PICTURE BY Richard Gregson shows Asa Thomas on the ball for Bodedern Athletic
WHAT a season it’s been so far in both the North Wales Coast West Premier and Division One.
Nefyn United are top of the table in tier four and Llanerchymedd are leading the way in tier five but the competition is so close in both leagues.
But who’s the deadliest sharp-shooter of them all across all competitions in both leagues?
Find out here!
Jason Banks (Pwllheli) – 10 goals in 12 matches
The first of Pwllheli’s two talented young attackers to feature on this list.
A quick and direct attacker, Banks’ highlight of the season so far for title-chasing Pwll came when he scored a double hat-trick, aka six goals, in his side’s 6-1 win over Llanrug United.
Mark Jones (Llanerchymedd) – 10 goals in 13 appearances
Top-of-the table Llan’s main goalscorer has undoubtedly been a key figure for them this season.
Just two weeks ago, Jones scored a crucial double to send Llan through into the next round of the NWCFA Junior Challenge Cup in a tense 4-3 win over Llangoed.
Dylan Sion Jones (Nefyn United) – 10 goals in 14 matches
A man who is picking up where he left off during a season cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019/20.
A long-serving player of Nefyn United alongside brother Tomos, Dylan Sion scored 24 goals during that campaign.
He is already on double figures this season and the highlight for him so far was a four-goal haul in an 8-1 demolition of Pentraeth last month.
Tom Hughes (Bethesda Athletic) – 10 goals in 12 goals
One of many top young stars currently on the books of tier five dark horses Bethesda Athletic.
17-year-old attacker Hughes has been a joy to watch for Mark Hughes’ side and looks a real threat in front of goal.
The most important goal of all from him so far was a last-minute winner in a thrilling 5-4 victory at Bodorgan.
Jay Finter (Llanfairpwll) – 11 goals
Another one of tier five’s young stars who is tearing it up already during 21/22.
Finter was previously with Llangoed, playing for both the Reserves in the Anglesey League back in 2017/18 and the first team who he scored 3 goals for in 2019/20.
For a long time now, the 19-year-old has been regarded as one to keep an eye on and this season he is well and truly fulfilling that potential with Pwll.
He even came back to haunt Llangoed twice in a week – scoring a brace in a 3-1 win and the late winner in the rematch 3-2 a week later.
Ifan Gwilym Jones (Nefyn United) – 11 goals in 11 matches
An underrated player within Nefyn’s ranks who has proved to be a clinical finisher so far this season.
Jones’ highlight came as he scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 win over Glantraeth and, having scored as many goals as he has played games this season, that tells you everything you need to know about the quality of this man.
Gary Jo Owen (Caergybi) – 11 goals in 13 matches
A household name in the Anglesey’s goalscoring department by now, for me it’s great to see Gary Jo on this list after what has been a difficult year for him off the pitch.
Over the years, he’s proven to be one of the best finishers around in the lower leagues of North Wales and has racked up 220 career goals with the 11 he’s scored this season.
The 32-year-old forward has won countless trophies over the years, with the likes of the formidable Morawelon and Caergybi who he recently returned to.
In 2017/18, he helped Cybi win the Megan Cup in their very first season as a team as he notched up a career-best 58 goals.
Jac Jones (Talysarn Celts) – 11 goals in 14 matches
Tall and commanding Celts skipper who has been a hugely influential player for his side in tier five this season and for many a season now.
Has scored some crucial goals already, including from the penalty spot, and can he now go on to help guide Talysarn on to league glory this season?
Kyle Hartleb (Bethesda Athletic) – 11 goals in 13 matches
One of AFE’s Tier Five Players of the Month for September and with good reason.
20-year-old Hartleb has netted 11 goals in just 12 tier five matches so far this season and has really caught the eye.
5 of those goals came in just 3 appearances during September.
Hartleb followed up a goal in a 6-2 win over Talysarn Celts before bagging a brace in a 6-0 win over Cefni in a game he was also chosen as Man of the Match. Another brace followed for the player in Pesda’s 4-3 win over Holyhead Town.
Mynydd Tigers side who won the Anglesey League in 2017/18. Current Bethesda Athletic manager Mark Hughes was the manager there at the time and Hartleb himself scored a couple of goals during the season aged just 17.
Anthony Williams (Llangoed/Llangoed Reserves) – 13 goals in 14 matches
A real dark horse in the race for the tier five top scorer prize this season and a player who has burst onto the scene out of nowhere really.
In 2019/20, attacker Williams was a part of the Llandegfan squad in the Anglesey League and put in a Man of the Match performance and provided an assist for Dave Parry (now also at Llangoed) the day they won 2-1 at Pentraeth Reserves – ending a two-and-a-half year wait for a win.
The 29-year-old marked his full Llangoed debut with an opening day hat-trick in the 3-3 draw at Cefni and has been in great form ever since with his latest goal coming in a 5-0 win for Llangoed Reserves v Kinmel Bay Reserves last Saturday.
He’s a player with plenty of pace and a fantastic finish on him and will be a joy to watch for the Tyddyn Paun club this season.
Carl Jones (Nefyn United) – 13 goals in 15 matches
Another season, another double figure haul for this Nefyn man, who like two of his fellow Penwaig stars, is already smashing the goals in.
Jones (has anyone got a different surname in Nefyn?!) has was player-manager at the club in 2019/20 and also finished up as top goalscorer with an impressive 30 goals by the end of the season.
‘Cacan’, as he’s known, was once a pro with Cardiff City before going on to play with Bangor City, Porthmadog and Pwllheli. His wealth of experience has benefited Nefyn to no end.
Chris Jones (Bangor 1876) – 15 goals in 12 matches
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.
Alwyn Roberts (Mynydd Llandegai) – 15 goals in 16 matches
Powerful forward who is leading the line very well for a free-scoring Mynydd side this season.
Roberts impressed greatly as he scored six goals in a rather surprising 10-0 hammering of Amlwch Town over the weekend, scoring a hat-trick in each half.
It’ll be interesting to see just how many goals he can get this season for Mynydd who could well be a surprise package in tier four!
Luke Baum (Talysarn Celts) – 16 goals in 13 matches
Talysarn’s 2019/20 Young Player of the Season has picked up where he left off that season.
The 20-year-old finished that campaign with 12 goals to his name and that helped the Celts onto finishing fifth in what was a very tough Gwynedd League.
This season, the young attacker has already notched up 16 goals, beating his tally from 19/20. Baum started his season off with a bang by scoring 5 goals in a 9-0 drubbing of Bodorgan on the opening day.
He is certainly one to keep an eye on this season as the Celts look to take the title in tier five.
Les Davies (Bangor 1876) – 17 goals in 14 matches
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.
Steffan Toplis (Pwllheli) – 17 goals in 15 matches
Attacker who has really caught the eye at The Rec this season in particular but has been held in high regard by Pwllheli for many years now.
The 20-year-old has worked his way up through the club’s ranks and is now the first team’s star man in the North Wales Coast West Premier League.
The hard-working Toplis has been in unstoppable form for Pwllheli, bagging 17 league goals so far during 21/22.
One of his highlights came as he scored twice against the highly-fancied Bangor 1876 in a match which saw Pwll push their opponents all the way only to lose 3-2 in the dying moments.
Louis Chapman (Caergybi) – 24 goals in 14 matches
Exciting going forward who has burst onto the senior footballing scene this season. 20-year-old attacker Chapman has been nothing short of sensational for his side so far.
The exciting forward is actually playing in his first season in men’s football. 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.
With raw pace and a fantastic eye for goal, in Louis, could we be looking at Holyhead and indeed Anglesey’s next great goal machine?
Marc Evans (Bodedern Athletic) – 25 goals in 16 matches
‘Loggs’ is part of what is turning out to be a very special Boded side under Ricky Williams this season.
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.
It is there that he has formed a formidable partnership with fellow goal machine Asa Thomas, something that has fired Boded onto an unbeaten season in the league so far as well as onto the quarter final of the FAW Amateur Trophy where they are set to play Baglan Dragons away.
Asa Thomas (Bodedern Athletic) – 25 goals in 15 matches
Another highly-familiar and experienced name on this goalscorers list.
Thomas is one of the finest goalscorers and players Anglesey has produced in recent memory and is following in the footsteps of father Jimmy who was also superb.
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).
As mentioned above, Thomas and strike partner Marc Evans already look to be forming a formidable partnership at Boded – a club which could well be on for some silverware in tier four this season.
Sion Parry (Llanystumdwy) – 25 goals in 13 matches
The deadliest goalscorer across both divisions in terms of his goals to games ratio.
Despite only being 24 years old, Parry (in yellow above) recently scored his 300th career goal in senior football with a free-kick in a 10-2 win over Llangoed.
As with many a season gone by, his record this season has been astonishing, netting five hat-tricks and one four-goal haul, as well as a few braces since returning to Stumdwy over the summer.
His senior career began when he made his debut for Llanystumdwy on his 16th birthday and it was with that club that he would go on to earn himself a great reputation.
Parry’s greatest goalscoring season came as he hit 60 goals for the club in 2017/18 and he was also named Gwynedd League top goalscorer five years running (between 2013/14 and 2017/18).
As well as playing for Stumdwy, he also turned out for Porthmadog, Porthmadog Reserves, Bangor 1876 and Nantlle Vale over the years.
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