PICTURE BY JWO PHOTOGRAPHY shows Sion Parry of Llanystumdwy in yellow.
GOALS, goals, goals, it’s what we all love about football.
Throughout North Wales, the deadliest goalscorers in the region have been busy ripping the backs of nets with effort after effort this season.
But who’s the most prolific sharp-shooter of them all? Well, here’s the pick of the bunch in each of the leagues involving North Wales clubs this season.
NORTH WALES COAST WEST PREMIER (TIER FOUR)
Steffan Toplis (Pwllheli) – 17 goals in 12 matches
A fantastic young star who has really caught the eye for an impressive Pwllheli side this season.
20-year-old Toplis has worked his way up from through the club’s ranks and is now the first team’s star man in the North Wales Coast West Premier League.
He even 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.
He has also scored four goals in a match on three separate occasions in the league, in an 11-0 hammering of Gaerwen, a 7-1 win over Gwalchmai and a 4-3 victory at Llanberis.
He is proving to be some player in tier four as Pwll continue to be dark horses for some silverware this season.
NORTH WALES COAST WEST DIVISION ONE (TIER FIVE)
Sion Parry (Llanystumdwy) – 22 goals in 12 matches
Even at 24 years old, few have enjoyed quite a goalscoring career as this man has and his return to Stumdwy over the summer has, unsurprisingly, proven to be a great move for the player and the club.
Tier five’s leading goalscorer netted his 300th senior goal with a free-kick in a 10-2 win over Llangoed in September.
Such is Parry’s goalscoring prowess, that he scored five consecutive hat-tricks between August and September (including one four-goal haul) as he hit unstoppable form.
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 before returning to where it all began during the summer.
He is the gem of Dwyfor Park and will no doubt continue to be a thorn in many a team’s side in North Wales Coast West Division One this season.
NORTH WALES COAST EAST PREMIER (TIER FOUR)
Carl Lamb (Rhyl 1879) – 8 goals in 4 matches
36-year-old who is a Rhyl footballing legend who returned to the phoenix club 1879 last summer to join a club with great ambition.
Lamb has been a prolific striker for a number of years in the Welsh domestic system, and he is proving to be a real asset to the club upon his return netting twice as many goals as he has played matches in the league alone this season.
He has also scored 6 goals in 3 FAW Welsh Cup matches for 1879 and his experience is already proving to be key.
NORTH WALES COAST EAST DIVISION ONE (TIER FIVE)
Tirion Griffiths (Cerrigydrudion) – 16 goals in 13 matches
A player (on the left with some awards above!) who has been a terrific player and a great goalscorer for Cerrig for a number of seasons now and 21/22 is proving to be no different.
The club itself is flying this season, currently sat at the top of the Division One table, having lost just one of their opening 15 matches of the 21/22 campaign.
23-year-old Griffiths is leading the way once more for the village club, firing in 16 of his side’s 60 league goals to date.
NORTH EAST WALES PREMIER (TIER FOUR)
Nicky Williams (Chirk Town) – 17 goals in 9 matches
Experienced forward who cannot stop scoring for unbeaten league-leaders Chirk this season.
Williams, 31, and his brother Josh signed for the club back in June, joining a side who were last season’s champions of the former tier 5 North East Wales League.
Prolific goal-getter Nicky joined the club from Queen’s Park and hasn’t stopped scoring since.
He has previously enjoyed great goal scoring spells with the likes of Cefn, Acrefair, Chirk AAA and Cefn Albion, where he scored 59 goals during the 2014/15 season.
In 2017/18, whilst with the now-defunct Plas Madoc, he scored over 50 goals as the club won the North East Wales League.
NORTH EAST WALES CHAMPIONSHIP (TIER FIVE)
Jordan Valentine (Railway Rovers) – 22 goals in 12 matches
Not many players can boast that they have scored a quadruple hat-trick during their career, but this man can do just that.
In what was their first-ever competitive match as a club, Llay-based Railway Rovers beat Wrexham club Bellevue 17-0 on the opening day of the 21/22 campaign in the Championship.
Valentine scored TWELVE of his side’s goals that day on a memorable occasion for player and club.
That set the 21-year-old well on his way to enjoying a fine campaign indeed and he has followed up with 10 more league goals along the way so far.
That also included a four-goal haul in a 7-2 win over Brymbo Lodge.
LOCKSTOCK ARDAL NORTHWEST (TIER THREE)
Joe Williams (Llanuwchllyn) – 15 goals in 9 matches
Gwynedd club Llanuwchllyn are enjoying a brilliant campaign in tier three, currently sitting in second place in the NorthWest table.
Attacker Williams has been the key player for them so far having signed from Corwen where he gained tier two experience during 2019/20.
It was there he scored 9 goals in 22 outings as Corwen were ultimately relegated to tier three after the season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 24-year-old is picking up where he left off with his new club too. Williams has scored two hat-tricks in his last two matches against Llandudno Albion (5-0 win) and Nantlle Vale (4-1 win) respectively.
LOCKSTOCK ARDAL NORTHEAST (TIER THREE)
Owen Cordiner (Corwen FC) – 11 goals in 9 matches
Corwen have started life in tier three fairly brightly having been relegated from the JD Cymru North at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
Josh Astley of mid-Wales club Llanfair United, also relegated from tier two last season, is the division’s leading scorer with an incredible 22 goals in just 10 league matches.
But in terms of North Wales clubs in the NorthEast division, it’s Corwen’s young star Cordiner who is leading the pack.
The talented 20-year-old hit a hat-trick in a 5-0 win against Kerry and has also bagged braces against Cefn Albion, Carno and Berriew, proving he’s one to watch this season.
The midfielder was nominated for the ARDAL Northern’s Player of the Month following a fine month in August and has been key to pushing Corwen up to 6th in the table, winning 6 of their 10 league matches to date.
JD CYMRU NORTH (TIER TWO)
Adam Davies (Airbus UK Broughton) – 18 goals in 11 matches
A man who simply cannot stop scoring for the Wingmakers this season.
Airbus are currently top of the tier two table, winning 10 of their 11 league matches to date as they look to fly back into the JD Cymru Premier where they have spent many a season in years gone by.
Davies has been in sensational form for the club, firing in goals left, right and centre.
The 24-year-old, who previously played for Guilsfield, has scored four goals in a match on two separate occasions this season – in a 6-0 win v Penrhyncoch and a 4-1 win over Colwyn Bay.
He also netted a hat-trick in a 6-2 win at Llanidloes Town.
Davies is currently at least TEN goals ahead of anyone else on league goals for the season (Buckley Town’s Connor Littler in second place has 8 goals).
JD CYMRU PREMIER (TOP-FLIGHT)
Michael Wilde (Flint Town United) – 7 goals in 7 matches
Newtown’s Aaron Williams is the current top-flight top goalscorer with 8 goals in as many matches but Wilde is leading the way for the North Wales-based clubs in that division.
The veteran forward (in black and white above), now 38 years old, is still going strong in the Cymru Premier with 7 goals in 7 outings to date this season.
Last season, whilst with champions Connah’s Quay Nomads, he netted his 200th JD Cymru Premier goal in a 2-0 win over Haverfordwest County. In doing so, he became one of only four players ever to join that elite club after Marc Williams, Rhys Griffiths and Lee Hunt.
Wilde was JD Cymru Player of the Season in 2020/21 and was previously a prolific goalscorer for The New Saints, where he netted 151 goals in his 214 appearances and won countless top-flight titles.
His experience and goalscoring prowess is proving vital to the Silkmen this season as they look to finish in the top two/three and spring a few surprises.