PICTURE by Wynne Evans shows Nathan Lewis in Cefni colours.
CPD CEFNI FC have boosted their squad ahead of the 21/22 campaign with the acquisition of three superb players confirmed this afternoon.
The club finished bottom of the Anglesey League following a season cut short in 19/20 (on a technicality after being deducted 20 points). BUT, they should prove to be a solid team going into the newly-formed North Wales Coast West Division One.
The Llangefni-based side has recently appointed former Pentraeth Reserves manager Danny Jones to the role of manager – which will give them some much-needed stability in that respect after many changes in that role since the club formed in 2018.
The first of three new signings announced by the club earlier today was Gwalchmai stalwart Craig Evans (below).
The experienced attacker is one of the most decorated players on Anglesey. Over the years, the attacker has enjoyed many a great moment and has won plenty of honours turning out for Llangefni Town, Bodedern Athletic, Glantraeth and, of course, Gwalchmai, where he has been player-manager for a number of seasons now and was previously a player there in a separate spell too.
He has hit 20 plus goals in several seasons and will no doubt thrive at tier five level.
Speaking about signing Evans, Cefni FC officials said: “He is a big signing, joining us from Gwalchmai and coming back to Llangefni to play. Craig has a great reputation in North Wales football and has won trophies galore as well as playing at a high standard for many years. There’s no doubt Craig will bring plenty of goals and creativity as well as experience to the team.”
Returning to the club for the 21/22 campaign is striker Nathan Lewis (above) – who was the club’s first ever official goalscorer when he netted in a match v Bodorgan in 2018/19. He went on to hit 13 goals for the club that season in all, finishing as their top scorer. One of the highlight’s of his season personally came when he netted in the 2-1 win over former club Bryngwran Bulls – who he had scored in the 2-1 Dargie Cup final over Mynydd Tigers for just a season earlier.
A pacey forward, Lewis joined Gwynedd League side Caergybi in 2019/20 and scored a handful of goals for the club before the season was called off early.
Commenting on signing Lewis, Cefni FC officials said: “Nathan is a battler up front and gives defenders a headache. A talented striker who is composed and works tirelessly for the team, and it’s clear bringing Nathan back also brings goals to the team. Welcome back.”
Last but not least in this trio is goalkeeper Lee Williams (below), who was a real influential figure during his time playing under new Cefni boss Danny Jones for Pentraeth Reserves previously, even captaining the side on several occasions.
He’s proven to be one of the best keepers in the Anglesey League over the past few seasons and will provide Cefni with a confident presence in between the sticks.
Cefni FC said: “Williams had already committed to Cefni prior to Danny taking over as manager but the pair will be happy to be working together again. Lee is a cultured keeper who organises well, plays with passion and puts everything on the line for his team, there’s no doubt he’ll give us confidence and keep a fair few clean sheets.“
Could Cefni be a side to keep an eye on next season? I certainly think so.