Women’s football: Wins for Wrexham, Bethel and Connah’s Quay

Rosie Hughes (facing – red and white) celebrates a goal for Wrexham. Gemma Thomas/Wrexham AFC

Wrexham AFC Women 6 (Hughes 13, 59, 63 & 65, Pritchard 21, Glendinning 75)
Northop Hall 1 (Allen 85)

New signing Rosie Hughes marked her debut with a four-goal salvo as Wrexham women’s first appearance at the Racecourse went down a storm.

Hughes struck first in the 13th minute when she danced past two defenders and pushed home past the outrushing keeper.

Rebecca Pritchard added a second on 21 minutes following good link-up play with Hughes.

Hughes hit the post before half time arrived with a 2-0 scoreline.

The second half saw Wrexham continue to dominate and on 59 minutes Hughes showed her pace before rounding the keeper to score.

Hughes made it a debut hat-trick on 63 minutes after being played in by Lauren Reese.

A fourth for Hughes was followed by number six for Wrexham, netted by Amy Glendinning.

It was a good occasion for Northop Hall’s players too and they had something pleasant to remember the day by when Daisy Allen scored a consolation goal.

Pwllheli 1 (Thomas)
Connah’s Quay Nomads 4 (Jones, Hamer 2, Scott)

Tamara Hamer (2), Jade Scott and Kylie Jones scored the goals that delivered Nomads a 4-1 victory at Pwllheli.

Lois Thomas replied for the hosts, who made it 3-1 just before half time.

Nomads coach Stephen Boyes said after the game: “A massive thank you to Pwllheli for their hospitality and for conducting themselves in such a professional manner on and off the pitch. We wish them good luck in the upcoming season.

“It was great to see the hard work with set piece routines and the style of play Jordan Parry and myself are trying to instill into the team on the Quay 3G come off in a game realistic setting.

“We tried to play with the ball on the floor at all times and move the ball around the pitch fast. The chemistry between this relatively new team of players really was my highlight of the day.”

Trearddur Bay 0
Bethel 9 (F Williams 1, Maloney 15 & 27, Midwinter 35, M Gibbard 49 & 56, Houghton 65 & 70, Evans 75)

Katie Houghton scored two for Bethel

Although they scored nine goals, Bethel were made to work hard for their win by a determined Trearddur Bay outfit.

The visitors took the lead after just a minute when Ffion Williams latched onto Mari Gibbard’s inch-perfect pass and made no mistake.

Bethel lost youngster Ellie Jones to injury shortly after the first goal, but replacement Erin Maloney did not need long to double the lead.
Maloney left her defender for dead before a defensive mix-up allowed her to tap into an empty net.

On 27 minutes Maloney got her second after she was sent through on goal by Katie Midwinter.

Maloney then returned the favour as she slipped past her marker and her cross was met by Midwinter at the back post for Bethel’s fourth.
Midwinter struck the crossbar before the half time whistle.

After the break, Mari Gibbard scored her first goal since returning to Bethel as she let fly from 25 yards, leaving the goalkeeper no chance

Gibbard then got her second as she was quickest to pounce on a rebound in the area.

Katie Houghton went on a run, beating three players before hitting the bar. With the ball bouncing back down it was deemed to have crossed the line.

Lois Evans scored her first goal for the club. Mari Gibbard drilled the ball into the box from the right hand side and Evans scored with a fine first-time finish.

Houghton rounded off the scoring as she was sent through one-on-one and committed the keeper before placing the ball into the left corner.

A special shout out to Bethel’s goalkeeper, Catrin Beech, keeping a clean sheet on her debut. Also to Kelly Jones who returned from injury and along with the other defenders, looked solid.

Trearddur Bay’s goalkeepers Georgia Magee and Lia Huws were outstanding and managed to keep the score down.

Bay manager Chris Davies said: “This was always going to be a tough test against one of the strongest teams in North Wales. Having said that we took plenty from the game, be that where we need to improve or what we’re doing well.

“It was only our third 11-a-side game too which puts the performance into perspective with Bethel having some great results against established sides already this pre-season.

“There were some good individual performances from the girls, notably Chloe Taylor and Hannah Smith, who put in an incredible effort, and we now look forward to next week’s game against Rhyl which will no doubt be another tough test.”

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