PICTURE by Lewis Mitchell on behalf of Y Clwb Pel-Droed.
BALA Town skipper Chris Venables has scooped the JD Cymru Premier Golden Boot for the 2019/20 season.
Following the Football Association of Wales (FAW)’s decision to curtail the campaign due to the coronavirus outbreak, The Lakesiders have qualified for the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds after a one-year absence.
However, there was also further cause for celebration for Colin Caton’s side when it was officially announced that club captain Venables had finished as the league’s top scorer.
The midfielder has been on fire throughout the campaign for Bala and finished on 22 goals in just 26 matches – four ahead of The New Saints’ prolific striker Greg Draper who finished on 18.
It is the fourth time that Venables has won the ‘Golden Boot’, having previously scooped the prize on three occasions whilst playing for Aberystwyth Town between 2013-14 and 2015-16, netting 24, 28 and 20 goals to top the list.
By now, Venables has made more than 400 appearances in Wales’ top-flight, scoring nearly 200 goals. He has also been named WPL (now JD Cymru Premier) Player of the Season in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
The 34-year-old, who is now in his 17th season in Wales’ top-flight, started out at Shrewsbury Town before stints at Welshpool, Caersws, Aberystwyth Town and Llanelli. He made the move to Maes Tegid with Bala in 2016.