Crawley Carpet Warehouse backs Wasps

Kemina Webber, Abbie Measures and Naomi Cole with Phill Russell (left) and Mick Tooze from Crawley Carpet Warehouse (Picture: Ben Walker).

Crawley Wasps are delighted to welcome Crawley Carpet Warehouse to the growing number of local firms backing the town’s top women’s football club.

The Charlwood Road-based company has agreed to be a sponsor of the Ladies first team at the start of their first season in the FA Women’s National League.

The firm’s logo featured on Wasps players’ shirt sleeves for the first time on Sunday (September 2) in an 8-0 win over Ipswich Town in the League Cup.

And all those attending the home game with AFC Wimbledon on Wednesday (September 12), at Oakwood FC’s Tinsley Lane ground, will receive an exclusive 10% discount off their next purchase from Crawley Carpet Warehouse.

They add to existing main-club sponsor Thales and fellow first-team sponsor Bunaken Oasis, while Cottesmore Hotel, Golf & Country Club remain a partner as they rebuild following a fire.

Crawley Carpet Warehouse – which also serves East Grinstead, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Dorking, Redhill, Reigate and Horley – supplies and fits carpets, laminate & engineered wood, Karndean, Amtico, carpet tiles and all types of commercial flooring.

Phill Russell, from Crawley Carpet Warehouse, said: “Our team at CCW are so excited and proud to be associated with Wasps. Having watched them last Sunday win very comprehensively against Ipswich, we are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”

Paul Walker, Wasps’ chairman and first-team manager, said: “It was a delight to host Phill, Mick and the team from Crawley Carpet Warehouse at our game against Ipswich and enthuse them with a first-class performance.

“Our ambition is to have a side at the very top of the women’s game, which the town of Crawley can get behind, and to create excellent player pathways for ambitious young footballers.

“So as the women’s game continues to grow and develop as a professional sport, it’s vital we secure additional sponsorship from more local businesses.”

MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps 8 Ipswich Town 0

Megan Stow receives the player of the match award from sponsors Crawley Carpet Warehouse.

Kemina Webber and Megan Stow both scored twice as Crawley Wasps demolished Ipswich Town 8-0 on Sunday to reach the main draw of the FA Women’s National League Cup.

Facing the same opponents they beat 5-1 in their opening league game two weeks ago, Wasps raced into a 5-0 lead by half time.

Sian Heather rifled the hosts in front on 14 minutes from a wide angle, with Faye Rabson close to a second as she drilled just over.

Heather was also involved in the second when her cross was turned in by Webber, on her first appearance of the season.

Stow, who was named player of the match by sponsors Crawley Carpet Warehouse, then drew gasps from the Tinsley Lane crowd with a rocket which flew in from 35 yards.

Two quick goals before the break further underlined Wasps’ control, with Rabson scoring from the edge of the box and Webber then adding her second after a neat turn.

Kemina Webber all smiles after scoring twice (Picture: Ben Walker)

Ipswich switched goalkeepers at the break with former Spurs stopper Toni-Anne Wayne making fine saves to deny Stow, Charlie Carter and Rabson.

But she was beaten in the 73rd minute by Carter’s left-footed shot into the far corner, with Naomi Cole and Stow adding two further goals late on.

Wasps make their longest journey of the season on Sunday when they travel to Norwich City (2pm kick-off).

Wasps: Gibbs; Niamh Stephenson, James, Young, Palmer (Measures 68); Carter, Cole; Heather, Stow, Rabson (Woollard 71); Webber (Davies 60). Sub not used: Graves.

Rosanne Fine scored all four goals as Crawley Wasps reserves beat newly promoted Lewes Foundation on the opening day of the South East Counties Premier Division season.

Striker Fine completed her hat-trick before the break, with Nicholle Smith setting up all three.

Lauren Callaghan later missed a penalty before Fine added a fourth, for the reserves’ biggest win since April 2017.

Wasps reserves: Samain; Richards, Duncan, Rippin, Ward; N. Smith, Natalie Stephenson, Tibble, Callaghan; Martin, Fine. Subs: Bolton, Svaikevic, Barnham, French, Clark.

MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps Res 4 Lewes FS 0

Rosanne Fine scored all four goals as Crawley Wasps reserves beat newly promoted Lewes Foundation on the opening day of the South East Counties Premier Division season.

Striker Fine completed her hat-trick before the break, with Nicholle Smith setting up all three.

Lauren Callaghan later missed a penalty before Fine added a fourth, for the reserves’ biggest win since April 2017.

Wasps reserves: Samain; Richards, Rippin, Duncan, Ward; N. Smith, Natalie Stephenson, Tibble, Callaghan; Martin; Fine. Subs: Bolton, Svaikevic, Barnham, French, Clark.

MATCH REPORT & GALLERY: Enfield Town 0 Crawley Wasps 1

Stand-in Crawley Wasps skipper Rachel Palmer and goalkeeper Frankie Gibbs were both in fine form at Enfield (Picture: MikeyTheTowner on Flickr)

A much-changed Crawley Wasps side made it two wins from two in the FA Women’s National League as Rachel Palmer’s late free-kick earned them a 1-0 win at Enfield Town.

A hard-fought contest appeared to be heading for a stalemate until the 84th minute, when Megan Stow was fouled and stand-in captain Palmer curled in the set piece.

Wasps were also indebted to goalkeeper Frankie Gibbs for keeping the game goalless to that point with a string of excellent saves.

The victory was made all the more impressive by the fact Wasps were forced into five changes from the team that beat Ipswich 5-1 on the opening weekend, including captain Naomi Cole and last season’s top scorer Faye Rabson.

The changes allowed first starts for summer signings Abbie Measures and Amy Woollard, while longest-serving player Michelle Ward made her FA Women’s National League bow after more than 20 years at the club.

GALLERY: For more photos from the Enfield Town game, CLICK HERE

Gibbs made a superb double save early on as Enfield – who themselves had won 5-1 on the first day – started strongly.

However, Wasps also went close as a free-kick caused chaos in the Enfield box, with Darcey James’ header saved and follow-ups from Woollard and Charlotte Young blocked in a melee.

Gibbs made another crucial save later in the first half and after the break denied both Molly Peters and Sasha Kelly.

Wasps were always a threat on the counter and Enfield keeper Grace Brooks got a crucial touch as Toni Smith stabbed towards goal, before Palmer won it.

Wasps host Ipswich again on Sunday, this time in the League Cup, at Tinsley Lane, Oakwood (2pm kick-off).

Wasps: Gibbs; Measures, James, Palmer, Ward; Young, Carter; Woollard (T. Smith), Stow, Davies; Heather. Subs not used: Samain, Duncan.

MATCH REPORT & GALLERY: Crawley Wasps 5 Ipswich Town 1

Two-goal Faye Rabson (left) and Sian Heather celebrate (Picture:

Crawley Wasps made a sensational start to life in the FA Women’s National League on Sunday with a 5-1 victory over an Ipswich Town side who finished third in the division last season.

Sian Heather, one of four debutants in the Wasps squad, made an instant impact with two goals and an assist while last season’s top scorer Faye Rabson also grabbed a brace.

It was American midfielder Ariana Fleischman, though, who had the honour of scoring Wasps’ first goal in the fourth tier of women’s football – and it came after just six minutes. Rabson burst past her marker in the left channel and although her shot was blocked, Fleischman finished from close range.

Ipswich keeper Toni-Anne Wayne denied Megan Stow and Rabson as Wasps dominated, and when she was sold short by a team-mate’s backpass on 29 minutes, Rabson nipped in to make it 2-0.

The visitors pulled one back as captain Amanda Crump curled in a fine shot from distance but Wasps restored their two-goal cushion before the break when Heather stabbed in after Wayne saved from Rabson.

GALLERY: For more photos from the Ipswich Town game, CLICK HERE

In the second half, Jenny Drury brought an outstanding save from Wayne but Wasps were not to be thwarted for long – as former Lewes striker Heather took centre stage around the hour mark.

First, she slid in Rabson, who finished coolly, and then produced an exceptional dipping shot from 25 yards which flew over a helpless Wayne.

Wasps keeper Frankie Gibbs was alert on the rare occasions she was called upon, while Heather could have had a hat-trick, but was denied by a combination of the keeper and the post.

Manager Paul Walker said: “We executed our gameplan well. We wanted to put them under pressure early on. It’s a long season with some tough games but it’s great to get off to a good start.”

Wasps are on the road this Sunday as they face Enfield Town (2pm kick-off).

Wasps: Gibbs; Niamh Stephenson (Measures 69), James, Young, Palmer; Stow, Cole; Fleischman, Drury (Carter 62), Rabson (Davies 69); Heather. Subs not used: Samain, Webber.

Six players join Wasps ahead of historic season

(L to R) Sian Heather, Megan Stow, Amy Woollard, Abbie Measures and Charlotte Young have all joined Crawley Wasps (Picture: Ben Davidson –

Crawley Wasps have signed six new players ahead of their historic first season in the FA Women’s National League.

The list is headed by the experienced and versatile Charlotte Young, who just over a year ago was playing in the Women’s Super League with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Forward Sian Heather joins from FA Women’s Championship newcomers Lewes, while ex-Wales international Emma Plewa – whose former clubs include Chelsea and Tottenham – has also signed.

Full-back Abbie Measures (AFC Wimbledon) and striker Amy Woollard (Ascot United) complete the new faces, with midfielder Megan Stow – who had agreed to join last season – now available following a stint in US college football.

Every single member of the promotion-winning squad has also agreed terms for the new season.

Wasps take on Ipswich Town Ladies at The Haven, Crawley Down Gatwick FC (kick-off 2pm) in their first game in the fourth tier of women’s football.

Manager Paul Walker said: “We feel very confident with the squad we’ve assembled.

“Ipswich have recruited a number of new players and had a very strong second half of the season last year so I expect them to be good opposition for our opening game.”

Naomi Cole: “There’s a real buzz about the club”

Skipper Naomi Cole added: “There’s a real buzz about the club at the minute.

“The girls have been putting a lot of graft in in pre-season and we’re all excited. Ipswich will be a good benchmark for us.”

Walker is keen for locals in Crawley to get behind Wasps now they’re in the upper echelons of the women’s game, taking on the likes of Norwich, Cambridge, Luton, Leyton Orient and Stevenage.

“Our aim is for Crawley to have a top, top ladies side and we’re getting there,” Walker said.

“It’s an exciting prospect for the town – we’re going to try and do as much as we can to put on good shows week in, week out. We’d love to see more and more people come down and support us.”

APPLY: Engineering Workshop at sponsors Thales

Our main club sponsor, Thales, want you.

They are an engineering and technology firm, in the aerospace, defence, ground transportation, security and space industries, and are keen to recruit more women.

You’ll no doubt have seen their large Crawley base on the Manor Royal industrial estate. Now – if you are aged between 15 and 19 – you can be part of their Engineering Workshop next month.

Thales Crawley have been running Work Experience for the past five years to inspire the next generation into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

It runs from Monday July 30th to Friday August 3rd and attendance is required on all five days.

The application form – to be completed on a computer and emailed to Thales, not Wasps – can be downloaded by clicking the link below. The deadline is SOON –  Wednesday June 27th.

Thales Crawley Engineering Workshop July 2018 – application form

GALLERY: League Cup final v AFC Phoenix, May 20 2018

Action from Wasps’ 3-2 defeat by AFC Phoenix in the London & South East Regional Football League Cup final, at the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone United. All pictures: Michael Hulf.