Sheffield FC Ladies have suffered a third defeat in less than a week to highflying Aston Villa.
The Ladies, who play out of the Home of Football Stadium in Dronfield, had already been defeated by Watford and local rivals Doncaster Belles earlier in the week.
The game started energetically with both sides having early chances to start the scoring. Sheffield’s Hannah Cain put a dangerous ball into the area only to be cleared away by the Villa defense.
Despite strong showings from Sheffield it was the visitors who scored first with Chloe Jones slotting in a goal from a corner.
Sheffield were quick to respond with forward Sophie Jones making the most of lax defending by goalkeeper Chloe Beattie to put the team level.
The half time score proved to be an accurate reflection on the two team’s performances.
Corners continued to be Sheffield’s Achilles heel in the second half as Villa’s top scorer, Tasha Baptiste, added a fourth goal to her season’s total and a second to Villa’s score.
Sheffield player Sherry McCue found herself in the referees books early on in the second half for dissent, though she later proved herself to be an asset in securing up the team’s midfield.
The home side kept up the pressure creating multiple chances but were unable to respond when Aston Villa’s Lucy Shepherd scored a third to seal the visitor’s win.
Villa are now 2nd in the Spring Season table with Sheffield 8th.
Sheffield have one final game away against low lying Brighton at the end of the month.