Match: Crystal Palace Women v Aston Villa Women
Competition: FA Women's Championship
Date: Sunday 15th September 2019
Venue: Bromley FC
Johnson (1, 55, 60), Follis (45), West (79), Hayles (86)
Rogers, Ale, Haigh, N’Dow, Franklin, Ewers (Syme, 72), Hanssen, West, Follis, Haywood (Hayles, 74), Johnson (Welsh, 65). Unused subs: Warner, Greengrass, Richards.
Story in brief
Aston Villa Women moved to the top of the table after their emphatic 6-0 win at Crystal Palace Women.
Mel Johnson hit the headlines once again with a stunning hat-trick, taking her overall haul to seven goals from four games – with two trebles.
Johnson got the scoring underway just a minute into proceedings, before Emma Follis doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time, with her first goal since a return to the claret and blues.
Johnson wrapped things up with a pair of strikes in five second half minutes before Amy West and Shania Hayles added further gloss.
With Durham not in action this past weekend, the victory takes us into top spot.
Despite the six-goal haul, it was the clean sheet that most delighted Head Coach Gemma Davies.
This is our first win with no goals conceded this term and it meant a lot to Davies.
She said: “I am very pleased.
“I am particularly pleased with the clean sheet. I don’t think we can underestimate the importance of that.
“There were six goals – and some good team goals. It shows the work on the training pitch is transferring to game day. That’s critical for us.”
In FA Women’s Championship action, it’s another trip to the capital as we face Charlton Athletic Ladies.
The game takes place on Saturday 12th October, with a 3pm kick-off at The Valley.
Before that, though, it’s an appetising Continential Cup encounter away at fellow high-flyers Durham on Sunday 22nd September, with a 12pm start at ESH Group Stadium.