Which players have stood out in phase one of the 2020-21 Cymru Premier season to date?
Grassroots North Wales chooses seven of the best.
In a bid for balance, I’ve not just gone for North Wales names this time, but players operating throughout the 12-team league.
Will Evans (Bala Town)
We knew what a fine player this attacking midfielder was from witnessing his form in past seasons with Cardiff Met University.
But since joining Bala Town this term, Evans has stepped up a notch or two.
His relentless, marauding style which would not be out of place in the current Leeds United team has brought him 10 goals.
Magnificent in the air and on the deck, his goals have taken some of the pressure off Chris Venables to provide all the answers.
Aron Williams (Connah’s Quay Nomads)
Since returning to Nomads from Buckley Town, this flying winger has been outstanding.
Williams originally came through the Nomads Academy, winning the U19s Welsh Premier League in 2012.
He went on to make his competitive debut for Quay as a substitute in the 2013-14 campaign.
After joining Buckley, where he enjoyed some success, he returned to Deeside Stadium in January 2020.
His two assists which helped Nomads beat TNS recently proved what a shining talent he is.
Jack Wilson (Haverfordwest County)
Tremendous talent with eight goals already to his name this season for promoted Haverfordwest.
His energy, pace, direct play and finishing ability has earned him rave reviews.
Wilson can be effective on both flanks and also possesses constant threat when used as an impact player.
Local lad who has come up through the pyramid and is proving he belongs in the top flight.
Mael Davies (Penybont)
Rhys Griffiths’ Penybont side have won plenty of admirers this season for their positive, attacking style of play.
One of the best players on show has been Mael Davies, who operates at the back but offers such energy and commitment that he can often pop up influencing the attack.
Formerly with Swansea City. Carmarthen Town and Cardiff Metropolitan, he has proved a great signing for Penybont and is another who has won high praise from the experts for his displays this season.
Michael Hayes (Caernarfon Town)
This experienced front man has slotted really well into Caernarfon Town’s style of play.
Not just an out-and-out goalscorer, Hayes’ skill and alertness make him an ideal strike partner too and he is always likely to lay on an assist.
Having said that, he has notched a more than respectable five goals this term to help the Canaries occupy a top six berth.
The 33-year-old has proven pedigree, with 81 Welsh Premier goals to his name across spells with Connah’s Quay Nomads and Bala Town before joining the Cofis.
Hayes has quickly won the respect of the Cofi Army for his consistent performances in yellow and green.
Alex Jones (Flint Town United)
Having been so outstanding in helping lead Prestatyn Town to the Cymru North title last season, Alex deserved another chance to show his qualities in the Cymru Premier.
And although the Silkmen have struggled overall on their top-flight return, they yanked themselves out of the bottom three on Saturday with a fine 3-0 win over Aberystwyth Town, Alex laying on the opening goal for Mark Cadwallader.
A former Cymru Premier player with Rhyl, Alex never stops working in the midfield. He can score goals and is very capable in the assists department too.
With ex-Prestatyn manager Neil Gibson now at the helm at the Essity Stadium, Alex will no doubt be further inspired to help his team escape the drop.
Louis Robles (The New Saints)
Robles has been an instant hit at Park Hall, his eight league goals to date making him second top-scorer at the club behind Greg Draper.
This former Liverpool and Wigan Athletic prospect was a major hit with Bala Town last season, netting 16 times in 29 appearances.
That form opened up an opportunity to return to full-time football with Saints.
Robles is one of the most exciting players in the Cymru Premier, always likely to make something happen in and around the box.