MATCH REPORT: Eastbourne Ladies 0 Crawley Wasps 4

Ellie Russell, Lauren Graves and Millie Carter made their Wasps debuts in the County Cup win at Eastbourne.

A much-changed Crawley Wasps side booked their place in the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup quarter-finals on Sunday with a 4-0 win at Eastbourne LFC.

Ariana Fleischman scored twice, with Suzanne Davies and Jenny Drury also on target, as Wasps secured their 11th consecutive victory in all competitions this season.

Playing against opposition from two leagues below – Eastbourne are in the same division as Wasps’ reserves – the opportunity was taken to rest many of the first-team regulars who have taken the club to the top of the FA Women’s National League Division One South East.

Reserves and Under-18s goalkeeper Lauren Graves, 17, was handed her competitive debut, as were two recent signings from Portsmouth – defender Ellie Russell, 21, and midfielder Millie Carter, 18, the latter from the bench.

Davies, a Wasps stalwart who has largely been used as a substitute this term, made the most of a rare start by opening the scoring from Charlie Carter’s ball.

American midfielder Fleischman doubled the lead before the break and then netted again in the second half, with an effort from the edge of the box.

Substitute Drury got her first goal of the season when she headed in a corner as Wasps eased into a last-eight tie against lower-league Saltdean.

Wasps are back at home in the league this Sunday when they host Luton Town at Tinsley Lane, Oakwood (2pm kick-off).

Wasps: Graves; Measures, Cole, Russell, Ward; C. Carter, Stow; Woollard, Fleischman, Davies; Webber. Subs: Drury, M. Carter, Heather.

MATCH REPORT: Lewes Foundation 2 Crawley Wasps res 4

Crawley Wasps reserves hit back from two goals down to beat Lewes Foundation 4-2 on Sunday for their seventh league win on the spin this season.

Wasps hit the post early on but their hopes of holding on to their 100 per cent record looked bleak when the hosts scored twice either side of half time, through Olivia Walker and Maya Beesley.

But Simon Pavey’s side responded in fine fashion during the second half. Amy Clark pulled one back, Rosanne Fine (pictured) levelled things up and substitute Lauren Callaghan’s goal nudged Wasps’ reserves ahead for the first time.

Another sub, Zoe Martin, then nodded in Woollard’s corner past former Wasps youth-team goalkeeper Feitong Wilde to ensure a seventh win in a row.

Wasps reserves: Samain; Measures, Richards, Duncan, Ward; Woollard, T. Smith, Natalie Stephenson, N. Smith; Fine, Clark. Subs: Barnham, Martin, Callaghan, Dunt.

MATCH REPORT: Oxford United 1 Crawley Wasps 3 (a.e.t.)

Sian Heather (left) netted at Oxford in extra time, forced by skipper Naomi Cole’s equaliser.

Crawley Wasps recorded their best result of an increasingly impressive season as they won 3-1 at higher-division Oxford United on Sunday to reach the third round of the FA Women’s National League Cup.

Despite numerous chances, Wasps had been within a whisker of elimination as they trailed 1-0 going into injury time, following Sophie Baker’s header early in the second half.

But Naomi Cole’s free kick drifted in to give the visitors a deserved equaliser, and Emma Plewa and Sian Heather both netted in extra time. It means Wasps have now won all 10 games this season.

Oxford – who sit mid table in the FA Women’s National League Premier South – were, on paper, Wasps’ biggest challenge since the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup final against Lewes in March.

But Paul Walker’s in-form side were not overawed and created the first chance in the opening minutes, with Plewa stabbing wide at the far post from Heather’s cross.

Centre-backs Darcey James and Charlotte Young both had efforts saved by keeper Hannah Cox, before Wasps stopper Frankie Gibbs turned behind Flo Fyfe’s shot.

Faye Rabson and Heather then rolled shots past the post as Wasps continued to threaten before half time, and Rabson forced a good block from Cox just after the break.

But they were dealt a blow after failing to deal with a free kick and Baker’s looping header crept in.

Thales player of the match Young prevented a certain second with a goalline clearance, while at the other end Heather and Plewa both saw shots come back off the same upright.

Young then had a header of her own cleared off the line as it appeared Wasps would be frustrated – until Cole’s late, late free kick.

Then in extra time, Plewa’s shot took a deflection and wrong-footed Cox, before Heather eased the tension by snapping up the rebound after Rabson’s shot was saved.

Wasps: Gibbs; Niamh Stephenson, James, Young, Palmer; Drury (Fleischman 85), Cole; Rabson (Carter 111), Stow, Plewa (Davies 111); Heather. Sub not used: Graves.

MATCH REPORT: Bexhill United 1 Crawley Wasps res 6

Michelle Ward, pictured here in the 2018 London & South East Regional League Cup final, was the Thales player of the match at Bexhill (Picture: Michael Hulf)

Recent signing Millie Carter grabbed two more goals as Crawley Wasps reserves won 6-1 at Bexhill United on Sunday.

Carter, who also netted twice on her debut for Wasps reserves against Meridian last month, got the first two for Simon Pavey’s side at The Polegrove.

Toni Smith headed in the third before the break following a free-kick, with Alex Tibble further extending the lead in the second half.

Bexhill pulled one back through Dominique Beckett but Wasps were never in danger of surrendering their commanding lead.

Substitute Amy Clark came off the bench to add a brace as Wasps’ reserves continued their 100 per cent record at the top of the South East Counties Premier Division.

Centre-back Ellie Russell made her debut having followed Carter across from Pompey. Experienced full-back Michelle Ward was named the Thales player of the match.

Wasps reserves: Samain; Ward, Russell, Duncan, Tibble; Davies, T. Smith, Natalie Stephenson, Woollard; M. Carter, O’Hagan. Subs: Dunn, Barnham, Clark, Dunt.

MATCH REPORT: Chesham United 0 Crawley Wasps 3

Left-back Rachel Palmer looks to clear her lines in the win at Chesham.

Crawley Wasps reached the first round proper of the Women’s FA Cup for the first time in seven years as they overcame a stubborn Chesham United 3-0 on Sunday.

It took a usually prolific Wasps side 67 minutes to crack the well-drilled and hard-working hosts, who play at an equivalent level of the FA Women’s National League.

But two goals from substitute Emma Plewa and a fortunate third by Megan Stow ensured Wasps a home tie next month against QPR Development.

Paul Walker’s side laboured during an even first half of few chances, the first of which fell to the hosts as a shot was dragged just wide.

Wasps’ best opportunities fell to Charlotte Young, who shot over, and Jenny Drury, who headed straight at keeper Lucia Delves.

They stepped up a gear after the break as Stow’s shot was pushed against the post by Delves, who also saved Rachel Palmer’s free-kick and another Stow effort.

Captain Naomi Cole and former Welsh international Plewa were both introduced from the bench and they combined to break the deadlock. Cole’s through ball sent Plewa through on goal and she checked back on to her right foot before drilling home.

Chesham had a few forays into Wasps territory – keeper Frankie Gibbs got down well to comfortably gather the biggest threat – before the visitors scored twice late on.

First, Plewa gobbled up the rebound after Stow’s shot had been saved and then Stow herself netted, as her cross-cum-shot drifted in at the far post.

Wasps: Gibbs; Niamh Stephenson (Measures 90), James, Carter, Palmer; Young (Cole 58), Drury; Fleischman (Plewa 64), Stow, Rabson; Heather.

MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps 5 Actonians 0

Darcey James (5) rises to head in Wasps’ third goal against Actonians (Picture: Dave Burt –

Crawley Wasps produced arguably their most complete team performance of an incredible start to their maiden FA Women’s National League season as they beat third-placed Actonians 5-0 on Wednesday.

The victory made it six wins from six following promotion – eight in eight in all competitions – and stretched their unbeaten league run to 22 matches, dating back to March 2017.

Prolific Wasps have now scored 40 goals in their eight games this season – but it was defence that proved the best form of attack against Actonians, with three of the back four all on target.

Full-back Rachel Palmer opened the scoring on 13 minutes. Actonians keeper Paige Horsnell had raced out to deny Faye Rabson but the ball broke for Palmer in the left channel and she showed great composure to clip a shot in at the far post.

Wasps dominated the first half, with Megan Stow forcing an excellent diving save by Horsnell, Kemina Webber and Stow both striking the post and Charlotte Young’s header blocked in the goalmouth.

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Stow, though, was not to be denied a third time as she was the beneficiary of a glorious defence-splitting pass from captain Naomi Cole and her midfield partner fired into the corner.

Actonians – considered among the top sides in the division – carried more of a threat after the break but Darcey James nodded in Cole’s corner on the hour mark to stretch the Wasps lead.

Rabson scored the fourth as she cracked in a shot from the edge of the box, while Wasps hit the woodwork twice more and Horsnell kept out Suzanne Davies and Sian Heather late on.

But she was beaten by Young’s injury-time header, which was adjudged to have crossed the line despite Actonians’ protests, as Wasps completed another fine result.

Wasps: Gibbs; Niamh Stephenson, James, Young, Palmer; Drury (Carter 64), Cole; Heather, Stow, Rabson (Fleischman 71); Webber (Davies 64). Subs not used: Graves, Measures.

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.