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Watford 0 Aston Villa 2 (Merrick 35, Baptiste 45)
Aston Villa cemented their position in the top half of the WSL 2 table and denied Watford the chance of a third straight home win with two goals shortly before half time.
The opening stages had been fairly evenly contested but ten minutes before the break, an unfortunate goalkeeping error gifted Villa the lead. Beth Merrick's cross from the right had looked to be going safely into Lucy Gillett's hands, only for the goalkeeper to misjudge and see the cross drift into her goal.
This pushed momentum firmly into Villa's path and just before half time, Natasha Baptiste doubled the lead with a lovely curling effort.
During a tamer second half, Baptiste had the best chances and could have had many more by the time the final whistle blew. Gillett was her foe on two occasions, denying the Villa striker with a couple of good saves.
A weak header from a Hannah George cross and some inaccurate shooting after a break by Nicola Potts also prevented Baptiste from adding to her tally.
Watford: Lucy Gillett, Nicole Pepper, Lauren Jordinson, Ruby Baxter, Phoebe Read, Anneka Nuttall, Ellie Mason, Giulia Ferrandi (sub Sahara Osborne-Ricketts 87mins), Jordan Littleboy, Anne-Laure Davy, Charlotte Kerr (sub Katie Stanley 77mins). Subs not used: Amber Tullett, Hannah Samuels.
Aston Villa: Grace Moloney, Amy West, Maddy Cusack, Katy Moran, Hannah George, Beth Merrick, Alys Hinchliffe (sub Nicola Potts 80mins), Kerri Welsh (sub Mollie Rouse 80mins), Grace Smith, Sarah Mayling, Tash Baptiste. Subs not used: Chloe Beattie, Hayley Crackle, Lucy Porter, Robyn Tallis, Elisha N'Dow.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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