Date: Thu 29 May 2014

Prestatyn Ladies Reach Welsh Premier League

PRESTATYN Ladies ensured they will play in the Shared Access Women's Welsh Premier League next season after thrashing Aberystwyth University 10-0 in Wednesday's play-off final at Y Weirglodd, Rhayader.

The undefeated North Wales League champions took a three-goal lead inside the first 15 minutes against their Ceredigion League opponents and never looked back.

Chelsea Williams and Zoe Stopford both registered hat-tricks, Ceri Purvis notched a double and there were single goals from Rachael Nattrass and Tonicha Dickens.

Welsh Premier League secretary Gwyn Derfel was in attendance to pass on his congratulations to the winners.

North Wales will now have four representatives in the WWPL next season - Caernarfon Town, Llandudno Junction, Wrexham and.....Prestatyn!

Cwmbran Celtic will also join the national league to make it a 12-club competition. Aberystwyth Town have been relegated.

Prestatyn certainly secured their top flight place in style.

"It was the best we have played all season," said Prestatyn manager Tom Jamieson.

"The girls really enjoyed themselves out there and it showed in their football; the passing and tackling was first class.

"Going 3-0 up inside 15 minutes settled us completely, although to their credit Aber Uni never gave up and it wasn't a simple 10-0."

Asked about the quality of the opposition, and if his team were favourites before the game, Jamieson said: "What last night's result proved is the North Wales Women's League is a strong league.

"That shows in the result. Aber Uni play in the Ceredigion League so I'm not sure of the standard, but I wouldn't imagine they come up against teams like us every week.

"But you can only beat the teams put in front of you and we did that convincingly."

Jamieson formed the team five years ago and for him and coach Mel Davies their ambitions have come to fruition early.

"This (promotion) isn't something which has just come around - we've been planning for this for some time," he stressed.

"When we started we had a five-year-plan to get into the Welsh Premier, but we've achieved it a year early.

"We're really looking forward to playing against the top teams in Wales next season. I think it's a fantastic achievement to reach the Welsh Premier.

"We're under no illusions that the WWPL will be a lot stronger than the standard we've been playing, but we'll give it everything we've got."

Prestatyn will play their home matches at Rhyl FC's Corbett Sports Stadium next season.

Jamieson said the aim is to keep the current squad together and possibly add to it over the summer.

The squad will complete in the National Women's and Girls Tournament at Skelmersdale on June 8 and have already lined up some pre-season friendlies.


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