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Another win keeps Villa Women atop the Championship

After an exceedingly early goal, Villa left it till late in the game to ensure they keep their spot at the top of the table.

Emma Follis of Aston Villa scored a late goal to help secure a 3-0 victory over Charlton.
Emma Follis of Aston Villa Women

A relieved set of supporters passionately celebrated at full time as Aston Villa Women secured their 12th victory of the season. Two late goals from Emma Follis and Melissa Johnson helped the home side take all three points as Gemma Davies’ side continue to push for promotion to the Women’s Super League.

Only 32 seconds into the fixture, Aston Villa Women took the lead through Shania Hayles who calmly slotted the ball past the helpless goalkeeper in the opposition’s net.

After that frantic start, Charlton began to grow into the game as they intensely pressurised Villa’s backline causing the women in claret and blue to hurry in order to maintain possession.

Hayles continued to cause the away side problems with her artfulness as she drove the ball marginally past the post. After that (very) early opener, neither side were able to capitalise on their chances with the score remaining 1-0 at half time.

Unlike the first half, the second started off with little more than a whimper, as both teams remained passive in possession. Aston Villa Women looked complacent in front of goal on numerous occasions.

Head coach Davies concerned showed on the sideline as her side continued to struggle to break down Charlton. She brought on attacker Emma Follis who secured all three points in the 87th minute. The former Birmingham City Women’s player artfully cut in from the barline and powerfully struck the ball past the keeper.

Melissa Johnson put the finishing touches on her side’s victory after the striker calmly placed the ball under the Charlton keeper’s legs.

The two late goals helped secure Aston Villa Women their seventh straight victory and keeps them five points clear at the top of the table, while Charlton Women are now winless in 11 of 11 league matches, sitting dead last.