Cardiff City Ladies begin the new year at Newport Stadium on Sunday afternoon as they welcome London Bees in FA Women’s National League action (2pm kick off).
City’s first victory of the 2023/24 league season came against the same opposition at the beginning of October, as a brace each for Cori Williams and Ellie Sargent secured a 0-4 win in North London.
The Dragons will also begin a new era when they take to the pitch in Newport, as the fixture marks the first game of Fern Burrage-Male’s tenure as Manager.
The former Cardiff City Ladies player was announced as Gemma Donnelly’s replacement by the club last week.
London Bees began life in 1975 as District Lines FC, before a merger with Wembley FC lead to the formation of Wembley Ladies FC.
The club began an affiliation with Barnet FC in 1998, initially becoming Barnet FC Ladies before later joining the WSL franchise as London Bees in 2014.
The club finished 9th in the FAWNL Southern Premier last season, their second campaign in the third tier after relegation from the championship in 2020/21.
The Bees will travel to South Wales this weekend still in search of their first three points of the season.
They sit bottom of the table after 10 games, having suffered nine defeats in the league this campaign, as well as an early Women’s FA Cup exit to Dulwich Hamlet.
However, the Bees can boast an impressive league cup run in 2023/24 – a quarter final tie against Hashtag United awaits Daniele Denyer’s side after victories against London Seaward, Worthing and Norwich City in earlier rounds.
Denyer will be taking charge of just his second game as interim boss as his side travel to South Wales hoping to kickstart their league season.
Fresh beginnings for Fern
Fern Burrage-Male has been appointed as Cardiff City Ladies’ new first team manager following the termination of Gemma Donnelly’s contract.
Having initially joined the club’s coaching staff as assistant to Donnelly in October 2023, Fern will take the reins as first team manager for the first time against London Bees.
Fern brings a wealth of both managerial and playing experience to the role as City look to retain their Premier Division status for next season.
New signings for City
As well as an exciting managerial appointment, the club were also pleased to officially announce the double signings of Carys Bufton and Amy Long earlier this week.
Carys joins from Adran Premier side Pontypridd United while Amy moves across the capital from Cardiff Met WFC.
We’re delighted to have both players with us!
City finished 2023 with victory away to Plymouth Argyle, coming from behind to win 1-2 in Devon. London Bees will be hoping for a reaction to three defeats on the bounce as they look to start the new year on a high.
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