No 16 Queen’s Park
In a thrilling finish to the Welsh National League Premier Division season, Queen’s Park grabbed the title for the second time in three years.
With Queen’s having finished their fixtures and possessing 63 points from 28 games, second-place Corwen needed just two points from their last two matches to snatch the crown.
However, Corwen were beaten 3-2 by both Cefn Albion and Mold Alexandra in their final pair of tests, leaving Queen’s to celebrate becoming champions.
The Wrexham side took a big step towards the title when they killed a four-year jinx by beating bogey side Corwen 2-0 at The Dunks on April 13.
Queen’s won their last eight league matches, hammering in 40 goals and conceding just one, that run including 10-0 and 11-0 canings of Brickfield Rangers in their last two fixtures, top marksman Mike Latham netting 10 in that pair of thrashings.
After sealing the title Queen’s players, management and supporters visited the resting place of former manager Martin Ford, who passed away last year, to pay tribute.
Queen’s had not applied for promotion, so runners-up Corwen rise to the second tier Championship North and Mid next term.
No 15 Llanelwy Athletic
As debut seasons go, Llanelwy Athletic did rather well.
Tipped to stand out at the start of the campaign, they certainly delivered, winning the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Division One title and REM Jones Cup double.
In finishing champions, Llanelwy went unbeaten across all 20 league matches, winning 17 and drawing three, also scoring a formidable 115 goals and conceding just 26, enjoying a 10-point margin at the summit.
Athletic then defeated Rhos United 3-2 in the REM Jones final.
The St Asaph side made an early exit from the President’s Cup, but won their first NWCFA Junior Cup tie against Betws-y-Coed 10-1 before going out 7-2 against Gwynedd League champions Menai Bridge Tigers at the next stage.
Several players excelled for Llanelwy over the season, not least 33-goal top-scorer James Burke, as well as Shane Evans, Dan Price, Ellis Thomas, Matty Roberts and Matty Lewis among others.
Athletic’s first season could not have gone better – now they aim to make their mark in the Premier Division next term.
No 14 Bodedern Athletic
Like Connah’s Quay Nomads, Bodedern Athletic did not collect any silverware, but the 2018-19 season still brought many highlights for the Anglesey club.
In their first campaign back in Welsh Alliance Division One, Boded finished in an outstanding second place, taking champions Llangefni Town to the final game.
After a 12-match unbeaten run in the league between November and mid-April, three losses in a row within five days ultimately ended Athletic’s title hopes.
Another tremendous achievement for Ricky Williams’ side saw them advance to the semi-finals of the FAW Trophy.
After seeing off the likes of Llandyrnog United, Chirk AAA and Four Crosses, Boded celebrated arguably their best result of the season when they triumphed 1-0 at island rivals Llangefni Town in the quarter-finals.
Unfortunately, the semi-final against Pontardawe did not go Athletic’s way. After being reduced to 10 men when their goalkeeper was sent off with the score at 0-0, Boded finished up 5-0 losers to the South Wales side.
To push so hard for the Division One crown in their first season after promotion and make the last four of a national knockout was a fantastic effort from Bodedern.
No 13 Blaenau Amateurs
Blaenau Amateurs bounced back to prominence in North Wales football by securing promotion to Division One of the Welsh Alliance League.
The Quarrymen finished second in Division Two, meaning they will play their football in the third-tier top-flight next season.
It all represents a remarkable turnaround for Blaenau, who finished rock bottom of Division Two back in 2016/17 and ended up 11th last season.
They had never finished higher than eighth in eight seasons in Division Two, having joined the Welsh Alliance back in 2009/10 when it was a one division league, ending up in 12th spot.
Blaenau began the current season brilliantly, winning 15 of their first 18 league matches and looking like title certs at one point. A slight dip in form at the turn of the year brought them back to the chasing pack, but a strong ending set the rest a decent target to pass.
The Quarrymen ended on 62 points from their 28 games. Tom Hughes and Bryn Humphreys were leading scorers, but there were a number of useful goals contributed throughout the team.