#FAWSL: Bristol City Women fightback to earn a precious point

Bristol City's Ella Mastrantonio equalised
Bristol City’s Ella Mastrantonio equalised in stoppage-time. (PA Images)

Bristol City came from two goals down to level in stoppage-time at Aston Villa in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League basement battle.

Despite a lively and threatening opening from Bristol City, they were soon trailing to an own-goal. Freya Gregory’s cross was headed goalward by Shania Hayles and although Sophie Baggaley made a great save, the ball deflected in off Meaghan Sargeant.

The lead was doubled when Elisha N’Dow sent a long free-kick into the box and Natalie Haigh’s header dropped into the corner of the net.

Villa had chances to increase their advantage before the break, while Charlie Wellings’ overhead kick dropped onto the roof of the hosts’ net and Lisa Weiss dealt with Ebony Salmon’s effort right at the end of the half.

Chloe Arthur hit City’s crossbar from 25 yards and Baggaley had two make two crucial tackles after a short backpass.

Bristol were back in the game on 73 minutes though, substitute hooking the ball into the top corner with her first touch.

With 90 seconds of added time left, Ella Mastrantonio’s long-range free kick flew straight in to rescue a draw for the visitors.

The Villains and the Robins are now one point each behind both West Ham and Birmingham, but having played one and two games more respectively, with Villa facing the Blues on Wednesday evening.

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