Match: Aston Villa Ladies v Watford Ladies
Date: November 12, 2017
Competition: WSL 2
Venue: Tamworth FC
Merrick (2), Salmon, Jones
Aston Villa Ladies kick-started their league campaign with a first win at home to Watford.
Villa began strongly and, after just two minutes, Beth Merrick scored her maiden goal of the season, which set the tone for a commanding Villa performance.
Ebony Salmon then doubled our advantage on 23 minutes with her second in as many games after outpacing the Watford defence to slot home.
Watford almost reduced the deficit with a 25-yard free-kick which came back off the crossbar, but it was Villa who extended their lead with Chloe Jones heading home early in the second half.
Merrick later scored her second of the afternoon and our fourth to complete the rout, curling home her free-kick beautifully.
Aston Villa striker Merrick said: “Getting ourselves off the mark early in games is something we’ve been working on.
“We’ve been conceding early goals so we knew we had to get on the front foot - that was the aim today and it was great to score in the first two minutes.
“That boosted confidence, which has been lacking a bit in previous games, and set us up to go for more goals.
“With no points and only one goal in the league before today it was crucial not just to win the game but to score as many times as we could."
ASTON VILLA: Rogers, Ndow, Richards, Jones, Hurley, Hassall, West, Merrick, Crackle, Salmon, Ejupi. Subs: Hutton, Baptiste, Wilkinson, Brown, Johnson.
WATFORD: Kitching, Kerr, McCarthy, Jones, Fatuga-Dada, Puddefoot, Maple, Nuttall, Will, Ward, Babajide. Subs: McKeag, Cudone, Sargent, Albert, Murray.