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08 October 2023 Venue The Rock Attendance

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Wrexham AFC
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Cardiff City
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PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC Women vs Cardiff City Women

The Red Dragons face last season's league champions at home

8 October 2023

Wrexham AFC Women are back at home this weekend as they take on Cardiff City, with Steve Dale's side looking to retain their position at the top of the Genero Adran Premier table.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match, which takes place at The Rock on Sunday, October 8.

The opposition: Cardiff City

The Bluebirds are the reigning Genero Adran Premier champions, having gone unbeaten in the league during the entirety of the 2022/23 season.

They’re still yet to lose a league match this season and are sat in third place on seven points, with Wrexham and Aberystwyth Town only above Iain Darbyshire’s side due to superior goal difference.

Cardiff claimed a 3-1 win against Cardiff Met on the opening day of the season, before having to settle for a point in a shock 0-0 draw against Aberystwyth Town.

Despite that, they responded in style last weekend, beating The New Saints 3-1 to get their title ambitions back on track.

In the hot seat: Iain Darbyshire

Darbyshire is well-experienced within the Welsh Women’s game, having been head coach for Cardiff City since the 2019/20 season. During that time, he has overseen great change and managed to claim the Bluebirds first league title since 2014.

He has also led the Bluebirds to back-to-back FAW Women’s Cup successes, while they also took part in the 2023 and 2022 Adran Trophy final.

The Bluebirds’ head coach was later appointed as their head of womens and girls football, alongside his first-team commitments.

What our manager said: Steve Dale

“They will have a burning desire to try and defend their title," stated Dale. "They’re level on points with ourselves, but we know that it will be a tough test for us.

“The girls have already had one big test against Swansea already and they’re relishing competing against Cardiff today.

"We’ve trained well and in both away performances we have proved good value for the result and done really well lately.

"It would be great to see as many fans as possible down today, the atmosphere in the crowd against Swansea lifted the girls massively and it would be fantastic if we could get something similar against Cardiff."

Last time out: Barry Town United 1-5 Wrexham AFC

Wrexham AFC Women claimed an emphatic 5-1 victory over Barry Town United as Rosie Hughes netted five goals side to lift Wrexham to first place in the Genero Adran Premier table.

Having started the season in fine goalscoring form, Hughes continued to cause undeniable problems for the opposing defence, and Wrexham’s number nine opened the scoring after just seven minutes.

TJ Dickens whipped a free-kick from the right into the path of Hughes, and she rose highest at the back post to head Steve Dale’s side into an early lead in South Wales.

Wrexham’s goalscoring striker went on to get her next goal just minutes later, doubling the Red Dragons’ advantage in the 14th minute.

Rebecca Pritchard shifted the ball out of her feet and produced a pin-point cross into the path of Hughes, who poked home on her right foot.

It got even better for Wrexham in South Wales, as Hughes claimed a hat-trick after just 18 minutes at Jenner Park.

Pritchard put yet another fine ball into the box, finding Wrexham’s number nine in the box and the 27-year-old striker made no mistake from close-range to score her third of the afternoon.

Hughes made it four in the 53rd minute, as she made an excellent run - lifting it over the oncoming Brennan in the Barry goal to make it 4-0 to the Red Dragons.

If the match wasn’t already sealed for Wrexham, Hughes made sure that three points would be going back to North Wales as she netted her fifth goal of the match in the 66th minute.

Barry claimed a consolation late on, as Lucy Attwood made it 5-1 with minutes to spare, but it wouldn’t dampen Wrexham’s spirits as they claimed an impressive victory at Jenner Park.

Ticket news

How to purchase tickets

Tickets cost just £3 for adults and £1 for under-16s. Please note, all under-14s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

There will be tickets on sale at the ground today, with tickets available to purchase from 3:40pm at the Rock.

Online ticket sales have now closed, meaning that the only way to purchase a ticket is in-person at the Rock from 3:40pm. 

Ticket checks for concessions will take place at the ground and ID may be required at the gate.

All sales on the day will be cash-only, there are no provisions for card payments.

How to follow the match

The match has been selected for live coverage, and will be able to be watched live on S4C and S4C Clic.

You can listen into the match through our free, live commentary of the fixture by clicking the following link -

Live updates will be provided on the Club’s X account, @WrexhamAFCWomen.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham AFC Women 0-3 Cardiff City Women

Wrexham fall to first league defeat this season against 2022/23 champions

8 October 2023

Wrexham AFC Women fell to their first league defeat of the season against, losing 3-0 to Cardiff City at The Rock.

A brace from Molly Kehoe and Ffion Price’s 75th minute effort meant that Cardiff jumped above Wrexham in the league standings as the Bluebirds moved up into first place.

Steve Dale made two changes to the side that beat Barry Town United 5-1 last weekend, with Del Morgan returning in goal, while Amber Lightfoot was ruled out through injury – giving an opportunity to Carra Jones on the wing.

The visitors got the match underway at The Rock, but it was the Red Dragons who controlled the opening stages in North Wales.

It took just minutes for Dale’s side to assert themselves on the match, as Carra Jones recorded the hosts’ first shot of the match after just two minutes.

Ffion Price sent the Red Dragons a stern warning in the 18th minute, as the full-back went close to breaking the deadlock for Cardiff.

Rhianne Oakley delivered a dangerous cross from the right which evaded the crowd inside the Wrexham box, but it found Price, who unleashed a powerful half-volley from the edge of the box which drifted just over Del Morgan’s goal.

Rebecca Pritchard almost broke the deadlock a minute later, firing from outside the box net with City goalkeeper Ceryn Chamberlain out of position, but Pritchard’s effort was just wide of the net.

Iain Darbyshire’s side grew into the match slowly, but eventually proved why they’re the reigning Genero Adran Premier champions with their quality throughout.

Molly Kehoe opened the scoring for the Bluebirds, with Keren Allen having lost her footing while attempting to make a challenge on the Cayman Islands international.

As a result, Kehoe had a free run at goal, forcing a save from Morgan inside the box, but the rebound fell kindly, and Cardiff’s number 15 didn’t need another invitation to smash home a powerful effort on her right foot to break the deadlock.

Lili Jones went close to providing Wrexham with an instant response, as the midfielder struck a shot on her right foot that rose just over Chamberlain’s goal in the 36th minute.

Kehoe made it 2-0 to the visitors just minutes after the restart, pouncing on a loose ball to beat the Wrexham defence before poking the ball past Morgan and eventually firing into an empty net after 46 minutes.

Despite being put under considerable pressure by Cardiff, Wrexham came close to halving the deficit just short of the hour mark.

Siobhan Walsh needed to clear the ball off the line to keep City’s clean sheet, after Rosie Hughes beat Chamberlain to a loose ball and directed a header towards goal. Allen went close from the resulting corner, as she headed just wide from TJ Dickens’ delivery.

Price made it 3-0 to the Bluebirds in the 75th minute, as Wrexham ‘keeper Morgan attempted to punch a set-piece delivery away.

The ball fell at the feet of the City defender, who fired into the net from close-range and wrapped up the victory for Darbyshire’s side, handing Wrexham their first Genero Adran Premier defeat.

Wrexham AFC: Morgan, Davies, Allen (C), Doran, Lovett, Dickens, L.Jones, Pritchard (Spearing 75’), Gibbard (MacKenzie 80’), C.Jones (Whitefoot 75’), Hughes.

Subs not used: Bolland, Sharp.

Cardiff City: Chamberlain, Owen (Green 66’), Price, Power, Walsh (C) (Adams 83’), Bowen, Oakley (Richardson 83’), Watkins, Kehoe, Benyon, Collie (Olden 75’).

Subs not used: Forkings.

Attendance: 707

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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS | Cardiff City Women (H) now on sale to supporters

Tickets now on sale for Bluebirds clash

3 October 2023

Tickets are now available to be purchased for Sunday’s fixture against Cardiff City at the Rock in the Genero Adran Premier, with Steve Dale’s side looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

With the side taking part in their maiden campaign at the top-flight of Welsh football, Wrexham are currently positioned at the top of the league table.

Since the start of the season, the Red Dragons have claimed impressive wins over Pontypridd United and Barry Town United, while drawing 3-3 with Swansea City on the opening day.

How to purchase

Our home match against Cardiff City kicks off at 5:10pm, and will be a fully ticketed fixture, with tickets available to book online or from the Club’s Ticket Office.

Tickets cost just £3 for adults and £1 for under-16s. Please note, all under-14s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

All supporters claiming a ticket must have a valid, up-to-date eTicketing account. We are now pleased to announce that you can now purchase up to four tickets per account.

Due to this, ticket checks for concessions will take place at the ground and ID may be required at the gate.

If you are buying for friends and family, please see this page on how to create a family and friends network, in order to purchase tickets on behalf of others.

Tickets for this fixture will go off sale at midday on Sunday, while tickets will be sold on the day at the Rock, dependent on availability.

All sales on the day will be cash-only, there are no provisions for card payments.

Ticket Collections

All tickets will be issued as paper tickets, and it is advised that they are picked up from the Ticket Office at the STōK Cae Ras in advance of the game.

There will be a collection facility in place at the Rock, however this should be used as a last resort to avoid delays and ensure that you can make it into the ground ahead of kick-off.

Please note, ticket collections for any other games cannot be processed within 90 minutes of a men’s first-team home match, in order to help us reduce queuing times for match-day enquiries.

Away Supporters

Cardiff City supporters looking to buy tickets for the game can do so through the Wrexham AFC eTicketing website.

There will also be a ticket collection facility for away supporters available at the Rock on the day of the game.

Full supporter information will be communicated ahead of the fixture.

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