Match: Lewes Women v Aston Villa Ladies
Competition: FA Women’s Championship
Date: Sunday 18th November 2018
Venue: The Dripping Pan
Rogers, N’dow, Gibson, Richards, Ale (Brown), West, Haywood (Hall), Hutton, Welsh (Smith), Hassall, Hanssen. UNUSED SUBS: Aguirre, Gane, Elsmore, Warner.
Aston Villa Ladies were left to rue missed chances as their failure to put Lewes Women away came back to haunt them on the South Coast.
The visitors were one up and cruising at half-time following captain Jade Richards’ close-range header in the 16th minute.
Kerri Welsh and Jodie Hutton both spurned glorious chances to double the lead after the break, leaving the door open for Lewes.
And the home side took full advantage, with Sarah Kempson arrowing a long-range shot into the far corner to snatch a share of the spoils.
Hard working Hassall
Alice Hassall picked up the Player of the Match award with an all-round display that saw her dominate the midfield battle.
The central midfielder broke up attacks and made crucial interventions at one end while picking passes and starting attacks at the other.
The No7 ensured the home side hardly saw the ball in the first half before quelling their mounting threat in the second.
Hollie Gibson signed for Aston Villa in the summer, joining from Stoke City Ladies having spent her younger years and senior career with the club.
And she’s taken to her new surroundings seamlessly, easily making the step-up from National League level to the FA Women’s Championship.
The left-back was again one of Villa’s most solid performers as she offered defensive solidarity and made herself an outlet going forward.
Going on a run
After losing their first three league games, Villa have suffered defeat only once in their last five Championship outings.
And with winnable games coming up against London Bees, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United, there’s plenty of reason to be positive for the future.
Gemma Davies’ side will be shooting for three games unbeaten when they return to home turf to take on London Bees on Saturday night.
Aston Villa Ladies are back at Boldmere St Michaels FC on Saturday 24th November when they welcome London Bees to town.
Tickets for the game are available online here.
“I think we are a bit disappointed, obviously a point is better than no points but with the performance we put in the first half we felt we should’ve come away with three points.
“We’ve had a few new players come in and a new coaching staff so we’ve put in some new practices. We’re a team that’s going to keep growing and keep progressing.
"To come from a win last week and then a draw this week means we’re starting to pick up points again and gain some momentum. We’re definitely starting to play the style of football that we want to continue playing, there’s still a few bits we need to work on but we’ll get there.”