Aston Villa hold Spurs to a draw after thrilling six-goal standoff

Spurs defender Ashleigh Neville looks on during a match
Ashleigh Neville of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the FA Women's Super League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Brisbane Road on October 22, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Aston Villa made the journey down to Spurs in the Women’s Super League, where a thrilling 3-3 draw played out.

There’s no denying that Villa have been enjoying an excellent season, currently sitting in a comfortable fifth in the table. Spurs on the other hand, have been struggling with their form and are just three points away from the relegation zone.

Spurs vs Villa — Starting XIs


Spencer; Ale, Turner, Bartrip, Harrop, James, Spence, Summanen, Neville (c), Bizet, England 

Aston Villa 

Hampton; Mayling, Daly, Dali, Staniforth, Turner (c), Patten, Blindkilde, Hanson, Pacheco, Nobbs

How it went

With little over nine minutes played, Aston Villa were already a goal up. Kenza Dali’s pass fell perfectly to Kirsty Hanson, allowing her to fire home into the top of the Tottenham net.

With Spurs still reeling from conceding such an early goal, they gave away a free kick in a dangerous position. Anna Patten’s header was quickly tapped home by Rachel Daly, leaving Becky Spencer unable to get any meaningful contact on the ball. 

Just as it appeared the game was slipping away from the home side, Spurs were able to claw one back. A lovely spell of play from Bethany England and Ashleigh Neville saw Eveliina Summanen through on goal, with the Villa defence unable to preserve their clean sheet. 

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The second half saw Summanen almost instantly double her goal tally. The strike ricocheted into the back of the goal off the bar as the Finnish international blasted the ball home.

Just 12 minutes later, England put Spurs into the lead after converting an impressive spell of team play from the six-yard box. But as it looked as though the hosts would take the three, points Villa were finally able to find a reply from a set piece.

A corner provided Daly’s 84th minute goal, which saw the Lioness head the ball home at the far post.

While Spurs will have wanted the win, the point earned against Villa will still be a boost as they look to keep their heads above the dangerous waters of the drop zone.

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