A season where everything came up Rosies for Wrexham AFC Women’s striker supreme

Rosie Hughes (red and white) on the attack for Wrexham against Connah’s Quay. Picture: BRIAN PRYDDEN – with thanks

While so many played their part in the Tier 2 Adran North League being such a first-season success, one individual stood out just that little bit more than the rest.

Football isn’t just about goalscorers, but a good one doesn’t half help!

Wrexham AFC Women’s Rosie Hughes was already a well-known name in North Wales football before this season, but after her net-busting exploits this term her reputation has rocketed.

Her phenomenal stats in a goal-packed first campaign with the Reds include:

  • 48 goals in 21 appearances across all competitions
  • 36 goals in 14 Adran North matches (league top-scorer)
  • Eight hat-tricks
  • Nine goals in a single game
  • Eight goals in a single game
  • An average of 2.29 goals-per-game in league and cups combined
  • An average of 2.57 goals-per-game in the league only
  • Scored against every opponent in the Adran North League (36 – number of goals in brackets): 

Denbigh Town (17), Pwllheli (5), Airbus (4), Llanfair United (3), Bethel (3), Connah’s Quay Nomads (2), Llandudno (2).

  • Cup goals (12): Welsh Cup 5, Adran Trophy 5, NEWFA Cup 2
Rosie (No 9) looks set to score again. Picture: BRIAN PRYDDEN

Rosie has scored the most goals across the Adran Leagues and the nearest to her 48 in all competitions throughout North Wales is Llandudno’s Maddie Williams on 29.

Born on December 10, 1995, Rosie has displayed immeasurable football talent since she was a youngster.

She was in the cracking Kinmel Bay team which met Cardiff City in the 2011-12 Under-16 Welsh Cup final.

The Colwyn Bay based striker first made her mark in senior football when she won the North Wales Women’s League title as a teenager with Kinmel Bay back in 2012-13.

Also a former Colwyn Bay player, she went on to represent Llandudno for several years in the Welsh Premier Women’s League.

Rosie was top-scorer for the team most seasons and played a major role in Tudno reaching the 2015-16 Welsh Cup final.

She later joined Denbigh Town in a 2019-20 season cut short by Covid, but achieved some stunning goal-getting feats.

Rosie on the ball against Connah’s Quay. Picture: BRIAN PRYDDEN

Wrexham AFC Women made the signing of the summer when they brought Rosie to the club in August 2021.

What an amazing season she has had – one that will never be forgotten.

She has also won admirers in high places.

How about this Tweet from one-half of Wrexham AFC’s Hollywood owner-duo Rob McElhenney……


Sep 5: Pwllheli (home – league) WON 6-0 – 3 GOALS

Sep 12: Pwllheli (away – Adran Trophy) LOST 1-3 – 1 GOAL

Sep 19: Llanfair United (away – Welsh Cup) WON 6-1 – 5 GOALS

Oct 10: Llanfair United (away – Adran Trophy) WON 6-2 – 3 GOALS

Oct 24: Connah’s Quay Nomads (away – league) LOST 2-5 – 1 GOAL

Oct 31: Airbus UK Broughton (away – Adran Trophy) LOST 4-5 – 1 GOAL

Nov 14: Airbus UK Broughton (away – league) WON 3-1 – 1 GOAL

Nov 28: Denbigh Town (home – league) WON 18-0 – 9 GOALS

Dec 12: Llandudno (home – league) WON 5-3 – 2 GOALS

Jan 9: Airbus UK Broughton (home – league) WON 6-2 – 3 GOALS

Jan 16: Bethel (home – league) WON 6-2 – 3 GOALS

Jan 23: Connah’s Quay Nomads (home – league) WON 3-2 – 1 GOAL

Feb 27: Llanfair United (home – league) WON 5-2 – 3 GOALS

Mar 6: Denbigh Town (away – league) WON 14-0 – 8 GOALS

Mar 13: Pwllheli (away – league) WON 3-1 – 2 GOALS

Apr 3: Connah’s Quay Nomads (home – NEWFA Cup) LOST 2-5 – 2 GOALS

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