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PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC Women vs Cardiff City Women

The Red Dragons face last season's league champions at home

8 October 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC Women vs Cardiff City Women

The Red Dragons face last season's league champions at home

8 October 2023

Wrexham AFC Women are back at home this weekend as they take on Cardiff City, with Steve Dale's side looking to retain their position at the top of the Genero Adran Premier table.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match, which takes place at The Rock on Sunday, October 8.

The opposition: Cardiff City

The Bluebirds are the reigning Genero Adran Premier champions, having gone unbeaten in the league during the entirety of the 2022/23 season.

They’re still yet to lose a league match this season and are sat in third place on seven points, with Wrexham and Aberystwyth Town only above Iain Darbyshire’s side due to superior goal difference.

Cardiff claimed a 3-1 win against Cardiff Met on the opening day of the season, before having to settle for a point in a shock 0-0 draw against Aberystwyth Town.

Despite that, they responded in style last weekend, beating The New Saints 3-1 to get their title ambitions back on track.

In the hot seat: Iain Darbyshire

Darbyshire is well-experienced within the Welsh Women’s game, having been head coach for Cardiff City since the 2019/20 season. During that time, he has overseen great change and managed to claim the Bluebirds first league title since 2014.

He has also led the Bluebirds to back-to-back FAW Women’s Cup successes, while they also took part in the 2023 and 2022 Adran Trophy final.

The Bluebirds’ head coach was later appointed as their head of womens and girls football, alongside his first-team commitments.

What our manager said: Steve Dale

“They will have a burning desire to try and defend their title," stated Dale. "They’re level on points with ourselves, but we know that it will be a tough test for us.

“The girls have already had one big test against Swansea already and they’re relishing competing against Cardiff today.

"We’ve trained well and in both away performances we have proved good value for the result and done really well lately.

"It would be great to see as many fans as possible down today, the atmosphere in the crowd against Swansea lifted the girls massively and it would be fantastic if we could get something similar against Cardiff."

Last time out: Barry Town United 1-5 Wrexham AFC

Wrexham AFC Women claimed an emphatic 5-1 victory over Barry Town United as Rosie Hughes netted five goals side to lift Wrexham to first place in the Genero Adran Premier table.

Having started the season in fine goalscoring form, Hughes continued to cause undeniable problems for the opposing defence, and Wrexham’s number nine opened the scoring after just seven minutes.

TJ Dickens whipped a free-kick from the right into the path of Hughes, and she rose highest at the back post to head Steve Dale’s side into an early lead in South Wales.

Wrexham’s goalscoring striker went on to get her next goal just minutes later, doubling the Red Dragons’ advantage in the 14th minute.

Rebecca Pritchard shifted the ball out of her feet and produced a pin-point cross into the path of Hughes, who poked home on her right foot.

It got even better for Wrexham in South Wales, as Hughes claimed a hat-trick after just 18 minutes at Jenner Park.

Pritchard put yet another fine ball into the box, finding Wrexham’s number nine in the box and the 27-year-old striker made no mistake from close-range to score her third of the afternoon.

Hughes made it four in the 53rd minute, as she made an excellent run - lifting it over the oncoming Brennan in the Barry goal to make it 4-0 to the Red Dragons.

If the match wasn’t already sealed for Wrexham, Hughes made sure that three points would be going back to North Wales as she netted her fifth goal of the match in the 66th minute.

Barry claimed a consolation late on, as Lucy Attwood made it 5-1 with minutes to spare, but it wouldn’t dampen Wrexham’s spirits as they claimed an impressive victory at Jenner Park.

Ticket news

How to purchase tickets

Tickets cost just £3 for adults and £1 for under-16s. Please note, all under-14s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

There will be tickets on sale at the ground today, with tickets available to purchase from 3:40pm at the Rock.

Online ticket sales have now closed, meaning that the only way to purchase a ticket is in-person at the Rock from 3:40pm. 

Ticket checks for concessions will take place at the ground and ID may be required at the gate.

All sales on the day will be cash-only, there are no provisions for card payments.

How to follow the match

The match has been selected for live coverage, and will be able to be watched live on S4C and S4C Clic.

You can listen into the match through our free, live commentary of the fixture by clicking the following link - www.wrexhamafc.co.uk/club/live-commentary/

Live updates will be provided on the Club’s X account, @WrexhamAFCWomen.


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