroots North Wales caught up with manager Huw Davies to check on latest progress at the club.

Grassroots North Wales

Overall, what shape are you in as a first team and club ahead of the 2020-21 season?

Huw Davies

Truth be told we’re in very good shape at the moment.

Off the field there has been a lot of hard work done since lockdown was lifted.

We were gutted to miss out on being certified for the new Tier 3 league earlier in the summer due to us not having a 100 seater stand in place by the deadline set by the FAW.

Having worked hard over the years to earn promotion from Tier 6 to Tier 3 within 4 years, it was a huge disappointment for all connected with the club that facilities would let us down despite the team being very competitive at that level for a number of years.

Despite the setback and the hard work already put in, the club has not rested on its laurels and have continued the work to further develop the facilities at Mynydd Llandegai.

Work to complete the 100 seater stand has started this week so, all being well, we should see the club attain Tier 3 certification at the next time of asking.

Grassroots North Wales

You’ve made a few signings, can you tell us about one or two of your players to look out for this season?

Huw Davies

Yes we’ve made a few signings but the majority are familiar faces re-signing for the club rather than ‘new’ signings as it were.

Last year we had a very young squad so this year it was all about adding quality and experience to strengthen what we already had.

I also wanted players that knew the club well, who I knew well and who could settle straight away into the team.

I’m therefore delighted we have been able to bring back the likes of Gethin Jeffreys, Steven Tindall, Dylan Williams and Jamie Whitmore to the club.

The two new additions are Dylan Roberts and Sion Parry.

Dylan needs no introduction and is well regarded as one of, if not the best goalkeepers at Tier 3 for many seasons during his time with Llanrug United.

I’m delighted he has agreed to join us for the season.

I’m equally delighted to welcome Sion to the club who joins us as a player/coach having left Conwy Borough last year.

Sion has a lot of experience from his time with Bangor Academy, Llangefni, Llanfairpwll, Glantraeth, and of course more recently Conwy.

I’m sure he will be a great asset to us once the season gets underway.

Grassroots North Wales

Who do you see as the strongest teams in your division?

Huw Davies

The Tier 4 league is going to be a very competitive league by the looks of it.

There are a few teams who will no doubt be strong and we’ll need to be at our very best to have any chance of competing for the title.

Bodedern, who we know well from the past two seasons in the Welsh Alliance League, will always be competitive and have a settled and experienced team under Ricky Williams.

Menai Bridge have assembled a strong squad full of experience, they’ve certainly caught the eye with some big signings, so they will no doubt be challengers.

Bangor 1876 celebrated a lot of goals last season

But for me the strongest team in the league is Bangor 1876. The resources on and off the pitch they possess is incredible for a Tier 4 team.

I’m really looking forward to going up against them and it will be a great occasion both home and away with the amount of supporters they bring to each game.

It will also be good to see first hand if they can live up to the expectation as well!

Grassroots North Wales

How difficult has it been to keep your squad motivated during the Covid-19 crisis? What challenges have you had to overcome?

Huw Davies

Surprisingly not too difficult. After lockdown everyone was chomping at the bit to get back to football, despite only being allowed to train in small groups.

The lads have been brilliant throughout but we’re now at a point where it is difficult to maintain the motivation without any sign of games being played.

It seems that we’ll have to wait a little longer for games after seeing the FAW’s announcement regarding phase 3.

Hopefully things will improve in the next few weeks and we can at least start friendlies towards mid-October as has been suggested.

I hope that the FAW are lobbying with the Welsh Government to make the necessary changes to the rules so this can happen.

Jamie Whitmore makes a welcome return to Llandegai this season

Grassroots North Wales

What are your ambitions for the season ahead?

Huw Davies

Having strengthened the squad despite our demotion to Tier 4, and with all the hard work and money spent by the club to achieve Tier 3 certification for next year, we want to be challenging for the league.

It’s going to be tough but we’ll make sure we’re up there towards the end of the season.

Mynydd Llandegai recent history

2000-01: Caernarfon and District League – 7th
2001-02: Caernarfon and District League – 9th
2002-03: Caernarfon and District League – 5th
2003-04: Caernarfon and District League – 6th
2004-05: Caernarfon and District League – 11th
2005-06: Caernarfon and District League – 11th
2006-07: Caernarfon and District League – 14th (bottom)
2007-08: Caernarfon and District League Division Two – 2nd
2008-09: Caernarfon and District League Division One – 4th
2009-10: Caernarfon and District League Division One – 2nd
2010-11: Caernarfon and District League Division One – 5th
2011-12: Caernarfon and District League Division One – 6th
2012-13: Caernarfon and District League – 1st
2013-14: Gwynedd League – 3rd
2014-15: Welsh Alliance Division Two – 6th
2015-16: Welsh Alliance Division Two – 4th
2016-17: Welsh Alliance Division Two – 2nd
2017-18: Welsh Alliance Division One – 10th
2018-19: Welsh Alliance Division One – 12th
2019-20: Welsh Alliance Division One – 12th

Honours

Promoted to Welsh Alliance League Division 1 2015/16
Promoted to Welsh Alliance League Division 2 2014/15
Promoted to Gwynedd League in 2013/14
Caernarfon & District League Champions 2012/13
Caernarfon & District Super Cup Champions 2012/13
NWCFA Junior Cup winners 2009/10

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