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PREVIEW | Cardiff City vs Wrexham

Another big game as we visit Cardiff City Stadium.

21 January 2024

Match Previews

PREVIEW | Cardiff City vs Wrexham

Another big game as we visit Cardiff City Stadium.

21 January 2024

Another major occasion for Steve Dale's side, as they step out at the Cardiff City Stadium to face the strongest team in Welsh football.

THE WREXHAM ANGLE

Wrexham got back to league business last Sunday, beating Barry Town United thanks to an Ava Suckley goal. Dale's side was stricken by injuries, and dug impressively deep to earn the three points against opponents who have improved massively since the start of the season.

Hopefully the injury situation will have eased by the time team sheets are exchanged. Erin Lovett made her long-awaited return to the team on Sunday, and Rosie Hughes was at least able to warm up before the game.

This will be the second time these sides have met this month, with The Bluebirds winning 3-1 at The Rock in the quarter-finals of the Genero Adran Trophy. However, we showed real signs of improvement from the 3-0 home loss to Cardiff at the start of the season. City are the side we must measure ourselves against as we look to achieve our ambitious goals, and this will be another opportunity to show that we're heading in the right direction.

LAST TIME WE MET

THE OPPOSING VIEW

An emphatic 6-0 win at TNS last Sunday served as a reminder, as if one were needed, of Cardiff's pedigree. With just 2 points dropped all season, they are comfortable leaders at the top of the table, and set to successfully defend their title.

Their players have consistently been respectful of Wrexham's side, though, and Megan Bowen reiterated that before the clash at Cardiff City Stadium, telling her club website:

"It's a big fixture against Wrexham, who have done really well. We're hoping for another three points. We have a good record against them this year, so the chance to hopefully continue that in front of a big crowd is a huge positive for us.

“Any game in the league is a big game. Wrexham have come into this league and have shown what they’re about.

“We can’t underestimate them because they’ve shown what they can do. It will be a big game and a good game to watch, I’m sure.”

-Emma Beynon, Cardiff midfielder.

"It will be a very physical battle, which is something we always enjoy. We know that with the quality and depth we have in the squad that we're capable of getting the three points and that's what we'll be aiming to do."

We've got a lot of loyal fans that come week-in, week-out and always wish us good luck on social media. That's something that really drives us to put in a good performance. It's important that we do that for them.

"We're more than grateful, we look forward to playing in front of them every week and to be able to play in front of a big crowd at Cardiff City Stadium, we're hoping it's going to be a good day for us.

"Any time we can play at Cardiff City Stadium, it’s an exciting opportunity. It’ll be my first time playing there in a Cardiff City shirt, so that’ll be a big thing for me personally, but all the girls are looking forward to it.

That sentiment was echoed by Emma Beynon: “It’s massive for the women’s game. Whenever we can get a lot of people to watch, it’s really positive, but there have been a lot of fans watching us now whether it’s been at the stadium or not, so that shows the growth. The girls really relish that because hearing the support from the sidelines really gives us a boost.

“It’s a really exciting time to play in this league. It’s changed a lot since I first started playing. It’s only been positive steps since then and I think it will continue to grow. The league is definitely going in the right direction.”

 

“It makes a massive difference. When I was young, there’d only be about ten people watching, but having all these people coming to watch us now is great.

“We just can’t wait to have the fans there and hopefully, we can have even more there than we did in the game against Barry.

“We’re massively grateful for the support. The fans mean a lot to us and we give our time to them as much as we can because they deserve it.”


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