PICTURE by Darren Jones
BETHESDA Athletic have significantly boosted their chances of glory this season after announcing the signing of prolific goal scorer Scott Hughes from Glantraeth.
Hughes, who turned 30 years old last week, will no doubt add even more firepower to a side who are already the highest-scoring club in North Wales Coast West Division One (tier five) this season having netted 49 goals in 11 matches to date.
The striker himself had scored 7 goals in 8 outings for tier four side Glantraeth before making the switch to Pesda. His last contribution for the club was a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw v Gaerwen.
Hughes is one of the most naturally gifted goalscorers around and a player I’ve always really enjoyed watching when he’s on top form.
In my time covering Anglesey League football on the blog (2017-2020), Hughes banged in 147 goals in all competitions for Arriva Bangor – making him one of the highest-scoring players in the division during that period of time.
Since Arriva made the switch to Saturday League football in that 2017/18 season, the pacey little forward has been nothing short of incredible at times and helped them on to winning three cups in two seasons there after many a similar success at Sunday League level previously.
The former Beaumaris Town player’s best goalscoring season came in 2018/19 when he managed 61 goals for Arriva. In 2019/20, he scored 41 goals in a season that was A) cut short due to Coronavirus and B) he missed a lot of due to injury.
The Busmen’s star man was in fine form once more when available and I’m sure he’d have managed a lot more goals had the season carried on to the very end.
It still amazes me that he’s never won that league top scorer prize as he’s undoubtedly one of the best finishers around on his day and his ability to get in behind defenders is brilliant.
Could a switch to Bethesda Athletic now fire both the player and the club onto even greater things? He should fit in effortlessly with the talented bunch of players already in Mark Hughes’ squad.
Commenting on the signing, Mark Hughes said: “Ive tried to sign Scott a couple of times over the years so to finally get him in is brilliant. He guarantees goals at this level and we’ve probably missed someone who’s first instinct is to put the ball in the net.
“Thus far we’ve shared the goals around and if we can add Scotts goals on top of those then I’m sure we can achieve our ambitions for the season.”