AFE is delighted to announce its brand new Players of the Month list for July for North Wales Coast West Premier.
In years gone by, we’ve always gone with a single player from the league. But, given that quite a lot can happen in the space of a month and so many players can stand out, we’ve decided to go with something different for 21/22.
That’s why we have gone with a shortlist of 11 players who made a real difference for their clubs during the opening month of the 21/22 season.
The list for tier four is as follows …
Marc Evans (Bodedern Athletic FC)
12 goals in 5 matches tells you all you need to know about the opening month that this quality attacker enjoyed.
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 in 2019 and signed for Gwalchmai, scoring 20 goals in all competitions in 19/20.
‘Loggs’, a former Holyhead Hotspur and Llandudno forward, Is already 8 goals shy of that tally this season.
A true natural finisher.
Leon Owen (CPD Pentraeth FC)
A top young talent who proved to be Pentraeth’s brightest spark in July.
The 19-year-old attacker was previously on the books at Bangor City and was last playing for Ogwen Tigers in the Gwynedd League alongside brother Shane.
Leon opened his account for the new season with a goal in the 3-2 defeat to Bodedern Athletic before he stole the show with a hat-trick in the huge 3-2 win at Gaerwen.
A real player to keep an eye on this season at Pentraeth.
Les Davies (CPD Bangor 1876 FC)
Unsurprisingly one of the best players in the division so far and a man who needs no introduction to anyone in North Wales.
A legend of the Welsh Premier League, where he scored more than a century of goals for the likes of Bangor City, Connah’s Quay and more, Davies joined 1876 in the summer of 2019.
The powerful forward then scored 27 goals to help fire them to the Gwynedd League title in their first ever season as a club.
He’s maintained that form this year too, notching up 7 goals in just 5 matches during July.
One of 1876’s many stars, I’m sure he’ll have no problem getting near 27 goals again this time around either all whilst bringing others into the game with his hold-up play.
Callum Davidson (Menai Bridge Tigers FC)
Tigers’ Player of the Month and with good reason too. The club’s 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.
Davidson scored 5 goals in July.
Ifan Gwilym Jones (Clwb Pel-Droed Nefyn Unedig)
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.
Sam Gregson (Bodedern Athletic)
An unbelievably talented young player who arrived from Llangoed at tier four side Boded over the summer.
At Llangoed, he played for the club when he was barley 16 years old in 2019/20 and was a real standout, bagging eight goals that season.
Gregson’s last ever kick for Llangoed resulted in a goal in a 2-2 draw with Mynydd Llandegai in a friendly in July.
Since arriving at Boded, the 17-year-old midfielder has received rave reviews from many people and we at AFE are very proud to sponsor him for the season ahead.
He announced his arrival at Ricky Williams’ side with a hat-trick in an 11-0 Welsh Cup win over Bodorgan.
The Caernarfon Town Academy player’s creativity knows no bounds and we can’t wait to watch him continue to develop his game over the coming years.
Gethin Thomas (Bangor 1876)
One of the underrated 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.
Thomas scored 6 goals in July.
Steffan Toplis (CPD Pwllheli FC)
Another great young player who has seriously caught the eye with some great performances in tier four.
The 20-year-old attacker scored 7 goals in 6 appearances in the month of August – rounding off that month with a brilliant 4-goal haul in an 11-0 demolition of Gaerwen.
This league is full of great up and coming talents and Toplis seems to be among the very best of them, causing havoc for defenders.
Chris Jones (Bangor 1876)
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 scored 9 goals in July.
Cai Henshaw (Penrhyndeudraeth)
Iwan Williams’ side have enjoyed a brilliant start to the season, winning all of their matches to date in all competitions.
21-year-old Henshaw was arguably the standout star during the month of July scoring four goals in five matches.
Despite still being so young, he already has plenty of experience under his belt.
Henshaw was instrumental in the Porthmadog Reserves side who went unbeaten and won a treble under Sion Eifion Jones in 2018/19. That season, the winger/attacking midfielder netted 18 goals and was impressive throughout.
Last season, the former Bala Town academy player was pulling the strings for a Nantlle Vale side which finished eighth in Welsh Alliance One.
The quick and energetic Henshaw was a key player in that side and popped up with five goals along the way.
A great player to watch who could help fire Penrhyndeudraeth to tier four glory this season.
Asa Thomas (Bodedern Athletic)
Last but not least is a player you just can’t leave off the list as he makes it all looks so effortless in terms of scoring goals.
Goal machine Thomas passed the 500-goal mark with Holyhead Town last season and is regarded as one of Anglesey’s greatest ever goalscorers.
That hasn’t changed this season either as he hit eight goals in just five matches in July.
He’s forming a great partnership up top with Evans at Boded and the pair of them will score a ridiculous amount of goals between them this season I’m sure.
Congrats to all chosen and keep up the good work!