GENERO ADRAN NORTH PREVIEW – SUNDAY, MARCH 20
LLANDUDNO v WREXHAM (2 pm – OPS Wind Arena, Maesdu Park)
This is what we’ve been waiting for.
The biggest game involving North Wales women’s football for six years.
Not since April 2016, when Llandudno took on Cardiff City FC Women in the FAW Women’s Welsh Cup final at Newtown, have we had an occasion like this.
The organisers of the first-ever tier 2 Genero Adran North season could not have planned it better.
Last league game of the season for the top two teams – and it’s against each other!
Leaders Llandudno need just a point against Wrexham to be crowned champions, while Steve Dale’s Reds must win to lift the title.
It’s an absolute cracker on paper, and while neither side has applied to play in the tier 1 Adran Premier next season, the prize at stake is still immense.
In their previous meeting this term, back in December, Wrexham won 5-3 after trailing 3-1 at half time.
Wrexham have won their last 10 league matches in a row under the management of Dale, who took over last October.
And Llandudno have won seven on the bounce since that defeat at Brymbo Sports and Social Complex four months ago.
Both teams have good histories in the women’s game.
Wrexham achieved the highest ever position by a northern team in the Welsh Premier Women’s League when they finished third in 2012-13.
That team disbanded in 2015/16 citing a lack of players, but a new Wrexham emerged in 2018-19, winning the Division Two League Cup and promotion to Division One at the first attempt.
Llandudno, formerly known as Llandudno Junction, spent eight seasons in the top flight before resigning in 2019-20 after many years of endless travelling to South Wales took their toll on resources.
They have returned this season with a largely new-look squad and have performed brilliantly under long-serving manager Sarah Colville.
Let’s meet the respective squads…..
Not a regular goalkeeper but has been brilliant between the posts this season, keeping six clean sheets in 13 league games and conceding just 16 goals behind the Adran North’s meanest defence.
Dazzling young left-back who has been a regular in the Wales Under-17 squad this season.
Skill in abundance and a tremendous passing ability.
Wales international at all age levels up to the full national team for whom she earned eight caps.
Former Tranmere Rovers player who returned to Llandudno this season and has been outstanding in holding role in front of the back-four or central midfield. Still only 29, seems to have been around forever.
Tall, elegant player, a force in both boxes. Has spent most of her senior career at Llandudno.
Central midfielder, strong in the tackle and with a fierce shot. She has been a goal-scoring sensation this season with 15 goals on her record.
Has a magnificent 27 goals to her credit including a club record seven in one game.
Rejoined competitive football this season after reforming Llanfairfechan as a recreational team. Great attacking talent.
Experienced player who has come into the squad this season and always done a solid job when called upon.
Former player-manager of Llanberis and at one-time an outstanding forward with Bethel.
Has had a fine first season at Maesdu Park. Fast, skilful and always a threat down the right wing.
Began the season with injury issues, but is now returning to her competitive best and proving her versatility.
One of Llandudno’s longest-serving players, she would run through brick walls for the team.
Pacy player who joined Tudno from Kinmel Bay this season.
Scored a couple of great goals against Pwllheli on Thursday. Good on the ball.
Illustrious midfielder who was part of Ynys Môn 2019 silver medal winning team at the Inter-Island Games.
Goal-getting central player who is great at taking on defenders and firing in shots or playing killer passes.
Has won league titles with Caernarfon Town and Amlwch Town.
Like sister Rebecca, also had a spell at Connah’s Quay Nomads in 2019-20 before returning to Llandudno.
Competitive, busy midfielder who loves always being involved in the play.
Hails from New Zealand. A super-fit attacking midfielder who generally works down the left, she has netted several useful goals for Tudno this season.
Same as her team-mate Ffion Owen, has enjoyed club success with the likes of Caernarfon Town and Amlwch Town, as well as Ynys Môn. Tall player with an eye for goal who attacks well down the right.
Burst onto the scene with an amazing 22 goals in 11 games before a knee injury ended her season early.
Once scored a hat-trick to win an under-16 Welsh Cup final for Penrhyn Bay. One to watch for the future.
Welcome addition to the Llandudno squad in 2022. Won the North Wales League Division Two title with Bethesda Athletic in 2018-19.
Mum-of-three who has served Llandudno well for many years. Great tackler and good on the ball, excellent when asked to do a marking job.
Super-fit former Bethel, Bromsgrove Town and Birmingham City Academy player who recently joined the club. Has already scored for the team.
Injuries have kept her out for most of the season but is a true club legend and is currently doing a great job supporting the manager, her twin sister Sarah, on the sidelines.
A really talented young player who has made her mark in the senior side this season, scoring five goals so far.
Vastly-experienced keeper who signed for Wrexham for a second time in summer 2021.
She came through Liverpool’s academy and left to become part of the original Wrexham Ladies team in 2013. Her consistent performances for the Reds and Wales Under-19s led to a move to Women’s Super League team Everton in 2015. Also a highly-qualified coach.
Club captain and strong centre-back, she has missed the majority of this season due to a knee operation.
Spent a year with Wrexham Ladies and has been part of the Wrexham AFC Women team since its reformation in 2018.
Versatile young defender with admirable strength and technique.
She overcame a knee injury at the start of 2021 pre-season to become a first-team regular this campaign.
A strong tackler, her vision and passing are impressive and when used in the centre of defence she enjoys striding out from the back.
Defender who joined the club in summer 2021. Has played in 12 first team games this season, scoring once.
A central defender who has become a first team fixture.
Took full advantage of the unavailability of Erin Lovett and Megan Buckley in pre-season to impress.
A commanding, tall defender, she is comfortable on either foot and passes the ball out from the back confidently.
Quality defender who has made 10 first team appearances this season and featured in some under-19 games.
Sister of former Wrexham defender Lily, Ella signed for Wrexham in summer 2021 and is an integral part of both the senior and under-19 sides.
Comfortable at both full-back and centre-half.
Under-19s graduate who signed for Wrexham in late 2021 and has experience at both youth and senior level.
Defender who is the daughter of former Wrexham and Wales striker Neil Roberts.
Impressive new attacker, either down the right wing or from midfield, who has shown her finishing ability by scoring 10 goals this season.
Pritchard was signed in summer 2021, although she previously played for Wrexham Ladies, reaching the Welsh Cup semi-finals with them.
A former Everton and Aston Villa youth player – and Wales Under-17 international – she is back in North Wales having last played for Brislington in the SWWFL Premier Division.
Wrexham-supporting teenager who was part of the title-winning under-16s team in 2018.
Has been a regular for the first team since.
A creative playmaker, her confident early passing makes the team tick, and she looks to be heavily involved when the team go forward.
Tonicha Jade Dickens (TJ)
Great left foot and set-piece specialist, TJ was a regular with Rhyl in the Welsh Premier before moving to Connah’s Quay Nomads and then onto Wrexham, for whom she has netted three goals this term.
A genuine number 10 who loves looking to feed through balls to strikers.
Reese is a creative threat, as she showed in summer friendlies when she pocketed 10 goals in seven games.
Likes to come deep for the ball and scores a lot from long-range. Has four goals on her record this season.
Back for a second spell at the club this season.
A versatile attacking player who can slot into a number of advanced positions. Libby has a penchant for long-range goals.
A Wales youth international, she has played and scored for Cyncoed in the Welsh Women’s Premier League.
Versatile Lili came through the Wrexham AFC Women Under-19s before making her senior debut.
Welsh international Jones made her senior debut in late 2021 and has an outstanding goal-record for the youth side.
Needs no introduction. Has netted a phenomenal 46 goals in just 19 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring 36 times in the league alone.
Fast, deadly in attack, she is quite simply a match-winner. Has played Welsh Premier in the past with Llandudno and is thought to be that club’s all-time leading scorer in the top flight.
Forward who joined Wrexham AFC Women in January 2022.
The Wrexham-born striker spent her youth playing for an incredibly successful young Corwen Under-16 side.
Hodson has also played for Marford & Gresford, Brickfield Rangers and represented the University of Liverpool. Already has a first team hat-trick to her name for Wrexham this season.
Women’s Under-19 graduate who made her senior debut in late 2021.
Spearing signed for the youth side in summer 2021 and made her senior debut in November 2021 in a 3-1 win over Llanfair United.
Had previously played youth team football for Northop Hall before opting to switch to the Racecourse. Scored her inaugural goal for the first team in 3-1 win at Pwllheli on March 13.
Has notched a magnificent 16 goals this season.
Wrexham AFC Women Under-19s product who began her career within the youth ranks at Liverpool before landing in North Wales during the summer of 2021.
- Many thanks to Wrexham AFC Women for their assistance with pen pictures and photographs during the season