On the football field, Katie Midwinter is always capable of producing the unexpected.
In her first game of the season for childhood club Bethel, the 21-year-old came on as a second-half substitute and scored two sensational goals to secure a 4-1 victory over champions Northop Hall.
However, this week Katie announced she is to leave Bethel to take a lead role at newly-formed hometown club Bethesda, who compete in Division Two of the North Wales Women’s League.
Katie told the Daily Post’s Dave Jones the reasons behind her new start at Parc Meurig.
Why are you making this move?
I felt the chance to be a part of a brand new team in Bethesda, the first women’s team in history in my hometown was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. I was keen to start a team here when approached with the idea, and as I’ve been involved from the start I felt I had to be a part of it.
What has attracted you to Bethesda?
It’s my hometown, I’ve grown up here and gone to school here. The facilities at the club are great and the foundation is here to build a great team.
A lot of people have told me it’s historically an honour to play on the pitch at Parc Meurig, and that was also a factor in my move.
What are the aims for this season?
I think the aim will be to do as well as we can in the league, take every game as it comes. As a completely new squad we have to have high hopes that we can challenge, I know there’s great quality in this team so it’s just making sure we play to the best of our abilities and gel as a team. It’s about staying committed and making sure this club can grow and improve as seasons go on.
Do you feel the team will boost the local community with the men’s side having to disband before the season started?
As I said the foundation is already here, there are many youth teams with enthusiastic players so the club can only grow and grow. It’s important to have a senior side in the village, and hopefully it can encourage and inspire more young girls in the village to play.
How hard has it been to leave Bethel? Do you feel the team can challenge for the Division One title?
It was a very difficult decision as I have been at Bethel for 10 years, since I was 11 years old. Bethel were my first club, and the only club I’ve ever known. The team, on the pitch, are at their best at the moment and I enjoyed playing with the youngsters there. I definitely think they have a good chance of challenging for the league, as they are capable of beating any team. But for me I felt it was the right time to leave, take on more responsibility and a new challenge.
Are you looking for players? When can we see you in action?
Bethesda Athletic Ladies are looking for enthusiastic players that want to be a part of this project.
Our first competitive match takes place away to Rhyl Development this Sunday 1pm.
And our first home match is set for Sunday, September 23, at home to Penrhyn Bay at Parc Meurig, 1pm kick-off.
Katie Midwinter – Factfile
Born: June 11, 1997
Boots: Nike Mercurial
Previous clubs: only Bethel (since aged 11)
Representative football: Eryri, North Wales, Wales development youth squads, Wales – 2006 Asda Kids Cup
Role models: Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard, Neymar, Alex Morgan
Honours: Tesco Cup Welsh National Finals 2011 in Newtown, – Midfielder of the Tournament; numerous competition wins with Bethel
Goals last season: 26