Aston Villa head coach Joe Hunt bemoans heavy Doncaster loss

Aston Villa ladies team photo ahead of WSL 2 season opener against Everton
Aston Villa are just one of two Women's Super League Two sides to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals

Aston Villa Ladies will struggle to challenge for promotion to Women's Super League One if they continue to play as they did in Sunday's 5-0 loss to Doncaster, says head coach Joe Hunt.

Villa sit seventh in the WSL 2 table, with the top two sides promoted to the top-flight this term.

"With performances like that, you're going be mid-table or towards the bottom," Hunt told BBC Sport.

"We are an ambitious club. We want to be challenging up with the top two."

Hunt continued: "If we carry on like that, we'll struggle, but we have got a good squad and I think we should be up there challenging."

For the first time, the top two sides in WSL 2 will be promoted to WSL 1 as part of a two-year process to expand the competition from eight teams to 10 by 2017.

Villa's heavy defeat to a Doncaster side that are among the favourites to win promotion to the top-flight this season came a week after their first league win of the campaign - a 4-1 win against Watford at Vicarage Road.

Villa turn their attention to the FA Women's Cup quarter-finals this week with a trip to Meadow Lane to face WSL 1 side Notts County on Sunday.

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