Preview | The New Saints Women v Swansea City Ladies
Swansea City Ladies travel to The New Saints this weekend as they return to league action.
Their lasting outing was an emphatic 16-0 victory against fourth tier Coedffranc Women, while their previous league match saw them bounce back from defeat at Cardiff City with a convincing 4-0 win against Pontypridd United.
TNS currently have six points – three behind Swansea – and will be hoping to claim their first big scalp of the campaign when they host the current Adran Premier champions. They’ve scored an impressive eight goals so far in this campaign (one more than the Swans).
Swansea City Ladies extended their perfect record this season with a strong performance away to The New Saints in October 2021.
The champions were in full ascendency in the first half taking a 3-0 lead into the half-time break with goals from Tija Richardson, Katy Hosford and captain Alicia Powe.
The lead was extended by Hosford before TNS replied with a goal of their own, but Gwen Horgan reinstated the four-goal advantage in the final stages.
Head coach Ceri Phillips: “I’m looking forward to it. We’re going to train hard this week and build on the good reaction we’ve had in the last fortnight. We’re just looking forward to Sunday and keeping this run of form going now.
“We’ll expect a tough game up there, but we’ll prepare hard and look to get a result on Sunday.
“TNS are doing well at the moment, they’ve had some good results and good performances and they’re very capable of scoring goals.
“It’s a difficult place to go, so we’ll envisage a battle, but we go into any game with confidence.”
While Stacey John-Davis and Chloe Chivers remain long-term absentees for the Swans, things are looking brighter for Monet Legall after she was withdrawn early in the cup game against Coedffranc.
Phillips was confident the summer signing would be available for the long trip to mid-Wales.
“She’s carrying a bit of an ankle knock,” he confirmed.
“The physios have worked their magic on her. She’s tough, so I’m sure she’ll be fine."