Ten stars of the North Wales women’s football season so far

Carol Lewis (right) celebrates a goal with her Amlwch team-mates. Picture: GETHIN JONES

It’s been a great comeback season so far in North Wales senior women’s football.

We are currently on course to complete our first full campaign since 2018-19, after which Covid took control.

We’ve seen a new league – the tier two Genero Adran North – take shape very nicely, while a revamped one-division tier 3 North Wales Women’s League has seen all 10 teams earn at least a point.

Grassroots North Wales has viewed the majority of teams in action and has come up with 10 players who have made a great impact so far.

These are just a selection and in no way a ‘top 10’ chart.

Francesca Scott (Connah’s Quay Nomads)

Goalden Girl Francesca celebrates another net-finder. Picture: NCM MEDIA

Since joining the Nomads from The New Saints in October, this extremely quick and skilful player has notched 13 goals in just five games.

She has provided a whole new zip to a Connah’s Quay squad which was already going great guns.

Sarah O’Hara (Llanystumdwy)

One remarkable lady

Everyone has fallen in love with Sarah’s story.

The mum-of-eight has returned to football with newcomers Llanystumdwy and made her mark with some crucial goals.

Sarah’s most famous moment so far was scoring a rare headed goal which sealed Llan a 3-2 win at Northop Hall, where they had trailed 2-0. One of those times you wish you’d been there…..

Ella Jones (Llandudno)

Ella (centre – stripes) takes on Llanfair United. Picture: IAN FRANCIS

The girl whose hat-trick won Penrhyn Bay the 2018-19 FAW Under-16 Welsh Cup final has made a sensational impact in her first full senior season.

The 17-year-old forward has notched 22 goals in just 11 appearances in all competitions for tier 2 Genero Adran North club Llandudno.

Rosie Hughes (Wrexham)

Rosie celebrates a goal for Wrexham. Picture: GEMMA THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY/WREXHAM AFC

While Wrexham have a number of talented players, the main headline maker so far has been former Llandudno striker Rosie Hughes, scorer of 24 goals in just 11 matches for the Reds.

The 25-year-old bagged a hat-trick on her debut and chalked up nine goals in her opening three games. She has netted 14 in Genero Adran North alone.

Jenna Allsup (Bethel)

Jenna celebrates her award with some champagne

Bethel’s defence has suffered a lot of disruption this season due to injuries and absences.

Remaining solid and reliable at the back throughout has been the experienced Jenna Allsup, who was named Bethel’s Player of the Month for October.

All-round sportswoman Jenna is also having a great season with Tim o Walis in the Gwynedd and Anglesey Netball League.

Georgia Spibey (NFA)

Georgia shapes to take another of her famous throw-ins

The hard-working Georgia has been a major asset in NFA’s excellent start to the season in the North Wales League.

She notched her first goal recently, but her defensive work and support of the team’s attacks has been invaluable.

And her throw-ins are something else. An unsung hero who is majorly valued by the team.

Becca Elliott (Bangor 1876)

Becca Elliott in action for 1876

If you are going to make a statement in any league, you need a strong and reliable goalkeeper.

CPDM Bangor 1876 has one of the very best in Becca Elliott.

She does everything expected of a goalkeeper so well. Not just stopping shots, but catching, ‘sweeping up’, kicking. No wonder she was once a regular in the Welsh Premier with Llandudno.

Carol Lewis (Amlwch Town)

Carol Lewis is an inspiration to all around her. Picture: GETHIN JONES

Having lost so many players in the summer, there was doubt as to whether Amlwch would even have a team this season.

However, their loyal and determined defender and captain Carol Lewis refused to let things go under.

She led the battle to bring in new players and retain others, and since the season began she has been a key figure at the back as Amlwch have established themselves as joint leaders of the North Wales League.

Rebecca Bannister (CPD Y Rhyl 1879)

Rebecca (white) on the ball

Before this season began Becca was already long established as a former star midfielder with Rhyl FC in Welsh Premier and a talisman for Connah’s Quay Nomads in their debut 2019-20 campaign.

Now part of the newly-established Rhyl 1879, Becca has been arguably the league’s stand out player so far with her stunning shooting, strong tackling, sublime passing and an ability to almost make the ball talk.

Llangefni Town manager Dan Gregg recently labelled her the league’s “best of the best”.

Hannah Owen (Llangefni Town)

The expression says it all: the inimitable Hannah Owen. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

Llangefni came into the North Wales League this season as an unknown quantity.

However, not only has their spirit and enthusiasm won them many admirers, they have also picked up three wins already.

Everyone who wears a Cefni shirt gives 100 percent and it is perhaps wrong to pick out individuals, but special mention for the non-stop Hannah Owen, who typifies as much as anyone the love for the game and desire to compete that this Llangefni squad possesses in abundance.

CHEEKY 11TH CHOICE…..

Kirstie Kural (Connah’s Quay Nomads)

Kirstie Kural (No 20 on shorts) up against Bethel’s Gwenno Bolton and Mari Gibbard. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

For a holding midfielder to already have 15 goals on the board says just about everything regarding this outstanding player.

Well-known for past achievements with Northop Hall, as well as building a reputation as a tremendous Futsal player, Kirstie has been a vital piece of the jigsaw for ambitious Nomads, who look very capable of making a major challenge for the Genero Adran North title.

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