AFE’s Stars of the 2019/20 season: Shaun Pritchard (Llanerchymedd)

PICTURE by Llanerchymedd FC shows Shaun Pritchard with captains armband on.

LAST season will probably go down as the toughest in Llanerchymedd’s otherwise quite successful history.

That is because, the club lost virtually all of its players after it dropped from the Welsh Alliance in to the Gwynedd League. And despite the best efforts of manager Darren Hughes and the new players brought in (mostly very young) to try and turn things around, the club finished bottom of a very tough division having picked up zero points.

In this series, I’ve promised to try and highlight at least one player from every Anglesey club (and sometimes beyond of course) and so despite Llan having a dismal time of it, it’s only right I stick to that.

One of the heroes of their season was club captain Shaun Pritchard. Having been part of many a former success at Tan Parc, the defender/midfielder returned to the club in the summer of 2019 and, at just 25 years old, was one of the oldest players in the squad.

Nobody can doubt the commitment of Pritchard and co last season, despite the losses, they turned up each week and battled no matter what. He finished the season as Llan’s top scorer too – with five goals to his name (a few of them penalties).

A player with a lot of heart and that certainly showed in 2019/20.

Llan have now began to rebuild their squad completely, bringing back several former big names to the club – including the likes of Matthew Jones and Dan Thomas who have dropped down four divisions to play for them in tier five when the season gets underway.

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