Coaches choose their North Wales women’s football dream team: No 2 Johnathan Batten (CPDM Bangor 1876)

Johnathan Batten

Welcome to the second in a new batch of articles based on the selection of Dream Teams.

This time, we ask managers and coaches of women’s sides in North Wales to choose their all-star female XI from Gogledd Cymru.

Selections are restricted to current active players only (or players still involved but either taking a break or are out through injury).

In this series, the person picking the team cannot include players from their own club.

Johnathan Batten

Tonight we view the choices of CPDM Bangor 1876 head coach Johnathan Batten.

GOALKEEPER

Sioned Hughes Williams

Bethel keeper for past few seasons and will surely continue to be so for many more. Solid, reliable and still improving with time.

DEFENDERS

Anest Roberts

All-round defender and yet still so young, playing to the ability of someone much older. Great things always said about her and surely the footballing world is at her feet.

Erica Jones

Highlights everything you want in North Wales ladies football. A true ambassador of the ladies game. Solid and ferocious on the pitch and then the nicest of individuals off it. The effort she puts into every match is truly inspiring to watch, great player to have on any team.

Louisha Doran

The games I’ve seen her play she was solid at the back, in complete control of the defence and literally won everything. Truly a leader and made the rest of her defence play at ease knowing she would be there to cover.

Elin Arwen

One of the best left-backs I’ve seen play, both male and female games.
This girl leaves nothing on the pitch, runs from the first minute to the last, winning or losing she gives it all. For a small player she gets stuck in and covers everything.
But not only in defence is she solid and reliable but she is also a talent going forward. One of the players I would have put money on going further in the game, shame she is not currently playing. Really hope to see her play again one day and hopefully get the opportunity to coach her.

MIDFIELD

Caitlin Hadaway

I’m really surprised Caitlin does not get the credit she deserves more often. A really talented player, who can run with the ball with great control and also has an eye for goal. Whenever I have seen her play she is a joy to watch, gives her all and is a great team player.

Catrin Evans

Great talent, quick, sharp, skilful and another one who has an eye for goal. Would be on the team sheet for any team in any league. If given the opportunity would progress into a higher level.

Rachel Lloyd

Rachel Lloyd (left – in light blue)

Another who does not get enough credit for just how good she is. Controls games with such ease and her awareness is fantastic. This girl’s passing range is incredible, and she makes it look so easy.
Both in defence and going forward she is brilliant. The heartbeat to NFA, if she is on form then the team will be.

Sioned Phillips

A total workhorse, she works from first whistle to last. A complete box to box player, solid in defence and brutal in attack. Because she does it game after game it goes completely unnoticed. But really is a solid player who again is at the heart of any team.

ATTACKERS

Erin Maloney

Well the statistics say it all. Goal after goal after goal, this girl plays then she is expected to score – and she nearly always does. Great talent and just gets better and better.

Lois Catrin Regan

Monday, October 1, 2012: Wales’ Lois Regan in action against Belgium during the International Friendly Under-16’s match at y Traeth. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Not currently playing due to injury and it’s football’s loss. A true talent, skilful on the ball, runs around people as if they were not there and scores goals for fun.
An inspiration to all in the game that North Wales can produce players who can make it at the top.

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