Three was the magic number at Boldmere as Aston Villa Women extended their unbeaten run in the FA Women’s Championship to 10 games after beating Leicester City Women 3-1!
Villa keeper Sian Rodgers was forced into action in the early stages of the first half after Villa’s number one palmed an incoming header onto the post.
The home side began to grow into the match as the artful Villan Emma Follis continued to cause Leicester’s defence problems down the right wing. The Foxes’ goalkeeper Demi Lambourne heroically denied Sophie Haywood and Nadine Hansen the opening goal of the fixture after her fantastic double save in the 29th minute.
Villa’s Women continued to create chances throughout the first half with Sophie Haywood placing the ball inches wide of the post after expertly beating the opposition’s goalkeeper however the score remained 0-0 going into half time.
After a frustrating 45 minutes, Gemma Davies’ side continued to pressurise the Foxes high up the field which resulted in many attacking opportunities for the Villa Women. The midfield maestro Sophie Haywood’s shot was once again saved by Demi Lambourne as well as Emma Follis’ powerful hitting the side netting. The home side eventually took the lead in the 78th minute after Marisa Ewers’ powerful finish from close range caused delerium in the stand.
The Women in claret and blue extended their lead eight minutes later as former Fox Melissa Johnson tucked in a rebound to secure her 11th goal of the season. Despite the away side scoring a late consolation goal, Shania Hayles secured the victory in the 90th minute after beating Demi Lambourne from close range.
Aston Villa Women remain top of the FA Women’s Championship and remain unbeaten whilst Leicester City Women stay put at 8th.