Charlton Athletic Women suffer defeat at Aston Villa

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Charlton Women lost 3-0 at FA Women’s Championship leaders Aston Villa on Sunday.

Shania Hayles scored after 32 seconds before substitutes Emma Follis and Mel Johnson struck late.

Katie Startup’s saves kept Villa out until they put some daylight between the two sides late on.

The hosts have only dropped two points – winning 12 of their 13 matches.

Charlton are bottom of the table but can overtake Crystal Palace and Coventry United if they win their matches in hand.

Addicks manager Riteesh Mishra (pictured) said: “To concede after 36 seconds was a kick in the teeth after all the work we had done in preparation.

“The players did really well to get back into the game and we went in at half-time thinking we had to believe more. We dominated the second half, but for their quality – bringing two players of that level on to take their chances – that was the only difference between the two teams.”

Hannah Churchill has left the Addicks but has not featured since picking up an injury last season.

Mishra said: “I am proud of our medical and conditioning teams for the work they have done to get Hannah back to where she is now, and we are sad to see her go.”

The Addicks host third-placed Sheffield United on Sunday (2pm).

Crystal Palace also have a home fixture against London Bees (2pm).

IMAGE BY KEITH GILLARD

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