PICTURE by Wynne Evans.
IN A new feature on AFEFootballNews I will be taking a look at each of the Kon-X Anglesey League clubs’ top five players of the season so far.
So, what better way to kick off the series than with the current league leaders, Valley? Here are the best of the bunch for Barry Rowlands’ side so far ….
Plays like: Gareth Barry – An experienced head within the side who never stops running for hist team.
“Mr Valley” as he is known has been with the clubs for several years now and is a pivotal part of things both on and off the pitch.
Acting as the engine type player, Wilson is an experienced head within this side and his contribution to/influence on the squad has been clear to see this year in particular.
He works hard in the midfield for his side and also pops up with goals from time to time too, having scored nine this season.
The 30-year-old is a much-loved figure at Valley and will be hoping to lead them towards the Anglesey League title (and possibly other silverware too) this season.
Plays like: A target man – like West Brom’s Salomon Rondon (only more prolific!)
Tall striker who is always difficult to defend against due to his sheer size and strength.
Williams is part of the deadly front three at Valley and has consistently provided goals for his side throughout their campaign – 20 to be exact.
Having played against him myself this season (in an 11-1 loss), I know just how difficult it can be to try and challenge him in the air and he’s also very good with his feet for a big man too.
He will no doubt play a vital role in the closing weeks of the season as he looks to help Valley claim as many trophies as possible.
Position: Attacking midfielder
Plays like: Christian Eriksen – a real creative player who can also put a tackle in when needs be.
Valley’s creative spark in the middle of the park.
Lees has unlocked several defences with his fine passing and vision this season and so it’s no surprise to see that the club’s front three are all on 20+ goals.
On the ball, he is probably one of the most enjoyable players to watch in the division as he always pulls
Creativity aside though, he’s also quite the battler in midfield too and is always willing to stick a foot in for his side.
He’s a hard working individual who gets things ticking for his side and I have no doubts that he will continue to shine in that starting eleven over the coming weeks.
Plays like: Riyad Mahrez – A winger who is skilful, fast and loves to both score and create goals.
Druce is certainly one of the most talented and prolific wingers in the Kon-X Anglesey League at the moment.
Before signing for Valley, he hit 12 goals for close rivals Caergybi. Then, after making the switch from blue and white to black and red, he’s netted a further nine – notching up a total of 21 goals and placing him as the fifth top scorer in the division.
Druce knows how to get in behind the defence and has been very unselfish in front of goal, setting up many a goal for his team-mates particularly since moving to Valley.
He’s a player who really likes to run at defenders and knows just how to get the better of them and I think he’s destined to play at a higher level. It’s looking increasingly likely that he will get to do just that with Valley in the Gwynedd League next season.
Plays like: Jamie Vardy – quick on the break and has a fantastic eye for goal, as well as great scoring record.
Currently the club’s top scorer – Williams is a pacey forward who has been deadly in front of goal this season and has always looked a threat on the break.
28 goals to his name (including a number of brace’s and hat-tricks) to date and he is looking as though he could go onto finish as the league’s top scorer come the end of the campaign (he is currently just three off leader Scott Hughes of Arriva Bangor).
Valley have played some fantastic counter-attacking football this season and Williams has been the one who has been on the end of it finishing off those chances on most occasions.
I can see him reaching 40 goals before the end of the campaign. However, regardless of whether he does that or not, the club will certainly have a lot to thank him for if they do go on to win the league this season.
With Valley all set to go up to the Gwynedd League this season (barring any late disasters), it’s very possible that we could well see these five strutting their stuff at a higher level next year.
Placing these five along side the likes of goalkeeper Jamie Owen, defender Ashley Hughes and midfielder Nik Kontodios has meant that Barry Rowlands has a very strong side indeed.