Top 20 teams in North Wales football 2018-19 (Nos 12-9)

No 12 Glan Conwy

Glan Conwy celebrate their Welsh Alliance Division Two title success

Glan Conwy clinched a return to Welsh Alliance Division One – and won an exciting Division Two title race.

Already assured of promotion and second spot, Howard Vaughan’s side needed just a point from their final game at home to Pwllheli to be crowned champions.

Billed the club’s biggest game since winning the 2009/10 FAW Trophy Final, Glan did the job in style thanks to a Darren Landers hat-trick in a 3-0 victory.

After finishing third in their first campaign in Division Two, the Conwy Valley side secured top place at the second attempt.

Glan went a long way towards landing the title by winning 12 straight league matches between November and March, which enabled them to close down the lead of long-time table-toppers Blaenau Amateurs.

Early exits from most of the cups also allowed Glan to concentrate most of their focus on Division Two.

It was a fantastic team effort from the Cae Ffwt men, but a huge factor in their success was the 36 league goals and 40 in all competitions of Jordan Phillips, who signed from Mochdre last summer.

No 11 Bryngwran Bulls

The 2018-19 Anglesey League champions Bryngwran Bulls. Picture: Wynne Evans

In their third season in Saturday football, Bryngwran Bulls performed their best yet as they clinched the Anglesey League title and Elias Cup double.

Richard Owen’s side also reached no less than four other finals, finishing runners-up in the NWCFA Junior Cup, Benllech Car Boot Trophy, Lucas Oil Cup and Dargie Cup.

Star man was 58-goal hero Craig Moore, but it was a tremendous all-round effort that kept the Bulls involved in so many competitions.

Winners of the Dargie Cup and Lucas Oil Cup last term, another double in 2018-19 made it four pieces of silverware in two seasons for Bryngwran.

Bulls were outstanding in reaching the Junior Cup final, knocking out Gwynedd League Mynydd Tigers, Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Premier side Llandudno Athletic, Arriva Bangor and Talysarn Celts before putting up a great display against higher-level Bro Goronwy in the showpiece before losing 3-1.

Bryngwran had lost out in a league title decider against Mynydd Tigers the previous season, but in 2018-19 the Anglesey villagers made no mistake as they triumphed 3-0 in a last night showdown at Arriva Bangor.

Promotion to the Gwynedd League now beckons, but they have lost the services of goal machine Moore to Holyhead Hotspur.

No 10 Llandudno Athletic

Double cup winners and league runners-up Llandudno Athletic

Llandudno Athletic claimed the first silverware in the club’s short history at the double in 2018-19.

Last season Rhys Lane’s side laid the foundations for better things by winning promotion from Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Division One, as well as being beaten finalists in the REM Jones Cup.

Fast forward 12 months and Athletic are celebrating their finest season to date.

The team lifted both the Premier and President’s Cup after beating Abergele in two finals at Denbigh Town.

And Athletic also finished runners-up in the Premier Division behind champions Llandudno Amateurs.

During 2018-19, Athletic beat the Amateurs twice in the league – 4-1 away and 4-3 at home – and 4-2 in the President’s Cup, but a pair of defeats to Abergele and an unexpected draw versus Cerrigydrudion ultimately cost them the Premier Division title.

Nonetheless, a very good campaign for a team which keeps on improving and along with the Amateurs are proving very positive adverts for football in the town of Llandudno.

No9 Llandudno Amateurs

Back-to-back league titles for Llandudno Amateurs

To enter a division and win it at the first time of asking is pretty special – to do it twice in succession is exceptional.

After finishing top of Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Division One in 2017/18, winning 20 out of 22 matches and netting a massive 128 goals, Llandudno Amateurs were crowned Premier Division champions at the first attempt this term.

It wasn’t as straightforward this season as last for Sandy Malone’s men, who lost four of their 18 games, but when the heat was on the Amateurs delivered to claim the title by a point.

The championship was sealed courtesy of a thrilling 4-3 home triumph against Abergele on March 30.

Despite losing twice in the league to nearest rivals Llandudno Athletic and once against Llansannan, the Amateurs bagged enough wins to end up top.

Amateurs made a real name for themselves in the Welsh Cup, where they travelled to Welsh Alliance Division One high-flyers Greenfield in the second qualifying round and recorded a stunning 5-2 victory.

The tier-four side went out to Nantlle Vale of the Welsh Alliance 4-2 in extra time in the first round proper.

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