North Wales defenders who can also score goals – part two

Holyhead Hotspur captain and goal scoring defender Alex Jones. Picture: Chris Willz Phototgraphy

Defenders who can score goals was the theme of a recent feature by Grassroots North Wales.

We came up with 20 names past and present who played at the back but could also be a big danger at the other end of the pitch.

All the players selected had played at various levels across senior football in North Wales.

We thought we’d come up with a few more stoppers who can also double up as scorers.

Alex Jones

As well as captaining Holyhead Hotspur to the 2019-20 Welsh Alliance title, long-serving centre-back Jones also notched 10 goals in all competitions.

This was not the first season he has shown a knack of producing vital goals, often from set-pieces.

Dwyfor Williams

Dwyfor (centre) with son Aaron (left) and manager Andy Colville after winning the North Wales Coast Cup with FC Mally

Left-back who struck a mean dead-ball and had an outstanding record for scoring goals.

He played for, among others, Llandudno Junction and Colwyn Bay YMCA, as well as Sunday League stars FC Mally.

Dwyfor captained and joint-managed Junction in his career.

Mally manager Andy Colville said of Dwyfor: “Best left foot dead-ball specialist I’ve had the pleasure to play with and manage. I reckon he easily scored over 100 goals during his career and was still scoring goals for FC Mally when he passed the tender age of 40.”

Phil Lunn

Bangor City legend who played for the club in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Always capable of popping up with a goal, he could shoot, cross and most certainly tackle.

Central defender Lunn netted six times in the 1981-82 Northern Premier League campaign, four in 1980-81 and also scored in the 1983-84 FA Trophy Final replay, which City lost 2-1 to Northwich Victoria at Stoke.

John Evans

Rhyl all-time great John Evans was a defensive colossus who was also more than capable of getting on the scoresheet.

John, who played in the Lilywhites’ famous 2-0 win over Third Division Barnsley in an FA Cup second round, second replay at Old Trafford on December 21, 1970, was especially dangerous in situations where he could use his heading skills.

Lifelong Rhyl supporter Graham Cartlidge told us he remembers the legendary Evans often finding the net from headers.

John’s father Spencer Evans was a player and trainer and brother Dave also played for Rhyl. A family of legends for the former Rhyl FC.

Terry Saynor

No-one I have ever seen play football in North Wales could hit a free kick like Llanberis legend Saynor.

His dead-ball strikes instilled instant fear in many a defensive wall.

With such talent at his disposal, Saynor scored many goals for a team he later managed.

Jon Jones

Another Holywell Town defender who knew where the net was.

Bagged six goals for the Wellmen in the 2017-18 season and is one of a number of back-line specialists who chipped in with goals for the club.

Ryan Davies

Elder brother of Les and a really strong central defender who provided a good few goals as part of his services.

In a Porthmadog shirt, Ryan hit five in 2006-07 and four in both 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Cerys Gadd

Mainly a midfielder for Amlwch Town now, but for much of her career Cerys played at the back and often ventured forward to score vital goals.

Her strong shooting has helped ensure she found the net for the likes of Caernarfon Town, Bangor City and now Amlwch.

Chris Quinn

Prolific goal scorer for the former Conwy Legion United, where he played up front.

However, he was often a defender in his Conwy Borough, Conwy United and Llandudno Junction days and also contributed more than his fair share of goals.

A product of the Conwy United youth system, he represented Wales U18 Schools and captained the North Wales Coast FA U18 side.

Mark Orme

A true goal getting defender in his spells with clubs such as Holywell Town, Denbigh Town, Conwy United, Llangefni Town and Llandudno Junction.

Always a threat at set pieces with his height and strength.

A UEFA A licence coach, he had a stint in charge of the North Wales Coast squad, as well as the Llandudno Development side.

He has also been involved in management at Glan Conwy and Colwyn Bay.

The first 20 defenders with a knack for netting we named were

Joel Lloyd, Rhys Roberts, Nathan Craig, Tim Edwards, David Hayes, Anest Hâf Roberts, Carl Thomas, Tom Taylor, Lowri Hughes, George Horan, Steve Thomas, Matty Harvey, Dafydd Griffith, Steve Evans, Alec Jones, Shane Middleman, Gareth Walsh, Sean Sharp, Dave Morley and Leighton Griffiths.

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