I HAVE now been keeping track of the Anglesey League since summer 2017.
During that time, some of the best strikers on the island have graced the lowest division and banged in the goals along the way.
Here’s who tops the list overall …
Dewi Thomas (Caergybi) – 25 goals (Two seasons)
A real midfield general for Caergybi who was more than capable of scoring a goal or two (and great ones at that.
He hit 14 goals in his and the clubs first season in the Anglesey League in 2017/18, before bagging 11 more in the following season, where he did not feature as often for Dale Moffat’s side.
Thomas, who was club captain, eventually helped Cybi up to the Gwynedd League in 2018/19 and he remains with them to this day.
Kenny Williams (Pentraeth Reserves) – 28 goals (One season and a half)
Pentraeth’s main man in 2018/19, firing in 22 goals in a memorable campaign in which they reached a cup final in their first season under Danny Jones and Paul Matier in the Anglesey League.
After several free-scoring seasons in the Sunday League, Williams joined up with other Dreigiau Pentraeth team-mates to play for The Reserves that season and it paid off.
This season, he’s had a slower start due to other commitments, but has hit six goals so far.
Herbie Hofsteede (Mynydd Tigers) – 32 goals (One season)
This boy was a terrific player in 2017/18. I say boy, because he was just 18 years old at that time, but played with confidence and a skill set that were beyond such a young age.
Hofsteede was an attacking midfielder/striker who hit 32 goals in an unforgettable title-winning campaign with that youthful Mynydd Tigers side.
Having played against him myself for Llandegfan that season, I can vouch that he was a very talented player. He is now turning out for a team in Leeds, where he works as a plumber.
Matty Roberts (Bryngwran Bulls) – 37 goals (Two seasons)
Highly-reliable winger who popped up with some important goals for The Bulls, including in cup finals. 15 goals in 2017/18 were followed up with 22 more in the title-winning season of 2018/19.
He was a rapid winger with a great eye for goal and he is now still with The Bulls.
Andrew Bailey (Bryngwran Bulls/Valley) – 37 goals (Three seasons)
Central midfielder who was pivotal to The Bulls double-cup winning side of 2017/18. He bagged 20 goals from the middle of the park as club captain that season.
In 2018/19, Bailey joined Valley and was again an important part of the set up as he hit 14 goals from midfield. Another three goals have followed for him this season.
For me, he’s been one of the most underrated middle-men during my time covering the league.
Steven Whittaker (Cemaes Bay) – 39 goals (Half a season)
‘Tyco’ has banged the goals in left, right and centre, over the years in the Anglesey League. However, this is his first season he’s been involved in the division since I’ve covered it.
Nevertheless, he’s been on top form and, despite missing some weeks through a back injury, he’s racked up 39 goals already and looks as though he could earn himself the top goalscorer prize come the end of the season.
He’s one of the best finishers on the island and has a wicked shot in his armoury.
Sam Williams (Mountain Rangers) – 45 goals (Half a season)
A prolific striker who has taken the Anglesey League by storm in Rangers’ first season in the competition and is currently the league’s top scorer in all competitions with 45 to his name.
He has now sustained an injury which is expected to keep him out for awhile. Which is a real shame, because he was on the way to beating a club record of 56 goals set by John Hayes in 1993/94.
Justin Williams (Valley/Caergybi) – 48 goals (Two seasons)
A winger/forward who was exceptionally good in the 2017/18 season, whilst playing up top with Mike Williams and Konner Druce. In that particular year, he hit 36 goals and was one of the league’s standout performers, despite Valley slipping away in the title race.
He managed 12 goals in the 2018/19 season for Caergybi, before an injury ruled him out for months.
This season, the pacey forward is back to full strength and has been in fine form for Trearddur Bay Bulls in the Gwynedd League, notching up 21 goals in all competitions.
Mike Williams (Valley) – 49 goals (Three seasons)
2017/18 was a particular one to remember for Williams too as he hit 30 goals and formed a great partnership up top with Justin Williams. His height and strength made him a nightmare for defenders to try and deal with.
He followed that campaign up with 16 goals in 2017/18, but has hit just three so far this season, although he has been used more as a midfielder in recent times.
He’s a very difficult player to beat in the air, and that has given both him and Valley an advantage at times.
Luke Allaway (Bodorgan) – 62 goals (Three seasons – although has moved leagues in between)
One of the league’s often overlooked but nevertheless talented goal-getters, Allaway hit a total of 28 in 2017/18, 16 in 2018/19 (before moving to another league) and 18 so far this season.
He’s a tall forward who’s great in the air (which is just as well with Bod’s Cae Cob ground suitable for long throws into the box) and has been the club’s star man for several seasons now up top.
Craig Moore (Brynwgran Bulls/Hotspur Res) – 70 goals (One and a half season)
‘Midge’ took the league by storm in 2018/19, helping Bryngwran Bulls finally land the Anglesey League title, by racking up 60 goals (although that was incredibly not enough to land him the top scorer prize as you’ll find out later). This season, he spent the majority of the campaign with Hotspur Reserves, bagging ten goals, before returning to play for The Bulls in the Gwynedd League.
His pace and finishing put him up there as one of the deadliest strikers in the division, with his experience of having played at a higher level well and truly showing.
Gary Jo Owen (Valley/Caergybi) – 75 goals (One and a half season)
Finished as league top scorer in 2017/18 with 58 goals – going one better than his record for Morawelon beforehand. He followed that up with 17 more in 2017/18 (despite leaving the league in September to join Holyhead Town in Welsh Alliance One).
He’s undoubtedly one of the most gifted goalscorers on the island and makes it look easy at times. Over the years, he’s bagged several more goals in the AL for the likes of Morawelon FC, but this tally is just from when I’ve been covering the division.
James Ryan (Bryngwran Bulls/Caergybi) – 128 goals (Two seasons)
Ryan (pictured with trophy above) enjoyed a record-breaking season in 2018/19 with 74 goals to his name. In the season, before he enjoyed another more than respectable campaign, bagged 54 goals for Bryngwran Bulls who finished second in the division behind Mynydd (now Ogwen) Tigers).
After Cybi secured promotion last season, he is now playing one step up in the Gwynedd League – where he has already hit double figures once again this season.
Scott Hughes (Arriva Bangor) – 145 goals (Two and a half seasons)
Arriva’s little forward is the most prolific of them all during my time following league stats.
46 goals in 2017/18 were followed up with a further 60 last season and 39 so far this year.
His finishing abilities and movement both on and off the ball are a sign of a player who belongs at a higher level, there’s no doubt about that. He is the best of the best in terms of goals since I’ve covered the league.