Olivia Pridding-Hull scored for Wrexham
A goal in each half from Olivia Pridding-Hull and Lowri Edwards, provided Wrexham with their fifth successive Women’s Premiership victory of the season, against Swansea City at Colliers Park. (reports Robert Clement).
Following the three points gained, Wrexham are third in the league, six points behind leaders Cardiff Metropolitan. With both teams evenly matched during the opening exchanges, it was Wrexham who eventually gained the first corner when an Alys Hinchcliffe cross was turned behind by Jemma Parfitt, but from the resulting flag kick, Lyndsey Rodger’s goalmouth delivery was cleared by Swans skipper Emma Jeffreys.
There was a positive response from Swansea after fifteen minutes, with Verity Owens creating an opening for Jodie Passmore; unfortunately her well timed shot was comfortably collected by goalkeeper Rosie Lamprey.
Swansea full back Alicia Powe attempted a long range shot to test Lamprey just after the mid-way period of the half, only for it to be comfortably dealt with by the Wrexham shot stopper.
The deadlock was finally broken during the thirty fourth minute, when from an opening established by Rodger, it was locally born Pridding-Hull who found herself in sufficient space to have time to side foot in from four yards.
Within two minutes of producing that positive impact, the Dragons were close to extending their lead, with a firmly struck finish from Lowri Edwards rebounding off the woodwork.
Swansea finally displayed their technical ability and pace to equalise within three minutes of the turnaround, with a twenty five yard rising shot from Passmore finding the target, following a creative threat engineered by Owens and Jeffreys. As the second half continued, Swansea began to display quality along with intensity with Passmore finding Hannah Lewis in space, Sarah Adams then made herself available to race clear outpacing the Wrexham defence, only to finally drill a well timed finish narrowly wide of the post.
On the hour Passmore was in a good position to provide Swansea with the lead, only to hit a hard struck shot straight at Lamprey, after Lewis had made swift progress into Wrexham territory.
The winner finally arrived for the Clwyd outfit eight minutes from the end, when Chloe Foster found Lowri Edwards available, and the twenty three year old striker’s goalbound effort was diverted over the line, after crashing off the underside of the bar.
Wrexham Ladies team manager Dave Taylor spoke with Robert Clement, about extending their unbeaten run, along with the additional three points.
“Yes, it was a lucky three points really, because I thought that Swansea technically were the better side when they equalised, and I was concerned that there was going to be only one winner, but to be fair to the girls, they’ve dug it out and Lowri Edwards has managed to score a great goal to give us the win”.
Taylor was then asked if important goals, from top striker Sydney Hinchcliffe had been a major factor in the season’s success so far.
“It certainly is, she unavailable today but she’s been very influential during the season and scores in nearly every game, her pace is first class strength wise, and she continues to improve as well which is always a bonus, and it’s been capped off with her being called into the Wales under nineteen training camp”.
The former Porthmadog and Inter Cardiff player responded to the success of the team, challenging for possibly honours just behind the two Cardiff club.
“We played Cardiff Metropolitan at the start of the season, and I thought that we deserved at least a point out of the game, we hit the bar and post twice, also had one cleared off the line, missed two penalties and they beat us 1-0. Obviously we haven’t played Cardiff City yet, but I believe they’re the team to beat, but we just need to keep winning our games and see where we go, as I said at the start of the season, if we finish in the top five I’d be happy”.
With the expectation of a point from the game, Swansea City Ladies team manager Ian Owen expressed his view on the ninety minutes.
“We’re very disappointed today, I think that the team played some fantastic football at times where the work rate and endeavour to get three points was first class, but unfortunately were denied on our first visit here”.
“It’s been an up and down season so far, but it’s a new squad being formed which is very young; that’s not an excuse for not winning, but the way the team performed today it’s clear to see what we’re trying to build and the future looks bright”.
Owen added, “Even though we went 1-0 down, I still think that we were the stronger team and of course Jodie Passmore is capable of scoring against any opposition, and her strike was fantastic”.
The Swansea boss responded to the situation of the defence being hard working, denying Wrexham a series of likely looking scoring opportunities.
“The whole back four, Rebekah Gwyther, Ria Hughes, Alicia Powe and Jemma Parfitt were absolutely brilliant, and if you think Rebekah Gwyther and Jemma Parfitt for certain in their first season in senior football they were outstanding”.
“WE at home next week, we try again against Llandudno Junction, the spirit within the team with the new players is first class and the best I’ve known for a long time, so everybody is pulling together, they’re all buying into what were trying to build and you’ve seen the result of that, although we didn’t get the win”.
Wrexham: Rosie Lamprey, Alys Hinchcliffe, Louise Edwards, Kate Edwards, Stephanie Taylor, Lyndsey Rodger (capt), Chloe Foster, Olivia Pridding-Hull, Jade Davies, Nicola Jones (Jade Gavan 82nd min), Lowri Edwards.
Unused substitutes: Alixe Taylor, Catrin Jones, Amber Dean.
Swansea City: Adriana Taviner, Alicia Powe, Jemma Parfitt, Emma Jeffreys (capt), Courtney Harries (Kirsty O’Donnell 86th min), Sarah Adams, Verity Owens, Ria Hughes, Rebekah Gwyther, Jodie Passmore, Hannah Lewis.
Unused substitute: Amy-Marie Evans.
Referee: Ashley Jones (Wrexham).
Wrexham: Olivia Pridding-Hull 34th min, Lowri Edwards 83rd min.
Swansea City: Jodie Passmore 48th min.
Yellow card: Wrexham: Chloe Foster 51st min.