Penrhyn strengthen for new season

By Adam Hughes in Football

PENRHYNCOCH boss Gari Lewis is delighted to have acquired the signing of forward Steffan Davies to strengthen side’s strike power in this season’s Huws Gray Cymru Alliance.

The 28-year-old, a school teacher who lives locally, arrives from Haverfordwest, and Lewis is confident he can prove a perfect fit at Cae Baker.

Davies was a free-scoring centre forward for Bow Street in the Spar Mid Wales League, before first joining Haverfordwest County in 2014.

He also had one season at Cymru Alliance club Caersws, before returning to Bridge Meadow last term.

“I’ve been trying to get him here for the last two or three years, but he was keen to stay at Haverfordwest last season, where his best friend was the assistant manager,” said Lewis.

“He always said he would sign for me, he is keen to play locally, and I’m really chuffed to get him on board.

“He is a strong boy, a target man who is good with his back to goal, and he will be brilliant for Liam Doherty and Jonathan Evans to play off.

“We need more strike options this season, but Steffan can also play in the centre of midfield or defence, so it is like signing three players in one.

“He is up for the battle, and is the sort of player we need here for what is going to be a really big challenge.”

Lewis has also brought in forward Liam Lewis from Borth United - who was the Top Scorer in the Spar Mid Wales League division two last season - and has revealed that he hopes to sign Llanfair United front runner Nashawn Blake later in the summer.

Lewis added: “We need to be as well prepared as possible, as the league has gone up a notch this season.

“We have to be realistic, and we know we are going to have to work hard to stay in the Alliance. If we can finish close to mid-table then it would be a massive achievement for us.

“At least we have the experience of last season behind us, and we are capable of pulling off a few upsets.”

After returning to training last week, the Roosters host Port Talbot Town in the first friendly on 15 July.

They have now added Llanfair United to their pre-season schedule, to be played in midweek before hosting Buckley on Saturday, 22 July.

Meanwhile goalkeeper Leigh Jenkins and defender Matt Mousley were the recipients of the first team awards as Penrhyncoch held their annual presentations last weekend.

Joining the celebrations were the successful ladies team, and manager Gari Lewis admitted it was the perfect curtain raiser as the club steps up preparations for the new season.

The first team honours saw keeper Jenkins scoop the Supporters’ Player of the Season award, whilst Mousley won the Players’ Player accolade.

“The Penrhyn supporters think the world of Leigh,” said Lewis. “He’s got a lot of ability, He’s still only 26 and his best years are still to come.

“Matt has shown everyone he has the ability to play at this level. He did a great job, filling in for both fullbacks, and had a time at centre half, so has deserved to be recognised.”

Jonathan Evans, who is currently playing out in America for New Orleans Jesters, was the recipient of the top goal-scorer award, and he has also maintained his form Stateside.

Evans, who started last season at Aberystwyth Town - and was named in the Cymru Alliance Team of the Season - has helped fire the Jesters to the NPSL Southeast Conference West Division title, without losing a game.

Evans is their top scorer with nine goals from as many games, and is also the top marksman in the South region - and ninth across the NPSL.

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