Following our midweek Champions League clash, and a host of changes to our starting 11, Chelsea could have been forgiven for a slow start at Kingsmeadow, but the Blues began the game on the front foot with a real urgency to our play during the opening exchanges.
It did, however, take us 10 minutes before we got our first real sight of goal when Fleming unleashed a curling strike, but her goal-bound effort was blocked by a Villa defender.
Reiten side-footed an effort inches past the post following good work from Kerr, but while they were half chances, the Blues created a real opening minutes later and it was Kerr who was involved again.
Blundell delivered a defence-splitting pass to put Kerr through on goal, but the Australian couldn’t generate any power to trouble Villa keeper Weiss.
There was nothing she could do moments later though when Kerr headed home her 18th goal of the season and it was Kirby who provided yet another assist for the Australian.
Kirby turned quickly as she received the ball from Fleming and delivered a teasing cross into the box for Kerr to nod past Weiss and give the Blues a much-deserved lead on 24 minutes.
The Blues duo combined again 10 minutes later but neither of them could apply the finishing touch to further our advantage.
Kirby first played in Kerr but on the stretch, the Australian could only poke her effort towards goal and Weiss managed to get down low to block the effort.
In the same wave of attack, the ball eventually came to Kirby who created some space for herself on the edge of the box but her low drive went inches wide of the post.
Kirby was then involved again as Chelsea came close to adding a second on the stroke of half-time.
This time the forward carried the ball deep into the Villa half before rolling it to Carter who cut inside before sending a fierce effort inches over the cross bar.