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Live blog: Aston Villa Women 3-0 Charlton Athletic

Samatta downbeat despite goalscoring Premier League debut Aston Villa Women 3-0 Charlton Athletic
Live blog: Aston Villa Women 3-0 Charlton Athletic

Aston Villa Women are in FA Women’s Championship action this afternoon as they take on Charlton Atheltic at Boldmere St Michaels FC.

Gemma Davies’ team are looking to continue their 12-game unbeaten run in the league with a win against the rock bottom Addicks.

We’ll have text commentary from the game when the match kicks off at 3pm.

1:30pm

Welcome to coverage of Aston Villa Women's latest league match as they welcome Charlton to Boldmere.

The sun is out and it’s nice and mild for a February afternoon as we prepare for some football.

Team news is coming up in 45 minutes!

2:00pm

Aston Villa Women are in a strong position heading into today’s game, sitting top of the table.

With only eight games left, every match is crucial as Villa look to maintain their lead at the top and secure the one and only promotion spot.

2:15pm

Team news is in!

Head Coach Gemma Davies has opted to make three changes from last weekend’s FA Cup defeat against Brighton.Marisa Ewers, Natalie Haigh and Emily Syme come into the starting XI. Here’s the team in full…

2:35pm

The crowd is drifting in ahead of kick-off as we tick down to three o'clock. 

When the two teams met earlier in the season at The Valley, Mel Johnson scored a hat-trick to inspire a 4-0 win.

The striker's on the bench today, with Kerri Welsh preferred in attack.

KICK-OFF!

We’re underway at Boldmere as Aston Villa Women go for a seventh straight league win.

Charlton stand in their way today, but let’s hope Gemma Davies’ team can do the business.

1 minute

WHAT. A. START!

Aston Villa carve straight through Charlton and Shania Hayles slots it into the net.

That goal took just 32 seconds!

11 mins

Wow. A brilliant opening to the game for the home side.

Hayles, who scored twice last weekend, showed her pace to race away and find the corner of the net.

17 mins 

Charlton have found their feet after a shaky opening and they're growing into the game. 

They're pressing Villa high as the home side hurry to keep possession. 

They've not caused Villa 'keeper Sian Rogers any problems yet.

21 mins

There's been few chances to get excited about after the early goal.

Hayles turned smartly on the edge of the box before driving one wide but that's the only other effort we've had so far.

27 mins 

Woodham has been Charlton's best player so far, jinking her way down the left flank.

Ale has done her best to keep the winger quiet but she might have a battle on her hands today.

33 mins

OFF THE POST!

So close to a second for Villa as Hanssen hits the post with a header.

It was a great move involving four players that resulted in Syme floating in the perfect cross for the Dutch midfielder. 

41 mins 

There's been a stoppage in play with a visiting player down and getting treatment.

Despite the great start, this hasn't been a vintage display from the home side so far.

They've dominated the ball but won't be happy with their attacking play. 

HALF-TIME

Ewers and West go close with long-range shots to close the half as Villa pushed in vain for a second goal.

They go in 1-0 up at the break thanks to a goal after just 32 seconds from Shania Hayles.

More work to do in the second half.

KICK-OFF!

The players are back out and the second half has begun!

Villa will be looking to grab an early goal and put this one away as soon as possible.

46 mins

Similar to the first half, a fast start to the second half almost yields a goal for Villa!

Hutton flies down the left and drills a low cross which is deflected just past the post by a Charlton defender. 

52 mins

There was a long delay for an injury after the Charlton 'keeper punched the ball and clattered into one of her defenders.

When play resumed, the visitors had a free-kick in a threatening position but Watling sends it well over the bar.

57 mins

Both sides are struggling to hold onto possession in this half. 

Villa are intent on playing the ball around the back but they've almost been caught out on more than one occasion. 

63 mins

Worrying signs for Villa as Charlton start to take the initiative.

They still haven't troubled Rogers but they're enjoying all of the territory

Emma Follis is ready and she's on for Welsh.

70 mins

Head Coach Gemma Davies will certainly be concerned on the sideline. 

Villa have yet to really get going in the second half as they struggle as break Charlton down.

77 mins

It's all getting rather nervy at Boldmere.

N'Dow gives away a free-kick just outside the box and the well-struck effort forces Rogers into a save. 

Haywood is on for Hayles in Villa's second change.

81 mins

Villa show some aggression and they almost get their rewards as Follis takes aim.

The winger cuts in from the left and fires a right-footed shot that dips wickedly onto the top of the net!

85 mins

Charlton have made a couple of attacking changes as they push for a leveller.

Villa still have some work to do to see this one out!

87 mins

FOLLIS!

The winger produces the goods when her team needed it!

She cuts in from the byline and strikes it past the 'keeper. Get in!

90 mins

Mel Johnson puts the finishing touches on the win!

She cooly slides the ball under the keeper to make it three!

FULL-TIME

It's all over and Villa Women have an important three points!

It was tense and nervy but two late goals see the team to a seventh straight league win!

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Greg  Styles
By @GregStyles91 2nd February 2020