Aston Villa Ladies are back in action at Boldmere St Michaels on Sunday as they take on Durham Women in the FA Women’s Championship.
Gemma Davies and her squad have been on the road for the past three matches and are looking forward to a return to home soil as they look for their first three points of the campaign.
Here are five reasons to back the Ladies this weekend.
1) Home sweet home
When Sunday rolls around, it will have been 35 days since Aston Villa Ladies last played a home match.
A tremendous crowd of 1,165 turned out to watch the league opener against Manchester United and, despite the result, there was a great atmosphere around the ground.
The Villa players will appreciate every ounce of support from the home crowd as they look to beat a strong Durham side.
2) In the spotlight
While Aston Villa’s men’s side have no fixture due to the international break, women’s football takes centre stage.
Season ticket holders have free entry into the game and the match represents a great opportunity to attend a Ladies game for the first time.
And with tickets available on the gate for just £5 adults and £2 U18s and O65s, it represents great value for supporters who fancy catching a game over the weekend.
3) Welsh overcomes injury hell
Kerri Welsh has led the way to goal for Aston Villa Ladies so far this season, netting twice in her last three games.
The forward is making up for lost time after rupturing her ACL for the third time last season – an injury that kept her out for nine months.
Welsh is in contention to start against Durham on Sunday, and her courage and determination is a great example for any young footballer to follow.
4) Davies hunting for first league win
Head Coach Gemma Davies picked up her first win in charge when Villa the side beat Leicester City 1-0 in the League Cup last month.
Since then, defeats to Charlton and Sheffield United make it three league games without a win and Davies is desperate to end that run against Durham.
The Head Coach has received great backing from supporters since taking the job in June and she’ll be hoping the home fans can play their part in getting the side over the line on Sunday.
5) Football for all
When the gates open at 10.30am, fans will be able to meet one of the club’s mascots or head to the 3G area behind the main pitch to take part in some football drills with coaches from the Aston Villa Foundation.
There is also a range of food and beverages available from the food kiosk and at the bar inside the club house.
After the game, all Aston Villa Ladies players will sign autographs and take photos with supporters.