A look at some of the North Wales club’s 2020 summer transfers – Part two

PICTURE by Wynne Evans shows Craig Moore who has signed for Gwalchmai.

FOLLOWING on from part one, here’s a second helping of the transfers made by some North Wales club to date this “summer”.

Quite a few big names here once again!

ABERFFRAW (North Wales Coast West Premier)
Connor Gordon (Gaerwen)
Dic Jones (Gaerwen)

ARRIVA BANGOR (North Wales Coast West Division One)
Colin Ball (Ogwen Tigers)
Alex Griffiths (Ogwen Tigers)
Mike Holroyd
Matty James (Llanfairpwll)
Bradley Pickavance (Bethesda Athletic)
Liam Roberts (Valley)
Mathew Williams (pictured below)

Williams is back at Arriva.

The Busmen have been very busy already this summer, with manager Kevin Jones already adding seven new faces to his squad for the 2020/21 season.
The experienced Colin Ball arrives with defender Alex Griffiths, who won the Anglesey League with Mynydd Tigers in 2017/18, as did fellow new signing Mike Holroyd who hit quite a few goals that season.
Bradley Pickavance showed what he could do for Pentraeth Reserves before again shining at Bethesda Athletic and Matty James showed glimpses of his pace and great ball control at Llanfairpwll last season.
The return of midfielder Liam Roberts and defender Mathew Williams, who is undoubtedly one of the best around on his day, will also be two great additions to Arriva’s squad.

BANGOR 1876 (North Wales Coast West Premier)
Osian Hughes (Wrexham)
Sam Roberts (Llanrwst)
Gethin Thomas (Nantlle Vale)

BETHESDA ATHLETIC (North Wales Coast West Division One)
Mubarak Braganca (Ogwen Tigers)
Kieron Bullock (Ogwen Tigers)
Sion Bullock (Ogwen Tigers)
Lewis Dixon
Tomos Eames (Ogwen Tigers)
Kyle Hartleb (Ogwen Tigers)
Jack Henry
Daniel Hughes
Tomos Hughes
Wisdom Janes (Arriva Bangor)
Leon Owen (Ogwen Tigers)
Dylan Price (Ogwen Tigers)
Adrian Roberts (Ogwen Tigers)
Andrew Roberts
Dylan Roberts
Owen Roberts
Dafydd Williams
Shay Williams

New Pesda boss Mark Hughes has been busy.

The busiest club in the transfer window by far as new manager Mark Hughes has overhauled the squad at Bethesda.
Hughes, who led that Mynydd Tigers side to Anglesey League glory in 2017/18, has already added a few of those squad members to his new side, with the likes of Tomos Eames, Kieron Bullock and Wisdom Janes all having won the title that season.
Unsurprisingly, several others have followed from the now-defunct Ogwen Tigers too and so it shouldn’t take long for this predominantly young side to gel with one another.

BODORGAN (North Wales Coast West Division One)
Dewi Jones
Rob Hughes
Liam Owen
Ioan Thomas (Trearddur Bay Bulls)

BLAENAU AMATEURS (North Wales Coast West Premier)
Cai Henshaw (Penrhyndeudraeth)
Iwan Thomas (Penrhyndeudraeth)

BODEDERN ATHLETIC (North Wales Coast West Premier)
Joe Caven (Trearddur Bay Bulls)

CAERGYBI (North Wales Coast West Division One)
Rickie Lavelle

CAERNARFON TOWN (Cymru Premier)
Joey Jones (FC Queen’s Park)

GAERWEN (North Wales Coast West Premier)
Urien Elfyn (Llanfairfechan Town)
Tom Griffiths (Mynydd Llandegai)
Andrew Hughes
Tyler Hughes
Ethan Jones
Sean McGrath
Lewis Owen (Pentraeth)
Joshua Owen (Pentraeth)
Christy Pritchard
Danny Roberts
Sion Roberts
Ryan Wood (Pentraeth)

Wood has signed for Gaerwen.

New manager Justin Gallagher has been busy in the transfer window as his side prepare to play in the North Wales Coast Premier next season (tier four).
As well as promoting exciting youngsters such as Sean McGrath to the first team, Gallagher has secured the signings of three former Pentraeth players; Lewis Owen, Joshua Owen and Ryan Wood, who will bring plenty of attacking threat to the side and, despite all still being very young, bring plenty of experience too.

GLANTRAETH (North Wales Coast West Division One)
Connor Donsbach
Tomos Hughes (Porthmadog)
Matty Roberts (Trearddur Bay Bulls)
Steve Smith (Llanfairpwll)

GWALCHMAI (North Wales Coast West Premier)
Chris Bennett (Gaerwen)
John Jones (Trearddur Bay Bulls)
Craig Moore (Trearddur Bay Bulls)

Moore will surely bag some goals! PICTURE: Wynne Evans.

Three top, top signings here. Bennett was top scorer for Gaerwen in Welsh Alliance Two last season with nine goals to his name and will no doubt prove to be a shrewd signing for Gwalch.
But they have also secured the signature of another goal machine too – in the form of Craig Moore. The rapid forward has hit nearly 100 goals over the course of the last two seasons whilst playing for Trearddur Bay Bulls and Holyhed Hotspur.
Last but by no means least is John Jones, who arrives after spending several season with The Bulls. He’s a highly-reliable and hard-working defender who can play anywhere across the back and after a few seasons watching him play in the Anglesey and Gwynedd Leagues, I can tell you he’s more than ready for Tier Four football.

HOLYHEAD HOTSPUR (Cymru North)
Jordie Murphy (Llangefni Town)
Cai Powell-Roberts (Llangefni Town)

Murphy should prove to be a fantastic signing for Hotspur.

Hotspur have secured two top signings of their own too.
Despite coming through the youth ranks of the club, Jordie Murphy never went on to play for the Hotspur fist team – until now. The attacking midfielder, who was once part of the formidable Morawelon side which dominated North Wales football, has signed from fellow tier-two side and rivals Llangefni Town.
He’s a midfielder who’s notched up more than 100 goals in his senior career to date and will undoubtedly be a key player for Hotspur in 2020/21.
The club’s other recent signing is the versatile Cai Powell-Roberts, who is another one arriving from Llangefni Town, and was part of the Ynys Mon side which won gold at the Island Games Football Tournament last summer.

HOLYHEAD TOWN (North Wales Coast West Division One)
Liam Bibby (Bethesda Athletic)
Dan Doyle (Bethesda Athletic)
Josh Evans
Sion Jones (Pentraeth)

LLANDEGFAN (North Wales Coast West Division One)
Liam Jones (Bethesda Athletic)
Lee Morris (Bethesda Athletic)

LLANERCHYMEDD (North Wales Coast West Division One)
Luke Roberts (Valley)

LLANFAIRPWLL (North Wales Coast West Division One)
Gwyndaf Hughes (Pentraeth)
Huw Shaw (Conwy Borough)

LLANGEFNI TOWN (Cymru North)
Kevin Lloyd (Mountain Rangers)
Dion Owen (Caernarfon Town)

LLANGOED (North Wales Coast West Division One)
Dan Jones
Shane Owen (Ogwen Tigers)
Dom Powell
Dylan Williams (Arriva Bangor)

MENAI TIGERS (North Wales Coast West Premier)
Sion Hogan (Conwy Borough)
Dean Redmond (Bodedern Athletic)
Craig Roberts (Llangefni Town)
Paul Rowlands (Gwalchmai)

Redmond has returned to Menai Bridge.

The Tigers will surely be a force to be reckoned with in the North Wales Coast West Premier this season, as they have already secured some great signings.
Prolific forward Dean Redmond, the club’s top scorer with 39 goals in their Gwynedd League title-winning side of 2018/19, returns from Bodedern Athletic, who will be in the same division as them in 2020/21. Another top player to return to the club this summer is attacker Sion Hogan who arrives from tier two side Conwy Borough. He was also a part of that 18/19 title-winning side and the Anglesey League treble-winning side previously and will be a quality addition to this star-studded side being assembled by Aaron Rowlands.
And if that wasn’t enough, they’ve added two more experienced and talented individuals to their ranks. The first, Craig Roberts, is a midfielder/attacker who previously played in the top-flight with Bangor City. ‘Skin’, as he’s known, has played for some of the best clubs around, including highly-successful Bethesda and Glantraeth sides. Finally, you have Paul Rowlands who has signed from Gwalchmai. He’s a winger who again will bring plenty of experience of winning trophies to the club.

MYNYDD LLANDEGAI (North Wales Coast West Premier)
Gethin Jeffreys
Dylan Roberts (Llanrug United)
Steven Tindall (Llanrug United)
Jamie Whitmore

NEFYN UNITED (North Wales Coast West Premier)
Twm Elis
Tristan Harrison
Dafydd Gwyn Jones (Pwllheli)
Jamie Underwood (Llanrug United)

PORTHMADOG (North Wales Coast West Division One)
Tomos Smith (Penrhyndeudraeth)
Steven Jones (Penrhyndeudraeth)
Jack Jones (Penrhyndeudraeth)
Tomos Clarke (Conwy Borough)
Dewi Thomas (Holyhead Hotspur)
Dylan Sweeney

PICTURE: Dewi Thomas in action for Holyhead Hotspur.

After a dismal season in 2019/20, which saw them relegated from tier two, Port will be looking to put things right in 2020/21 – and they’re going the right way about it by making some class signings.
Dewi Thomas in particular should prove to be a fantastic capture, having shone at the likes of Amlwch Town and Holyhead Hotspur over the years. He’s a top, top player with a lot of goals in him.
On the opposite end of the pitch, you have Tomos Clarke, who arrives from Conwy Borough, and will tighten things up at the back.

PRESTATYN TOWN (Cymru North)
Shaun Cavanagh (Porthmadog)
Callum Roberts (Rhyl)

RUTHIN TOWN (Cymru North)
Mark Beech (Brymbo)
Jamie Cumming (Brymbo)
Matty Hill
Vita Mbolokele (Brymbo)

TREARDDUR BAY BULLS
Sion Thomas (Holyhead Town)

Y RHYL 1879 (North Wales Coast East Premier)
Matty Beach (Rhuddlan Town)
Elliott Evans (Mold Alexandra)
Owen Hallmark (Connah’s Quay Nomads)
Jordan Manley (Connah’s Quay Nomads)
Jack Parry-Jones
Ryan Roberts
Dan Sim (Greenfield)
Ollie Staveley
Miles Todd (Llannefydd)
Jay Whitehouse (Rhuddlan Town)

Rhyl’s phoenix club’s squad has began to take shape now and is led by the likes of Beech and Whitehouse who were formidable for title-winners Rhuddlan Town last season.
Whitehouse is also a former Welsh Premier League player with Rhyl so his experience will come in very handy for 1879 in their debut campaign in tier 4.

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