PICTURE by Wynne Evans shows Craig Moore scoring against Bodorgan last weekend.
IT’S hard to believe that the first month of Anglesey League footballing action is over already isn’t it?
We’ve seen plenty of great goals, thumping wins and interesting transfers take place already, but here I bring you the lowdown on who the top scorers are as it stands in the division (stats correct as of September 1).
10. Luke Allaway (Bodorgan), Glenn North (Caergybi), Paul Williams (Valley) and Tom Jones (Pentraeth Reserves) – 4 goals each
Two familiar faces from last season tied on four goals. These talented attackers both finished within the top 10 scorers list in the Anglesey League last season.
Allaway (above) hit 28 goals for Bodorgan and North bagged 14 goals during 2017/18 so we can no doubt expect to see them up their on the goal scoring ranks this time around too.
A surprising candidate joins them on four goals though – Pentraeth Reserves midfielder Tom Jones who has been a real star turn within his side already.
Paul Williams has also enjoyed a great start to the season with Valley.
9. Paul Jones (Cefni FC) and Shane Boylan (Valley) – 5 goals each
After a tough start to the season, league newcomers Cefni are beginning to find their feet and it’s fair to say that Jones (right) has played a big part in that with his contribution of five goals to date.
Boylan scored five goals in just three matches and assisted a couple for his team mates too. Unfortunately for Valley, he has returned to New Zealand now, but his contribution in the opening month certainly won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
8. Mark Williams (Arriva Bangor), Mike Williams (Valley) and Mike Kelly (Holyhead Hotspur Reserves) – 6 goals
Voted Arriva’s Player of the Month for August, it’s fair to say that Mark Williams has had quite the impact on the Anglesey League already. Six goals from central midfield and a tireless performance game in, game out, has made him stand out at the club.
Fellow Williams, Mike (above), who hit 30 goals last season for Valley, has picked up where he left off in 2017/18 with the club. The tall forward causes havoc with his strength and height up top, but he’s also great with his feet too – as he has proven a couple of times already this season.
Holyhead Hotspur Reserves player-manager Mike Kelly joins these two on six goals. The mdifielder, who played for Hotspur’s first team for several years, has guided his youthful team well so far, both on the pitch and off it.
7. Kenny Williams (Pentraeth Reserves) – 8 goals
Pentraeth Reserves have had a highly respectable start to their 2018/19 campaign and Williams (right) has spearheaded their attack well.
The lively forward has taken his chances well when they have fallen to him and has scored some important goals for the club too – including two in a 3-2 win at Holyhead Hotspur Reserves just last weekend.
He could be one to watch this season as Pentraeth aim for a high finish in the division.
6. Jerome Sillence (Bryngwran Bulls) – 8 goals
Young striker who has settled in very well since moving to Bryngwran from Llanerchymedd in the summer.
After netting four on his debut in a 12-1 win at Llandegfan, the 20-year-old followed up with another four goals in August against the likes of Pentraeth Reserves and Llanfairpwll.
His link-up play with fellow strikers Williams and Moore have been great to watch at times and I have no doubts that he can reach at least 30 goals this season if he continues his fine form.
5. Scott Hughes (Arriva Bangor) – 9 goals
Hard to believe that Hughes is already on nine goals when you consider the fact that he has been injured for around three weeks now.
The striker damaged a hamstring in a game v Pentraeth Reserves but that hasn’t stopped him from remaining within the top five scorers in the league.
Hughes, who hit 46 goals for Kevin Jones’s side last season, started this one off in blistering form, bagging six goals against Cefni. I’m sure that once he returns from injury he will start banging them in again for Arriva!
4. James Ryan (Caergybi) – 10 goals
Last season’s runner-up for the top scorer prize has settled in well at his new club and is beginning to find form as we head into the September fixtures.
Seven goals in the league and a hat-trick against Llandegfan in the cup has seen Ryan up to double figures already and with Gary Jo now out of the picture for Caergybi, it looks as though he will be the main man to turn to for goals.
His ability to finish chances off are up there as the best in the league (having hit 53 goals last year!) and I have no doubts that we will see him up the top of the goal scoring charts when this season ends too.
3. Ryan Rowlands (Cemaes Bay) – 11 goals
The surprise star in the race for the top scorer award, Rowlands has been a one man army for Cemaes already this season.
His pace and movement up top has made him a real handful for defenders to try and cope with and this was highlighted in Cemaes’ 4-0 win over Llanfairpwll – in which he scored all four goals.
The 21-year-old is certainly one to keep a close eye on this season in this Cemaes side who will be looking to make an impact as they look to rebuild following a tough few months.
2. Gary Jo Owen (Caergybi) – 16 goals
On Thursday night, it was announced that Gary Jo will be leaving Caergybi and the Anglesey League to try his hand at Welsh Alliance Two with the talented Holyhead Town side.
Owen hit 58 goals during 2017/18 as he scooped the top scorer award for the second time in his career and proved that he may just be too good for the league after all.
Nevertheless, he resigned at Caergybi for the first month of the new season and once again proved that he was a prolific scorer – bagging 10 goals in the league and six in the cup.
There’s no doubt he will be sorely missed by Cybi (and the league too), but he deserves that shot at the higher leagues in my opinion.
1. Craig Moore (Bryngwran Bulls) – 19 goals
If there’s one man who can well and truly take over the reigns from Gary Jo Owen then it is Moore.
“Midge”, as he is known, has had an absolutely blistering start to the 2018/19 campaign after signing for The Bulls from folded Trearddur Bay in the summer. A double hat-trick against Llandegfan on the opening day of the season set him well on his way to scoring for fun and that’s exactly what he’s been doing.
His pace, dribbling and finishing have made him a nightmare for defenders to try and deal with and he has looked streets ahead of others at times.
Lobs, penalties, free-kicks, you name it and he’s scored it already in August. That is why he is AFEFootballNews’ Player of the Month. Congratulations Craig!