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INTERVIEW | Steve Dale after Pontypridd United

Dale delighted after first win in the Genero Adran Premier

25 September 2023

Steve Dale hailed his side’s performance as Wrexham AFC Women ran out clear winners, in a 3-0 victory at Pontypridd United on Sunday.

After a thrilling 3-3 draw against Swansea City on the opening day of the season, yesterday’s win has left them joint top of the Genero Adran Premier.

Amber Lightfoot opened the scoring in the 26th minute, with her mazy run troubling the United backline, before finishing into the bottom corner.

Lili Jones doubled the lead before the break, and Rosie Hughes scored her second of the season in the second half to cap off the win.

Four points in two games made it an unbeaten start for the Red Dragons, and Dale explained he was delighted with the result.

He said: “I’m over the moon. It was a difficult, hard-fought win and it was pleasing to score three goals and it could have been more.

“It was fantastic to get a clean sheet, and our first victory of the season.

After making the leap into the Adran Premier for the first time this season, it has been a positive start to the new campaign.

Alongside the task of playing at a higher level, there has also been a bedding-in period for new signings such as Keren Allen and Hannah Keryakoplis.

Whilst the result on the opening day against Swansea was positive, Dale was elated that they turned it into a win this time around.

He said: “We knew that Pontypridd would be a good team, they narrowly missed out on the top four last season, and they’ve got that desire to challenge again this time.

“The most pleasing part is making sure that we turned last week’s draw into three points with three goals and a clean sheet.

“The extra staff has allowed us to prepare for this sort of challenge and we have to give credit to the girls for the way they applied themselves on the pitch.”

Next weekend they return to the road as they head down south once again to take on Barry Town.

They have started with two defeats in their opening two fixtures, leaving them bottom of the league table with zero points.

Despite two tough fixtures, and two positive results to start the season, Dale believes that his side have more than settled into the division.

He said: “We’ve believed in the girls, and you have to give them full credit for the way they’ve performed in the past two games.

“They’ve prepared themselves in pre-season for this moment and we need to make sure we keep adapting to the challenges that we’re going to face this season.”

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