Women’s football: Super Sunday in store with Amlwch v Nomads the pick

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North Wales Women’s Football League previews – Sunday, October 6 (1 pm kick-offs)

Division One
Bethel v Corwen
Rhyl v Llanfair
Wrexham v Airbus

Division Two
Amlwch v Connah’s Quay
Penrhyn Bay v Mountain Rangers
Pwllheli v NFA

Division One

Bethel v Corwen

Corwen are sure to recognise a familiar face in the Bethel ranks if she makes her second debut for the team this Sunday.

After a season with Bethesda Athletic, where she scored 25 goals and led the side to the North Wales Division Two title, Katie Midwinter has returned to Bethel, where she spent 10 previous years.

Bethesda have withdrawn from the NWWFL and become part of the North Wales Ladies Recreational League, hence Midwinter rejoining the maroons.

Last season, Midwinter netted five goals against this Sunday’s opponents for Pesda, although Corwen did win two of their three meetings with the Parc Meurig side.

Reigning joint Division One champions Bethel began their league campaign last Sunday with a 3-2 win over Airbus.

Corwen have played just once so far since their promotion to the top division, losing 2-1 to Denbigh Town.

Rhyl v Llanfair United

Having started the season really well with wins over Wrexham (4-0) and Airbus (3-2), Rhyl’s mettle will really be tested on Sunday when they welcome last season’s joint Division One champions and double cup winners Llanfair United to Ffordd Derwen Playing Fields.

Llanfair won their first game of this campaign 12-1 against Wrexham and then triumphed 3-1 at Denbigh Town, so Sunday brings a battle of two teams with a 100% record.

Rhyl are expected to have new signing Niomi Taylor, a regular scorer for Kinmel Bay last season, in their ranks.

Wrexham v Airbus

Although Airbus have yet to register a league win, they have produced some encouraging performances.

The Wingmakers lost just 3-2 to Rhyl and Bethel and drew 2-2 with Northop Hall. They also defeated Penrhyn Bay 5-3 in the NEWFA Cup.

Airbus manager Mari Edwards hopes to have the rare luxury of a near to full-strength squad, while Wrexham will be keen to bounce back from two straight defeats.

Division Two

Amlwch Town v Connah’s Quay Nomads

Match of the day in the North Wales League without a doubt is on the cards at Lon Bach.

Amlwch have kicked off the season with 9-0 and 8-3 victories, while Nomads have recorded a 12-0 win in the league and a 6-2 success in the Welsh Cup.

Ffion Owen and Lexi Crawley have delivered hat-tricks for Amlwch in each of their two wins and will certainly be a threat to the Nomads.

The Quay have fine goalscorers of their own in Jennifer Haynes and Candice Nellist, plus a few more besides.

Amlwch possess the more experience of playing together as a team, but the Nomads are improving fast.

Right-winger Ceri Slaney is still out for Town as she recovers from a knee operation.

Penrhyn Bay v Mountain Rangers

Another potential cracker sees two vastly-improved sides meet at an early stage of the season.

Last season’s Division Two bottom side Penrhyn Bay are much stronger this term and celebrated their first-ever win last Sunday – a 7-1 victory at Caernarfon Town.

Prior to that, Ian Morgan’s side lost just 3-2 to Pwllheli in the league after leading 2-0 and gave Airbus a brilliant battle in the NEWFA Cup before going out 5-3.

Mountain Rangers also struggled for the most part in 2018-19, but added to their squad considerably over the summer and this week signed goalkeeper Sioned Jones, a title-winning stopper with Bethesda Athletic last season.

Rangers also possess the top-scorer in North Wales football in nine-goal Katie Bowe, but have sadly lost the services of captain Elena Julio for a while after she suffered a broken collarbone in a 9-0 hammering of Llanberis last Sunday.

Irfon Hughes’ side also won their first match 14-1, so have kicked off the campaign in great style.

Pwllheli v NFA

After losing their opener 9-0 to a very powerful Amlwch unit, NFA rallied in great fashion by winning 7-1 at Caernarfon Town.

The Rhyl side also gave Bethel a good test in the NEWFA Cup before losing 5-2.

Andy Lloyd’s team can make it tough for Pwllheli, who dropped down to Division Two at their own request this season as they expected to be losing key players at various stages.

Pwll fought back from two-down to beat Penrhyn Bay 3-2 in their first game, but were beaten 8-3 at home by Amlwch in their next outing.

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