Carla Ward head coach of Sheffield United Women Aston Villa Ladies v Sheffield United Women, Women's Championship football match, Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, Birmingham, UK - 18 Aug 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Quick off the mark – The statistic that sees Blades better league leaders Aston Villa

Sheffield United would be leading the FA Women’s Championship table if this season’s matches had ended at half-time.

Carla Ward’s side have been battling for supremacy with Aston Villa all season but it is the latter who hold a six-point advantage over The Blades with six games remaining.

The FA Women’s Championship table would have a very different look if the standings were calculated on first half performances alone. Sheffield United would not only find themselves top of the table, they would also hold a seven-point lead on nearest challengers Aston Villa.

The Blades have won 11 league games in total so far this season while they have led in 10 of their 14 fixtures at half-time. Ward’s side have gone into the break on level terms in three matches while they have ended the first half behind on one occasion.

In terms of goals scored, Sheffield United have netted 27 goals during the first 45 minutes, that’s 59% of their total goals netted this season.

In contrast, Aston Villa have won 13 games this term but they have led at half-time in just seven of those matches. They have recorded first half draws in five of their remaining seven fixtures while they have twice had to come back from trailing at half-time.

Evidence of Villa being slow starters can be highlighted further in their ‘goals for’ tally. Just 16 of Gemma Davies’ side’s 39 goals scored have come during the first half of their matches.

Overall in the FA Women’s Championship, Sheffield United would not be the biggest beneficiaries of half-time results. Bottom club Charlton Athletic would be 12 points and seven places better off had matches come to a conclusion after 45 minutes played.

 

Statistics: Soccerway

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