30 August 2022 |

Genero Adran Premier 2022/23 season preview

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The 2022/23 Genero Adran Premier season kicks off on Sunday 4th September and there's plenty to look forward to in the new campaign.

The 2021/22 Genero Adran Premier champions Swansea City will bid to defend their title, starting with an opening day clash against last season's runners-up Cardiff Met in front of the S4C cameras at Swansea.com Stadium.

The Swans lifted the title for the third consecutive season in April and will be aiming to make it four in a row under new head coach Ceri Phillips, who was appointed in the summer.

Cardiff Met, who sealed the Genero Adran Trophy and reached the FAW Women's Cup last term, finished four points off the Swans in the 2021/22 season and will again look to challenge for the title this time around.

Emily Allen was the standout performer for the Archers last season with 11 league goals to her name and she will doubtless be key to their hopes of lifting the title for the first time since the 2018/19 campaign.

Players from Cymru's age-grade sides - including Phoebie Poole, Lilly Billingham and Seren Watkins - shone for Cardiff City last season as the Bluebirds sealed the FAW Women's Cup, reached the Genero Adran Trophy final and finished third in the Genero Adran Premier.

But Iain Darbyshire's side finished 11 points adrift of the champions last term and will look to close that gap this time around, with the Bluebirds in search of their second top-flight title.

Aberystwyth Town threw up a surprise last season as Gavin Allen guided the club to a fourth-place finish, despite finishing ninth in the 2020/21 season.

The Seasiders held champions Swansea City to a pair of draws last season, but finished 19 points below third and will be aiming to get closer to the top three this season.

Pontypridd United were crowned inaugural Genero Adran Premier Plate Conference last season but will have ambitions of reaching the top four in the upcoming campaign.

New boss James Fishlock, who will lead the Dragons into the new campaign while Fern Burrage-Male is on maternity leave, has added international experience to his ranks with the signing of Cymru midfielder Jasmine Turner.

The New Saints endured a difficult start in 2021/22 but managed to avoid relegation after a strong ending to the campaign, eventually finishing a point behind Pontypridd in the Plate Conference.

Caitlin Chapman's goals proved key as she struck in each of their last five games of the season to help take the Saints further away from the drop zone, but manager Andy Williams will be hoping to avoid any stresses over a relegation battle with a better start to the new season.

Barry Town United also avoided the drop to the Genero Adran South on goal difference following a dramatic final day, as the Linnets beat Pontypridd to survive at the expense of Port Talbot Town.

The Jenner Park outfit are set to announce a new manager ahead of the new season with Josh Anderson departing the club, later joining rivals Abergavenny, who are preparing for life back in the top flight following their promotion from the Genero Adran South.

Manager Craig Morgan-Hill has plenty of players with top-flight experience, including striker Lyndsey Davies, who finished as the 2021/22 top scorer in the Genero Adran South and will look to pick up where she left off in the Genero Adran Premier.

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CLUB-BY-CLUB GUIDE

ABERGAVENNY

Manager: Craig Morgan-Hill
Stadium: Pen-Y-Pound Stadium (Directions)
2021/22 league position: 1st (Genero Adran South)
2021/22 league top scorer: Lyndsey Davies (24)

ABERYSTWYTH TOWN

Manager: Gavin Allen
Stadium: Park Avenue (Directions)
2021/22 league position: 4th
2021/22 league top scorer: Flavia Jenkins (6)

BARRY TOWN UNITED

Manager: TBC
Stadium: Jenner Park (Directions)
2021/22 league position: 7th
2021/22 league top scorer: Mackenzie Olden (10)

CARDIFF CITY

Manager: Iain Darbyshire
Stadium: Cardiff International Sports Stadium (Directions)
2021/22 league position: 3rd
2021/22 league top scorer: Phoebie Poole and Catherine Walsh (11)

CARDIFF MET

Manager: Yzzy Taylor
Stadium: Cyncoed Campus (Directions)
2021/22 league position: 2nd
2021/22 league top scorer: Emily Allen (11)

PONTYPRIDD UNITED

Manager: James Fishlock
Stadium: USW Sport Park (Directions)
2021/22 league position: 5th
2021/22 league top scorer: Alison Witts (6)

SWANSEA CITY

Manager: Ceri Phillips
Stadium: Llandarcy Academy of Sport (Directions)
2021/22 league position: 1st
2021/22 league top scorer: Stacey John-Davis (14)

THE NEW SAINTS

Manager: Andy Williams
Stadium: Park Hall (Directions)
2021/22 league position: 6th
2021/22 league top scorer: Caitlin Chapman (8)