PICTURE by Wynne Evans
WITH the Christmas break taking place this weekend and each club taking a well-deserved weekend off from the football, I thought it would be a good time to catch up on the Anglesey League’s top scorers as we head towards December 25.
But who’s been given the gift of being top scorer at Christmas? Read on to find out more …
Jerome Sillence (Valley) – 8 goals
Was a key performer in the Bryngwran (now Trearddur Bay) Bulls 2018/19 title-winning side and has been a great player upon his return to former club Valley too.
Sillence is a pacey winger/forward who’s got a good eye for goal. He has now left to join The Marines.
Dylan Jones (Cemaes Bay) – 8 goals
Eight goals for a centre back who has missed quite a few matches this season is quite good going isn’t it?
Jones arrived at The Bay from long-term club Bro Goronwy in the summer – with his last match for the Moelfre-based Gwynedd League club seeing him lift the NWCFA Junior Cup as captain (he also scored in the final).
Tom Zalot (Llanfairpwll) – 8 goals
17-year-old forward who has taken to senior football with ease since making the move to Llanfair from Llangoed in the summer.
Zalot has proved to be a real handful up top with eight goals and really looks as though he could go on to great things.
Daniel Jones (Cemaes Bay) – 8 goals
Young defender/midfielder who has been exceptional for league-leaders Cemaes this season. The 16-year-old, who also plays for Caernarfon Academy, looks a real talent.
He’s playing with confidence in a team full of players who are far more experienced.
Elliott Jones (Llanfairpwll) – 8 goals
Left Llandegfan in the summer having scored no goals in 2018/19 – but has become a rejuvenated character under Spud Thomas and Vinny Walker at Llanfairpwll. He’s a quality player who can really make a difference on his day.
He’s a very good friend of mine and it’s great to see him doing so well (although he is currently sidelined with an injury).
Casey Gregg (Hotspur Reserves) – 8 goals
Another great young Anglesey League talent who was my Young Player of the Season for his efforts in 2018/19. This season, he’s taken a more creative role in the Hotspur Reserves side – setting up team mates with his great vision and willingness to drive forward.
The 18-year-old is still well on his way to beating his goal tally of 14 from last season though.
Dion Williams (Arriva Bangor) – 8 goals
A welcome addition to Kevin Jones’ side, Williams returned to Arriva in the summer and has been a standout star for the club out wide. He’s a quick player who loves to go past a defender and he’s very hard to stop when he really gets going.
He could be one to watch in the second half of the season.
Tudur Williams (Valley) – 9 goals
Has been one of the most underrated players in the division since returning to Cae Mwd from Llanerchymedd in the summer. Williams is a real grafter in the middle for Valley.
He’s been important in terms of goals too (particularly with Sillence and Boylan no longer available) and is now just shy of double figures.
Curt Williams (Hotspur Reserves) – 9 goals
Having recently come back from a long term injury, Williams has shown his class. He returned to action with a perfect hat-trick in an 8-1 win over Llandegfan earlier in the season.
Craig Moore (Hotspur Reserves) – 10 goals
Finished as the league’s second top scorer last season with 60 goals to his name as he helped Bryngwran Bulls finally and deservedly win the Anglesey League.
‘Midge’ is a tricky forward, who despite being unavailable for most of the season, has in recent weeks come to life once more – for both the first team and The Reserves at Hotspur (tally only includes second team goals).
It’s great to see him back in amongst the goals.
Simon Kay (Mountain Rangers) – 10 goals
Former Welsh Premier League midfielder, who is now captain of the re-formed Rangers team. He has been a vital component within Alex Philp’s team.
The former Caernarfon Town player has popped up with double figures so far and has been influential in the middle of the park.
Casey Boylan (Valley) – 11 goals
Despite leaving the league back in September, Boylan remains as one of its top scorers. In a blistering start to the campaign upon returning to Valley, the central midfielder dominated the division, picking up six Man of the Match wards in as many matches.
He then returned to Bodedern Athletic after a handful of games with Dan Jones’ side with a healthy total of 11 goals.
Luke Allaway (Bodorgan) – 13 goals
Bod’s main man in terms of goals has continued to find the back of the net this season and is already well on the way to beating the tally of 16 he netted last season (when he did spend part of the campaign with Aberffraw).
In 2017/18, the tall forward hit 28 goals in a memorable campaign.
Keenan Downey (Cemaes Bay) – 14 goals
In my, and many other people’s eyes, the best midfielder in the league by a mile this season. Downey, who turned 23 last week, has been exceptional as club captain upon returning to Cemaes from Bodedern Athletic in the summer.
14 goals from the middle of the park is a very respectable total and I’m sure he’ll be looking to take his tally to 20+ come the end of the campaign.
Andy Williams (Cemaes Bay) – 15 goals
Experienced striker who has enjoyed a highly-prolific campaign today, especially when you consider the number of games he’s missed.
Having arrived from Bro Goronwy in the summer (pictured above), where he had spent many a season finishing as the club’s top scorer, Williams has continued to prove how good he is and showed his goal scoring prowess for Cemaes.
Steven Whittaker (Cemaes Bay) – 28 goals
Has been one of the island’s most prolific goalscorers for many a year now and has once again proven his worth this season. Having dropped down from playing Welsh Alliance football with Bodedern Athletic, ‘Tyco’ has been bang in form on his return to The Bay.
He’s been scoring left, right and centre, despite missing a few games through injury and with 28 goals already, he’s certainly a contender for the top scorer prize.
Sam Williams (Mountain Rangers) – 28 goals
If you’re looking for success in the Anglesey League, particularly in your first ever season in the division, then it certainly helps to have a prolific scorer on your books. That’s exactly what Rangers have in Williams.
‘Ziggy’ has been the main man for Alex Philp’s team and the man they can rely on to bang in the goals consistently – 28 so far to be exact. If his form to date is anything to go by then we could certainly be looking at a potential league top scorer come the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
Scott Hughes (Arriva Bangor) – 35 goals
Having gone so close yet so far to winning the top scorer prize over the last two seasons, Hughes is pulling away from the pack early this time around with 35 to his name already.
The pacey forward has hit 60 and 46 goals in the last two seasons respectively and so his current haul since Arriva joined the Anglesey League in 2017/18 stands at 141 goals.
Hughes’ finishing is top class and having put himself in good stead to finish on the top of the pile come the end of the season, can he now stay there?
Other club’s top scorers:
Cefni – Ben Wright (5 goals)
Holyhead Town Reserves – Luke Miles (5 goals)
Llandegfan – Paul Jones and Robert Boyes (5 goals)
Pentraeth Reserves – Lewis Owen (6 goals)