ANGLESEY LEAGUE REVIEW: The story of each club’s season so far

PICTURE by Edryd Jones shows Keenan Downey of Cemaes (in white) taking on Tudur Williams of Valley.

ARRIVA BANGOR

Current league position: 6th
Record (league): W5 D2 L4
Cups still involved in: Elias Cup (R2), Megan Cup (R2), Lucas Oil Cup (R2), NWCFA Junior Cup (Round of 16)
Manager: Kevin Jones
Top scorer: Scott Hughes (39 goals)
Unsung hero: Dion Williams
Home ground: Treborth 3G
Did you know?: Arriva have a grandfather (Stephen Edwards) and grandson (Jake Hughes) duo playing for them this season.

Young talent Jake Hughes. PICTURE: Darren Jones

It’s been a mixed bag for The Busmen so far this season, but they do have so much left to play for.

Their league campaign has been somewhat hindered by an injury to influential winger Danny Camilleri and departures of players such as Marc Williams (who has now returned) and Jay Williams among others. However, five out of eleven wins is more than respectable.

On the cup front, they’ll be looking to add to the three they’ve added to their trophy cabinet since joining the Anglesey League in 2017/18. And they’ve got a good chance of doing just that, as they remain in four cup competitions – including the prestigious Junior Cup which features teams from around North Wales.

As always, the prolific Scott Hughes has been their main man, popping up with 39 goals so far. However, the acquisitions of Dion Williams (Glantraeth) and Wisdom Janes (Menai Tigers) have also been important to the club.

Young prospects such as Efan Mutembo, Jake Hughes and Reece Thompson (now departed) have also stood out.

End of season target: Cup glory once more!

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BODORGAN

Current league position: 7th
Record: W3 D3 L7
Cups still involved in: Elias Cup (R2), Benllech Car Boot Trophy (R2)
Manager: Dave Webster
Top scorer: Luke Allaway (15 goals)
Unsung hero: Aaron Jones
Home ground: Cae Cob

PICTURE: Darren Jones

The Bod boys have looked decent once again this season and are currently sat on the same amount of points as they ammased last season – 20 (which is a club record since re-forming I believe). So, they certainly look as though, with six games remaining, they can top that tally again.

Dave Webster’s side also have two more bites at the cherry in cup competitions too – including in the Elias Cup, a competition they reached the final in in 2017/18 before losing on penalties to Arriva Bangor.

Luke Allaway is once again leading the charge in terms of goal and being on 15, he’s just one off his total for the whole of last season. Summer signings Ioan Thomas (Trearddur Bay Bulls) and Connor Rees (Aberffraw) have been superb throughout as has the versatile Aaron Jones who has popped up with eight goals.

End of season target: Beat their best points tally and progress in a cup.

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CEFNI

Current league position: 11th
Record: W6 D1 L8
Cups still involved in: Dargie Cup (Semis), Lucas Oil Cup (semis), Benllech Car Boot Trophy (R2).
Manager: Grahame Jones
Top scorer: Ben Wright (9 goals)
Unsung hero: Henry Caldecott
Home ground: Plas Arthur 3G

Gwion Williams and Ben Wright celebrate a goal v Llandegfan. PICTURE: Wynne Evans

Being hit with an eighteen point deduction early on hasn’t stopped Cefni from clawing their way back into credit (currently sat on one point). With five games to go, they’ll now be looking not to finish bottom of the pile.

Meanwhile on the cup front, glory is very much possible for the Llangefni-based side. Last season, in their first Anglesey League campaign, the club finished fourth and I tipped them for silverware in 2019/20. They’re still on track to get their hands on something, with three trophies up for grabs in the coming weeks.

In terms of their main man, Ben Wright has come to life in recent weeks. The midfielder, who made it into my Team of the Season last year, has been superb again in the middle and has hit nine goals to date.

Just as important to the club are defenders Henry Caldecott and Phil Davies, who are solid at the back. The midfield quartet of Andrew Jones, Gwion Williams and Macauley and Lee Lewis are also key players.

End of season target: Not finish bottom of the league and very possibly win a cup.

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CEMAES BAY

Current league position: 1st
Record: W11 D2 L1
Cups still involved in: Elias Cup (Semis), Dargie Cup (Semis), Megan Cup (R2), Lucas Oil Cup (Semis).
Manager: Darren Thomas
Top scorer: Steven Whittaker (34 goals)
Unsung hero: Daniel Jones
Home ground: School Lane

McKittrick on the ball. PICTURE: Edryd Jones

No surprises here whatsoever. Having got the ‘old band’ back together in the summer, including a whole hosts of Welsh Alliance level players, it’s fair to say that Cemaes could and should end the season with a lot of success.

They’re currently sat at the top of the table, having swept aside nearly every team in the division (aside from Mountain Rangers and Hotspur Reserves) and have made things look easy at times.

They’re also still in every cup competition other than the Benllech Car Boot Trophy and NWCFA Junior Cup and are at the semi-final stage in three of them.

Steven ‘Tyco’ Whittaker, who was one of many big names to return to School Lane alongside manager Darren Thomas in the summer, is the club’s leading scorer by far with 34 goals.

Club captain Keenan Downey has been superb throughout in the middle, leading the team well and providing 15 goals so far.

It’s hard to narrow it down to just who to highlight in this team to be honest, as so many of the are top, top talents. However, if I had to pick a defender I’d go for Dylan Jones; a midfielder (other than Downey) then I’d say Luke McKittrick and a forward (other than Tyco) I’d go for Andy Williams.

End of season target: To win as many trophies as possible.

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HOTSPUR RESERVES

Current league position:  3rd
Record: W9 D3 L2
Cups still involved in: Dargie Cup (Semis), Megan Cup (Semis), Benllech Car Boot Trophy (Semis).
Manager: Tom Scott
Top scorer: Curt Williams (12 goals)
Unsung hero: Phil Jones
Home ground: The New Stadium

Player-manager Tom Scott. PICTURE: Darren Jones

What an impact Tom Scott has made with the young stars at this club. Having watched them play against us twice this season, I can safely say he’s got them playing some absolutely brilliant football.

With a host of ‘next big things’ including Casey Gregg, Cameron Eaton and Phil Jones playing alongside the more experienced likes of Curt Williams, Mike Edwards and Craig Moore (now departed), it’s been a recipe for success at The New Stadium.

In the league, they’re third and in the cups, they’ve reached the final four in three of them. Top scorer for the club is the aforementioned Williams who, after returning from a long term injury, has been brilliant and notched up twelve goals so far.

Their breakthrough star has been 16-year-old Phil Jones, who has been energetic and really caught the eye. He’s having quite the season having hit six goals and already made his first team debut.

Having won the Megan Cup, they’ll be looking to reclaim it this season. It’s frightening to think what this bunch can already achieve right now, never mind in years to come.

End of season target: Cup glory and top three finish.

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HOLYHEAD TOWN

Current league position: 9th
Record: W1 D1 L11
Cups still involved in: Megan Cup (R2), Benllech Car Bot Trophy (R2)
Manager: Liam Murrell
Top scorer: Luke Miles (5 goals, now departed)
Unsung hero: Chris Owens
Home ground: MIllbank

PICTURE: Edryd Jones.

First seasons in any division are always hard, but Town (previously Town Reserves but changed after demise of the first team), have shown real heart already.

A 20-0 loss to a formidable Cemaes side at the beginning of the season didn’t dishearten them and they were eventually rewarded for that when they claimed a memorable 7-6 win at Bodorgan a few weeks later.

Their goal for the season will no doubt be to avoid finishing bottom and it looks as thought it will be a three horse race between them, Llandegfan and Cefni for that spot. They are still in two cup competitions too so could there be a cup run on the cards for The Harbourmen?

The club’s top two scorers in Luke Miles (5 goals) and Liam Owens (4 goals) have departed but they should fear not, as former Town hero Tom Hadley has recently returned and he pretty much guarantees them goals in the coming fixtures.

Perhaps their biggest unsung hero though has been centre back Chris Owens, who has been solid throughout.

End of season target: To avoid finishing bottom of the table.

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LLANDEGFAN

Current league position: 10th
Record: W1 D1 L12
Cups still involved in: Megan Cup (R2)
Manager: Arron Evans
Top scorer: Paul Jones and Robert Boyes (5 goals)
Unsung hero: Gethin Griffith
Home ground: Lon Ty Newydd
Did you know?: Despite recent struggles, Llandegfan are two time winners of the Anglesey League (1937-38 and 1973-74)

Tom Adamek (Blue and white) in action. PICTURE: Wynne Evans

The four points they currently have is the most they’ve had since re-forming in the summer of 2017 (surpassing the three points they had that season). However, they’ll certainly want more than that.

The 2-1 win over Pentraeth Reserves last Saturday was the clubs first win in two and a half years and will certainly give them some much-needed confidence to march on.

With six games to go, they very much have a chance to put more points on the board, but it certainly won’t be easy. They also have one cup competition left to play for, so should they be turning their attentions to that too?

Top scorers for the club are forward Paul Jones, 35, and 18-year-old midfielder Robert Boyes – both on five goals in all competitions.

In terms of unsung heroes, the club has had many who have shown heart. However, Gethin Griffith, has played in nearly every position going (including in goal for several matches) and deserves the credit. Full back Sam Short, who recently signed, has also been a great addition as has Tomos Adamek whos shored up the midfield.

End of season target: To avoid finishing bottom of the table.

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LLANFAIRPWLL

Current league position: 4th
Record: W8 D2 L4
Cups still involved in: Dargie Cup (Semis), Benllech Car Boot Trophy (R2)
Manager: Vinny Walker and Spud Thomas
Top scorer: Elliott Jones (8 goals)
Unsung hero: Owain Davies
Home ground: Maes Eilian

Callum Jones on the ball for Llanfair. PICTURE: Darren Jones.

Another youthful side who have impressed under the guidance of the experienced Thomas and Walker.

This Llanfair side are playing some great football at times and have worked their way up to fourth in the league with some fine performances. Having won the Dargie Cup in the past, I’m sure the managerial duo will have their sights set on that trophy once again this year. Should they do that AND achieve a top four finish then that would be the result of a very fine season.

Elliott Jones has been a great addition at Maes Eilian this season. Despite currently being out with a hamstring injury, he’s their top scorer with eight goals at the moment.

Elsewhere the likes of Jack Davies, Cai Evans, Adam Thomas and Callum Jones (all under 20) have all been exceptional too. The one that’s caught the eye for me though is Owain Davies – the 16-year-old left back has been in top, top form throughout and never stops working hard for his team.

End of season target: Top four finish

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MOUNTAIN RANGERS

Current league position: 2nd
Record: W10 D2 L0
Cups still involved in: Elias Cup (Semis), Lucas Oil Cup (R2), NWCFA Junior Cup (Round of 16)
Manager: Alex Philp
Top scorer: Sam Williams (45 goals)
Unsung hero: David Aaron Jones
Home ground: Cae’r Gors

Sam Williams (Black and white) v Cefni. PICTURE: Martin Pleming

The only team currently unbeaten (although they have played one or two less games than most teams). Rangers are enjoying a formidable debut campaign in the Anglesey League and are currently three points off the top with two games in hand over top-of-the-table Cemaes. Defensively, they’ve been very hard to break down with the likes of David Aaron Jones, Tom Philp and Rhys Wynne leading the way in that department.

Another big boost for the club is the fact that they have the division’s leading scorer in their ranks (in all comps). Sam ‘Ziggy’ Williams has bagged 45 goals so far this season and recently broke a goalscoring record by netting no less than twelve goals in a 16-0 romp over Cefni.

They’ve been a great addition to the league and look certain to secure some form of silverware come the end of the season.

End of season target: Anglesey League title in debut campaign

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PENTRAETH RESERVES

Current league position: 8th
Record: W3 D1 L10
Cups still involved in: Elias Cup (Semis), Megan Cup (R2), Benllech Car Boot Trophy (R2)
Manager: Danny Jones and Paul Matier
Top scorer: Lewis Owen (7 goals)
Unsung hero: Peter Crowe
Home ground: Bryniau Fields

Lewis Owen in action. PICTURE: Darren Jones.

It hasn’t been the best of seasons for Danny Jones, Paul Matier and co so far, although there is still plenty of time to bounce back. They finished last season with 21 points, but have just 10 points in 14 games so far this time around so they’ll no doubt be looking to put more points on the table before the end of the campaign.

They are still very much alive and kicking in three cup competitions however, including in the Megan Cup – a tournament in which they reached the final last season.

Lewis Owen, who spent several seasons with the first team, is leading the way in the club’s goalscoring charts on seven, with last season’s top scorer Kenny Williams (who bagged 21) on five.

The addition of Luke Winter from Bodorgan has been a good one for the club and others such as the hard-working Peter Crowe and the reliable Tom Jones are always key in midfield.

End of season target: To put more points on the board and possibly secure another cup final

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VALLEY

Current league position: 5th
Record: W7 D0 L5
Cups still involved in: Megan Cup (R2), Lucas Oil Cup (semis), Benllech Car Boot Trophy (R2)
Manager: Dan Jones
Top scorer: Casey Boylan (11 goals, now departed)
Unsung hero: Dion Evans
Home ground: Cae Mwd

PICTURE: Darren Jones

Historically speaking, Valley have enjoyed quite a bit of success in the Anglesey League. This season, they’ve had a mixed bag of results but will nevertheless still be chasing a top four finish. Interestingly, they’re the only team not to draw a match so far this season in the league.

They’re still involved in three cup competitions too and so trophies are on the horizon if they can keep momentum going.

Top scorer this season is Casey Boylan (who returned to Bodedern early on in the season after a blistering start). Other than that, it’s the energetic Tudur Williams who’s hit nine from midfield.

In terms of unsung heroes, you could probably mention quite a few – however you have to give credit to captain Dion Evans and fellow centre back Ryan Heywood who nearly always keep things tight at the back.

End of season target: Top four finish and cup glory

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