It’s been a great comeback season so far for North Wales senior women’s football.
We’ve seen a new league – the tier two Genero Adran North – take shape nicely, while a revamped one-division North Wales Women’s League has seen all 10 teams earn at least a point.
Grassroots North Wales has viewed most teams in action and has come up with 10 more players who have made a great impact so far.
We’ve selected two sets of 10 (+1) already, but so many players have impressed we have drawn up another 10 sparkling stars. The players are listed in no particular order.
Gwen Roberts (Bangor 1876)
Exciting young player with lots of pace who has netted four goals for the impressive 1876 side so far.
Gwen sometimes runs from deep with the ball at her feet and is eye-opening to watch going forward.
This talented 18-year-old also coaches football to juniors and excels at netball.
THEME TUNE: Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton 🎵
Rachael Nattrass (CPD Y Rhyl 1879)
Midfield maestro who is back playing her football at Rhyl after a stint with Connah’s Quay Nomads in the 2019-20 season.
Rachael has been a key part of a flourishing 1879 side which remains undefeated in the North Wales League.
She has scored eight goals so far, including a magnificent free kick against Amlwch Town.
THEME TUNE: Can You Feel The Force – The Real Thing 🎵
Mari Gibbard (CPDM Bethel)
Magic Mari has produced a typically dynamic series of performances for a Bethel side which has made a great start to life in Genero Adran North.
This former Llandudno star is back where she first shone in senior football and has netted 12 times already this season.
Her attacking triumvirate with Ffion Williams and Fflur Williams has produced a combined 42 goals in just nine matches.
THEME TUNE: Mari You by Bruno Mars (or Locked Out Of Heaven if she prefers as it’s a better song) 🎵
Holly Mayers (Northop Hall)
Top scorer for Northop Hall to date with eight goals and a real star in the making.
Holly’s got a knack of being in the right place at the right time and thrives as part of an attacking partnership.
She is also a talented cricketer who took her maiden senior five-wicket haul in the 2020 season.
THEME TUNE: Buddy Holly by Weezer 🎵
Maddie Williams (Llandudno)
Returned to competitive 11-a-side football this season and what an impact she has made, scoring 15 goals so far for tier 2 Genero Adran North team Llandudno.
Maddie has proved herself capable of playing as either a sole striker or as part of an attacking unit.
A past Wales Under-16 player, she was central in reforming the women’s team at Llanfairfechan a couple of years ago.
THEME TUNE: Mad (die) World – Tears for Fears 🎵
Emma Roberts (Amlwch Town)
Outstanding in defence this season for an Amlwch team which ends 2021 top of the North Wales League.
Composed and strong on the ball, Emma was particularly impressive alongside skipper Carol Lewis in the recent 1-1 draw at leaders Rhyl 1879.
Coach Emma has represented Ynys Môn at the Island Games as well as wearing the colours of Bangor City, Caernarfon Town and Cardiff Met.
THEME TUNE: Vogue by Madonna 🎵
Rebecca Pritchard (Wrexham)
Back at Wrexham this season after reaching the Welsh Cup semi-finals with the previous team back in 2014/15.
An excellent addition to the current Reds squad, this dynamic right-sided attacker has netted seven goals so far this term.
A former Everton and Aston Villa youth player, as well as a Wales under-17 international, the 24-year-old is tailor-made for Genero Adran North.
THEME TUNE: She’s Like The Wind – Patrick Swayze 🎵
Lani Bouckley (Connah’s Quay Nomads)
The Nomads management have been delighted with Lani’s consistency this season.
Adaptable to any position, having played as a winger in the 2019-20 campaign, the former goalkeeper has excelled as a centre-back or right-back this term.
One of the few players from the 2019-20 season who has remained with the Nomads in 2021-22 and a key member of the squad.
THEME TUNE: Down Under by Men at Work 🎵
Emily Jones (NFA)
Skilful and always a danger to opposing defences, Emily is having a brilliant season with 13 goals so far.
From the day she scored twice as a 16-year-old super sub for Rhyl to knock Caernarfon Town out of the 2016-17 Welsh Cup, Emily has been a player to watch. She netted a Welsh Premier hat-trick for Rhyl aged 17
Now 21 and in her second season with NFA, she scored 10 goals in her debut campaign for the team, so has already bettered that.
THEME TUNE: See Emily Play by Pink Floyd 🎵
Hana Wellings (Llanystumdwy)
Exciting newcomers Llanystumdwy have introduced some great players to the North Wales League.
One of them is Hana Wellings, who has both scored and provided goals for the Dwyfor Park side.
She has also been a tremendous motivator and team inspiration off the field.
THEME TUNE: Hanna Hanna by China Crisis 🎵
Other stand-out players from 2021 who have featured in this series…….
Tegan Hewitt (Airbus), Jen Cox (Llangefni), Lia Huws (Trearddur Bay), Bethan Thomas (Northop Hall), Rosie O’Brien (Rhyl 1879), Jordan Roberts (Bangor 1876), Gemma Jones (Llanfair), Sian Moore (Pwllheli), Zoe Stopford (Holywell), Tesni Hughes (Amlwch Town), Ffion Wyn Williams (Bethel), Francesca Scott (Connah’s Quay), Sarah O’Hara (Llanystumdwy), Ella Jones (Llandudno), Rosie Hughes (Wrexham), Jenna Allsup (Bethel), Georgia Spibey (NFA), Becca Elliott (Bangor 1876), Carol Lewis (Amlwch), Rebecca Bannister (Rhyl 1879), Hannah Owen (Llangefni), Kirstie Kural (Connah’s Quay Nomads).