PICTURE by Wynne Evans.
LAST Friday night saw Arriva Bangor pick up their third trophy in just two seasons in the Anglesey League as “the team from the other side of the bridge” continues to leave its mark on the division.
Kevin Jones’ side reclaimed the Benllech Car Boot Trophy at Llanfairpwll with a stunning 3-2 win against league champions Bryngwran Bulls (After Extra Time).
Man of the Match and club top scorer Scott Hughes (above in blue) took his tally for the season to a formidable sixty goals with a brace and Darren Edmunds fired in the other as The Busmen enjoyed another memorable night in the club’s history.
Having started out as a Sunday League side (and gone on to enjoy success in that respect too), Arriva decided it was time to join the Anglesey League in 2017/18, despite some critics stating that no team from Gwynedd should be part of the division.
Two trophies (Elias Cup & Benllech Car Boot Trophy) in their debut season in the division quickly proved that they had found a place to belong however.
Much was said about teams from the other side of the bridge joining the league. However, you cannot fault them for going all out for success, irrespective of their location. Just look at how Mynydd Tigers (Bethesda-based) stormed to the title in 2017/18.
Whether the critics like it or not, Arriva are now a credit to the league and will surely be up there once again during 2019/20. With a wealth of talent within the side – from the likes of Mark ‘Bych’ Williams in midfield to Danny Camilleri out wide – I’m sure they can achieve great things if they stick together.
To bounce back and win the final piece of AL silverware of the season in the way they did (After losing a cup final and going so close in the league title run in too) is admirable and gives you an idea of the characters they have within the team.