An episode of “Welcome to Wrexham” about our women’s team was released to deserved acclaim this week.

Disney clearly have influence in high places, as it was perfectly timed to coincide with them going top of the table last Sunday!

That’s a highly pleasing state of affairs, but when you scratch below the surface of that league table, you find even more reasons to be delighted with our progress.

A couple of weeks ago I suggested that the women’s team would face an important test at the start of the season as they figure out what their ambitions actually are.

All newly-promoted teams go through a process of working out whether they can make an impression at a higher level or need to consolidate; when you’re joining the top level of a relatively new league, that sense of uncertainty can surely only be heightened.

There’s been a distinct lack of opportunity to gauge the quality of women’s football in North Wales because there are so few chances to test ourselves against the best in the country.

Our promotion last season brought the number of northern teams in the Adran Premier to a grand total of two!

TNS have been blazing the trail on their own for so long, occasionally joined briefly by a side from a similar latitude.

The reason is simple: the bottleneck restricting entry to the top division is even worse than the situation the men’s team found themselves in while we languished in the National League. Only one team goes down, and the champions of the northern and southern second divisions have to play off for the right to replace them. How farcical!

It seems to me that the best way to develop women’s football is to expose more teams to the Adran Premier, rather than restrict access to the highest level.

It doesn’t look good either for the Football Association of Wales, an organisation often criticised for bias towards the south, to pull up the ladder when the Adran Premier is full of southern teams, leaving northern teams with essentially half a promotion place every season to try to redress the balance.

Anyway, we’ve managed to squeeze through the narrow aperture into the top division, and I think we’ve established pretty clearly what our possibilities are.

Obviously, an opening day draw against one of the two traditional powerhouses of the Welsh game was a terrific marker, especially as Swansea needed a deflected injury time goal to avoid defeat.

However, the two subsequent results give us a clearer picture of just what Steve Dale’s side can achieve this season.

Two emphatic away wins - 3-0 at Pontypridd United and 5-1 at Barry Town United – have clearly established that we won’t need to worry about the bottom end of the table.

Both our opponents are well established in the Adran Premier. Pontypridd came fifth in each of the last two seasons, having topped the relegation play-off table with ease.

Yet they couldn’t cope with us, and certainly couldn’t cope with Rosie Hughes – Rob McElhenney’s choice as the best striker at the club.

The numbers stack up, of course – Hughes’ strike rate is phenomenal – but it’s highly pleasing to see how easily the rest of the squad have settled into a higher division, and how the judicious addition of experience in the summer has further improved us.

It’s an exciting time to be a Wrexham fan, and you’re missing out if you limit that to the men’s team.

A massive match awaits us on Sunday, as Cardiff City visit Cefn. If you can get down there, you’re guaranteed a high stakes game, as we’ve already established that we aren’t in the top division for the sake of it. We’re contenders.

Wrexham’s men don’t have the best record at Crawley. Our first two games there ended in goalless draws, and our most recent trip there extinguished our faint hopes of winning the title in 2011.

The match was the first in a double-header as we would play them again at The Racecourse just three days later.

It was an opportunity to keep the eventual champions within our reach, and when Andy Mangan (pictured right) scored his second goal in the 31st minute it seemed we were going to run out winners.

However, Crawley’s own prolific striker, Matt Tubbs, struck back with a hat-trick, including two goals in the last eight minutes, to condemn us to a 3-2 defeat.

A goalless draw in the return match meant we had to readjust our ambitions and aim for the play-offs.

Arthur Okonkwo has made an excellent early impression, and he will play the 50th game of his career on Saturday.