Katie turns up heat at Pesda

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AMLWCH Town and Bethesda both look ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing big sea­sons in North Wales Women’s Foot­ball League Di­vi­sion Two if their open­ing day per­for­mances are any­thing to go by.

Pesda came away with a 5-1 vic­tory at Rhyl De­vel­op­ment last Sun­day, while a new-look Amlwch saw off Cor­wen 3-1 at Lon Bach.

Three stun­ning fin­ishes from Katie Mid­win­ter en­sured Bethesda’s first-ever match pro­duced a com­fort­able vic­tory at Ffordd Der­wen.

Rhyl took a third-minute lead when Ca­trin Davies’ left-foot trick­ler found the net.

Bethesda re­sponded with some dan­ger­ous-look­ing at­tacks, and, even­tu­ally, the equaliser came in the 33rd minute.

Ex-Wales in­ter­na­tional Chloe Hughes used some neat trick­ery in the box be­fore a fierce shot was pushed into the air by the home keeper and Holly Bed­dall man­aged to bun­dle the ball home.

Rhyl were un­for­tu­nate not to re­gain the lead be­fore the break when a long-range ef­fort came back off the bar.

The sec­ond half saw Pesda take to­tal con­trol and, on 48 min­utes, Hughes reached a bounc­ing ball in the box ahead of the keeper to nod home.

In the 54th minute it was 3-1 when Mid­win­ter needed no back­lift at all to curl a per­fect shot into the right-hand cor­ner from 15 yards.

The vis­i­tors hit the post be­fore stretch­ing their lead in the 66th minute, Mid­win­ter’s free kick from be­tween 20-25 yards fly­ing in over the keeper.

Ten min­utes from time, Mid­win­ter hit a fierce shot from the edge of the box which went in off the cross­bar.

Amlwch made some top qual­ity sign­ings over the sum­mer, in­clud­ing the ex­cel­lent and ex­pe­ri­enced Cerys Gadd, Lexi Crawley and Paige Mus­grave from the now sadly-dis­banded Ban­gor City Ladies.

They took the lead against Cor­wen when a fine pass from Gadd re­leased Crawley to open the team’s ac­count for the sea­son.

A young Cor­wen side com­peted well and lev­elled be­fore the break through Seren Hughes.

In the sec­ond half, Michelle O’Ha­gan took cen­tre stage for Amlwch, net­ting two scream­ers to se­cure a 3-1 vic­tory.

New man­ager Tony Fitzmaurice said: “It was a very good, pos­i­tive start from the ladies.”

Amlwch fol­low up their open­ing fix­ture with a po­ten­tial cracker at newly-formed Wrex­ham this Sun­day.

Wrex­ham be­gan their cam­paign in style with a 9-1 away suc­cess at Moun­tain Rangers last week­end.

It should be tougher for the Reds when they face Amlwch, whose squad in­cludes for­mer Wrex­ham player Lexi Crawley.

Bethesda, mean­while, will look to make it two wins out of two, when they host new­com­ers Pen­rhyn Bay at Parc Meurig.

Pen­rhyn did not play last Satur- day, but the week­end be­fore they were whipped 7-1 at Rhyl De­vel­op­ment in their de­but game.

NORTH WALES WOMEN’S LEAGUE FIX­TURES - SUN­DAY, SEPTEM­BER 23 (1PM):

Di­vi­sion One: Air­bus v Den­bigh, Bethel v Pwll­heli, Northop Hall v Llanfair.

Di­vi­sion Two: Bethesda v Pen­rhyn Bay, Cor­wen v Rhyl De­vel­op­ment, Wrex­ham v Amlwch.

KATIE MID­WIN­TER marked her first game for newly formed Bethesda Ladies in style last Sun­day with a de­but hat-trick in a 5-1 win at Rhyl De­vel­op­ment.

It has been a big up­heaval for the 21-year-old, who had played for Bethel since the age of 11 and was part of a squad look­ing good for a North Wales Women’s League Di­vi­sion One ti­tle chal­lenge this sea­son.

How­ever, last week Katie an­nounced her de­ci­sion to drop down a di­vi­sion and take a lead role at her home­town club. Katie told the Mail’s Dave

Jones the rea­sons be­hind her new start at Parc Meurig. Why are you mak­ing this move?

I felt the chance to be a part of a brand new team in Bethesda, the first women’s team in his­tory in my home­town, was an op­por­tu­nity I couldn’t turn down.

I was keen to start a team here when ap­proached with the idea, and, as I’ve been in­volved from the start, I felt I had to be a part of it. What has at­tracted you to Bethesda?

It’s my home­town, I’ve grown up here and gone to school here. The fa­cil­i­ties at the club are great and the foun­da­tion is here to build a great team.

A lot of peo­ple have told me it’s his­tor­i­cally an hon­our to play on the pitch at Parc Meurig, and that was also a fac­tor. What are the aims for this sea­son?

I think the aim will be to do as well as we can in the league, take every game as it comes.

As a com­pletely new squad we have to have high hopes that we can chal­lenge, I know there’s great qual­ity in this team so it’s just mak­ing sure we play to the best of our abil­i­ties and gel as a team.

It’s about staying com­mit­ted and mak­ing sure this club can grow and im­prove. Do you feel the team will boost the lo­cal com­mu­nity with the men’s side hav­ing to dis­band be­fore the sea­son started?

The foun­da­tion is al­ready here, there are many youth teams with en­thu­si­as­tic play­ers so the club can only grow and grow. It’s im­por­tant to have a se­nior side in the vil­lage, and, hope­fully, it can en­cour­age and in­spire more young girls in the vil­lage to play. How hard has it been to leave Bethel? Do you feel the team can chal­lenge for the Di­vi­sion One ti­tle?

It was a very dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion as I have been at Bethel for 10 years, since I was 11 years old.

The team, on the pitch, are at their best at the mo­ment and I en­joyed play­ing with the young­sters there.

I def­i­nitely think they have a good chance of chal­leng­ing for the league, as they are ca­pa­ble of beat­ing any team. But, for me, I felt it was the right time to leave, take on more re­spon­si­bil­ity and a new chal­lenge.

Are you look­ing for play­ers?

Bethesda Ath­letic Ladies are look­ing for en­thu­si­as­tic play­ers that want to be a part of this project.

When can we see you in ac­tion? Our first home match is this Sun­day at home to Pen­rhyn Bay at Parc Meurig, 1pm kick-off.

Bethesda Ladies line up be­fore their first-ever match

Pic­ture: GETHIN JONES

Amlwch Town Ladies cel­e­brate a goal against Cor­wen

Katie Mid­win­ter marked her move to Bethesda Ladies with a hat-trick

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