Aston Villa Ladies play their final league game of 2018 on Sunday when Sheffield United visit Boldmere St Michaels FC.
The team need your help to maintain their recent upturn in results. Here’s five reasons to be in attendance on Sunday…
1) Finishing strong
The year 2018 has been a year of ups and downs for Aston Villa Ladies. A tough 2017/18 season saw them finish ninth out of 10 teams in the second tier before they were granted a licence to compete in the newly formed FA Women’s Championship.
Several senior players departed in the summer, but the arrival of Head Coach Gemma Davies in June sparked a wave of positivity throughout the club.
And after a tricky beginning to the season, Davies’ impact has been there for all to see with an exciting brand of football yielding results over the past two months.
2) Easy on the eye
The coaching staff have been unwavering in their determination to get Aston Villa Ladies playing a short passing game in possession and a high tempo press without the ball.
With each passing game, the team’s style of play has developed, with the players now thriving in the system implemented by Davies.
When in full flow, Villa’s attacking style is a joy to watch, and they’ll be hoping to breakdown United’s stubborn defence on Sunday.
3) Closing the gap
While the top four in the FA Women’s Championship have broken away, the rest of the league are proving closely matched.
Sunday’s 3-1 win against Crystal Palace means ninth-place Villa are just four points behind fifth place Leicester City.
Three points against Sheffield United would ensure Villa end the year in prime position to move up the standings in 2019.
4) A chance to gain revenge
Sheffield United have proved to be tough opponents for Aston Villa this season, with the two sides having played twice already.
The Blades emerged victorious in a League Cup clash in August (2-1) before recording a 4-1 league win a month later.Sunday gives Villa a chance to gain a measure of revenge for those defeats.
5) Super support!
Over the first four league games at Boldmere St Michaels, 1,989 supporters have come through the turnstiles.
Last season’s average attendance was 212, meaning that crowds are up by just under 135% this season – a great achievement for the club.
Another strong crowd on Sunday would help finish 2018 on a positive note for the Ladies.