Ever feel you're stuck in a loop? It's like Groundhog Day, except instead of reporting on Punxsutawney Phil every day, we're preparing to play Briton Ferry every Sunday. Imagine how it would feel if you had to throw in 280 miles of travelling as well.
Having entertained our southern opponents in the Bute Energy Welsh Cup quarter final last weekend, we finally get to play the Adran Genero Trophy Round of 16 game which was postponed from a fortnight ago. We now know that the winners will face Cardiff City at home in the quarter-final; we just have to finally decide who that will be.
This is the stage when Adran Premier sides enter the competition, seeded to avoid each other. Last season we were in Briton Ferry's position, and pulled off a spectacular upset by beating top division Abergavenny Town 7-1, but were beaten in the quarter finals at Aberystwyth Town.
THE WREXHAM ANGLE
Last Sunday’s match saw skipper Keren Allen (above) return from injury, although Erin Lovett and Hannah Keryakoplis remain absent. Rosie Hughes also returned to the side, having missed the game at Swansea through suspension.
Lili Jones (above) managed 45 minutes as she made her way back from the nasty achilles injury she picked up at Swansea, and will hope to be able to make a longer contribution on Sunday; Steve Dale will hope that's the case too, as Jones was at her best in that first half, driving play forwards relentlessly.
THE OPPOSING VIEW
Briton Ferry enjoyed a remarkable campaign last season, which was cruelly soured by our play-off victory over them. They won the Adran South title and also reached the final of the Welsh Cup. Once again, they would fall at the final hurdle, though, losing 4-0.
Briton Ferry have their focus locked on another Adran South title. They went to the top of the table after when a late goal by Alison Wicks, her 12th league strike of the season, secured a 1-0 win at Caldicot Town. The margin of victory ought to have been wider, as Alice Broadley hit the post, and a Lucy Powell penalty was saved. Cascade's defeat to an 83rd minute goal at Swansea University meant Ferry went top of Adran South with two games in hand on the rest of the top three.
Not only do they have a 100% record, but they've accumulated 30 goals in their 5 league matches and haven't conceded yet!
Following last Sunday's match their main concern will be the fitness of goalkeeper Courtney Young, who suffered a knee injury as she made a long clearance.
LAST TIME WE MET
You don't need a long memory to recall the answer to this! Last Sunday we played out a fascinating Bute Energy Welsh Cup quarter final tie at The Rock, which was deservedly won 2-0 by Wrexham.
After last season's climactic promotion play-off, Wrexham knew that Briton Ferry were extremely strong opposition. Ferry had enjoyed more possession in that game and tested the quality of Del Morgan and her impressive defensive unit. They passed with flying colours though, keeping a clean sheet, while at the other end Wrexham were typically incisive on the break. Rebecca Pritchard's close range finish from a Rosie Hughes cross earned us a first promotion to the top flight.
Last Sunday's game, in many ways, was the reverse. Certainly Wrexham dominated the opening period, but were denied by the superb Courtney Young wh made a series of fine saves, even after suffered what looked like a serious knee injury with ten-minute of the first half remaining.
Rosie Hughes struck 2 minutes after the break to finally break the deadlock, but Ferry responded extremely well. By engaging higher up the pitch with their opponents, they began to play in the manner they had at Newtown, but again they struggled to make chances. Their best effort came when Powell zinged a terrifc free kick against the bar from distance, but soon after that moment of promise Wrexham doubled the lead.
It was a remarkable goal, with Young pulling off a string of saves and Alice Broadley somehow making a clearance off the line with the back of her head before Libby MacKenzie, who had made a terrifc impact after coming off the bench at the break, slotted the ball home.
Wrexham could have added more in the closing stages, with both Louisha Doran and Ava Suckley striking threatening shots from the edge of the box, but 2 goals were enough to settle the encounter.
Pontypridd United 1-1 Swansea University (Swansea Uni won 6-5 on pens)
Connah’s Quay Nomads 0-5 Aberystwyth Town
Llandudno 0-13 Swansea City
Cardiff City 21-0 Pontardawe Town
Cardiff Met 10-0 Coed Duon
TNS 9-0 Rhyl
Felinheli v Barry Town United
QUARTER FINAL DRAW
Swansea University v TNS
Swansea City v Cardiff Met
Wrexham or Briton Ferry Llansawel v Cardiff City Women
Felinheli or Barry Town United v Aberystwyth Town