PICTURE BY Wynne Evans shows Jones celebrating a goal v Llanfairpwll.
I THINK it’s fair to say that Talysarn Celts are enjoying a fine campaign in what is the inaugural North Wales Coast West Division One season.
Having finished up fifth in the last-ever season in the Gwynedd League (cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019/20), it was expected that the Celts would do well in the new-look tier 5 league for North West Wales.
And so it has proven as Mike Williams and Darren Usher’s side have fought their way to fourth in the table already, winning 12 of their 18 league matches to date and losing just 2 of them.
The Celts are also still alive in the NWCFA Junior Challenge Cup after they breezed into the quarter finals of the tournament with a 5-1 win over Llanelwy Athletic. They will now face Division One rivals Llanerchymedd at home at Gloddfa Glai on Saturday, February 12.
As always, one of the standout stars so far for the Celts has been midfielder Jac Pearce Jones.
Over the eight seasons he has now spent with the club, he has been nothing short of brilliant for them – winning the Gwynedd League Player of the Season back in 2015/16 – and this season has been no different in terms of his performances.
Jones has scored 19 times in just 22 appearances so far this season – not bad at all for a midfielder. One of the 28-year-old’s stand-out performances came when he scored a hat-trick in a 9-2 demolition of Caergybi in the NWCFA Junior Challenge Cup.
He has captained the club on several occasions this season also and has led the side to many a great victory.
AFE recently spoke to Jones about his time at the club and the season to date.
He said: “I’ve played about 7 or 8 seasons with Celts, I couldn’t tell you how many goals I’ve scored but it’s close to being over a hundred. I’ve had stints at Nantlle Vale and Llanberis but they don’t compare to the Celts, I’ve always felt at home at the Gloddfa Glai.
“Its nice to see the fans back this season too, their support means so much to us and they’re always our 12th man wherever we play, so big thanks to them.
“I feel a great sense of pride every time I put the shirt on, but when I’ve got that armband on as well, it just feels a little bit more special.
“I think the season’s gone well so far, we could have done better in a few games but overall I’m glad we’ve reached this point of the season and we’re still up there. Hopefully we can continue to put some results together and still be up there when May comes around.
“As for personally, I’m not really one to concentrate on personal stats, as long as the team wins that’s all that matters.”
Talysarn Celts have also showcased some great young talents out on the field this season. 20-year-old attacker Luke Baum has been a particular stand-out in that respect, bagging 23 goals in all competitions for the club.
But, it was another top young player that Jones was quick to praise during his interview with AFE – Jac Usher.
The 17-year-old has scored six goals in what is his first season in senior football.
Jones said: “Jac’s impressed me this season. It’s his debut season in men’s football, he’s really stepped up and made an important contribution to the team.”