Match ends, Aston Villa Women 1, Tottenham Hotspur Women 2.
Tottenham moved third in the Women's Super League after Rachel Williams sealed a dogged win at Aston Villa.
Rehanne Skinner's side fought back from a goal down after Villa's Remi Allen applied a deft and clever finish.
But Kyah Simon coolly levelled with a penalty after Ria Percival was brought down by Megan Sargeant, and Williams delivered the key second-half moment finishing off good work by Jess Naz.
Sargeant almost levelled late on but her shot was cleared off the line.
Spurs keeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela was unable to hold a high ball into the box, allowing Sargeant to flick goalwards only for a panicked clearance to deny her.
She claimed the ball had crossed but there is no goal-line technology in the WSL so she was unable to prove her point.
In truth, Villa probably merited a draw rather than a fifth defeat in six league games.
Spurs, though, have only conceded seven goals in the league this season - the third-lowest tally - and their solid foundation afforded them the platform needed to find a win that moves them back above Brighton, who lost 2-0 to Manchester United earlier on Sunday.
They now face Coventry United in the Continental Cup on Wednesday before taking on Everton in the WSL next Sunday, while on the same days Villa face Blackburn in cup competition and Manchester United in the league.
Aston Villa Women
- 31LittlejohnBooked at 45minsSubstituted forEwersat 89'minutes
- 8ArthurSubstituted forBlindkilde-Browneat 74'minutes
- 4AllenBooked at 77mins
- 11Boye-HlorkahSubstituted forHaylesat 89'minutes
- 9GielnikSubstituted forGregoryat 83'minutes
- 17SimonSubstituted forAyaneat 90+1'minutes
- 21ClemaronBooked at 62minsSubstituted forAddisonat 73'minutes
- 10WilliamsBooked at 45mins
- Kirsty Dowle
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Aston Villa Women 1, Tottenham Hotspur Women 2.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur Women. Rosella Ayane replaces Kyah Simon.
Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Shania Hayles replaces Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah.
Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Marisa Ewers replaces Ruesha Littlejohn.
Foul by Rachel Williams (Tottenham Hotspur Women).
Meaghan Sargeant (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Ashleigh Neville (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Freya Gregory (Aston Villa Women).
Cho So-Hyun (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ruesha Littlejohn (Aston Villa Women).
Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Freya Gregory replaces Emily Gielnik.
Foul by Cho So-Hyun (Tottenham Hotspur Women).
Alisha Lehmann (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Jessica Naz (Tottenham Hotspur Women) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rachel Williams.
Angela Addison (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Remi Allen (Aston Villa Women).
Attempt blocked. Meaghan Sargeant (Aston Villa Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Hand ball by Rachel Williams (Tottenham Hotspur Women).
Remi Allen (Aston Villa Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
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