AS FEBRUARY is now upon us, it’s time to reveal who has been selected as the first AFE Players of the Month for 2022.
As usual, we have picked out standout stars for both North Wales Coast West Division One (tier 5) and North Wales Coast West Premier (tier 4).
Congratulations to all those who have enjoyed a fine month!
DIVISION ONE PLAYER OF THE MONTH – MATT REYNOLDS (CEMAES BAY)
For Tier 5 we have gone with a player who scored 7 goals in just 3 matches during the month of January.
That is none other than Cemaes Bay’s Matt Reynolds.
After moving further upfield from being a midfielder to a striker, the 32-year-old just can’t stop scoring for the Bay.
He has now netted 28 goals in just 18 appearances in all competitions – 7 of them coming during a memorable month in January.
He opened his account for that month with a goal in Cemaes’ big 1-1 draw v Llanerchymedd. He followed that up with a goal in the 4-1 win over Waunfawr.
Then, just last week, he continued his brilliant form by scoring 5 goals in an 11-0 hammering of Bethesda Rovers.
Well done Matt!
A special mention also to …
Daniel Hughes of Bethesda Athletic who netted 3 goals in as many matches for the current league-leaders.
Son of Athletic manager Mark, the 18-year-old attacker returned to football in late October after sustaining a serious injury which had kept him out for awhile.
And he’s made an incredible impact ever since for the club, particularly in January.
He netted a goal in each of Atheltic’s 3 victories during the month (2-0 v Caergybi, 5-1 v Cefni and 10-0 v Llangoed).
Hughes has 6 goals in 7 appearances since his return from that injury.
Another player who deserves some recognition once again is Caergybi forward Louis Chapman, who scored 5 goals.
In what is his first season in senior football, the 20-year-old striker is leading the way in terms of the goal scoring charts with 38 goals to his name in all competitions.
January saw him add 5 more to that ever-growing tally as he bagged in Cybi’s 4-1 wins over Bodorgan (3) and Bontnewydd (2).
Luke Baum of Talysarn Celts also enjoyed another month to remember to start 2022 with a bang.
The 20-year-old scored a hat-trick in the 8-0 win over Bethesda Rovers before providing two assists in the 6-2 win over Waunfawr.
He has proven to be one of the best players in tier 5 so far with 23 goals and 4 assists to his name.
Last but not least, I think we have to mention a Holyhead Town duo who helped their club pick up a vital 6pts in January.
Kaine Bentley and Ian Williams have been absolutely key for The Harbourmen so far this season, with both scoring 3 goals each in the 2 matches they played v local rivals Y Fali in January.
Both scored a brace each in the 4-2 win at home to Y Fali on January 15 before then scoring one goal each in the 5-0 away win over the same club last weekend.
35-year-old Williams has provided 7 goals and 4 assists in 15 matches for Town this season, while Bentley, 18, has been a real standout with 12 goals and 5 assists in just 18 appearances.
NORTH WALES COAST WEST PREMIER – Sam Gregson (Bodedern Athletic)
There’s been far less tier 4 action than there has tier 5 action in January, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t some players who deserve the spotlight for their performances.
This month we’ve gone with a young star who is thriving with the league-leaders Bodedern Athletic.
Often times it’s the more experienced stars in Ricky Williams’ side who grab the headlines – particularly the prolific goalscoring duo of Asa Thomas and Marc Evans.
However, it’s fair to say that 18-year-old midfielder Sam Gregson has had a fantastic month in January.
He hit two goals in an 8-0 drubbing of Llanrug United before nothing another brace in a 4-0 win over Aberffraw a week later.
The former Llangoed player has now scored 12 times in 16 appearances for the green and white army this season and its great to see him doing so well at tier 4 level.
Another two to mention from the Premier Division last month are Cai Henshaw and Kevin Lloyd of Penrhyndeudraeth.
Penrhyn won all three of their fixtures convincingly, beating Amlwch Town both 6-0 and 6-1 and winning 4-0 at Gaerwen.
Experienced attacker Lloyd, who previously played for the likes of Llanrug United, began his year with a penalty scored at Gaerwen before putting four goals past Amlwch Town in the away fixture.
Henshaw scored the opener in that first win at Amlwch before bagging a hat-trick in the return fixture which ended 6-0 just last weekend.
The 22-year-old now has 10 goals in 14 league appearances this season for the club.