Aston Villa Women’s League Cup clash against Blackburn Rovers provided plenty of entertainment for spectators.
Both teams threw caution to the wind, creating a thrilling end-to-end encounter that produced seven goals as Villa won 5-2.
Villa could have easily hit double figures on the night and were guilty of missing a string of chances en route to ensuring their qualification for the knockout stages after results elsewhere went their way.
Club captain Kerri Welsh, who netted the opener, was pleased with the attacking nature of her team’s display.
She said: “One of the girls said at half-time that Durham were 3-0 down but we weren’t really bothered what everyone else was doing.
“We just wanted to focus on ourselves and put a good performance in and I thought we did that today.
“It was disappointing that we didn’t keep a clean sheet, but those goals have been coming and we should have had five or six more really. We created so many chances.”
Villa have scored 40 goals in their 15 matches this season, helping them to climb to the top of the FA Women’s Championship and progress in the League Cup.
Welsh says the team must stay true to their attacking principles when they return to league action on Sunday for their final game of 2019 against London City Lionesses at Boldmere.
She said: “In games before we’ve shown we are an attacking team and we don’t want to be one of those teams who sit off. We want to win the league and win it convincingly by scoring goals.
“The objective for us this season is to win the league and that’s the priority, but it will be a good test for us to play a Super League team in the next round because that’s where we want to be next season.”