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Another eight North Wales football signings (561-568)

Cassandra Thomas is back at Rhyl. Picture credit: FAW TRUST

Cassandra Thomas (Connah’s Quay Nomads to CPD Y Rhyl 1879)

Cassandra Thomas (left) with Nomads manager Sara Hilton. Pic: NCM Media

Returns to Rhyl after spending last season as assistant to Sara Hilton at successful new side Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Thomas managed Rhyl in their final season in the Welsh Premier Women’s League and before that was a player with the club for a number of years.

Dead-ball specialist who is strong in the tackle and offers bags of experience.

James Stead (Prestatyn Town to Caernarfon Town)

James Stead (right) scored a hat-trick for Prestatyn in this Welsh Cup tie at Aberystwyth Town. Picture: Chris Howells

Stead is the third player to join the Canaries from Prestatyn Town in recent days, following the arrival of Michael Parker and Jack Kenny at The Oval.

Having begun his career at Rhyl, Stead moved to Prestatyn in 2014 and spent four years at Bastion Gardens, representing the club at Cymru Alliance and Welsh Premier League level.

One of Stead’s best displays in a Prestatyn shirt came at Aberystwyth Town in the 2016-17 Welsh Cup, where he scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 victory for the Cymru Alliance side over their Welsh Premier hosts. Prestatyn also won the Cymru Alliance title that season.

James rejoined the Lilywhites in June 2018, but was back at Prestatyn at the start of last season, scoring six goals as Town romped to the Cymru North league title.

Stead is the latest in a long line of last term’s championship-winning squad to depart the club, manager Neil Gibson having also left.

A creative midfielder, Stead is especially effective at set-pieces.

Tom Dodd (Kinmel Bay to Rhyl All Stars)

Tom Dodd

A player full of pace and ability, he is set to become an excellent asset to the All Stars.

His signing means the winger position is going to be one of the team’s most competitive this season.

Tom was a regular starter for Kinmel Bay Reserves, also playing for the first team on many occasions also.

Manager Robert Cunnah said: “Tom is an excellent player who I have played in the same team with myself. He’s an attacking winger not afraid to run at the opposition full-backs. I’m very excited to see what he can do.”

Dodd added: “Great to be signing for All Stars. I’ve been following them since they started, they have a great mentality and the lads seem great. I can’t wait to get playing and hopefully playing a vital part in the team.”

Sara Williams (Mountain Rangers to Llandudno)

Versatile player with years of experience is looking forward to a new challenge at Maesdu Park.

The 32-year-old mum-of-three’s first senior team was Colwyn Bay Ladies, who were champions of the North Wales League at the time.

Later came stints with Llandudno Junction, Amlwch Town and Bangor City.
Caernarfon Town are another of Sara’s former clubs. She skippered the Canaries in the Welsh Premier League in 2017-18.

Next was a move to Mountain Rangers, where she also wore the captain’s armband.

This season, Sara and Elena Julio were due to take over as player-managers of Rangers, but the team was forced to fold in the summer.

That left the much-sought-after Sara, who is affectionately known as Gonk, without a club and Llandudno were quick to snap her up.

Sara is a very versatile player, capable of filling any position including goalkeeper, and was once described as “a hard as nails ball-winning midfielder”.

Simon Roberts (NFA to Rhyl All Stars)

Simon Roberts

All Stars top goalscorer from last season rejoins the club after a short spell at NFA.

Provided some special goals last term. He is an excellent ball striker and possesses an extremely powerful shot.

Since leaving All Stars briefly towards the end of last season Simon has improved even more and looks sharper than ever.

All Stars manager Robert Cunnah said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Simon has re-signed for us this season. He looks even sharper than he did last season and I’m very excited to see what he can do for us this year.”

Alex Downes (Colwyn Bay to Runcorn Linnets)

Downes scored on his debut for the Linnets in a 3-2 victory at Kendal Town on Saturday, October 24.

The full-back decided to leave Colwyn Bay and join the Northern Premier League Division One North West outfit in order to get back to playing football.

He joins fellow ex-Seagull Tom McCready at Millbank.

The 20-year-old made 48 appearances for the Bay and scored four goals.

Terry Nicholas (Mold Town United to Sychdyn)

In the spotlight: Terry Nicholas is a great signing for Sychdyn

Consistent goalscorer who has represented the North East Wales FA in the Uefa Regions Cup.

Was with Mold Town United before that club unfortunately folded, so now makes the short trip to Sychdyn for their tier 5 North East Wales League Championship campaign.

In his words on arriving at Wat’s Dyke Way, Nicholas says he is “here to win the league”.

Brings plenty of experience to assist the youngsters in the squad and is settling in nicely.

Will Bell (Colwyn Bay to Bootle)

Bell is the latest Seagulls player who has been able to find football elsewhere and has signed for North West Counties side Bootle.

He made 69 appearances at centre back for the Bay, missing only two games in the last two seasons, scoring two goals, and has won Player of the Season awards.

Previously, Bell completed nearly 50 games in the Welsh Premier League with Bala Town and Aberystwyth before signing for the Bay.

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