Meet the eight teams of the Genero Adran North league which kicks off on Sunday

Llandudno have made probably the biggest signing of the summer in recruiting prolific goal-scoring midfielder Ffion Owen (red). Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

Sunday will see the first fixtures played in the new Genero Adran North League.

Eight teams will make up the elite division for the 2021-22 season.

The tier 2 league is being introduced as part of a national FAW revamp of women’s football and will feature some of the best North and Mid-Wales clubs.

Inaugural members of the Adran North are: Airbus UK Broughton, Bethel, Connah’s Quay Nomads, Denbigh Town, Llandudno, Llanfair United, Pwllheli and Wrexham.

The first set of fixtures for Sunday, September 5, are (2 pm kick-offs)

Airbus UK Broughton v Bethel
Connah’s Quay Nomads v Denbigh Town
Llanfair United v Llandudno
Wrexham v CPD Pwllheli

CLUB PROFILES 2021-22

Airbus UK Broughton

Tegan Hewitt (blue). Picture: Matthew Jones @mattjimages

Lee Starkey will manage Airbus this season following the departure of Mari Edwards to Wrexham.

The Wingmakers have largely the same squad they possessed in the last competitive season of 2019-20, although the loss of midfield ace Jade Scott to Connah’s Quay Nomads is a blow, as is the departure of long-serving front player Becky Lees.

Tegan Hewitt could be a major figure where goals are concerned, while the midfield craft of Hana Eagles is always an asset.

Squad

Ceri Evans, Shaunie Kennedy, Hana Eagles, Beth Davies, Rosie Lawrence, Zara Shepley, Tegan Hewitt, Abby Williams, Poppy Smith, Maisie Turner, Rhian Lewis, Louise Trueman, Laura Erne, Mel Jones, Sam Evans, Catrin Ellis, Alice O’Shaughnessy, Millie Henshaw.

Bethel

Welcome back Mari Gibbard (maroon). Picture: CHRIS HOWELLS

Manager Ben Bolton has added to an exciting young squad by promoting former under-16 players such as Mali Henshaw, Ellie Jones and Ellie Williams to the senior ranks.

Defender Shona Roberts, formerly with Llandudno and Connah’s Quay Nomads, is a great signing, as is the return of the gifted Mari Gibbard, while Lois Evans will add quality and experience to the attack.

F & F Williams are also big players up front – Ffion and Fflur.

Joint North Wales League Division One champions in 2018-19 and runners-up in the shortened 2019-20 campaign, Bethel are truly a team to watch.

Squad

Sioned Hughes-Williams, Anest Roberts, Beca Williams, Yasmin Williams, Kelly Jones, Shona Roberts, Mali Henshaw, Jenna Allsup, Erin Allen Jones, Gwenno Bolton, Llio Emyr, Shannon Jones, Jody Cain, Llio Henshaw, Katie Houghton, Nel Huws, Angharad Evans, Mari Gibbard, Ellie Williams, Katie Midwinter, Ellie Jones, Fflur Williams, Ffion Williams, Lois Evans, Erin Maloney.

Connah’s Quay Nomads

Kirstie Kural is back and has looked impressive in pre-season. Picture: NCM MEDIA

Managers Jord Parry and Stephen Boyes have been busy in the transfer market – and they just might be building something special.

After such a promising debut 2019-20 season, when Nomads finished runners-up and unbeaten in NWL Division Two and were Welsh Cup semi-finalists, a new-look squad has been assembled at Deeside.

Lively striker Tamara Hamer has shone in pre-season, while promising young defender Llinos Hughes has been recruited from NFA.

Kirstie Kural, a past two-time title North Wales League winner with Northop Hall, is a magical acquisition, while Shannon Hobbs, Emma Roden and Jade Davies all have Welsh Premier experience.

Another quality addition is midfield dynamo Jade Scott.

Squad

Wendy Davies, Charlie Bolland
Kirstie Kural, Shannon Hobbs, Oceia Thomas, Cat King, Noelani Bouckley, Llinos Hughes, Emily Luke, Emma Roden, Annie Jones, Jade Davies, Kylie Jones, Jade Scott, Niamh Grimshaw, Tamara Hamer, Chelsea Bloor, Lauren Davies, Amber Bailey, Rhonwen Wilde.

Denbigh Town

Ellen Lawson (left) with Elen James Owen and Carla Rizzi. Picture: Denbigh Town FC

Recently-appointed new manager Ellen Lawson has a large squad at her disposal.

The return of triplets Charlotte, Emily and Lucy Morris, who all played in the 2014-15 North Wales League title-winning team, is a boost.

Experienced campaigners like Elen James Owen, Chelsea Williams, Llio Hafal and Amber Dean will benefit the younger players in the squad.

Squad

Elen James Owen, Carla Rizzi, Eluned Evans, Chelsea Williams, Catrin Wynne Hughes, Cara Jones, Elan Wyn Jones, Shannon Jones, Charlotte Morris, Emily Morris, Lucy Morris, Amber Hellon, Roslyn Fryer, Erin Dunkerley, Olivia Dallolio, Jessica Duff, Kathryn Jones, Madison Jones, Hannah Griffiths, Llio Hafal, Amber Dean, Lois Roberts, Sydney van den Broek, Stephanie Wall, Ellen Lawson, Megan Owen, Gwenno Williams, Miriam Owen.

Llandudno

The awesome Charley Smith. Picture: GETHIN JONES

On paper Llandudno have to be classed as potential title contenders.

Manager Sarah Colville has brought in Ynys Môn aces, goal-scoring midfielder Ffion Owen and right-winger Ceri Slaney for starters.

Former Wales international Jasmin Dutton returns after a stint with Connah’s Quay and previously long-serving Tudno goal-getter Jordanne Greenough rejoins the Maesdu Park side from Bethel.

The Jarvis-Evans twins are also back after a spell with Nomads, while defender Charley Smith, ex-Caernarfon and Amlwch, is another impressive new face.

Among the experienced crew are a few players looking to make the step-up from recreational to 11-a-side league football.

Squad

Claire Colville, Sofie Owen, Sara Williams, Jasmin Dutton, Ceri Slaney, Jessica Jones, Rebecca Jarvis-Evans, Jenifer Davies, Sonia Jones, Jordanne Greenough, Maisy Johnson, Stacey Tradewell, Ffion Owen, Samantha Jarvis-Evans, Charley Smith, Bethan Smith, Maddie Williams, Kelsey Hughes, Ella Jones, Madison Williams, Lois Thomas, Julia Alcock, Charlotte (Lottie) Gallagher, Catherine Jones, Indie Hassall, Sioned Phillips.

Llanfair United

Gemma Jones is a goal machine for Llanfair

Champions of the North Wales League in 2019-20 and joint title-winners in 2018-19, Llanfair are well equipped to make their mark in tier 2.

Players such as Mary Griffiths, Gemma Jones and Mary Bailey are real stand-outs, along with the excellent Tracey Godsell in goal.

Karl Seliaerts will continue to manage the side, with the support of Nyasha Mwamuka, who also plays for the Llanfair men’s team.

Nyasha will take over in November from Selly, who will take a back seat due to family commitments.

There are a few senior players currently out due to pregnancy, having recently had a baby or long-term injury.

However with a new generation of youngsters coming through, and a great deal of the squad from the past few years still signed on, it promises to be another exciting season for Llanfair, who face a tough start at home to Llandudno.

Squad

Ellie-Anne Lewis, Tonicha Lloyd, Mia Kaye, Hannah Bailey, Ffion Davies, Ellie Ann Jones, Jodie Carswell, Melany Price, Liann Richards, Gemma Jones, Nora Davies, Lowri Savage, Ffion Lewis, Sarah Ellis, Angharad Davies, Nia Ellis, Louise Wilde, Megan Edwards, Hannah Lloyd, Elen Pugh, Mary Griffiths, Tracey Godsell, Mary Bailey, Sophie Cook, Chloe Brown, Dotty Evans, Emma Williams.

Pwllheli

New signing Charley Davies in her Llanberis days

New management team Erica Jones and Andrew “Lefty” Wright bring so much experience to the table.

So many of the Pwllheli squad have seen it, done it, worn the T-shirt with ‘winners’ on the front.

They should perform well. one interesting addition being teenager Charley Davies, formerly of Caernarfon Town and Llanberis, a classy midfielder.

It would be great to see Katie Bowe back in the goals again, while in Lois Thomas and Lowri Hughes, Pwllheli possess true match-winners.

Jess Roberts has been forced to retire from football with a knee injury, but she has signed up to be first-aider for the squad, so will still be very much involved.

Squad

Elena Julio, Stacey Sansome, Sian Moore, Erica Jones, Sioned Bohana, Hayley Rees Williams, Leanne Hughes, Erin Parry, Lois Thomas, Magi Hughes, Sioned Jones, Lowri Hughes, Luned Williams, Marsli Owen, Katie Bowe, Llio Meleri, Bess Roberts, Jodie Banks, Charley Davies, Amy Roberts.

Wrexham

New Wrexham manager Mari Edwards. Picture: GEMMA THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY/WREXHAM AFC

Former Welsh Premier giants Wrexham returned to football in 2018-19 in the North Wales League.

They won the Division Two Cup and promotion in their first season, but 2019-20 was more of a struggle.

This summer has brought massive changes, with experienced and highly-qualified coach Mari Edwards taking over as manager.

Some top quality players have signed for the Dragons, among them prolific markswoman Rosie Hughes, Llandudno’s record scorer in the Welsh Prem.

Former Rhyl left-sided midfielder Tonicha (TJ) Dickens is also on board, as well as ex-Wales keeper Del Morgan, a Wrexham star in their high flying WPWL days.

The dynamic Lauren Reese and lively up front operator Jodie Richards are also players to watch.

Wrexham look capable of pulling up more than a few trees this term.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Del Morgan, Kat Jones
Defenders: Jodie Davis, Phoebe Rintoul, Shannon Owen, Megan Buckley, Abbey Hughes, Erin Lovett, Amy Davies
Midfielders: Kim Dutton, Libby Mackenzie, Lauren Reese, Tonicha Jade Dickens, Rebecca Pritchard, Katie Sharp
Forwards: Carmen Reyes, Amy Glendenning, Rosie Hughes, Lucy Scott, Jodie Richards, Tiffany Sands.

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