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INTERVIEW | Steve Dale ahead of Barry Town United

Wrexham AFC Women’s Manager discusses first league match of 2024

11 January 2024

Interviews

INTERVIEW | Steve Dale ahead of Barry Town United

Wrexham AFC Women’s Manager discusses first league match of 2024

11 January 2024

Steve Dale has called on supporters to back his side as they look to secure a place in the top four of the Genero Adran Premier.

Wrexham AFC Women return to Genero Adran Premier action for the first time this year, as they welcome Barry Town United to The Rock this Sunday – 2pm kick-off.

Speaking about the clash, Dale said: “It’s really exciting. The Christmas break interfered with our run of league matches so it’s just really nice to get a run of home games together.

“We obviously had a few cup games at home in December, but it’s great to get back to league action. It’s really important that we kick-on and try to achieve what we’ve set out to do in claiming a place in the top four.”

While the Red Dragons lost their first match of 2024 against Cardiff City, there were real signs of improvement in their performance against the reigning league champions.

He said: “In the first half, barring the two goals that they took really well, what we asked of the players to do in terms of defending – they did everything that we asked.

“We assessed at half time and realised we needed a change in shape, but when we did that, we competed for large periods of the game and momentum started to shift.

“We might’ve got the goal but unfortunately, they showed their experience and killed the game with their third goal, which made it difficult. However, there’s loads of positives to take and we’re looking forward to the next challenge.”

Four home games remain for Wrexham at The Rock before the end of Phase One, as the side look to cement their place in the top half of the table ahead of the split.

Speaking about his side’s aims and ambitions, Dale said: “At the start of the season we said that we wanted to compete and finish in the top four, but also to do well in the cup competitions.

“Last season we got to the quarter-finals in both competitions but this time around we’ve gone one better in the Bute Energy Welsh Cup to get into the semi-finals.

“It was disappointing to get knocked out, but we’ve got that focus now and want to go one better and get into the final when we play TNS in March. The focus for now though is the league and we want to remain competitive and get as far as we can to finish high up that table.

”Staying in the top four to test yourself is vitally important because we want to test ourselves against the best and make sure that we’re competitive.”

Finally, Dale expressed his appreciation for the support that Wrexham have had so far this season, and he explained the importance that they have on the side.

He said: “We had some really good attendances at the start of the season which created a brilliant atmosphere that pushed the girls on to perform.

“We’re hoping that people can spare some time on Sunday afternoon to come on down and push us over the line to get our first three points of 2024 which will set us up for a good run of league fixtures.

“It’s really important that when teams come to us that we create that atmosphere – it gives us that extra bit of energy to perform.

“The fans are massive. We always want to make sure that people who come to watch us get their value for money and enjoy coming to watch us because we perform well.

“You see it with the men’s side week-in, week-out, it’s always full and there’s no reason why we couldn’t get good attendances at home too – it would be great for us to play in front of fans that create an atmosphere, we want them to keep coming each week to come down and back the team!”

Tickets are still available for Sunday's match against Barry Town United and can be purchased either in-person at the Ticket Office, or online via our eTicketing site


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