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22 October 2023 Venue Park Avenue Attendance

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Aberystwyth Town
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Wrexham AFC
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PREVIEW | Aberystwyth Town vs Wrexham AFC Women

Steve Dale's side face second-placed Aberystwyth Town in West Wales

22 October 2023

Wrexham AFC Women are on the road again, this time travelling down to West Wales as they take on high-flying Aberystwyth Town in Genero Adran Premier action at Park Avenue.

For everything you need to know ahead of the match, read our preview, below.

The opposition

Having endured a tricky 2022/23 campaign, finishing sixth - many tipped the Seasiders to struggle this season, having little movement on the transfer front during the summer.

Despite that, Town have enjoyed a seriously impressive start to the season and currently sit second in the league having not lost a game this season.

From their opening four matches, Aberystwyth have registered eight points and are currently the only team to take points off the reigning champions, Cardiff City.

While Lleucu Mathias is the club’s top goal scorer this season on just two goals, Sunday’s opponents have built their foundations on a solid defence, conceding just once so far, with goals coming across all the pitch.

In the hot seat: Gavin Allen

Allen has been first-team manager for the side, having taken the role in the summer of 2021 following a stint as first-team manager for the Men’s side. He has been with the club since 2019 and doubles up his responsibilities as head of youth alongside his management duties.

He enjoyed a semi-professional playing career having spent time at both Tranmere Rovers and Stockport County before moving across into the Welsh leagues in 1996.

It is during this time that he played for sides including Aberystwyth Town, Carmarthen, Bangor City, Barry Town, Caernarfon and Penrhyncoch.

He also went on to spend a short period of time at Shrewsbury Town, as an academy coach in 2015.

What our manager said: Steve Dale

“We have to give them a lot of credit for the start that they’ve had," Dale explained.

“I don’t think anybody expected them to keep a clean sheet at Cardiff – it is a credit to them, and we know that it is going to be a tough game.

“We have had some experience from playing them last year in the cup. They’re a really organised outfit, hard to break down and we know that they are probably going to have the same attributes this season as well.  

“They will try to restrict our attacking threat, similar to what Cardiff did at the Rock, but if we can stick to what we have been doing in the last few weeks we can cause them a lot of problems then we give ourselves a good platform to build on."

Last time out

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.

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. 

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. 

Following a professional display to progress into the next round, Wrexham were drawn against Llandudno in the second round of the competition.

How to watch

Following the announcement that all non-televised Women’s matches, not selected for TV coverage will 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 | Aberystwyth Town Women 1-2 Wrexham AFC Women

Hughes and Pritchard on target in comeback win

22 October 2023

Rosie Hughes and Rebecca Pritchard scored Wrexham's goals as the Red Dragons came from behind to beat Aberystwyth Town in West Wales.

Amy Jenkins fired the hosts in front with the first real chance of the game, but Hughes bundled in an equaliser and Pritchard pounced on a goalkeeping error to turn the game around.

And Steve Dale's side stood firm after the break to become the first team to beat Aberystwyth this season.

After the big cup win at Pwllheli last weekend, Steve Dale reverted to a more experienced line-up for this league match, with Del Morgan, Rebecca Pritchard and Louisha Doran all back in the starting XI.

There was nothing Morgan could do to prevent the hosts’ early opener, however, as Wrexham were caught trying to play the ball out from the back in the sixth minute.

Amy Jenkins was the player to pounce, thumping high into the net from a tight angle outside the area to give Aberystwyth the lead.

Wrexham responded well to the early blow, however, playing good passing football and pressing high up the pitch as they sought an equaliser.

Mari Gibbard did well to work space less than a minute after the opener, but Hughes’ lofted shot from distance dropped wide.

Two minutes later, Hughes turned and shot from the edge of the area, but Margot Farnes saved and held the effort.

Pritchard was next to go close, after Lili Jones’ inch-perfect through ball in the 11th minute, but Farnes saved from the winger at the near post.

Jones then tried her luck herself in the 21st minute, but she shot well over from distance.

The pressure finally told just moments later, however. Gibbard headed the ball on for Pritchard in the area, and after the winger had battled well, Hughes pounced on the loose ball to bundle it over the line.

Hughes, Pritchard and captain Keren Allen celebrated with a shirt bearing Gareth Owen’s name, as the Wrexham AFC legend and Women’s Under-19s manager continues to recover at home from a stroke.

From the restart, Wrexham were straight back onto the front foot, and Jones played namesake Carra Jones in over the top on 24 minutes, but after cutting inside her shot was saved at the near post.

Aberystwyth began to grow back into the game, however, and Jenkins released Lleucu Mathias on 26 minutes, but she shot wide off balance when one-on-one with Morgan.

Lily Moralee-Hughes then tried her luck from distance in the 31st minute, but Morgan dived low to her right to save.

Moralee-Hughes went close again on 41 minutes, finding space on the right, but her shot drifted just wide at the near post.

Wrexham were in front in first-half stoppage time, however, as Pritchard pounced on Farnes’ slip to score from close range from what had been no more than a hopeful ball forward.

There was still time for Carra Jones to cut inside off the left and sting Farnes’ palms with a fierce shot too, but the keeper this time held on at the second attempt.

Chances were at a premium after the break, but both Louisha Doran and Keren Allen did well on the edge of the Wrexham area on 53 minutes to block two Aberystwyth shots.

Both sides responded with changes, as Libby Mackenzie replaced Gibbard for the visitors, but Wrexham were restricted to long-range efforts from which neither Dickens nor Hughes really troubled Farnes.

Hughes then released Mackenzie on 76 minutes, after spinning her defender in the middle, but the substitute shot straight at Farnes.

Hughes was in herself in the 89th minute, but shot straight at Farnes on her right foot.

There was still time for Hughes to have what would have been her 100th Wrexham goal ruled out for offside in the final seconds of stoppage time, but the Red Dragons held on for a big away win.

Wrexham: Morgan, Davies, Doran, Allen, Lovett, Dickens, L.Jones, Pritchard, Gibbard (Mackenzie 63), C.Jones, Hughes

Subs: Bolland, Spearing, Whitefoot, Sharp

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