Adran Premier Preview | Wrexham vs. Cardiff City
The Bluebirds play their second away fixture of the 2023/24 Adran Premier campaign this weekend, taking on Wrexham.
The match will take place at The Rock on Sunday, October 8th, with a kick-off time of 5.10pm.
TICKET INFORMATION | SUPPORT THE BLUEBIRDS
Tickets are now on sale for Sunday’s fixture and are available to purchase online. Entry will cost £3 for adults and £1 for U16s. All U14s must be accompanied by a paying adult.
All tickets will be issued as paper tickets. There will be a ticket collection facility for away supporters at The Rock on matchday.
Tickets will go off sale at midday on Sunday, while tickets may be sold at the ground on matchday, dependent on availability.
All matchday sales will be cash-only, with no provisions for card payment.
ADRAN PREMIER | SEASON SO FAR
City head into Sunday’s fixture on the back of an impressive 3-1 victory over The New Saints last weekend.
Striker Eliza Collie netted a fine brace, along with a stunning strike from Molly Kehoe, who scored her first goal for the Bluebirds.
Having started the campaign with a 3-1 win over Cardiff Met and a goalless draw against Aberystwyth Town, City have recorded seven points from the opening three games.
Wrexham have the same record, as they have also made an unbeaten start to the campaign.
After a dramatic 3-3 draw against Swansea City on the opening day, Steve Dale’s side claimed an impressive 3-0 win at Pontypridd United.
Last time out, striker Rosie Hughes netted all five goals as they recorded a 5-1 victory at Barry Town.
IN DEPTH | STATZONE
Ahead of Sunday’s fixture, let’s take a look at some interesting stats…
- The Bluebirds won seven out of 10 away fixtures in the Adran Premier last season.
- City scored 34 goals on their travels last season, an average of 3.4 per game.
- Bluebirds striker Collie has three goals in her last three away league fixtures.
- City are undefeated in the Adran Premier since March 20th, 2022.
- Wrexham striker Hughes is the current top scorer in the Adran Premier with seven goals.
- Sunday’s opponents have scored an average of 3.7 goals per game this season.
CITY MEMORIES | NOAH BUSHBY
Sunday’s fixture will be the first meeting between the two sides since Wrexham’s promotion from the Adran South at the end of last season.
However, the Bluebirds have had some memorable battles against the Red Dragons at U19s level.
City have faced Wrexham in the Adran Leagues U19 national final for two consecutive years.
In 2022, the Bluebirds claimed a 5-1 victory at Aberystwyth Town’s Park Avenue, with Mikayla Cook and Collie, who are now in the senior squad, both netting.
A year later, the two sides competed again at Newtown’s Latham Park for the title of national champions.
City recorded a 2-0 win, with Lauren Payne’s brace earning the Bluebirds victory in the national final.
Recalling his memories of last season’s final, U19s coach Noah Bushby said: “It was a great day. Those days are always a great occasion and the girls love playing in those sorts of matches.
“I was Incredibly proud. To win the national final two years in a row is fantastic and shows the hard work that the players put in, but also the staff that work around the team.”
In City’s last fixture against The New Saints, Madison Lloyd, Mali Ackerman and Brooke Arthur all made their senior debuts, highlighting the exciting player pathway at the Club.
Noah added: “I love it. Every time it happens I feel huge pride. Even when they’re asked to train with the senior team, it’s fantastic.
“To see Madison and Mali especially play on the weekend was amazing. Two years ago, they were both playing in the U16s team that I was manager of. Brooke’s progression has also been great too.
“Dave [Carroll] and Tom [Stiley] have done a brilliant job with those U16s to prepare them for the U19s and the fact that they’re getting minutes with the season team this early in the season is amazing.”