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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

23 October 2022 Venue Rhos Aelwyd FC Attendance 300

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Wrexham AFC
5 - 2
Llandudno Ladies
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PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC Women vs Llandudno Ladies

Red Dragons face title rivals on return to league action

23 October 2022

Wrexham AFC Women return to league action when they take on title rivals and defending champions Llandudno Ladies in the Genero Adran North on Sunday (October 23).

Having maintained their 100% start to the season with a last-minute win against CPD Y Rhyl 1879 in the Adran Trophy last time out, this is just Wrexham’s second league game of the campaign.

But they come up against a strong Llandudno side, determined to bounce back from their first loss of the season last weekend too.

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Match preview

Lili Jones’ thunderous last-minute penalty made it four wins from four last time out for Wrexham AFC Women, as they escaped from a below-par performance against CPD Y Rhyl 1879 with a victory that guarantees their place in the knockout stage.

Now, back in league action, Wrexham are looking to follow their up their only league game of the season so far – which ended in a 6-0 win away to Llanfair United at the start of the campaign.

Llandudno have played twice so far in the league, also beating Llanfair 6-0 away and also putting eight past CPD Y Rhyl 1879.

The defending champions go into the game top of the table, level on points with Connah’s Quay Nomads, with those two and Wrexham all looking to maintain winning starts to the campaign.

Team news

New signing Phoebe Davies made her Wrexham debut from the bench in the win against CPD Y Rhyl 1879 last time out, and is in contention for her first league game too.

Prolific striker Rosie Hughes is available again, after missing out last time around, and defender Erin Lovett also comes back into contention having served the final game of her three-match Adran Trophy ban last time out.

With Hughes available, Ava Suckley, Libby Mackenzie, Sophie Hodson, Rebecca Pritchard and Amber Lightfoot are competing for a maximum of three places behind her.

The opposition

Llandudno won their first three games of the season, putting eight past Rhyl, and six each past Llanfair and CPDM Y Felinheli in their opening three games.

The defending champions’ winning start was ended last weekend, however, when they suffered a 1-0 reverse to Connah’s Quay Nomads in the Adran Trophy.

Wales Under-17s international Madison Williams missed that game, however, and summer signing Shona Roberts was on the bench so Llandudno do have options to bolster their squad this time around.

Last season’s Player of the Season contenders Jasmine Dutton and Mari Gibbard – the latter who was at Bethel at the time – are among Llandudno’s key players.

Previous meetings

Wrexham and Llandudno played out two thrilling encounters last season, befitting their status as title rivals.

The first match, before Christmas, saw Wrexham come from 3-1 down – having at one stage led early on – to claim a stunning late 5-3 win.

Rosie Hughes scored early on against her former team, but Sioned Phillips, India Hassall and Maddie Williams all found the net to give Llandudno a commanding half-time lead.

Libby Mackenzie pulled one back, however, before TJ Dickens levelled with just eight minutes remaining.

More drama followed too, as Hughes made it 4-3 in the final minute and Rebecca Pritchard added to the lead deep in stoppage time.

Both teams then proceeded to win every game between then and the final day, when they met once more in a winner-takes-all title decider.

Amber Lightfoot gave Wrexham the lead in that match, before Jasmine Dutton’s stunning long-range equaliser. TJ Dickens’ free-kick went straight in just before half-time, however, to give the Red Dragons the lead at the break.

A sloppy defensive pass allowed India Hassall to nick and equalise in the second-half, however, and she tapped in again late on to seal a 3-2 win and the inaugural Genero Adran North title for Llandudno.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham AFC Women 5-2 Llandudno Ladies

Red Dragons beat title rivals in front of co-chairman Rob McElhenney

23 October 2022

Co-chairman Rob McElhenney was among the bumper Ponciau Banks crowd as Wrexham AFC Women sent out a title statement with a big home win against defending champions Llandudno Ladies.

Rosie Hughes and substitute Ava Suckley each scored twice and Lili Jones also netted in front of a crowd of more than 300 supporters at Rhos Aelwyd FC.

The 5-2 scoreline was harsh on Llandudno, who had gone into the game as league leaders, as they created plenty themselves to contribute to a superb game.

However, while they netted twice, they also came up against an inspired Del Morgan in the Wrexham goal – the keeper pulling off a string of fine saves to help seal an eye-catching win.

Llandudno actually started the game better, but Hughes beat the goalkeeper to a loose ball on seven minutes and won a penalty, which she then confidently converted.

Three minutes later, Wrexham doubled their advantage when Hughes got in over the top and pulled back for Lili Jones to tap in.

Llandudno responded well, however and a cross flashed across goal on 14 minutes before Morgan’s fingertip save just a minute later.

The pressure told, however, as Louisha Doran cut inside and fired high into the net.

That opened the game up, and Mia Roberts cleared off the line on 22 minutes, while Rebecca Pritchard volleyed wide from TJ Dickens’ deep corner four minutes later.

Morgan parried a fierce, 20-yard free-kick clear in the 32nd minute, while Pritchard just could not get a toe to Lightfoot’s zipped cross at the other end.

Wrexham got the crucial goal on the stroke of half-time, however – Hughes capitalising on poor defending to race onto a long ball and finish confidently one-on-one.

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Lili Jones was inches away from adding to her tally on 53 minutes, after Lightfoot was fouled on the edge of the box, but her curled free-kick clattered the bar and bounced clear.

TJ Dickens then hit the bar with a free-kick five minutes later, but Suckley – only just on as a substitute – this time followed in to tap into an empty net.

Maddie Williams headed in from Mari Gibbard’s inch-perfect cross on 62 minutes to reduce the deficit but Wrexham again responded well.

This time, Lightfoot threaded in Hughes in the 65th minute, who evaded a wild challenge and squared for Suckley to score again.

The ball just would not drop for Hughes to add another after a goalmouth scramble on 68 minutes, but Wrexham continued to stand firm at the other end.

Morgan commanded her area well, and pulled off some impressive saves – and aerial prowess – in her penalty box.

And Wrexham were therefore left to celebrate a big home win and a fifth win from five so far this season.

Line-up: Morgan, P.Davies, Sharp, Lovett, M.Roberts (Buckley 90+1), Dutton, Dickens, Lightfoot (Mackenzie 78), L.Jones (Suckley 58), Pritchard, Hughes

Subs not used: McCaffrey, Hodson

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