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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

Match Previews

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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