The 2021-22 North Wales Women’s Football League season kicks off on Sunday, September 5.
Due to the recent withdrawal of Corwen, 11 teams will be at the starting post.
They are: Amlwch Town, Caernarfon Town, CPDM Bangor 1876, CPD Y Rhyl 1879, Holywell FC Girls & Ladies, Llangefni Town, Llanystumdwy, NFA FC, Northop Hall. Trearddur Bay and Welshpool Town.
This season the league will be part of tier 3 in the new-look Welsh women’s football pyramid.
Here is a profile of the 11 clubs
Division Two champions in 2019-20, but lost several key players this summer after the club was not accepted for the tier 2 Genero Adran North.
Things looked grim at Lon Bach, but a fantastic effort to gather a squad large enough to compete paid dividends.
Teenage striker Lowri Alaw Thomas looks a tremendous prospect.
Amlwch recently appointed former Mountain Rangers chairman Martin Jones as their new manager.
Carol Lewis (c), Shannon Thomas, Cerys Gadd, Meinir Thomas, Ceri Pritchard, Emma Roberts, Anna Roberts, Lowri Alaw Thomas, Catrin Thomas, Efa Jones, Yasmin Leung, Krystle Bancroft, Cari Wyn Rowlands, Jo Bramwell, Katie Lewtas, Emily Ridges, Holly Beddall, Sara Furlong, Julie Hughes, Kim Lodge, Nicole Wood-Ogan, Bethany Pritchard.
An illustrious past and champions as recently as 2016-17, but much has changed with a large emphasis now on youth.
Recent seasons have been a big struggle.
Despite four attempts the team did not supply one. Such lack of cooperation, centred mainly around one person, is sadly nothing new.
CPDM Bangor 1876
Newly-formed side full of ambition, young talent and a nice dash of experience.
Former Llanberis boss Jonny Batten is at the helm, with Aron Griffith and Lois Regan alongside as very capable coaches.
Goal machine Lexi Crawley is probably the capture of the summer, but running her close are the likes of former Caernarfon and Mountain Rangers midfield ace Danielle Barnfield, plus front pairing Ffion Roberts and Awel Ellis.
Fingers crossed that the prolific Ceri Lois Thomas can have a successful shoulder operation this month and an injury-free future.
Youngster Gwen Roberts, a proven goalscorer, is definitely one to watch.
Heledd Evans (vice-capt), Elin Jones, Ffion Bee, Megan Barlow, Lowri Evans, Nia Roberts, Cara Aston
Danielle Alice Barnfield (capt), Gwen Roberts, Jordan Roberts, Lisa Thomas, Ceri Roberts, Jema Owen, Molly Barton
Lexi Crawley, Ffion Roberts, Awel Ellis, Ceri Lois Thomas
CPD Y Rhyl 1879
When it comes to experience, few can match 1879. the senior female representatives of the newly-formed club.
Joy Jamieson, Ceri Purvis, Laura Williams, Natalie Harrison – all ex-Welsh Premier. Say no more….
The return of midfield aces Rachael Nattrass and Rebecca Bannister is a real tonic and in Lauren Jones they have one of the league’s very best.
Joy Jamieson, Ceri Purvis, Natalie Harrison, Laura Williams, Sophie Haywood, Cassandra Thomas, Megan Robinson, Paige Morris, Stephanie Farley, Rachael Nattrass, Catrin Davies, Lauren Jones, Rebecca Bannister, Amy Woodbridge, Trisha Harley, Saskia Thomas, Candice Nellist, Rosie O’Brien, Tegan Crockett , Emily Bentley, Alicia Duke, Elle Evans.
Holywell FC Girls & Ladies
A very popular side which formed in 2019-20.
Did not get any wins the first time up, but earned lots of admirers for their spirited play.
They have won friendlies since and possess some really useful players, but they will be without star attacking midfielder Caitlin Hadaway, who is pregnant, while Leah Davies-Williams and Gemma Jones are also not signed.
Squad (basic selection – others to follow)
Caitlin Latham, Emma Fox, Steph Doyle, Sarah Massey, Ruby McGilloway, Courtney Lancaster, Charlotte Durrans, Steph Bamford, Olivia Williams, Rachel Naomi.
It has been a pleasure to see this squad develop over the summer.
The team has re-formed after a good few years absence and the enthusiasm and excitement surrounding the venture is infectious.
Heavy losses have occurred, but the ladies kept learning and their last two matches have delivered a 6-3 win over tier 2 side Denbigh Town and a 3-0 triumph against Llanfairfechan.
Goal poacher Jenn Cox looks a real find and there are plenty more fine players coming through.
Dan Gregg is manager of the team for 2021-22.
Frankie Davies, Leonie Jones, Hannah Owen, Sharlee Owen, Nia Ginnelly, Eleanor Coulson, Jessica Marshall, Sioned Wynne, Jennifer Cox, Cara Hughes, Lara Cain, Llio Williams, Llinos Hughes, Megan Summers-Roberts, Jade Cook, Sian Morgan-Price, Megan Wood, Natasha Jones, Ffion Gruffydd Owen, Alannah Miles, Mared Roberts, Elwen Evans, Jess Lane, Bethany Jones, Joana Raquel Da Silva Soares, Alice Pascall, Catrin Elen Jones, Catrin Hughes, Kirsty Roberts.
Another team which is new but developing fast.
Celebrated their first win in June, beating Llangefni Town 3-2 in a thriller.
Some quality signings have come on board, including Tash Matthews, one of North Wales’ finest defenders on her day.
Malen Williams is a Wales international, while Sarah O’Hara and Leonie O’Hara are one of the rare mother and daughter pairings in football.
Rhiannon Jones, Sara Lacey, Millie Booton, Alaw Wood, Tash Mathews, Ffion Emery, Malen Williams, Shona O’Brien, Grace Mpuku, Sarah O’Hara, Leonie O’Hara, Llinos Jones, Thea Williams, Ysanne Duncan, Lia Evans, Catrin Evans, Carmel Jones, Ffion Roberts, Lowri Jones, Carla Owen, Hana Wellings, Jemma Rowlands, Shaynna Vidamour, Maria Lloyd
Had a very promising first season in North Wales Division Two back in 2019-20.
Striker Sade Benjamin, a former Rhyl player, is an exciting new signing, while a few promising youngsters will also make the step-up.
Experienced campaigners like goalkeeper Yasmin Mills, Grace Bamber, Rachel Lloyd and goals specialists like Ashleigh Mills, Amy Webster and Emily Jones will make NFA very competitive.
The loss of promising defender Llinos Hughes to Connah’s Quay Nomads is a blow.
Yasmin Mills, Jess Mills, Chloe Evans, Grace Bamber, Lucy Sass-Davies, Abi Bradley, Holly Rees, Rachel Lloyd, Georgia Spibey, Georgie Owen, Libby McCleland, Amy Chesters, Ashleigh Mills, Amy Webster, Emily Jones, Sade Benjamin, Stella Windsor, Courtney Ingram, Molly Brown, Megan Pursell, Sophie Clews, Eleri Cooling, Ffion Evans, Ellie Wilkes.
Northop Hall, two-time past winners of the league, have a large squad of senior and under-19 players aiming to make their mark.
Alongside the youth talent are ‘elder heads’ such as Abbie Holland, Laura Eagles, Chelsea Evans and Eleanor Thomas.
In Bethan Thomas, Hall have arguably the league’s finest goalkeeper.
Bethan Thomas GK, Ali Whitley RB, Abbie Holland CB, Daisy Allen CB, Tash Constantine CB, Gemma Williams LB, Millie Sigsworth RM, Laura Eagles/Davies CM, Ffion Cooper CB, Abi Bradley ST, Amy Robbins LM, Beth Hughes LM, Ella Butler RM, Ella Wall CM, Ellie Robertson CB, Megan Crompton CB, Debra Wright CM , Ellen Sharps CM, Sienna Strapp RM, Chelsea Evans LM, Hannah Williams CM, Haf Morgan Reed LM, Brygida Gorecka ST, Holly Mayers ST, Liv Davies ST, Eleanor Thomas ST, Lauren Chambers ST, Nat Grey CM, Emily Hughes ST, Jo Bennion ST, Katie Vale RM, Leonie Smith RB, Milly Peters RM, Sorrel Walsh CM, Sarah Griffiths CB.
A third Anglesey-based team set to take their first steps into official league football.
In the past, Bay played in the recreational league and impressed often.
Gemma Thomas is one of the most notable players in the squad. She won the Under-16 Welsh Cup with Caernarfon Girls in 2013-14.
Ex-Welsh Cup (senior) winner with Bangor City, Gail Paterson-Manning still has a great eye for goal.
Ashleigh Jones, the former Amlwch Town midfielder, is another familiar name.
Manager is Chris Davies, a major success in the past in charge of Trearddur Bay men’s team.
Amy Burrows, Freya Davies, Stacey Evans, Caitlin Howell-Williams, Lia Angharad Huws, Ashleigh Jones, Catrin Ellen Jones, Lara Jones, Eldeg Grug Lewis, Georgia Louise Magee, Abbie Elise Manning, Gail Paterson-Manning, Beth McEachern, Shelley Mcmullan, Cara Mortimer, Nicole Norris, Rebecca Pitman, Hannah Smith, Chloe Louise Taylor, Gemma Thomas, Leanne Williams, Saffron Keira Williams, Toni Nicole Williams, Shanellie Cooper.
Big welcome to Powys newcomers Welshpool, who to my knowledge have been around a while, but will now take their place for the first time in the North Wales League.
It will be interesting to see how they perform.
Tracy Ann Hamer, Jane Hamer, Amy Allen, Julie Hamer, Jennifer Joys, Denise Duckett, Hazel Joanne Bliss-Bennett, Sarah Pryce, Jemma Louise Roberts, Zoe Roberts, Sophie Edwards, Sophie Hannah Gardner, Jasmine Adams, Robyn Dunham, Nicola Campbell, Jade Pryce, Kirsty Lianne Jones, Beth Andrews, Lily Davies, Thea Hamer, Josie Le Vay, Katie Perkins, Freya Ryan, Samantha Chilton, Beth Richards, Ellie Davies, Zoe Ann Adams, Katie Cameron, Rebecca Tichford, Bethan Jones, Amy Aldwinckle, Jessica Caitlyn Lloyd.
North Wales Women’s Football League – list of available winners
2012-13 Kinmel Bay
2014-15 Denbigh Town
2015-16 Northop Hall
2016-17 Caernarfon Town
2017-18 Northop Hall
2018-19: Division One – Bethel/Llanfair United (joint); Division Two – Bethesda.
2019-20: Division One – Llanfair United; Division Two – Amlwch Town
Betty Pickering Cup
2013-14 Denbigh Town
2015-16 Caernarfon Town
2016-17 Caernarfon Town
2018-19 Llanfair United
2019-20 Not played
2017-18 Northop Hall
2018-19 Llanfair United
2019-20 Not played
2018-19 – Division B Final: Amlwch Town 2 Wrexham 1; Division A Final: Not played