The ‘ups massively outweigh the downs’ for Kaine Bentley as Holyhead Town find their feet

PICTURE BY JWO PHOTOGRAPHY

IT’S BEEN a season of mixed results for Holyhead Town so far in the inaugural North Wales Coast West Division One campaign.

After winning their opening game of the 21/22 season (3-1 v Llanfairpwll), the Harbourmen went on a 5-game losing streak.

Victories have often times been difficult to come by for Craig Brodie’s side. That is until 2022 came around it seems!

Town have now won their last 3 league matches and have climbed up to 12th in the process. Their squad is one full of talented players and there’s one in particular who has been a real standout – attacker Kaine Bentley.

Bentley (right) celebrates a goal with Chris Hughes (mentioned further down). PIC: JWO Photography

The attacker first played for Holyhead Town Reserves (which later became Holyhead Town after the first team folded) in the Anglesey League in 2019/20.

The now 18-year-old impressed in that season which was cut short by the covid-19 pandemic. But, it is this season that he has taken his game to the next level.

Bentley has bagged 12 goals and provided 6 assists in just 19 appearances this season, making him one of the best players in tier 5.

Talking to AFE about the season to date and how he has found the love from junior football to senior football, he said: “Throughout this season especially there has been many ups and downs – we started the season off with a win but then couldn’t replicate it in the further games. But, I would say the ‘ups’ massively outweigh the downs with Town and would say we’re back on track now having won 3 on the bounce.

“I played for Llangefni Town at juniors up to under 14s where we won the league and reached the North Wales coast final in that season. I stopped playing football at the age of 14 to pursue boxing and since then this season has been my first full season of senior football and any kind of football at all.

Bentley scores v Bethesda Rovers. PIC: JWO photography

“The main difference is obviously the physicality, another would be there’s much more passion, but overall I would say I haven’t found the transition from juniors to seniors too difficult and I prefer playing senior football to juniors.

“I just love the feeling of scoring a goal so I try my best to achieve that every game and I’ve also had good service from my teammates.

“My highlight of the season has to be the 96th minute winner against Llanfairpwll (just two weeks ago in a 2-1 win). I hope we can go on to achieve a mid table finish.”

Kaine comes from a family of footballers. His father Rob was a goalkeeper who played for the likes of Trearddur Bay where he won 3 Dargie Cups and the prestigious North Wales Cup.

This season, Kaine has been joined on the pitch by brother Mike who is, like his father, a great goalkeeper.

Mike Bentley in action for Holyhead Town. PIC: JWO Photography

The former Gaerwen shot-stopper has returned to play for the Harbourmen after a few years out of the game and has impressed greatly.

Kaine said: “The highlight for me since being at town would be sharing the pitch with my brother.

“It’s a great feeling sharing a pitch with my brother, we’ve always wanted to do it so I asked him to join at the start of the season and with a little persuasion he did. It makes winning and scoring so much better knowing he’s there. He’s also a class keeper to have in net!

“In terms of team mates who have impressed me the most I’d say that’s either my brother as I didn’t expect him to be as sharp as he is after being out of the game for 2 years, or Chris Hughes as it’s his first full season in seniors and he’s more than holding his own.”

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