WITH Arriva Bangor having pulled out of North Wales Coast West Division One ahead of the season which kicked off over the weekend, quite understandably a lot of their players have now moved on to other clubs.
Here’s where some of them have ended up (as well as a few other transfers which have been completed over the last week or two that I have not yet covered) …
Liam Roberts, Matty Jones, Stephen Edwards and Jake Hughes have all moved across to Llangoed Reserves.
Both Liam (above) and Matty have been captain of Arriva during their long-stays with the club.
The former is a hard-working midfielder who always gives 110% in every game and the latter (below) is a player who can play up top or in midfield and is an incredibly technically gifted player with great vision and an eye for goal.
Both of them have been a huge part of Arriva’s success in the past, from their Sunday League days to their three years in the Anglesey League which saw them win three trophies.
Many will recognise Stephen Edwards as he’s probably the oldest footballer to still be playing around Gwynedd/Anglesey. And yet, at 58 years old, he puts many others to shame with some fantastic performances. Like the other two mentioned before, the centre back has been a big part of helping Arriva onto winning silverware and will provide Llangoed with incredible experience.
Joining Edwards at the club is his grandson Jake Hughes (pictured together below) who, despite only being 17, already established himself as a solid full-back whilst with Arriva. The pair of them formed a great partnership in Kevin Jones’ side’s defence when Jake was just 16 during last season.
Meanwhile, midfielder Colin Ball has also signed for Llangoed – for the first team – from Arriva Bangor. A vastly experienced holding midfielder, he won the Anglesey League with Mynydd Tigers in 2017/18 and is a highly-reliable player in the middle of the park.
Fellow midfielder Dylan Jones (below) has returned to where it all began for him at Pentraeth. The 21-year-old, who came through the Tynygongl academy, began his senior career with Pentraeth in the Welsh Alliance and also played for Pentraeth Reserves side in the Anglesey League, helping them reach the Megan Cup final in 2018/19.
The talented midfielder then arrived at Arriva Bangor in 2019/20 and impressed with his vision and ability to drive his team forward. He’ll be a fantastic addition for Pentraeth who are playing in the North Wales Coast West Premier Division (tier four) this season.
The versatile Kieron Davies has made the move from Arriva to Llanfairpwll and played for the club in their last-gasp 1-0 loss at Fali on Saturday. Over the years, he has been a truly underrated player for the Busmen, playing in nearly every position on the pitch.
The 2017/18 season was a particularly memorable one for Davies (below) as, whilst playing predominantly as a midfielder, he scored 15 goals as the club scooped a cup double in their first season in the Anglesey League.
Also departing Arriva for another club is midfielder Jake Anderson who has signed for Cemaes Bay. He’s a skilful midfielder who should shine when given the chance for Darren Thomas and Lee Potter’s side.
AND IN OTHER TRANSFER NEWS …
Cemaes Bay have also confirmed the signings of tough-tackling full-back Sion Rowlands from Holyhead Hotspur and pacy winger Robson Payne.
As well as that, experienced defender Mike Davies has also signed on at School Lane following the demise of Trearddur Bay Bulls.
The 40-year-old (above) was a big part of the success the club enjoyed under the guidance of his brother Chris between 2008 and 2012. That truly formidable side, which featured the likes of prolific forward Asa Thomas won 10 trophies during that time and were one of the best clubs in North Wales also.
More recently, he was part of the Holyhead Town side which won the Gwynedd League in 2017/18 and was a player for the Bulls just last season in the Gwynedd League, scoring twice.
Meanwhile, Bontnewydd have recently signed talented midfielder Sean McGrath from tier four club Gaerwen. The 17-year-old marked his full debut for Bont with a goal in the club’s 5-0 win over Mountain Rangers on Saturday and should be one to keep an eye on for Simon Jones’ exciting side this season.
Waunfawr have added experienced forward Ian ‘Chops’ Pleming to their ranks. The 35-year-old was once on the books of Caernarfon Town in the Welsh Premier as a teenager back in 2003. Since then he’s represented the likes of Bontnewydd, Glantraeth, Talysarn Celts and Mountain Rangers – who he scored six goals for in the Anglesey League in 2019/20. He’s a powerful forward who has won countless trophies and will no doubt score goals for the Beganifs in tier five.
Finally, striker Iwan Williams (below) has returned to Llanfairpwll. The 25-year-old was a star man for Gaerwen in Welsh Alliance Two in 2019/20 as he hit 11 goals in all competitions.
Now, he returns to one of his former clubs who he made his comeback for against Fali on Saturday. Williams is a pacy forward and a calm finisher so should provide plenty of goals for Pwll.