PICTURE by Wynne Evans
The reigning AFEFootballNews Young Player of the Season enjoyed a campaign to remember in 2018/19 – hitting 14 goals in all competitions, including one in Hotspur Reserves’ 4-1 Megan Cup final win over Pentraeth Reserves.
This season has been no different, as he’s been one of the key players once more at The New Stadium. He’s popped up with five goals and has also been a real source of creativity for his team mates too.
It’s no surprise to see that, despite still only being 18 years old, Gregg is already knocking on the doors of first team football at Hotspur. I’m sure in years to come he will become a household name on, and perhaps, beyond the Isle of Anglesey.
Another 18 year old who has a mature head on his shoulders and playing ability beyond his years.
Central midfielder Corrie is now club captain at The Reserves and has more than proved his worth since his side joined the Anglesey League in the summer of 2018.
He’s a tough-tackling midfielder who always give his all for the blue and white shirt and he’s another one from this talented crop of youngsters who should go on to big things in the near future.
One of the more experienced players now in The Reserves set-up, Williams is an experienced forward who recently returned from a long-term injury (in some style!).
Having played at a higher level in the past, including for Hotspur’s first team, Williams returned from injury with a bang – notching a perfect hat-trick (left foot, right foot, header) in an 8-1 win over Llandegfan in September. Then, he bagged two in a shock 6-1 win over title-chasing Valley.
He’ll certainly be a more than useful player in Tom Scott’s side this season and one for the younger players to take some advice from I’m sure.
Centre back who is surely one of the first names on the team-sheet for The Reserves by now. A fine season in 2018/19 was capped off with a very memorable hat-trick from CB in his side’s 4-1 Megan Cup final win.
He’s a tall and commanding centre half who, at just 23, still has a lot more to give.
Another promising youngster at the club who had a breakthrough season last year. At 16 years old, the centre back stopped 2018/19 AL top scorer James Ryan from scoring with a memorable performance on his debut.
By now, he’s become a vital part of Tom Scott’s team and certainly doesn’t lack in confidence in the way he plays with the ball at his feet. He’s also popped up with four goals so far this season so he’s handy in almost every sense.
16-year-old central midfielder who has already played for Hotspur’s first team and has some serious potential.
Regular football with The Reserves this season alongside other young talents will only help him develop his game further.
16-year-old full-back who has become a regular starter within the team this season and has been in great form of late. He has scored on three occasions too (two in league, one in Junior Cup).
One of the other experienced heads within the team, ‘Eddie’ is absolutely quality in the middle of the park. He’s always available to pick up the ball before picking out a great pass himself.
A former Tranmere Rovers youth player, Edwards has made things tick in the midfield for The Reserves whenever he’s played this season and he’s undoubtedly one of the best CM’s in the league when he gets going.
Second top scorer in the Anglesey League last season when he banged in 60 for champions Bryngwran (now Trearddur Bay) Bulls.
Despite not being available as regularly for selection this season, the lively little forward has still managed to bag five goals so far and has shown that pace and movement to get in behind that made him so deadly during 2018/19.
He’s certainly one of the best strikers in the division when fully fit and his finishing is superb.
Another one whose played at a higher level. O’Toole is a versatile player who can play in several positions and has consistently played at a higher level in the past.
He’s been a more than welcome addition to the Reserves squad this season and is another experienced player to add to the mix.
Tom Scott (Manager)
Last season he was assistant manager to player-manager Mike Kelly and made several appearances as a player himself. This season, he’s taken over the reigns as gaffer and let the kids do the work on the pitch.
Scott is a vastly-experienced footballer having played for Hotspur’s first team for several years and his footballing knowledge is up there with the best in the league.
He’s got this young Hotspur Reserves side playing some wonderful football at times this season in a system that has seen them beat even the best of teams already, including Valley and title-favourites Cemaes Bay.
In my opinion, he’s doing a great job – especially when you consider how young the majority of his team are.