It was a night of mixed results for women’s football in the West Midlands.
Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Coventry United all featured in Group Stage matches in the FA Women’s League Cup yesterday.
Gemma Davies’ Aston Villa faced Sheffield United after three consecutive league defeats following promotion to the top-flight.
The Villans earned three points in their group thanks to a penalty from Jodie Hutton not long before half-time.
Former Villa striker Katie Wilkinson and midfielder Olivia Chance had opportunities in the first 45 but failed to hit the target.
Meanwhile, Villa failed to capitalise on their advantage but rode out the win, missing a few chances in the second half. The Midlanders have now defeated the Blades in all six of the clubs’ last meetings.
Birmingham City have also failed to record a single point in the first three games of their season, but also managed to win.
Blues edged past Blackburn Rovers, also winning 1-0 with a goal from Claudia Walker.Embed from Getty Images
Saffron Jordan came close for the Rovers but the Lancashire side failed to equalise.
Coventry United capitulated under the pressure of Durham in a battle between the two Championship sides.
Helen Dermody opened the scoring 20 minutes in but the game didn’t continue to go to plan as Jay Bradford’s side began to concede.
Beth Hepple netted a hat-trick and Sharpe and Galloway added strikes to see off the Wildcats. United’s Becky Anderson managed to net a consolation late on.
Aston Villa face fellow strugglers Bristol City in the Super League on Sunday. Both sides will be jumping at the chance to record their first points of the season following three consecutive defeats since the start of the campaign.Embed from Getty Images
Birmingham City are in the same positions as arch-rivals Villa, sitting on zero points towards the bottom of the table. Carla Ward’s Blues face an uphill battle against Reading who have won their last two league matches.
Coventry United have three points from a possible nine this season in the Championship. The club face an undefeated Sheffield United on Sunday as they look to climb the table.