General View of signage at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, home of Aston Villa Women Aston Villa Ladies v London City Lionesses, WomenÂ’s Championship football match, Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, Sutton Coldfield, UK - 15 Dec 2019 Photo: Richard Martin-Roberts for The FA

Aston Villa take another step towards promotion with victory over Addicks

Aston Villa have taken another step towards promotion to the FA Women’s Super League with a 3-0 victory over bottom club Charlton Athletic at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground in Boldmere this afternoon.

Youngster Shania Hayles and substitutes Emma Follis and Melissa Johnson got the goals as Villa saw off the threat of a well-drilled Charlton Athletic outfit.

Aston Villa were quick out of the traps against The Addicks and they took the lead after just 32 seconds when winger Shania Hayles sprinted away down the left and fired the ball across goal into the bottom corner of the net.

To their credit, the visitors didn’t crumble and they largely limited Villa to efforts from distance as the first half produced no further goals. The closest which the home side came to scoring a second goal came around the half-hour mark when Nadine Hanssen met Emily Syme’s cross but her header hit the post before bouncing into the arms of visiting keeper Katie Startup.

Villa were again out quickly for the second half and Jodie Hutton’s dangerous cross was cleared just wide of her own goal by Charlton Athletic captain Grace Coombs.

Amy West then created a chance for Hanssen to take aim on goal but Startup was equal to her effort before Lily Woodham drilled a shot wide across goal at the other end. The Charlton Athletic winger was particularly lively down the left and she also had Villa keeper Sian Rogers worried moments later when her venomous effort landed on the roof of the net.

Woodham again went close in the final 20 minutes of the match, her 20-yard free-kick was on target and required Rogers to push the ball over for a corner kick before Villa substitute Follis curled a shot just over the bar at the other end.

Aston Villa made sure of the victory late on with two more goals. First, Follis fired home from close range after an advantage had been played by the referee before fellow substitute Johnson broke away and tapped home the third from six yards.

Follis could even have made it 4-0 deep in injury time but she fired wide as the game ended in a three-goal success for Gemma Davies’ side.

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