Report | Swansea City Women 3 Wrexham Women 2

10th March
Katy Hosford v Wrexham Women
Image courtesy or NJ-D Photography

Katy Hosford’s double helped ensure Swansea City Women made the perfect start to phase two of the Genero Adran Premier as they beat Wrexham at Llandarcy.

Steph Turner had put the Swans ahead after nine minutes, heading home a cross from Hosford for her first goal of the season.

But it wouldn’t take the visitors long to respond as Amber Lightfoot found the bottom corner from close range just a minute later.

However, the Swans would be back in front before the break after a superb solo run from Hosford ended with the skipper firing into the roof of the net to make it 2-1.

Hosford would add her second after the interval, heading home from close range to extend the Swansea lead.

Carra Jones pulled one back late on for Wrexham with a low strike, but it wouldn’t be enough to prevent Swansea taking all three points.

The Swans had been in a fine run of league form prior to the break between phases, and they started on the front foot with Sammy Wynne sending Stacey John-Davis down the line, with Hosford unable to control the forward’s final cross.

But, just three minutes later the Swans would be ahead, Hosford found Turner in the box and she headed home her first goal of the season.

It wouldn’t take Wrexham long to respond, though, Rosie Hughes broke into space a minute later and set up Lightfoot to tuck the ball away.

The Swans responded strongly and continued to have control of possession, although Wrexham proved to be a threat on the counter.

Jess Williams’ free-kick delivery from deep found Emily Thomas in the box, but the forward’s headed effort flew over the bar.

But Hosford would make no mistake when she put the Swans back in front before the break, a brilliant dribble into the box creating the room for her to power a shot high into the net.

The Swans were dealt a setback early in the second half when John-Davis was forced off the field following a poor challenge from Phoebe Davies that only resulted in a yellow card for the Wrexham player.

But they were able to add to their tally through Hosford’s second goal of the game, as she headed home a great ball from Ellie Lake for her 18th strike of the season.

Substitute Monet Legall almost made it four soon after being introduced, linking up with Pinder before hitting a lofted effort that was well dealt with by the keeper.

Kelsey Thomas also came agonisingly close to a goal late when a low ball from Emily Thomas picked her out in the box, but her low effort went just the wrong side of the post.

Jones would pull one back for the visitors deep into added time, sending a low effort into the net from the edge of the area.

But it wouldn’t be enough to steal any points from the Swans as they held on for a first win of phase two.

Swansea City Women: Chelsea Herbert, Steph Turner, Ellie Lake, Rachel Cullen, Robyn Pinder, Katy Hosford (captain), Stacey John-Davis (Monet Legall 56), Sammy Wynne (Kelsey Thomas 81), Sophie Brisland-Hancocks, Emily Thomas, Jess Williams.

Unused subs: Lucy Finch, Imogen Harris, Jazz Guymer.

Wrexham Women: Delyth Morgan, Phoebe Davies, Olivia Fuller (Erin Lovett 46), Brooke Kairns (Annie Small 75), Rebecca Pritchard (Ava Suckley 75), Rosie Hughes (Libby Mackenzie 87), Amber Lightfoot, Carra Jones, Lili Jones, Keren Allen (captain), Mari Gibbard.

Unused subs: Charlotte Bolland.