Wrexham AFC Women kick off their 2022/23 Genero Adran North campaign with an away trip to Llanfair United on Sunday (September 4).
After a pre-season which included some testing fixtures against stronger opposition, manager Steve Dale takes his team to Powys – returning to the venue his current spell in charge started back in November.
The match at Mount Field (SY21 0AT for anybody making the trip) kicks off at 2pm, with Wrexham’s new faces vying for their debuts.
Tickets can be bought on the gate, at a cost of £1 each.
Wrexham played Llanfair on four occasions in 2021/22, winning all four, including three times at Mount Field.
Prolific striker Rosie Hughes scored a hat-trick at Llanfair in both the Adran Trophy and the FAW Women’s Cup, while the league fixture marked manager Steve Dale’s first game back in interim charge after Mari Edwards’ departure.
Hughes started on the bench in that game, but Wrexham won 3-1 to kick-start a ten-game winning streak that saw the Red Dragons climb the table and come within one game of the title.
Dale was handed the reigns on a permanent basis a couple of weeks after that win at Llanfair, and he has strengthened the playing squad ahead of his first full season in charge.
Ava Suckley, Lauren McCaffrey and Lauryn Lyons, pictured, have all joined the Club this summer, and all three could be in contention to make their debuts in this fixture.
Suckley scored in her first appearance – a pre-season friendly draw with Shrewsbury Town – while Lyons adds experience and McCaffrey bolsters the goalscoring department following their arrivals.
Young stars to shine again?
Seven of Wrexham AFC Women’s title-winning Under-19s team went on to make their senior debuts last season, including Young Player of the Season, Amber Lightfoot.
Lightfoot has suffered illness in pre-season but remains a key player in the squad, while the likes of Ella Clifton-Stringer and Lili Jones, below, could feature prominently again too.
The Under-19s have also been involved in pre-season, with a number catching Dale’s and assistant Josh Evans’ eyes so far.
Llanfair United gave Wrexham a scare when the two teams last met – taking a 2-0 lead at Brymbo Crick before the Red Dragons stormed back to win 6-2.
That game came on the back of Llanfair’s best run of form of the season – five victories in seven games in all competitions – although their season was to fizzle out afterwards.
They finished the inaugural Genero Adran North season in sixth place, three points fifth-placed CPD Pwllheli.
But with players back available after injuries and maternity leave last season, manager Nyasha Mwamuka is in buoyant mood.
Ahead of the fixture, he said: “The ladies are all raring to go, and kick off the season Sunday against a challenging Wrexham side. We’re looking to improve from last season and surprise everyone!”