MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps Res 5 Eastbourne LFC 0

Former Northern Ireland international Catherine O’Hagan scored twice (Picture: Dave Burt Photography)

Crawley Wasps’ reserves maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 5-0 dismissal of Eastbourne Ladies on Sunday.

Winger Nicholle Smith created both first-half goals, crossing for Amy Woollard at the far post and then setting up Catherine O’Hagan for the first of her two strikes.

Top scorer Rosanne Fine was denied by a great save, while Eastbourne competed well throughout but the greater potency of Simon Pavey’s side took its toll in the second half.

Soon after the break, Woollard fed O’Hagan and the former Northern Ireland international’s deflected effort made it 3-0.

Another ex-international, Lithuanian Olga Svaikevic, was introduced from the bench and she added the fourth after excellent work from Martin and O’Hagan.

Svaikevic was also involved in the fifth goal, when her header was blocked and Martin gleefully pounced upon the loose ball.

It took the reserves’ tally to 33 goals in their five matches as they continue to set the pace at the top of the South East Counties Premier Division.

Wasps reserves: Samain; Richards, Rippin, Duncan, Ward; N. Smith, M. Carter, T. Smith, Woollard; O’Hagan, Fine. Subs: Svaikevic, Dunn, Barnham, Martin.

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MATCH REPORT: Denham United 1 Crawley Wasps 3

Wasps boss Paul Walker: “The league is our priority.” (Picture: Michael Hulf)

Crawley Wasps boss Paul Walker wants the town to get behind his red-hot team in their latest home league game on Wednesday after securing an FA Cup victory.

Goals from Naomi Cole, Kemina Webber and Faye Rabson gave Wasps a 3-1 win at FA Women’s National League South East rivals Denham United to set up a third-qualifying round tie at Chesham.

But rather than bask in the glory of their seventh win in seven games this season, Walker immediately switched his attentions to the visit of promotion rivals Actonians (kick-off 7.45pm).

And he’s hoping for a repeat of the 100-plus crowd who turned up to Oakwood FC last month and inspired a 5-2 win over AFC Wimbledon.

“The league is our priority so securing three points against a good Actonians side is our focus,” said Walker.

Kemina Webber headed a crucial second goal (Picture: Ben Walker)

“I’m expecting a competitive game on Wednesday and if we can have the intensity that we did in the Wimbledon game, with a bit of a crowd behind us, then hopefully we can come out the right end of that.”

At Denham, former England Under-23 international Cole – who had seen an earlier effort cannon off the post and the keeper – put Wasps in front with a smart volley after collecting a poor clearance.

In the second half, Megan Stow curled narrowly wide before Webber jumped to beat the keeper to Cole’s inswinging corner.

Rabson made it 3-0 with a crisp finish having collected Stow’s pass and slipped inside a defender.

Denham pulled one back from a corner but Wasps remained on top, with Sian Heather firing wide and hitting the post late on.

Wasps: Gibbs; Measures (Niamh Stephenson), Carter, Young (Fleischman), Palmer; Drury, Cole; Heather, Stow, Rabson; Webber (Davies). Sub not used: Graves.

MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps U18s 17 Worthing Town 1

Tia Perry, pictured playing for Sussex Schools

Tia Perry scored six goals for the second game in a row as Wasps Under-18s defeated 10-man Worthing Town 17-1.

Emily Flegg hit a hat-trick, while Ellie Livingstone grabbed two. Chloe Bosher, Chanelle Gainsford, Alana Delaney, Ciara Sullivan, Emily Tilford-Carey and Chloe Upton also netted.

Wasps U18s: Graves; Mullan, Upton, Nicholls, White; Livingstone, Delaney, Gainsford, Perry; Bosher, Flegg. Subs: Tilford-Carey, Sullivan.

MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps Reserves 10 Meridian 0

Reserves boss Simon Pavey passes on half-time words of wisdom against Meridian.

Crawley Wasps’ reserves recorded their biggest win since April 2016 as they beat a short-handed Meridian 10-0 on Sunday.

Rosanne Fine scored a hat-trick, taking her season tally to 10 in four games, while Wasps’ latest signing Mille Carter netted twice as a substitute as they made their extra man advantage count.

The result – which comes just two weeks after they beat the same opposition 9-0 – maintains their 100 per cent record at the top of the South East Counties Premier Division.

Catherine O’Hagan rolled a shot against the post early on before Wasps took the lead on 11 minutes through Toni Smith’s effort, following energetic work from Lauren Callaghan.

Fine then struck twice, first from Amy Woollard’s cross and then converting Callaghan’s delivery.

Defender Hannah Duncan headed in Natalie Stephenson’s corner for her first goal since December 2016 to leave the hosts 4-0 up at the break.

In the second half, Fine continued to show her sharpness inside the box to complete her treble, while Nicholle Smith added the sixth.

Eighteen-year-old Carter – previously on the books of Lewes, Brighton and Portsmouth – laid on a goal for O’Hagan and then netted herself after shifting away from a couple of defenders.

Stephenson’s rocket from long range was the pick of the goals, before Carter’s cross-cum-shot looped in over the goalkeeper.

Wasps reserves: Samain; Richards, Rippin, Duncan, Ward; Woollard, Natalie Stephenson, T. Smith, Callaghan; O’Hagan, Fine. Subs: Bolton, Svaikevic, N. Smith, M. Carter, Martin.

REPORT & HIGHLIGHTS: Crawley Wasps Res 5 Saltdean Utd 1

Crawley Wasps reserves passed a huge test with flying colours on Sunday as they beat Saltdean United 5-1 to make it three wins from three in the South East Counties Premier Division.

Although newly promoted, Saltdean are anticipated to be among the leading sides in the division but Simon Pavey’s team proved too strong.

They went in front in the 18th minute with Amy Woollard showing good strength before crossing for Rosanne Fine to volley home.

Lauren Callaghan then scored from an acute angle following Natalie Stephenson’s pass to give Wasps a 2-0 half-time lead.

Saltdean pulled a goal back shortly after the break when Summer Dutton got on to the end of a free-kick, but Stephenson restored the two-goal advantage when her set-piece crept in at the near post.

Woollard and Fine both netted from close range to set the seal on an impressive win.

Wasps reserves: Hillman; Richards, Bolton, Rippin, Ward; Woollard, Natalie Stephenson, T. Smith, Callaghan; Martin; Fine. Subs: Svaikevic, Dunn, N. Smith.

MATCH REPORT: Stevenage 2 Crawley Wasps 7

Defender Charlotte Young was named player of the match at Stevenage by Simon Wallace, from sponsors Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort.

Crawley Wasps’ prolific start to their first FA Women’s National League campaign continued on Sunday with a 7-2 victory at Stevenage.

It means Wasps have now won their opening five league games in Division One South East, scoring 24 goals in the process.

Having beaten Norwich 6-0 and AFC Wimbledon 5-2 in the previous few days, Wasps’ latest rout was started by Sian Heather as they raced into a 4-1 lead by half-time.

Kemina Webber fired in on the turn, via the under side of the bar, to double the visitors’ advantage before Faye Rabson pounced on a stray ball in a crowded box and slotted home.

Megan Stow then finished an excellent move after making an intelligent run through the defence, with Nicole Emmings pulling one back for the hosts.

Sian Heather was particularly impressive in the first half at Stevenage (Picture: @laythy29 on Twitter)

Stow grabbed the fifth shortly after the break, while substitute Suzanne Davies fired into the top corner following an exchange of passing with Webber.

Wasps skipper Naomi Cole added the seventh, although Emmings reduced the damage for Stevenage slightly late on.

“We spurned several chances before we scored our first goal,” manager Paul Walker said.

“Sometimes we over-played in the final third but we kept the ball well and played some nice football.”

Wasps are in Women’s FA Cup action this Sunday (September 23) away to league rivals Denham United.

Wasps: Gibbs; Niamh Stephenson (Measures 18), James, Young, Palmer; Carter, Cole; Heather, Stow (Drury 60), Rabson (Davies 55); Webber.

MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps U18s 17 Cuckfield Cosmos 0

Wasps’ U18s line up for the cameras at Cuckfield.

The returning Tia Perry scored six times on her second debut for Wasps as the Under-18s hammered Cuckfield Cosmos 17-0 in their opening league game.

Perry, who rejoined from Millwall Lionesses’ youth ranks after three years away, was in red-hot form, as was four-goal Alana Delaney.

Chloe Bosher and Chanelle Gainsford both scored twice, while Ellie Livingstone, Emily Flegg and goalkeeper Lauren Graves – given a brief spell as an outfielder – were also on target.

Wasps U18s: Graves; Mullan, White; Livingstone, Delaney, Gainsford, Perry; Bosher, Flegg. Subs: Upton, Nicholls, Sullivan.

  • Lily Dawes, Issy Connor and Molly Stevenson got the goals as Wasps Under-12s won 3-0 at Lindfield Juniors.

MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps 5 AFC Wimbledon 2

Sian Heather got Wasps back on terms against AFC Wimbledon (Picture: Ben Davidson Photography)

Crawley Wasps recovered from an early setback to impressively sweep aside AFC Wimbledon 5-2 on Wednesday night and make it four wins from four in the FA Women’s National League.

Visitors Wimbledon took a fourth-minute lead but, after Sian Heather’s equaliser, wingers Emma Plewa and Faye Rabson both scored twice for Wasps in a thrilling second half.

There was also a penalty apiece – one missed by Wasps’ Naomi Cole, the other scored by Dons’ captain Jess Trimnell – as the crowd at Tinsley Lane, Oakwood got their money’s worth.

Wasps fell behind when Caroline Bisson got clear and fired in at the near post and, having not won from a losing position in almost two years, the omens were not good – particularly when keeper Frankie Gibbs had to prevent a second with a fingertip save.

But Wasps settled into the match, creating a series of half chances, before Heather pulled them level midway through the half, outmuscling a defender and firing in low from the edge of the box.

Gibbs made a good low save early in the second half, a crucial intervention – because Wasps immediately stung the Dons with two quick goals, both of individual brilliance.

GALLERY: More photos from the AFC Wimbledon game will follow.

First, former Wales international Plewa’s dazzling footwork took her away from one defender and a burst of pace beat another before she shot low into the far corner.

Then Rabson collected Stow’s pass 35 yards out and steamed round the outside of her marker, shrugging off a challenge in the box to curl a left-footed effort beyond keeper Chanell Yardley.

Another looked likely when Heather was sent sprawling by Yardley, only for Cole to sky the penalty over the bar.

That was only a temporary reprieve as Rabson and Heather’s work on the right teed up Plewa to make it 4-1, but Dons reduced the deficit through Trimnell’s spot-kick after Gibbs clipped Bisson.

Rabson ensured there was no nervy finish, though, as she went on another incisive run, this time on the left, before drawing the keeper and tucking the ball away.

Wasps: Gibbs; Niamh Stephenson, James, Young, Palmer (Measures 86); Drury (Carter 77), Cole; Rabson, Stow, Plewa (Webber 73); Heather. Sub not used: Samain, Davies.


MATCH REPORT: Norwich City 0 Crawley Wasps 6

Megan Stow gets stuck in at Norwich, before a half-time kit change to solve the colour clash (Picture: Brian Coombes)

Crawley Wasps manager Paul Walker says his team’s goal-laden start to the FA Women’s National League season will have made their rivals sit up and take notice.

Having beaten Ipswich Town 5-1 on the opening day of the season, and then edging out Enfield 1-0, Wasps made it three wins from three since promotion by winning 6-0 at Norwich City on Sunday.

Together with their 8-0 win over Ipswich in the League Cup last weekend, it means Wasps have now scored 20 goals in four games and conceded just once.

“People in this league will be keeping an eye on our results,” Walker said. “Most of the sides will view us as one of the contenders but all of the teams at the top will take points off each other.

“The new players have all settled in well. To go to a team established at this level and go away with a 6-0 result is very pleasing.”

Kemina Webber battles with her marker at Plantation Park (Picture: Brian Coombes)

Summer signing Sian Heather put Wasps in front at Plantation Park before Kemina Webber doubled the lead following a Rachel Palmer cross.

Former Wales international Emma Plewa scored on her debut early in the second half after Webber capitalised on a defensive error, with Heather grabbing her second to make it 4-0.

Captain Naomi Cole fired in from distance before substitute Suzanne Davies got on to the scoresheet after great work from Megan Stow.

Wasps top the FA Women’s National League Division 1 South East, ahead of Billericay on goal difference.

Wasps: Gibbs; Niamh Stephenson, James, Young, Palmer; Carter, Cole; Heather (O’Hagan 76), Stow, Plewa (Measures 57); Webber (Davies 57). Sub not used: Graves.

MATCH REPORT: Meridian 0 Crawley Wasps Res 9

Crawley Wasps reserves demolished a 10-man Meridian 9-0 for their second victory in two games in the South East Counties Premier Division.

Rosanne Fine, scorer of all four goals in the opening-day win over Lewes Foundation, netted again to give Wasps the lead in Chatham.

Lauren Callaghan set up Amy Woollard to make it 2-0 before Natalie Stephenson and Zoe Martin scored before the break to give the visitors a 4-0 half-time lead.

Stephenson grabbed her second to make it 5-0, with Toni Smith then adding her name to the score sheet.

Former Ascot United forward Woollard (pictured) was responsible for the final three – first, her corner was turned in for an own goal, then she headed in substitute Carys Dunn’s cross and she went on to deliver for Toni Smith’s second.

Wasps reserves: Samain; Richards, Rippin, Duncan, Ward; Woollard, Natalie Stephenson, T. Smith, Callaghan; Martin; Fine. Subs: Dunn, Svaikevic, Tibble, N. Smith, Clark.