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28 November 2021 Venue Brymbo Sports & Social Complex Attendance 40 Referee Stephen Wildey

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Denbigh Town
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Wrexham AFC
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4-4-2
  • 1
    Roslyn Fryer
    GK
  • 2
    Jess Duff
    DF
  • 4
    Alis Clwyd-Davies
    DF
  • 5
    Llio Hafal
    DF
  • 6
    Cara Jones
    DF
  • 7
    Catrin Davies
    MF
  • 8
    Elen James-Owen
    MF
  • 12
    Shannon Jones
    MF
  • 15
    Paige Owen
    MF
  • 10
    Amber Hellon
    FW
  • 11
    TBC
    FW

Substitutes

  • 14
    TBC
    SUB
  • 16
    Carla Rizzi
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Aled Davies

4-2-3-1
  • 13
    Kat Jones
    GK
  • 23
    Ella Clifton-Stringer
    DF
  • 15
    Katie Sharp
    DF
  • 21
    Lili Jones
    DF
  • 6
    Erin Lovett
    DF
  • 2
    TJ Dickens
    MF
  • 8
    Kim Dutton
    MF
  • 11
    Lauren Reese
    MF
  • 17
    Libby MacKenzie
    MF
  • 27
    Amber Lightfoot
    MF
  • 9
    Rosie Hughes
    FW

Substitutes

  • 4
    Phoebe Rintoul
    SUB
  • 7
    Rebecca Pritchard
    SUB
  • 20
    Natasha Spearing
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Steve Dale

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PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC Women vs Denbigh Town

Red Dragons look to maintain winning form as Steve Dale takes charge for the first time as permanent manager

28 November 2021

Steve Dale’s first game as permanent Wrexham AFC Women’s manager sees the Red Dragons take on bottom-of-the-league Denbigh Town.

Sunday’s match, which has been moved to Brymbo and kicks off at 2pm, will see Wrexham looking to build on back-to-back away wins against Llanfair United and Airbus UK Ladies.

Familiar face

The game pits Wrexham’s top scorer, Rosie Hughes, against her former team for the first time since switching in the summer.

Prolific striker Hughes scored 18 goals in just nine games for Denbigh in the COVID-shortened 2019/20 season and was in similarly stunning form in last winter’s friendlies – including four goals for Denbigh when they last met Wrexham. Wrexham won that high-scoring friendly 8-5.

This season, Hughes has netted 15 goals in ten competitive appearances for Wrexham – including the equaliser that sparked the comeback against Airbus last time out.

‘New’ man in the dug-out

Steve Dale takes charge of Wrexham for the first time as permanent manager, after two successful interim spells in charge this season. Since Mari Edwards’ departure earlier this month, Dale has overseen two wins from two away games to lift Wrexham into the top half of the table.

Previously, he enjoyed four wins in five games during his interim spell in charge of the team in the summer.

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Making progress

Wrexham’s two wins have lifted them to fourth in the table, three points behind in-form league leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Denbigh Town, by contrast, have endured a difficult start to the campaign and have conceded 45 goals already – leaving them winless at the bottom of the Genero Adran North league table.

We've Met Before

Wrexham’s most recent game against Denbigh Town was a friendly in 2020, as both teams briefly returned to action before COVID-19 forced another season to be curtailed.

Wrexham started in rampant form and were 3-0 up inside eight minutes, and led 6-0 just before half-time before Rosie Hughes pulled one back for Denbigh.

Denbigh improved after the break as Wrexham tired – Hughes scoring three more goals and Cara Jones adding another – but Jodie Richards finished the game with five for Wrexham, and Lauren Reese (two) and Lily Jones were also on target in an 8-5 win.

Team News

Del Morgan is unavailable for Wrexham, so Kat Jones will return in goal for her third league game of the campaign.

After suffering an injury playing for the Under-19s, Mia Roberts will also miss out but Wales Under-17 international Lili Mai Jones returns to the senior Wrexham squad. Jones scored twice in her only appearance so far, when she made her senior debut away to Bethel Ladies.

What they said

Manager Steve Dale said: “We’ve got to make sure we prepare the players properly. It doesn’t matter what position they are in the table – we have to respect them and make sure we do our job properly; and set the standards we have been recently.”

Keep Up

The match at Brymbo is free for spectators to attend. If you can’t attend, you can keep up with the action by following @WrexhamAFCWomen on Twitter.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham AFC Women 18-0 Denbigh Town

Rosie Hughes hits triple hat-trick against former team as Red Dragons run riot

29 November 2021

Rosie Hughes scored an incredible nine goals against her former team, as Wrexham AFC Women made it three wins from three with a stunning victory against bottom-of-the-league Denbigh Town Ladies.

​Hughes hit a first-half hat-trick as Wrexham stormed into a huge half-time lead, and – in manager Steve Dale’s first game in permanent charge of the team – the Red Dragons refused to take their foot of the gas after the break.

On an afternoon in which rain, fog, hailstone and snow all battered Brymbo – where the fixture had been switched from Colliers Park – Amber Lightfoot also ran in four goals, and Lauren Reese, Libby Mackenzie, Erin Lovett, Katie Sharp and Rebecca Pritchard netted too.

Though they went into the game as huge favourites against the struggling visitors, Wrexham knew they still needed to start on the front foot if they were to ensure they made it three consecutive wins.

But they did exactly that, with less than a minute on the clock when Reese ran onto Lightfoot’s threaded pass and fired in.

Lightfoot got her first of the game on 11 minutes, and Wrexham could – and should – have added to the lead on several occasions as they peppered the Denbigh goal.

Reese in particular shot over on several occasions, while a couple of incorrect offside calls also held Wrexham back.

When the third goal did arrive, however, it came from an unlikely source – Sharp winning the ball on the halfway line and striding forward from centre-back before driving her first goal of the season low into the net from distance.

Hughes first goal did not arrive until the half-hour mark, when she headed at the back post, while a minute later Lovett slammed a shot in off the underside of the bar.

Hughes finished low for Wrexham’s sixth on 35 minutes and Mackenzie added to the tally on 38 minutes with a cool finish at the back post.

And it was eight before half-time, when Hughes – having missed one-on-one with the goalkeeper – slammed home the rebound to complete her hat-trick.

Hughes turned provider on 49 minutes, sliding a pass through to Lightfoot who calmly finished one-on-one to double her own tally.

Conditions worsened after the break, however, and there was a temporary lull in goals as fog dropped and then made way for hailstones and snow.

Hughes scored her fourth from close range on 68 minutes to make it ten to Wrexham, however, and that re-opened the floodgates as Denbigh tired – not helped by going down to ten players due to an injury.

Unfortunately for the visitors, they found Wrexham in ruthless form and Hughes skipped through for her fifth of the game on 70 minutes.

Substitute Rebecca Pritchard smashed one in on 72 minutes, and Lighfoot cut inside to curl her hat-trick goal into the far corner six minutes later.

The final ten minutes were played almost exclusively deep in Denbigh’s half, and Hughes scored her sixth goal on 81 minutes and added another close-range finish in the 84th minute.

Two more goals from close-range in the as many minutes made it nine for the prolific Wrexham striker, and Lightfoot wrapped up the scoring with a minute remaining.

Wrexham’s third consecutive win sees them climb to third place in the table – just one point behind leaders Llandudno – who they meet in a fortnight’s time.

Wrexham: (4-2-3-1): K.Jones, Clifton-Stringer, L.Jones, Sharp, Lovett (Rintoul 46), Dutton, Dickens, Lightfoot, Mackenzie (Spearing 60), Reese (Pritchard 54), Hughes.

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