WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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ONCE again, it's time to decorate our Welsh Premier Christmas tree with a dozen players who could sparkle for their clubs over the festive season.

Andy JonesA dependable defender for most of his time since joining Newtown in January, a switch to striker for Andy Jones yielded a stunning hat-trick on Saturday. It's come at the right time for the Robins but may have alarm bells ringing at festive opponents Aberystwyth in their relegation fight.
CAREER RECORD: 25 apps + 0 sub, 6 goals
Aberystwyth Town v Newtown AFC, Boxing Day, 2.30
Jordan FollowsJordan Follows has enjoyed a new lease of life since joining Aberystwyth, hitting eight goals after being handed 17 Welsh Premier starts. Would like nothing more than to fill his stocking with goals to aid the Black & Green's relegation struggle.
CAREER RECORD: 25 apps + 0 sub, 6 goals
Newtown AFC v Aberystwyth Town, New Year's Day, 2.30

Mark JonesSkipper Mark Jones has been a standout player for Afan Lido this season. Despite being only 23, he already has five years' experience under his belt and will relish a festive double against one of his former clubs, local rivals Port Talbot Town.
CAREER RECORD: 57 apps + 28 sub, 25 goals
Afan Lido v Port Talbot Town, Boxing Day, 2.30
Cortez BelleA big influence at the back for Port Talbot Town, Cortez Belle returns from suspension for the festive derbies with local rivals Afan Lido as the Steelmen bid for much-needed points to secure a top six place. Is also capable of scoring when pushed forward.
Port Talbot Town v Afan Lido, Saturday, 3.45

Ryan WadeAirbus UK Broughton's rise to prominence this season has owed much to tricky wingman Ryan Wade, whose influence could become even greater if he can curb a tempestuous streak which has brought five yellow cards and one dismissal.
CAREER RECORD: 10 apps + 2 sub, 4 goals
Airbus UK Broughton v Gap Connah's Quay, Boxing Day, 2.30
Rhys HealeyProving a more than capable replacement for Gary O'Toole, 18-year-old Rhys Healey has justified Nomads' manager Mark McGregor's faith in youth, but the festive fixtures may prove to be his farewell as Football League scouts hover for his signature.
CAREER RECORD: 8 apps + 8 sub, 10 goals
Gap Connah's Quay v Airbus UK Broughton, New Year's Day, 2.30

Liam ThomasCARMARTHEN Town's surge into the top six has owed much to young striker Liam Thomas, many of whose 11 goals this season have come at crucial moments for the Old Gold. Surely a prime candidate for the league's young player of the season.
CAREER RECORD: 25 apps + 33 sub, 13 goals
Carmarthen Town v Llanelli AFC, Boxing Day, 2.30
Antonio CorbisieroFormer Swansea City starlet Antonio Corbisiero is an influential member of the Llanelli squad whose experience will be vital if Llanelli are to clinch a top six finish at the mid-season split. Scored a rare goal at Bala a week ago and more would not come amiss over Christmas.
Llanelli AFC v Carmarthen Town, Saturday 2.30

Damien AllenSince making his debut at New Year 2012, Damien Allen has been a key figure in the Bangor City ranks. The former Colwyn Bay captain is a cultured midfielder and will be out to make his presence felt in City's title bid.
Bangor City v Prestatyn Town, Friday, 7.30
Jon DuntA few extra days' rest will probably give Prestatyn goalkeeper Jon Hill-Dunt time to shake-off an Achilles problem in time for the double-header. His burly presence belies a superb shot-stopping ability and he is a vital member of the Prestatyn defence.
CAREER RECORD: 114 apps
Prestatyn Town v Bangor City, New Year's Day, 3.15

Sam FinleyA low profile signing for manager Craig Harrison a year ago, 20-year-old Sam Finley has been virtually ever-present in The New Saints' midfield this season, weighing in with some superb goals. Compensates for his lack of stature with a hard-tackling presence in midfield.
CAREER RECORD: 16 apps + 6 sub, 4 goals
The New Saints v Bala Town, Boxing Day, 2.30
Mark JonesCultured former Welsh international Mark Jones is the man in charge of the gift wrapping for Bala Town and The New Saints will need to be alert to his playmaking skills and his telling free-kicks over the festive season.
CAREER RECORD: 75 apps + 2 sub, 13 goals
Bala Town v The New Saints, New Year's Day, 2.30

 
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26 May 2017

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