Aston Villa head coach Joe Hunt bemoans heavy Doncaster loss
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.