PICTURE by Wynne Evans.
AS THE end of the Kon-X Anglesey League season draws nearer, I’ve decided that now is a good time to analyse where I think each team will end up in the table come the end of the season.
Here are my final table predictions for the division …
Moment of the season: Shocking Bryngwran Bulls with a 3-1 victory in January
Manager: Kevin Jones
Predicted finish: 5th
Many may not have known much about Arriva as they made their step up from Sunday League football in the summer, but they certainly know by now that they are a strong side who have surprised a few.
Kevin Jones‘ side have come out of nowhere to show their strengths in this league and although it is probably too early for them to be competing in the division this year, I would go so far as to say that next year could see them challenging the big boys of the league.
Scott Hughes, who spent a few seasons with the club in the Sunday League prior to this year, has been on fire and is proving that he can hack it in a higher, more competitive league. He’s been their main man in terms of goals – netting 23 so far this season.
Others such as Japanese full-back Mutsu Oyama and striker Andy Clarke have also impressed.
Realistically, their aim will be to finish as close to the “top four” as possible this season. However, i think one or two of those will be dreading having to play Arriva as the season comes to an end; as they could certainly take points off anyone on their day.
Moment of the season: Beating an in-form Valley side on penalties in the Megan Cup.
Management team: John Webster, Dave Webster and Robin Griffiths.
Predicted finish: 6th
Major improvements have been made to this Bodorgan side since the start of this season and they are looking in good shape to fire themselves higher up the league towards the end of the season.
The introduction of Darragh Byrne into the starting eleven has tightened things up in midfield and Sam Hallas has also been pivotal in the centre of the park when he has played.
Up top they have formed a formidable front two. Tall striker Luke Allaway has been firing them in with 19 goals to his name so far this season and his striker partner Danny Connolly, formerly of Holyhead Hotspur Reserves, has hit 17.
Many had expected Bodorgan to struggle and despite a bad start, it certainly seems as though they’re picking up the pace a little bit now. I think they’ll finish in sixth, but could still make a go of some of the cup competitions that they are still involved in, such as the Megan Cup.
Manager: Richard Owen
Predicted finish: 2nd
This season’ surprise package, the Bulls have been full of spirit and fight and fully deserve to be up there challenging for that title.
Richard Owen’s side have shown real character with their “never say die attitude” and their ability to come back into games even when they seem to be out of it has been admirable.
Striker James Ryan has been their stand out star so far hitting 24 goals, but others have made major contributions too. The likes of Andrew Bailey, Tony Meyer and Matty Roberts in midfield and Hari Jones and John Jones at the back have all stood out with their performances.
They missed out on promotion last year as Llangoed and Holyhead Town pipped them to the post and moved up to the Gwynedd League, but I really do think that this year could be their year.
Three weeks without a match in January could be beneficial or disastrous to the Bulls but I think if they pick up the pace quick enough and use their experience they can finish above both Mynydd and Caergybi.
Manager: Dale Moffat
Predicted finish: 4th
As debut seasons in the Anglesey League go, Caergybi are flying.
Dale Moffat’s side have looked sharp right from the start, remaining in the top four throughout the season.
They did well to replace one of their best players Konner Druce (who left for Valley) with the sibling signings of Gary Jo Owen and Liam Williams who came in from Valley. Forward Owen is the division’s top scorer at the moment with 25 goals to his name, whilst his brother Liam has been pivotal out wide, claiming over 25 assists.
The likes of Elliot Patterson, Colm Foley, Luke McKittrick, Kurt Harris, Glenn North and captain Dewi Thomas have also been stand out stars for the club during the course of the season.
It’s going to be tough for them to earn promotion this year in my opinion, but next year they could be the team to watch in this division. However, there is still a chance of them winning silverware elsewhere of course, such as in the Megan Cup.
Moment of the season: Picking up three points with a 3-2 win at Pentraeth Reserves
Manager: Jordan Love
Predicted finish: 9th
It’s been a long and tough season for Llandgefan on their return from a four year absence from football.
Jordan Love’s side began the season in drastic form, losing many a game by double figures. As the season has worn on however, and players get to know each other better/new ones come in, you can see that performances have improved.
It’s all too little too late for them to finish anywhere but bottom of the division now unfortunately. Although on the plus side they have picked up three points unlike Bethesda Reserves who went through the 2016-17 season without winning and finished with -2 points.
Some of their stand out players along their road to redemption have been Hywel Hughes, Dale Rowlands, Matthew Roberts, Jordan Love and Ashley Jones.
The Llandeg boys knew that they couldn’t set out to win trophies this season and credit to them for still sticking around when many others wouldn’t have. They can view this campaign as a learning curve ahead of a summer of hard work to try and truly compete in various competitions next year.
They WILL be back.
LLANGOED AND DISTRICT RESERVES
Manager: Dewi Williams
Predicted finish: 7th
After the senior side were promoted to the Gwynedd League last season, Llangoed’s Reserves side joined the Kon-X Anglesey League in the summer and have looked a decent side.
Managed by Dewi Williams, the Reserves certainly haven’t been afraid to get stuck in and show the first team that they can do just as well.
Arwyn Morris has been their stand out performer this year, bagging 16 goals to date. Others have certainly put in quite the shift as well though – with the likes of Robin Morris, Phil Owen, Kane Briggs and Lee Heywood all being praised for their efforts.
They have also found the time to give game time to Jay Finter and Nathaniel Evans – two youngsters who look very promising and could shine in years to come.
Overall, it will be considered a fairly quiet season for Llangoed but they have had some bright spells.
Manager: Mark Hughes
Predicted finish: 3rd
Much like Caergybi, the Tigers also began their Kon-X Anglesey journey this season and have been very impressive throughout.
Having remained top of the table for most of the season, the youthful side, formed as a breakaway team from Mynydd Llandegai FC, have surprised many with their top-class performances this season.
Mark Hughes’ squad is a mixture of youth and experience. Goalkeeper David Ball is a veteran at 40-years-old, but others in the squad are only teenagers. 18-year-old Midfielder Herbie Hofsteede, brought from Caernarfon Town in the summer, has really stood out and has been very creative for his side.
Captain Mike Williams has been a rock at the back and Ciaran O’Brady, Kieron Bullock, Adam Evans, Daydd Williams and Tomos Eames have all been banging in the goals too.
Whilst they have had a truly remarkable campaign and have enjoyed a long spell at the top of the table, I do think they’ll just miss out on a promotion place this season. I think Bulls and Valley have the upper hand in terms of experience over them.
I do however fancy them to go one step further next year.
Manager: Justin Gallagher
Predicted finish: 8th
It’s been a relatively quiet season for Justin Gallagher’s Reserves side who are now in their third season of playing in the Kon-X Anglesey League.
The arrival of some very strong sides into the league this season has seen their form dip somewhat but they have claimed seven points to date and are still ahead of Bodorgan (although the latter has a game in hand over them).
Jack Diamond has been their main man in front of goal. With 10 goals to his name so far, he’s been the one they can turn to when they need a goal or two. Fellow striker Jon Morton has also been good at spells, whilst midfielders Urien Elfyn and Tom Adamek have worked hard in the midfield.
It won’t exactly be a season to remember for this side, but I have no doubts that the manager will work hard over the summer to try and achieve an even better finish next season and attempt to catch the “big boys” of the league.
Manager: Barry Rowlands
Predicted finish: 1st
Personally, I think it will be Valley who are crowned champions come the end of the season as they have the bounced back from early season blips to being dominant once again.
Barry Rowlands’ side have scored 73 goals and have been truly ruthless on their journey to the top of the table – where they are currently sitting on 27 points.
Top scorer Justin Williams has hit 23 goals whilst strike partner Mike Williams has 20 and so does winger Konner Druce (11 for Caergybi). The midfield trio of Nik Kontodios, Marc Wilson and Jordie Lees have been superb and Ryan Hall has come to life in recent weeks too.
Overall, despite disagreements within the camp at the beginning of the season, they have certainly gelled together as a team and I think they thoroughly deserve to go on and be crowned champions.
I think it will go down to the last few games, but Valley have proved in recent weeks that they have what it takes to win and their attack seems to be simply unstoppable.
So here is how the FINAL KON-X ANGLESEY LEAGUE TABLE will look in my opinion:
- Valley Athletic
- Bryngwran Bulls
- Mynydd Tigers
- Arriva Bangor
- Llangoed Reserves
- Pentraeth Reserves
What do you make of my predictions? Let me know in the comments section below!