PICTURE by Richard Gregson shows new Llanfairpwll signing Llion Roberts on the ball for Llangoed.
THE transfer merry-go-round very rarely goes quiet in the lower leagues of North Wales and so it can often be hard to keep up with who is going where!
However, on AFEFootballNews we have been doing our best over the last few months to keep people posted on the players who have been moving about in both the North Wales Coast West Division One and Premier.
Here are some of the ones we haven’t highlighted yet from Division One …
Llanfairpwll have made a great addition to their front line with the signing of Llion Roberts from Llangoed.
The 21-year-old had been with the Tyddyn Paun outfit for many a season but has now made the switch to Pwll where he links up with fellow former Llangoed players Nathaniel Evans and Jay Finter, who has hit double figures for the club this season.
He’s a player who can play anywhere across the front line, offers plenty of pace and incredible footwork, and will be another great attacking option for Pwll.
And his former club Llangoed have also made a number of great signings following his departure.
Former Arriva Bangor stars Josh Royds and Sammie Williams, who signs from Y Fali, and also Aled Jones and Jamie Roberts – both last with Pentraeth – have signed on and all starred in the club’s impressive 5-2 win over Caergybi on Saturday.
Royds is a player who can play in a number of different positions – and already has at Llangoed both in defence and in midfield. Williams is also very versatile, he can play comfortably in goal or in an attacking position.
Attacking midfielder/winger Aled Jones has scored two goals in two matches since signing for the club and has shown already that he can be a real game changer. Roberts, who returns to Llangoed after enjoying great success their previously, can play in midfield or defence and was solid at centre back v Cybi.
Holyhead Town have made some changes to their side over the last few weeks too.
Former Town shot-stopper Mike Bentley has now become the club’s regular number one once more. The former Gaerwen and Trearddur Bay goalkeeper recently returned to football after a while out and has impressed greatly – particularly in the 4-3 home loss to Bethesda Athletic on Saturday.
Mike (below) now plays in the same team as younger brother Kaine who has been sensational for Town this season, scoring 7 goals and providing 5 assists so far.
Midfielder/attacker Luke Miles (below) has recently returned to Millbank too. Earlier on in the season, he was one of the early top scorers in the division for Y Fali, who he had left Town for back in 2019/20.
He has scored 5 goals this season and is a very useful player to have in any side.
Talented attacker Kurt Harris (below) is also now on the books at Town. He previously impressed during Caergybi’s first season as a club back in 2017/18, when he scored 12 goals as a then 19-year-old. He followed that up by providing 7 goals for a struggling Llandegfan side a season later. A player with a great eye for goal and I’m sure he’ll do very well at the club when given the chance.
In-form Bethesda Athletic’s squad may mostly be made up of youthful talents but they have added some experienced heads in recent weeks too.
As mentioned previously, goal machine Scott Hughes has made the switch over to Mark Hughes side who currently sit second in the tier five table.
Also joining him at the club recently is goalkeeper David Clarke (below) who returns to Pesda as a household name on the Anglesey/Gwynedd footballing scene by now.
The 37-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic career between the sticks which has seen him win pretty much everything there is to win around this area – from the Anglesey League, to the NWCFA Junior Cup and the Welsh Alliance turning out for the likes of Beaumaris Town, Menai Tigers, Glantraeth and many more.
Can he now add the first-ever North Wales Coast West Division One title to that list with Athletic?
Elsewhere, attacker Owain Roberts has re-joined Y Fali after a brief spell at Cemaes Bay and midfielder Steve Driedyk has returned to Caergybi.
Waunfawr have also added two more players to their ranks recently with Kevin Barlow and Mark Williams joining from Mountain Rangers.
39-year-old Williams was previously with Arriva Bangor in the Anglesey League before Rangers and he was a key player in 2018/19 as the club added the Car Boot Trophy to their honours list for a second time. The midfielder, known as ‘Bych’, also popped up with 14 goals that particular season and can be a real danger man on his day.
Finally, Cefni managers Dan Richards and Graham Jones have also been busy strengthening their ranks of late.
Experienced defender Ben Roberts (below) has signed over from Glantraeth. The tireless full back was an influential part of the Glantraeth FC side which won the Gwynedd Shield in 2018/19. He later starred for Arriva Bangor in the Anglesey League where he was undoubtedly one of the best defenders in the division – a real workhorse for any team he’s been with.
The Llangefni-based club have also boosted their attacking options with the arrival of Luke Allaway from Bodorgan.
Since playing in the Anglesey League for the first time with the now Aberffraw-based club in the 2015/16 season, Allaway (below) has scored 94 goals in all competitions if you include last season’s total which saw the tall forward maintain his run as the club’s top scorer, by scoring 18 goals.
He’s a player who knows where the goal is, is great in the air due to his height and can also take a great penalty too. He should prove to be a great signing for Cefni.