Looking ahead to Sunday’s women’s football

Anest Roberts is on the comeback trail for Bethel. Picture: KEVIN PRYDDERCH – with thanks

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL PREVIEWS FOR NORTH WALES – SUNDAY, MARCH 20….

GENERO ADRAN NORTH

Denbigh Town v Airbus UK Broughton

With nothing riding on this game it would be wonderful for Denbigh to pick up at least a point so they have something to show for this most difficult of seasons.

The Vale of Clwyd team have shipped many heavy defeats, but there have also been some close calls, including a narrow 3-1 loss at Airbus and an even tighter 2-1 reverse versus Llanfair United.

Denbigh have fulfilled all their fixture obligations in the league and did enjoy a cup win over Trearddur Bay not so long ago. Town have kept going admirably.

Next-to-bottom Airbus have won just twice in the league all season and are on a run of six straight losses.

CPD Pwllheli v Llanfair United

Pwllheli have faced a tough end-of-season run in but remain a hard team to beat and with home advantage against Llanfair, they will look to avenge a 3-0 defeat versus the Powys side in December.

Bethel v Connah’s Quay Nomads

In-form Bethel will clinch third-place if they beat Connah’s Quay at Cae Seilo on Sunday.

However, a victory for the Nomads will mean they claim that third position.

These two sides have shared some good battles this season.

Quay won 3-0 at Bethel in the Adran Trophy, but the Caernarfon-area villagers gained revenge by pipping the Deesiders on penalties in the Welsh Cup after a 2-2 draw.

In the previous league meeting involving these two at The Quay 3G last month, Bethel took the honours 3-2.

Llandudno v Wrexham

This is the title decider and has been previewed in depth elsewhere on Grassroots North Wales.

NORTH WALES WOMEN’S FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Llanystumdwy v Llangefni Town

Llangefni will be aiming for a double over Llanystumdwy, having beaten the Parc Dwyfor side 3-1 on Anglesey in January.

Cefni manager Dan Gregg reports no new injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s game.

Defender Catrin George is away for her birthday, while Frankie Davies and Llinos Hughes will start their first matches since enduring lay-offs through injury.

Left-winger Lara Cain is also due back following a knee problem.

Dan said: “I’m looking for a response after our tough loss to Trearddur Bay last week.”

NFA v Holywell

Big-scorers NFA, who moved up to second after an 11-4 victory at Northop Hall last weekend, will be targeting another handsome win over bottom side Holywell.

Trearddur Bay v CPD Y Rhyl 1879

Trearddur celebrated a much-awaited first league win last Sunday when they defeated Anglesey rivals Llangefni.

Leaders Rhyl 1879 will present an altogether different challenge. Darren Wardle’s side are still unbeaten and determined for that to remain the case.

Rhyl saw off Bay 12-0 at home last November, but the Anglesey side are tricky opponents on their own Lon Isallt pitch, and will make their visitors work hard for any reward.

Welshpool Town v Bangor 1876

Sunday will see the 1876 seniors make the long journey down to Welshpool.

The team will be looking to extend their winning run to three games on the bounce and build on the momentum and performances seen in recent matches.

Manager Aron Griffith commented: “Moving on from that critical win last Sunday, our focus quickly shifted to our next game against Welshpool.

They’re a strong side and shouldn’t be taken lightly. They had a great 5-0 win last weekend against Holywell so they’ll be confident going into the game. That’s why we can’t under estimate them.

We’re expecting another tough game and we’ll have to work hard to earn the win, the team know this. We’ve a game plan in place to hopefully bring the 3 points home with us.

“At our last encounter with Welshpool in Plas Ffrancon, yes we won 3-0 but it was a hard game. They were a resilient, well-drilled, competitive team full of good players and it took us a while to break them down.

Their results show they’re a team not to be messed with but we’re confident the girls can do the job on Sunday. That’s the aim anyway.”

POSTPONED: Northop Hall v Amlwch Town

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