Women’s football previews – Sunday, January 23

Francesca Scott is in line for a return to the Connah’s Quay side which takes on Wrexham in a six-pointer on Sunday. Picture: NCM MEDIA

NORTH WALES WOMEN’S FOOTBALL PREVIEWS FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 23

FIXTURES

North Wales Women’s Football League (2 pm)
Bangor 1876 v CPD Y Rhyl 1879
Holywell v NFA
Llangefni Town v Llanystumdwy
Trearddur Bay v Amlwch Town
Welshpool Town v Northop Hall

Genero Adran North (2 pm)
Bethel v Llandudno
Llanfair United v Airbus
CPD Pwllheli v Denbigh Town
Wrexham v Connah’s Quay

PREVIEWS

Wrexham v Connah’s Quay

No doubting what is the game of the weekend on the North Wales women’s football scene.

The top two clash at Brymbo Sports and Social Complex this Sunday when Wrexham entertain Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Both sides are on 21 points but leaders Nomads possess the better goal difference and have played a game less than the Dragons.

Nomads, who have won seven league games on the bounce, will be aiming to repeat their 5-2 victory over Wrexham on The Quay 3G back in October.

Steve Dale’s side, winners of their last six league encounters since that loss to Nomads, have recorded back-to-back 6-2 triumphs. Their leading net-finder Rosie Hughes is on a remarkable 32 goals in all competitions.

Rosie Hughes – 20 league goals, 32 in all competitions

Jordan Parry’s Deesiders will have forward Francesca Scott, who has notched a stunning 16 goals in just seven appearances, available again after missing last Sunday’s win over Airbus through illness.

Meanwhile, Wrexham have added striker Sophie Hodson to their squad this week.

The 19-year-old formerly played for Corwen, who temporarily disbanded at the start of this season due to lack of players.

Sophie was part of the all-conquering Corwen Girls side – who claimed an Under-16s quadruple in 2017 – before progressing to senior football.

Wrexham have also confirmed several departures from the squad, following the promotion of a number of Under-19’s into the senior set-up.

With Ella Clifton-Stringer, Mia Roberts, Lili Jones, Amber Lightfoot and Natasha Spearing all establishing themselves as senior players, defenders Jodie Davis, Tasha Commins and Shannon Owens and forward Amy Glendenning have left Wrexham.

Bethel v Llandudno

Two teams coming off the back of heavy defeats will be out to make amends.

Bethel’s unbeaten league record went west last Sunday when they were whipped 6-2 at Wrexham.

Meanwhile, Llandudno, third in the Genero Adran North table and also defeated just once in the league this term, went out of the Adran Trophy 8-0 at Cardiff Met last weekend.

Ella Jones of Llandudno

These two have met twice this season, on both occasions at Maesdu Park. Tudno caned Bethel 6-1 in the Adran Trophy, but the sides drew 3-3 six weeks later in the league, the hosts executing a late comeback.

Llandudno will be hoping for good news on the potential return of top-scorer Ella Jones, who has been out for eight weeks with a knee injury.

Llanfair United v Airbus UK Broughton

Seventh hosts sixth at Mount Field.

Improving Llanfair have won three of their last five, although they had to battle hard to pip plucky bottom side Denbigh Town 2-1 last Sunday.

Airbus have lost five of their last six in the league, but would certainly welcome a repeat of their clash with Llanfair back in October, which the Wingmakers won 5-0.

Yet again much focus will be on Airbus leading scorer Tegan Hewitt, who has found a whole new level of consistency this term.

CPD Pwllheli v Denbigh Town

Following last weekend’s excellent effort in a 3-0 Adran Trophy loss to Cardiff City, Pwllheli will target a return to winning ways in the league at home to Denbigh.

Pwll won 5-1 at Denbigh three months ago, but Town were level at 1-1 come half time and it took a rise in standard from the visitors to clinch the game in the second 45.

Erica Jones’ team have lost five in a row, but with home advantage look a good bet to buck the trend.

Denbigh, meanwhile, are still to collect a point, but came so close last weekend when losing just 2-1 at home to Llanfair.

NORTH WALES LEAGUE

Bangor 1876 v CPD Y Rhyl 1879

Bangor 1876 could return to the summit if they beat leaders Rhyl 1879 on Sunday – but that will be much easier said than done.

Johnny Batten’s side will no doubt remember their trip to Belle Vue three months ago, when the previously undefeated 1876 crashed 8-1 at the hands of 1879.

Rhyl remain unbeaten and hit the top last Sunday with a 12-1 hammering of Llanystumdwy.

They are scoring goals for fun, with strikers Candice Nellist (17 goals) and Niomi Taylor especially productive.

With home advantage, 1876 could reverse the result, however their problems in fielding a settled forward line of late will be something of concern.

Holywell v NFA

Caitlin Hadaway (left)

There will be a very popular face back in the Holywell squad on Sunday.

Young midfield dynamo Caitlin Hadaway is set to return six weeks after giving birth to a beautiful baby girl – Kendel Emelia. ❤️❤️❤️

It will be great to have Caitlin back in the fold. Holywell are a much better team when she is involved.

While NFA will no doubt be quick to pass on their congratulations to the new mum, they will also want to dampen the occasion for the hosts by taking another three points.

Andy Lloyd’s side have won seven matches in succession and lie third in the standings.

Other games

Elsewhere, Amlwch Town will aim to ensure they remain among the leaders when they travel to fellow Anglesey side Trearddur Bay.

Islanders Llangefni Town will make their first appearance of 2022 at home to a Llanystumdwy team they have yet to face this season.

Llangefni should have top scorer Jen Cox back in contention, possibly on the bench but ready to make an impact.

Keeper Jess Marshall is out with a knee injury but Gemma Lancaster, who has started a number of games this season, is a more than adequate replacement.

Defender Frankie Davies could be available again after injury, but may be given another week’s recovery time.

Northop Hall hope they can improve on last week’s 4-1 defeat at NFA when they make the long trip to Welshpool Town, 5-0 winners against Trearddur last time out.

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