THE 21/22 season is well and truly underway and with that has come plenty of goals from the most prolific scorers around.
Here are the early front-runners in the goal-scoring department in both the North Wales Coast West Premier (tier four) and Division One (tier five) …
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Marc Evans (Bodedern Athletic) – 12 goals (3 league, 5 Welsh Cup, 4 Amateur Trophy)
‘Loggs’ is leading the way in tier four which features a number of experienced goal-getters this season which should make the race for the golden boot very interesting indeed.
After a highly-successful time away in New Zealand with Melville United – during which he broke a club record for most goals scored in a season (39) in 2017/18, Evans returned to Wales last summer and signed for Gwalchmai.
And, after scoring 20 goals for the club during a season cut short by the pandemic in 2019/20, has been in red hot form upon returning to the club where it all started for him with Boded.
12 goals so far with just the five matches played by the club is some going.
Chris Jones (Bangor 1876) – 9 goals (3 league, 4 Welsh Cup, 2 Amateur Trophy)
Another vastly-experienced forward who previously played in the Welsh Premier League.
The 35-year-old midfielder-turned-attacker opened his 2019/20 campaign in fantastic fashion with a hat-trick in Hotspur’s 9-2 demolition of Prestatyn Sports. And he went on to fire in a further 14 goals in what was a memorable campaign for both the player and Hotspur as they won Welsh Alliance One.
Jones is a former Leeds United, Bournemouth and Limerick player and is, of course, very well known to Bangor City supporters.
In a decade spent in Wales’ top-flight, he played for Llangefni Town, Porthmadog and, predominantly, Bangor City, featuring in 175 matches for the Citizens, scoring 37 times. It is his late winner v Honka Espoo of Finland in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers at the Racecourse, Wrexham in 2011 that will go down in the history books for City as one of the clubs finest European nights in recent memory.
Now at 1876, he’s continued to show his class with a string of fine performances for the club and 9 goals to date.
Asa Thomas (Bodedern Athletic) – 8 goals (4 Welsh Cup, 2 league, 2 Amateur Trophy)
This list of goalscoring machines continues with one of the finest Anglesey has produced in recent memory.
The 30-year-old surpassed the 500 goals mark for his career whilst with Holyhead Town last season, with his landmark goal coming in a breathtaking 7-6 win at Bodorgan.
Over the years, he’s smashed in countless goals for the likes of Morawelon, Holyhead Hotspur (also Reserves) and of course Trearddur Bay United who he scored an incredible 112 times for as a 19-year-old during the 2010/11 season (which included 25 hat-tricks in just 47 appearances).
Thomas and strike partner Marc Evans already look to be forming a formidable partnership at Boded – a club which could well be dark horses for some silverware in tier four this season.
Ifan Gwilym Jones (Nefyn United) – 8 goals (5 league, 2 Amateur Trophy, 1 Welsh Cup)
23-year-old attacker who is leading the goalscoring pack for the Penwaig.
Jones has been in unstoppable form for Nefyn so far, racking up eight goals in just four matches across three competitions.
Having been with the club a number of years now, his performances so far have shown he’s more than capable of being a real game changer for his side this season.
Les Davies (Bangor 1876) – 7 goals (5 league, 1 Amateur Trophy, 1 Welsh Cup)
Without doubt one of the most experienced and successful players playing at tier four level, Davies has done it all – having even been named on the UEFA Player of the Year shortlist alongside Ronaldo and Messi once upon a time.
A legend of the top-flight with Bangor City in particular, the now 36-year-old Davies was voted ‘Sgorio’s Player of the Decade’ not so long ago and is regarded as one of the greatest WPL players of all time for his overall contribution to the division – from his great finishing abilities, to his raw power and height up top, he quickly became a notable figure among supporters of all clubs.
A former Beaumaris Town and Glantraeth player, Davies also went onto make more than 400 starts across six clubs (Caernarfon, Bangor, Porthmadog, Connah’s Quay, Llandudno and Bala Town), scoring 128 goals at the highest level of Welsh football (and a few more in the cups too!).
Last season, he returned to Bangor with ‘phoenix club’ Bangor 1876 who won the Gwynedd League title at the first attempt. The fan-owned side dominated the division by not dropping points and Davies was a standout, picking up 27 goals in all competitions despite taking a deeper-lying role in a squad full of talented young players.
Now, after a very brief spell with Flint, the powerful forward is back at Treborth and unsurprisingly leading the attack well once again.
Gethin Thomas (Bangor 1876) – 6 goals (4 league, 1 Welsh Cup, 1 Amateur Trophy)
One of the surprise stars for 1876 so far this season, this 21-year-old midfielder is bossing it for his club.
Thomas is a former Bangor City player and a Wales under-19 Colleges international.
He spent the first half of last season with Porthmadog before joining Nantlle Vale in January.
A brilliant player to watch and a player with a great eye for goal, as he proved with Port and Nantlle Vale and now 1876.
Callum Davidson (Menai Tigers) – 5 goals (All in league)
The Tigers’ top scorer of last season is off to a flier once again for the new season.
In 2019/20, Davidson scored 16 goals in all competitions for Aaron Rowlands’ side and always gave 110% in every match, earning himself plenty of Man of the Match awards along the way as well.
Now he’s up top with the formidable Dean Redmond and the pair are looking great alongside one another.
Tudur Williams (Glantraeth) – 5 goals (3 Welsh Cup, 2 Amateur Trophy)
Former Llanerchymedd and CPD Y Fali midfielder who signed for Glan ahead of 21/22 and has already become one of their star players.
A tireless worker in the middle of the park, Williams, who also plays for the Bangor University team, scored 10 goals for Fali during the 2019/20 Anglesey League season.
This season, he’s already halfway to that tally after just a handful of matches.
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Louis Chapman (Caergybi) – 10 goals (1 Amateur Trophy, 5 Welsh Cup, 4 league)
What a revelation this young man has been for Caergybi, a simply sensational finisher and fearless player for his age.
He may be 20 years old, but this is the first season Chapman has ever played in men’s football despite his undoubted talent.
Louis, whose brothers Floyd, 21, and Jake, 18, also play for the club, last played football when he was 16/17 years old for junior sides.
However, the promising attacker was signed up by North Wales Coast West Division One outfit Cybi last year and hasn’t stopped scoring since.
Having played for several local clubs at junior level, as well as the Ynys Môn junior sides, Chapman has now come flying out of the blocks in senior football, scoring 10 goals in just 4 matches for Caergybi so far.
He opened his competitive account for the club with a double in the 4-2 FAW Welsh Cup win over Cefni last weekend, before hitting all four goals in the 4-1 win over Mountain Rangers on Thursday night.
He then scored in a 5-1 defeat to Aberffraw in the Amateur Trophy before hitting a hat-trick v Llangoed in a 5-0 win in the Welsh Cup on Saturday.
A real player to keep an eye on this season.
Anthony Williams (Llangoed) – 6 goals (5 league, 1 Amateur Trophy)
Another player who has burst onto the scene almost out of nowhere for his respective club.
Williams, from Maesgeirchen, moved over to Llangoed when Llandegfan folded in the summer – but he never scored a goal for his former club (although he did provide a few assists).
Now though he’s in unstoppable form for the Tyddyn Paun outfit and has scored some great goals already.
An opening day hat trick in the 3-3 draw at Cefni set him well on his way to enjoying a great goalscoring season.
Marc Parry (Cefni) – 5 goals (2 league, 2 Amateur Trophy, 1 Welsh Cup)
Another one who has well and truly upped his game for his respective club already this season.
In a promising Cefni side, it’s Parry who has been on the scoresheet the most times for the club so far.
A hard-working midfielder who previously played for Bryngwran Bulls, Parry is a truly underrated player in this line-up who has been quietly consistent for Cefni since day one in the Anglesey League days.
Luke Baum (Talysarn Celts) – 5 goals (All in league)
A player who has scored all of his goals so far this season in just one match.
Talented Baum, 20, was the Celts’ Young Player of the Season in the 2019/20 season as the club finished fifth in the Gwynedd League.
The attacker‘s first goal of that season came in a 5-3 win over Ogwen Tigers and that was followed up by a brace and a Man of the Match performance in the 4-1 win over Llanystumdwy. During the course of the season, Baum would go on to hit a further nine goal in all competitions – including one in a thrilling 5-3 win over local rivals and Anglesey League runners-up Mountain Rangers.
A top talent, he opened his account this season with five goals in a 9-0 win over Bodorgan.
Luke Miles (CPD Y Fali) – 4 goals (3 league, 1 Welsh Cup)
Fali’s main man in terms of goals this season is this powerful player who has made a huge impact for them.
In 2019/20, the 30-year-old scored five goals and captained Holyhead Town Reserves (who later became Holyhead Town after the first team folded). He then moved to Fali and scored a further two goals – including against Town – before the pandemic ended the season.
Last season the former Morawelon man was a midfielder for Town but this season he has played in a more attacking role for Fali which has benefitted both the player and the club as he’s fired in the goals.