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15 October 2023 Venue Attendance

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PREVIEW | CPD Pwllheli vs Wrexham AFC Women

The Red Dragons start their Bute Energy Welsh Cup journey

15 October 2023

Wrexham AFC Women travel west to kick-off their Bute Energy Welsh Cup campaign against CPD Pwllheli as Steve Dale’s side attempt to progress into the second round of the competition.

It provides the perfect opportunity for the Red Dragons to bounce back from defeat against Cardiff City last weekend and to kickstart their aspirations of a cup run this season, having reached the quarter-finals of the competition last season. 

The Opposition

CPD Pwllheli currently sit third in the North Wales Women’s league, having won both of their matches so far this season.

They progressed through to first round of the Welsh Cup after a 4-1 win over Kimmel Bay, with both Magi Hughes and Lois Thomas registering two goals each in the fixture.

Pwllheli have had an extended break, with their last match against Caernarfon Town having been postponed, meaning that Llangefni Town and Amlwch Town jumped up the league table.

Last season, Sunday’s opponents finished second in the North Wales Women’s league, having won 18 matches out of 21 to finish on 55 points for the season with Bangor Women beating them to the title.

What our manager said: Steve Dale

“The exposure we’ve had from of the documentary and the social media is fantastic, but it puts a target on our back,” Dale said. “It’s important that the girls are grounded and that they’re not getting ahead of themselves, it is going to be a tough game.

"It’s important we stick to our standards, and that we keep doing what we do best which will help us continue to put in good performances.

"They (Pwllheli) are going to be hard working, hard to beat and they will make it difficult for us. We know that when you go there it is tough – we must work harder than the opposition and make sure we don’t underestimate them."

Last time the sides met: CPD Pwllheli 1-3 Wrexham AFC (13/03/22)

Wrexham AFC Women earned a tenth consecutive league win to ensure the title race went to a final-day decider.

In a hard-fought game at Pwllheli, Rosie Hughes’ early penalty was cancelled out by Lois Thomas, but Hughes added a second with 12 minutes remaining and Natasha Spearing’s first senior goal sealed victory.

Amber Lightfoot’s lofted pass then played Rosie Hughes in behind the defence on nine minutes, and she was brought down by goalkeeper Hayley Rees-Williams in the area.

The Pwllheli keeper was booked for the challenge, and Hughes picked herself up to bury the penalty to Rees-Williams’ right-hand side.

With just over 20 minutes, Pwllheli were level. Thomas ran onto a through ball and, though Del Morgan charged out to initially deny her, the rebound spun kindly for the striker to tap in.

Just as it was starting to look as though it could be a frustrating, and costly, afternoon, however, the Red Dragons regained the lead.

Mia Roberts came on in the 73rd minute, and four minutes later she played an inch-perfect ball through to Hughes, who finished low to spark wild celebrations.

Lightfoot thought she had sealed victory in the 85th minute, but the offside flag was raised, and she then threaded a ball through to Hughes who stabbed the ball just wide a minute later.

Spearing sealed victory in the 90th minute, however, with her first senior goal. Lili Jones’ corner was not dealt with, and the midfielder smashed the ball high into the middle of the net.

How to watch

Following the announcement that all non-televised Women’s matches would be live streamed, you can tune into today’s match wherever you are in the world.

In order to access the four-camera stream of Sunday’s match, you must have a registered account on iFollow Wrexham.

If you already have set up an account on iFollow Wrexham, all you need to do is log in and you will have access to the stream.

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

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Match Reports

REPORT | CPD Pwllheli 0-13 Wrexham AFC Women

Red Dragons progress into next round of Bute Energy Welsh Cup

15 October 2023

Wrexham AFC produced a professional display to claim an incredible 13-0 victory against CPD Pwllheli at The Rec to progress into the second round of the Bute Welsh Energy Cup.

Ava Suckley scored six goals, with Carra Jones netting a brace; Rosie Hughes, Libby MacKenzie, Lili Jones, Lily Whitefoot and Mari Gibbard also all got on the scoresheet on a sunny afternoon in Pwllheli. 

Steve Dale made four changes to the side that faced Cardiff City last weekend, as Charlotte Bolland, Katie Sharp, Libby MacKenzie and Ava Suckley all came into the starting XI. 

The hosts got the match underway in north-west Wales, but Wrexham quickly asserted their dominance in the fixture. 

It took just five minutes for Steve Dale’s side to gain the advantage, with Suckley getting her first senior goal this season. 

MacKenzie did well to get a strike off from distance, but Pwllheli ‘keeper didn’t deal with it and spilled the ball into the path of Wrexham’s number 16 who smashed the ball into the top-left corner from an acute angle. 

Just a minute later, Carra Jones doubled Wrexham’s advantage, producing a fantastic long-range effort that nestled into the top corner. 

Lili Jones then went on to make it 3-0 to Wrexham, firing yet another long-range effort that Pwllheli’s Hayley Rees-Williams failed to deal with after 16 minutes. 

Rosie Hughes made it 4-0 two minutes later as she recorded her first goal of the afternoon – Hughes’ 98th goal in a Wrexham shirt – latching onto Erin Lovett’s pass from the left-flank.  

Suckley scored her second of the match to extend Wrexham’s advantage, with the 19-year-old’s strike taking a deflection on its way into the net with 26 minutes played. 

Things continued to get better for the visitors, as Mari Gibbard headed in at the back-post from Lili Jones’ cross in the 35th minute. 

Having already scored twice, Suckley continued in her fine run of form and made it 7-0 to Steve Dale’s side just three minutes after Gibbard’s header.  

Minutes before half time, the Red Dragons rounded off a perfect first-half performance as Suckley recorded her fourth goal of the afternoon in the 43rd minute. 

MacKenzie scored Wrexham’s first goal of the second half, having made a fantastic driving run before composing herself and firing past Rees-Williams after 54 minutes at The Rec. 

Two minutes later, Carra Jones then doubled her tally for Dale’s side, firing from distance on the right to make it a double-digit lead for Wrexham.

Suckley scored her fifth goal of the match, heading home at the back post into an empty net from TJ Dickens’ cross in the 67th minute.

Wrexham’s young forward then made it 12-0 to the Red Dragons - scoring with 90 minutes played, and claiming a double hat-trick at the Rec. 

Lily Whitefoot rounded the match off in added time as the substitute got on the scoresheet and claimed Wrexham’s 13th and final goal of the match. 

Wrexham AFC: Bolland, Davies (Spearing 55’), Allen (C), Sharp, Lovett (Doran 46’), MacKenzie, L.Jones (Dickens 46’), Suckley, Gibbard, C.Jones, Hughes (Whitefoot 55’). 

Subs not used: Morgan. 

CPD Pwllheli: H.Rees-Williams, Williams, Bohana, Davies, L.Rees-Williams, C. Thomas, M.Thomas, L.Thomas, Sansome, Moore, Owen Hughes.

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