Five Reasons Why You Should Watch Aston Villa Ladies

Aston Villa Ladies face Durham Women on Sunday in the final game of their Spring Series Campaign.

The claret and blues have enjoyed a successful Spring Series - a one off competition, with no promotion or relegation to bridge the gap between the change in league schedule - tasting victory in four of their eight games.

Here's five reasons why you should head down to The Lamb to watch Villa Ladies:

Goals, Goals Goals:

At the end of last season, star striker and joint top goal scorer Katie Wilkinson was ruled out for the foreseeable future with injury leaving Villa wondering who would fill in the gap left by the forward.

Up stepped Tash Baptiste.

The powerful forward has been a revelation, leading the line for Villa during the Spring Series. Baptiste has bagged four goals in this campaign and looked impressive in claret and blue.

Having arrived from local rivals West Bromwich Albion in 2014, she was a star performer at development level but never made her mark in the first team.

However, she has grabbed this golden opportunity with both hands. Possessing strength, physicality and an eye for goal, she has staked a huge claim for next season.

Yet it hasn't just been Baptiste who has been finding the back of the net.

Having been side lined with injury, Kerri Welsh made her return in the 3-1 win over Brighton. Grabbing a goal for herself, the striker received the ball on the edge of the area, turning the defender before poking past the on-rushing 'keeper.

Kerri Welsh returns to the first team action © Beatrice Jas
(7500 to Holte)
Since then she has notched in the game against London Bees and she will be looking to do the same tomorrow.

With the strikers showing their clinical nature, the goals have also been shared around the team.

Scoring 14 goals this season, both midfielders and defenders have been getting in on the action. And with 10 of those goals being scored on home soil, you're almost guaranteed to see a goal tomorrow.

Exciting Football:

Women's football has continued to be in its brother's shadow. However, you'll be just as likely to watch an equally entertaining game for half the price.

Tomorrow, kids go free when accompanied by a paying adult (£5 per ticket), while entry for over 65's is just £1.

Where women's football is concerned there is always a preconception.

However if you go with an open mind, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the football, your opinion may just change.

You'll be pleasantly surprised by the quality of football Villa Ladies play.

I spoke to some of the fans about Villa Ladies FA Cup run, just one example of the exciting football they have played during 2017:

Football for All The Family:

There is a completely different atmosphere at a women's game. The "ohs," "arghs" and manly cheers are more of an "oo," "ahh" and girly screams filled with encouragement and support for the girls.

It is a football match for all of the family to enjoy. Remove the swearing (or the majority) and add in kids running round wanting to hop onto the pitch and join in and you have your typical game.

Many are little girls, inspired by their heroes like Beth Merrick and Maddy Cusack, kicking around a football in the stands. Before you know it, the ball has flown over the same fence surrounding the pitch and one of them is climbing it to get their football back.

It is a heart-warming image showcasing just what the team can do for the next generation.

Women's football is continuing to grow after people embraced the story of the England Women's team and the fight they showed to secure a bronze medal at the 2015 Women's World Cup. With the FA planning to double the attendances at Women's Super League games by 2020, tomorrow is a brilliant opportunity for all ages to get down and show their support for Villa Ladies.

Personal Touch:

© Beatrice Jas (7500 to Holte)

From the manager to the tricky winger, the lady on the turnstile to the regular fans; you will find the intimacy that is very often missing in the men's game but so prominent in the women's.

Since following and reporting on the Villa Ladies, I have got to know some of the players, the general manager, fellow journalists and spend a lot of time speaking to fans.

You feel like a community which is continuing to grow.

Home is Where The Heart is:

Villa Ladies are unbeaten at home this season and will be looking to finish their campaign with their record in tact.


Kick-off on Sunday 21st May is 2pm and you can pay on the gate.

The address is: Tamworth FC, The Lamb Ground, Kettlebrook Road, Tamworth B77 1AA.

Molly Jennens

I'm Molly Jennens and I am an aspiring football journalist. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy it.

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