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REPORT | Wrexham AFC Women Under-19s 8-2 TNS Under-19s

B’Elanna Ali scores a hat-trick as table-topping Wrexham continue their goalscoring form

10 December 2021

B’Elanna Ali marked her first start of the Genero Adran Under-19s North season with a hat-trick, as Wrexham’s run of high-scoring wins continued.

Having put nine past TNS last week, the reverse fixture was always set to be another high-scoring encounter – albeit Wrexham were without several experienced players from that win, including Amber Lightfoot, Libby Mackenzie, Erin Lovett and Ella Clifton-Stringer.

Ali came into the starting line-up, having been in good goalscoring form off the bench so far this season, and she opened the scoring on 19 minutes after Natasha Spearing’s assist.

It was a quiet start to the game considering the flurry of goals in recent matches, but Mia Roberts doubled the advantage on 41 minutes and, on the stroke of half-time, Ali turned provider for Spearing to score Wrexham’s first.

In a commanding lead at the break, the hosts got a wake-up call after the restart as TNS – after a half-time reshuffle – pulled a goal back within six minutes and added a second on 62 minutes.

Gracie Mae Cotgrave allayed any nerves when she finished from another Ali assist on 66 minutes, however, and it was roles reversed just two minutes later as she laid on Ali to make it 5-2.

Lili Jones then got in on the act – the Wrexham captain scoring her first of the evening on 74 minutes – as Spearing laid on yet another goal from midfield. Jones then added her tenth Under-19s goal of the season on 83 minutes as Wrexham got into high-scoring territory once again.

Just one minute later, substitute Megan Buckley was the provider as Ali wrapped up her hat-trick, and Wrexham made it 32 goals in their last four matches.

The dominant back-to-back wins against TNS, following similarly high-scoring victories against CPDM Bangor 1876 and Northop Hall Ladies, means Wrexham remain clear at the top of the table.

Though they have played more games than every other team, Wrexham are now eight points clear of NFA Girls in second place. Gareth Owen’s Red Dragons have three league games left to play in the campaign, but now have a month without a league game – their next match coming in January at Penrhyn Bay.

Wrexham: Bellis-Hollway, Dunkerley, Megan Jones, Maddie Jones, Roberts (Cudlip 81), Lili Jones, Dutton (Buckley 70), Spearing (M.Williams 84), Orme, Cotgrave, Ali

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