Previews of North Wales women’s matches coming up on Sunday – revenge for Llandudno? can Rhyl 1879 maintain 100 percent record?

Can Trearddur Bay get a win on Sunday? Gail Paterson-Manning (back row – third left) and Ashleigh Jones (back row – fourth left) have the ability to help them prosper



Bethel v Denbigh Town
Llanfair United v Wrexham
CPD Pwllheli v Llandudno
(postponed: Connah’s Quay Nomads v Airbus)

CPDM Bangor 1876 v Llangefni Town (Plas Ffrancon, Bethesda)
NFA v Welshpool Town
Northop Hall v Llanystumdwy
CPD Y Rhyl 1879 v Amlwch Town
Trearddur Bay v Holywell


Trearddur Bay v Holywell

Two teams seeking their first win are due to clash at Lon Isallt on Sunday.

Actually, Trearddur did beat Caernarfon 7-1 on the opening day of the season, but the Cofis withdrawing from the league meant the result was expunged and Bay went back to 0 points. Really tough on them.

Chris Davies’ Trearddur side lost 4-0 at Llangefni last weekend, but put up a really good show in parts.

Before that they pushed Bangor 1876 hard in a 2-0 loss.

This team has some great experience, with the likes of Gail Paterson-Manning and Ashleigh Jones pulling the strings and plenty of promising new talent emerging too.

Bay recently signed Danielle Hesketh, who brings experience of a high level after playing for Welsh Colleges and Bethel. She featured as a substitute at Llangefni last Sunday.

Manager Davies said: “She has great vision and the ability to read any game, as well as being a strong defender with great speed.”

Holywell are in their second season in the league and are renowned for their good spirit and enthusiasm.

They have been unlucky in losing key players this season for various reasons such as Caitlin Hadaway and Leah Davies-Williams.

Hopefully their fortunes can improve.

CPDM Bangor 1876 v Llangefni Town (Plas Ffrancon, Bethesda)

Welcomed back with open arms: Lexi Crawley

Top of the table 1876 will host newcomers Llangefni, who have made a great start to life in the league with three wins already under their belts.

Bangor have won four out of five, their only defeat an 8-1 reverse at Rhyl with a weakened side.

Jonny Batten’s team are returning to full strength in the attacking department.

The prolific Lexi Crawley marked her first appearance for the team with a debut goal against Trearddur Bay, while Ffion Mair Roberts, who began the campaign on fire before getting injured, is on the comeback trail.

Ceri Lois, five goals already this season despite playing through the pain barrier, also plans to get in some action before undergoing an operation later this month. She is targeting November 14 for a return.

Jen Cox (on the ball) is all-action for Llangefni. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

Llangefni’s very own “Cox in the Box” – pacey front-runner Jen Cox – is back from injury and netted twice in last week’s win over Trearddur, adding to her hat-trick from earlier in the season.

Cefni have players out, such as regulars Frankie Davies and Megan Summers-Jones, this weekend but do possess a large squad so the cover is there.

CPD Y Rhyl 1879 v Amlwch Town

CPD Y Rhyl 1879 Women manager Darren Wardle

Great game in store at Bellevue.

Amlwch are currently second, level on points with Bangor 1876 after four wins in five outings, while Rhyl are North Wales women’s football’s only unbeaten side in league matches.

Amlwch have played at Bellevue before. Back in 2018-19 they secured their first trophy when they beat Wrexham 2-1 in the Supplementary Cup final at Rhyl’s ground.

One of the scorers for the Anglesey side that night, Cerys Gadd, is still with the team.

Amlwch also lost a Welsh Cup tie at Rhyl in October 2018, so have mixed memories of their visits there.

As for Rhyl, this is their first season under the 1879 banner and under new manager Darren Wardle they have built a tremendous squad offering a nice blend of youth and experience.

Former Burnley prospect Emily Bentley is their top-scorer with seven goals, but they have many other potential net-finders, including Laura Williams, Candice Nellist, a star with Connah’s Quay Nomads in 2019-20, and pivotal midfield duo Rachael Nattrass and Becca Bannister.

Northop Hall v Llanystumdwy

It was great to see new team Llanystumdwy pick up their first-ever league win when they saw off Holywell 7-2 recently.

They will travel to Northop Hall knowing they can give them a test, but the Flintshire side have started the season really well, winning three in four.

The Hall possess goal threats throughout the team. Many of the players know each other well, and their excellent youth players, such as Sienna Strapp, are already making their mark.

NFA v Welshpool Town

Although still winless in four attempts, Welshpool have proved a tough nut to crack this season.

NFA have produced a mixed set of displays, but three league wins from four starts is useful form, and at home they can really flourish.

Libby McClelland really impressed in her last game for NFA against Llangefni

Leading markswomen Emily Jones and Sade Benjamin have six goals between them, while the likes Amy Webster, Libby McClelland and skipper Rachel Lloyd all bring bags of experience.

Young stars such as Chloe Evans, Stella Windsor and Amy Chesters are players to watch too.


Pwllheli v Llandudno

Pwllheli ace Katie Bowe is always a dangerous player

What a game this could be.

Welsh Cup quarter-finalists Pwllheli have won seven matches in a row, their only defeat coming at Wrexham on the opening day.

The likes of Lois Thomas up front, as well as hat-trick hero of two weeks ago, Amy Roberts, are on fire for the Llŷn side, but so many players can score for this team.

One of their major threats is Katie Bowe, performing well for her new club this season. The set-piece specialist scored the winning goal which knocked her former side Llandudno out of the Welsh Cup recently.

In 2015/16, Bowe was almost untouchable as Tudno’s star player in the Welsh Premier, scoring 21 goals in all competitions and helping them to the Welsh Cup final, where she netted a wonder strike in a 5-2 defeat.

Llandudno will be out for revenge following that 2-1 cup loss at The Rec on October 3.

The Seasiders have North Wales’ leading net-buster in 19-goal Ella Jones in their armoury, as well as proven finishers like Ffion Owen and Maddie Williams, not to mention Wales Under-17 international Madison Williams at the back.

Bethel v Denbigh Town

All the best Denbigh Town – better times will come. Picture: team Facebook pagewith thanks

After beating Sunday’s opponents 17-1 in a midweek Adran Trophy tie, Bethel will still want to guard against complacency in this league battle at the San Seilo.

Despite the heavy loss on Tuesday, Denbigh have been talking positively since, expressing their determination to do better next time. They are a great bunch and so many are willing them to do well.

In their recent clash with Pwllheli, Town were holding their illustrious visitors to 1-1 up until about the hour mark before going on to lose 5-1. If they can reproduce that spirit, we might see a much improved result against the unbeaten maroons.

Bethel currently head the Genero Adran North table on goal difference with two wins and a draw to date.

Llanfair United v Wrexham

Wrexham won 6-2 at Mount Field in an Adran Trophy tussle four weeks ago and would be more than happy with a repeat result.

Mari Edwards’ Dragons also triumphed at Llanfair 6-1 in the Welsh Cup on September 19, on a day where top-scorer Rosie Hughes netted five.

So United will be desperate to avoid a third heavy home defeat against the reds this season, and the Powys team’s much improved display in a 2-1 loss to Pwllheli at Mount Field last weekend suggests they might be turning the corner.

Wrexham have lost back-to-back matches at the hands of Connah’s Quay and Airbus, so will target a return to winning ways.

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