Wrexham haven't played a league game since November 19th, and there hasn't been an Adran Premier match at The Rock since October 29th. It's time to get back in the swing of things.
THE WREXHAM ANGLE
Wrexham are in 3rd place, 3 points behind second-placed Swansea City with a game in hand, and know that maintaining their fine home form will be crucial as the first phase of the season heads towards its conclusion. Steve Dale's side have 4 home games left, which happen to be against the current bottom four.
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.
Rosie Hughes came off injured in Wrexham's last game before the mid-season break, and was absent for last Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Cardiff in the Genero Adran Trophy. Obviously, the absence of such a prolific striker is an issue, but Ava Suckley already has 7 goals to her credit this season, and Amber Lightfoor and Carra Jones bring plenty of fire power from the flanks.
As the league season resumes, Steve Dale reflected on what his team have already achieved: “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.”
LAST TIME WE MET
THE VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE
Barry Town United, an historic team in the context of British women's football, had an unhappy first part of the season. They stand 7th in the table with only pointless Pontypridd beneath them, and have the worst defence in the division. On Bonfire Night they dispatched Pontypridd to achieve their second league win of the season, but since then they suffered a couple of home defeats, losing 2-0 to Aberystwyth and then 4-0 to Swansea City.
TODAY'S OTHER FIXTURES
Pontypridd Town v Aberystwyth Town
Swansea City v Cardiff Met
TNS V Cardiff City
After being challenged last Sunday by Wrexham, Cardiff face another awkward trip north to face a TNS side which has won all 3 games since defeat at The Rock.