Cardiff City Ladies hit the road for the first time in 2024 on Sunday when they travel to high-flying Rugby Borough (2pm kick off)

The Dragons will be hoping to put the disappointment of last weekend’s draw with London Bees behind them when they visit the Nationwide Windows Arena.

A late penalty denied ‘City all three points at Newport Stadium last Sunday, after goals from Emily Poole and Thierry-Jo Gauvain had seen them come from behind to lead.

‘Boro will be looking to build on an impressive 0-4 victory away to Cheltenham Town as they take to the field at home for the first time this year. 

Opposition Focus

Rugby Borough have enjoyed a fantastic Southern Division Premier campaign to date – a record of eight wins from twelve games sees them third in the table at the season’s halfway point.

The club began in its current guise in the summer of 2023, following a rebranding and relocation of the former Coventry United WFC. The club had endured a difficult season both on and off the pitch, resulting in relegation to the third tier.

A 15-mile relocation to Rugby Borough’s Nationwide Windows Arena has afforded the club a fresh start as they look to return to the Women’s Championship at the first time of asking. 

‘Boro took all three points in the return fixture at Ocean Park Arena earlier this season, a 2-3 win as part of a run that saw them win their first four league games of the season.

The Midlands outfit can also boast an impressive Women’s FA Cup run in 2023/24, defeating former WSL outfit Doncaster Rovers Belles before a 7-1 drubbing of fellow FAWNL side Solihull Moors. They the suffered a narrow extra-time defeat at the hands of Championship outfit Sheffield United Women in the third round. 

‘Boro’s home form has been key to their success this season, with five of their eight wins coming at the Nationwide Windows Arena, scoring 15 goals and conceding seven.

 

City capture Wales captain Miller 

Cardiff City Ladies were delighted to announce this week the signing of Wales under-19 captain Maisie Miller.

The defender links up with Fern Burrage-Male’s squad after her departure from FAWNL Northern Premier side Durham WFC, where she had spent time in the academy.

Speaking to Cardiff City Ladies, Maisie said: 

“It’s a really exciting team, I know a couple of the girls here and I’ve heard really good things. 

“It’s definitely a challenge to come into tier three but I’m just really excited to see what it’s about and I’ve enjoyed my time here so far.”

Manager Fern Burrage-Male has also given her thoughts on Maisie’s signing:

“She’s a fantastic young player, currently an international with Wales so it’s good to have her onboard. 

Technically she’s good, being an international she’s athletic and fit and able. She’s flexible in the positions we’re able to play her in.”

 

Form Guide:

Despite the disappointment of last weekend, City have begun to build an unbeaten run as they look to move away from the bottom of the table and last tasted defeat at the end of November.

Rugby Borough will be aiming to put pressure on the sides above them by carrying on from where they left off against Cheltenham last time out.

 

Last 5 games: 

Rugby Borough: WWLLW

Cardiff City: LLLWD

 

Address: 

Nationwide Windows Arena

Kilsby Lane

Rugby

CV21 4PN 

 

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