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PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC vs Cardiff Met

A memorable first phase of the season comes to a close.

10 February 2024

Match Previews

PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC vs Cardiff Met

A memorable first phase of the season comes to a close.

10 February 2024

The first phase of the league season ends with the visit of Cardiff Met to The Rock, and although our visitors can't qualify for the championship phase, there's still plenty at stake.

Wrexham will want to round off the opening section of the season with 3 points as our closing total will be carried in into the second phase. If Swansea aren't able to win at champions Cardiff City, a win would also mean we'd finish the first phase in second place, a terrific achievement in our first season in the top division.

Also, a win would complete a remarkable achievement, as we'd have pulled off the feat of completing the double over all the teams below us in the table.

Steve Dale has strenghtened his squad with three exciting new signings, who could make their debuts in this match. Liv Fuller arrived from AFC Fylde, having previously captained Wales at youth level, 20-year old Brook Cairns has experience in the WSL with West Ham, and 17-year-old Annie Small, who was called up for Wales' Under-19 side earlier this week, having made the step up from the FAW Girls Academy North.

We also had good news in terms of injury, as Erin Lovett managed 90 minutes for the first time since coming back from injury in the 3-2 victory over Pontypridd United last Sunday.

That match also saw Rosie Hughes return to goal scoring form followiung the injury which disrupted her campaign. She started the season in typically prolific style, scoring 11 in the first 8 games with 6 assists, only failing to hit the net in one of those matches.

However, the last of those games, at Cardiff Met, was the beginning of the disruption which beset her around Christmas. She scored in a 3-0 win, but was sent off in the 9th minute of added time for a second yellow card offence.

That led to a suspension and soon after she returned she had to go off injured against Cardiff. Typically, she came back more quickly than one might have expected, but wasn't quite herself until last Sunday.

Two goals, including an 89th minute season, announced her return to full match sharpness: she not only scored for the first time in 5 games, since the Welsh Cup quarter final against Briton Ferry in early December, but it was also her first full 90 minutes since that match.

LAST TIME WE MET

THE VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Cardiff Met wouldn't mind building on their haul of 11 points in this match, as their form heading into the final phase is worrying. You'd assume Pontypridd, still 10 points behind the Met, will inevitably be the side to be relegated after the second phase of the season, but anyone who witnessed their spirited performance at The Rock last week, and factors in their narrow losses to cardiff City and Swansea City which preceded that game, will know the bottom side are a great deal better than their points total suggests.

The Met, meanwhile, have struggled since Ellie Preece's goal earned a win at Pontypridd in early January. Since then they've lost all their 3 games without scoring. Indeed, since an impressive 3-1 victory over Swansea City in the third game of the season, Met have only beaten Pontypridd in the league. Going back even further, their league record since this point last season is 3 wins, 2 draws and 14 defeats.

TODAY'S OTHER FIXTURES

Aberystwyth Town V TNS

Barry Town United v Pontypridd United

Cardiff City v Swansea City

While S4C are covering the Cardiff-Swansea match, there's no doubt that the match of the day is Aberystwyth against TNS. Separated only by goal difference, this showdown at Park Avenue is a play-off for the final slot in the top 4. With 4 consecutive defeats leading into the game, TNS need to find some form urgently, while Town's last home match was a 4-0 win over Cardiff Met, which they followed up with an impressive draw at Swansea.


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