MEDIA RELEASE: Crawley Wasps golf day at Cottesmore

Crawley Wasps Ladies Football Club are hosting a golf day at Cottesmore Hotel, Golf & Country Club on Thursday March 29.

It will start with coffee and a bacon roll on arrival, followed by 18 holes of golf on the Griffin course, a two-course meal and prize giving.

Entry is £200 for a team of four and buggies can be arranged with the club shop on 01293 528256.

Cottesmore have been a partner of Wasps this season, hosting weekly strength and conditioning sessions for first-team players.

For more information on the golf day, contact Dave Cole on 07910 848912.

Crawley Wasps LFC youth report: Skipper Chanelle fires Under-16s into final

Chanelle Gainsford hit the winner as Crawley Wasps Under-16s booked their place in the Sussex Girls Challenge Cup final with a 4-3 win over Mile Oak Wanderers on Sunday.

As extra-time loomed, and conditions started to worsen, skipper Gainsford took matters into her own hands with a mazy run in the box before beating the keeper at her near post.

Mark Graves’ side will now meet either Eastbourne Girls or Horsham Sparrows in the final on Sunday March 4.

However, the victory was overshadowed by a broken shoulder sustained by winger Alana Delaney.

The quality of Wasps’ pitch at Ewhurst Playing Fields in Ifield was demonstrated by the fact it was one of few local matches to survive the poor weather – even the first-team’s game, at their home at Oakwood FC, was postponed.

Mile Oak took the lead after a balanced first 20 minutes but Wasps responded and won a penalty as Gainsford was taken out in the box.

She brushed the mud away to smash the spot-kick low and hard down the middle to equalise.

Mile Oak started the second half brightly and regained the lead but a Wasps corner led to a handball in the box, for another penalty, which this time Poppy Nicholls converted.

Nicholls netted again, this time with a deflected drive, to put Wasps ahead for the first time but the Mile Oak were not finished and a through ball was tucked beyond keeper Lauren Graves for 3-3.

But Gainsford – who earlier this season reached the last 64 for England Schools selection – had the last word and Wasps held strong to reach the final.

Nicholls and Macy Watts shared the Thales player of the match award.

Wasps: Graves; Tilford-Carey, Watts, Nicholls, Mullan; Sullivan, Gainsford, Bosher, Delaney (Upton); Flegg, Livingston. Sub not used: Sinden.

MATCH REPORT: Carshalton Athletic 2 Crawley Wasps 5

Kemina Webber scored after just 56 seconds and Jade Elphick hit a brilliant first goal for the club as Crawley Wasps won 5-2 at Carshalton Athletic on Sunday.

Although mid-table in the London & South East Premier Division, Carshalton have one of the league’s best attacks and were always a potential banana skin.

But Wasps had the quality in front of goal to remain unbeaten after 11 games and stay on track for promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League.

To shake off any rustiness following the Christmas period, Wasps took on Reading’s development side and Crystal Palace in friendlies – and they demonstrated their sharpness at Colston Avenue with their quickest goal of the season.

Faye Rabson burned past a defender on the left before crossing for Webber to turn in from close range.

Carshalton levelled, though, on 13 minutes as Tori Adlam latched on to a superb through ball before finishing.

Suzanne Davies fired narrowly wide as Wasps attempted to regain their lead, which they did when Rabson’s low ball was eventually finished off by Webber for her second.

The lively Rabson forced Marlow to tip a shot on to the crossbar just before the break, and immediately after the restart produced a superb run and finish having stolen the ball in the Carshalton half.

Carshalton quickly responded, however, as Laura Curtis capitalised on sloppy defending before blasting home.

But midway through the second half, Wasps extended their lead with Cole controlling Jenny Drury’s pass and clipping into the corner.

Davies’ header brought a good block from Marlow, before Elphick broke her Wasps duck on her 37th appearance, spectacularly beating the keeper from more than 25 yards.

Wasps: Gibbs; Duncan, Niamh Stephenson, Carter, Ward; Drury, Cole; Davies, T. Smith, Rabson; Webber. Subs: Elphick, O’Hagan.

Crawley Wasps LFC media release – Wasps support Rainbow Laces campaign

Crawley Wasps were proud to support Stonewall UK’s Rainbow Laces campaign on Sunday.

The club’s Under-11s, Under-16s and Ladies development squad all donned the colourful laces for their home matches at the weekend.

Wasps joined national teams, leading clubs, elite athletes and grassroots participants to show support for LGBT people in sport.

“Football is a sport for all,” said Wasps chairman Paul Walker.

“LGBT players and fans are made to feel welcome at Wasps and should be so at every level of the game.

“That is why we were proud and delighted to support Stonewall’s campaign to Make Sport Everyone’s Game.”

ROUND-UP: Reserves and Under-16s progress in Cups

Rosanne Fine’s winner put Crawley Wasps’ reserves into the last eight of the South East Counties League Cup with a 3-2 win at Maidstone United.

Zoe Martin’s two headers seemingly put Wasps in command against Maidstone, who are top of the division below.

But the hosts, playing at the 4,200-capacity Gallagher Stadium where Wasps’ first team lost to Leyton Orient in the League Cup final in May, hit back to level before the break.

However, Fine’s goal ensured a home tie with Meridian in February, a repeat of last season’s quarter-final which Wasps won 4-2 in extra time.

There was also success for Wasps Under-16s, who made it into the semi-finals of the Sussex County Cup by beating Ringmer Rovers 2-1.

They dominated early on, with skipper Chanelle Gainsford curling an effort against the bar while Emily Flegg’s header was scrambled off the line.

Wasps took the lead when Chloe Bosher crossed for Ellie Livingstone but, in a competitive encounter, Ringmer levelled eight minutes after half time.

Parity lasted only another 10 minutes, though, as Gainsford struck from the edge of the box, although Wasps were indebted to an excellent one-on-one saveby Lauren Graves to seal the win.

Wasps’ development squad – the Ladies third team – were beaten 4-2 at home by Worthing Town. Tamzin Byworth and Abi Knight scored the goals.

Crawley Wasps LFC match report – Crawley Wasps 8 Aylesford 0

Faye Rabson’s third hat-trick of the season inspired Crawley Wasps to an 8-0 win over Aylesford on Sunday which maintained their push for promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League.

Ariana Fleischman gave Wasps the lead on 12 minutes, knocking in the rebound following Rabson’s parried effort.

After Holly Walker’s header hit the bar, and Hannah Duncan’s hooked follow up was tipped over, Wasps doubled the lead from the resulting corner, Danielle Boyd driving home.

Rabson scored twice before half-time, her second delightfully finished with the outside of her right boot from the edge of the box.

Aylesford, mid-table in the division, had started brightly and worked hard throughout, but their best effort was a shot flashed wide in the second half.

Wasps scored four times in the last 20 minutes, another example of the extra fitness reserves from their weekly strength and conditioning sessions at Cottesmore Hotel.

Boyd’s scuffed shot was turned in by Fleischman before skipper Naomi Cole thumped in the sixth following Rabson’s cut back.

Rabson, who also hit the crossbar, completed her hat-trick after Boyd’s cross had been punched away by the goalkeeper and Suzanne Davies finished the rout.

The win stretched Wasps’ club-record unbeaten start to 10 league games, 12 in all competitions.

“The performance was what we asked for in the changing room before the game,” said manager Paul Walker, who also praised the work of first-team coach Mike Gardner.

“We’ve just got to keep going – week in, week out – with the same level of application, the same level of focus and the same quality in our football.”

Wasps: Gibbs; Duncan, Niamh Stephenson, Walker, Carter; Davies, Elphick, Cole, Boyd; Fleischman; Rabson. Subs: Ward, Callaghan. Thales player of the match: Niamh Stephenson.

ROUND-UP: Under-16s hammer short-staffed Cuckfield

Crawley Wasps’ Under-16s ran up the goals against short-handed Cuckfield Cosmos in a 17-0 win on Sunday.

Chloe Bosher opened the scoring in the opening seconds and the team never looked back.

Ellie Livingstone got four but there were also hat-tricks for Emily Flegg and Poppy Nicholls.

Bosher, Macy Watts and skipper Chanelle Gainsford got two apiece, with Chloe Upton also on target.

Official records show it as the team’s biggest win in almost four years, since they beat Cosmos 18-0 as an Under-13s team.

Four players featured in both games – Watts, who got a hat-trick in 2013, Upton, Olivia Mullan and goalkeeper Lauren Graves.

Wasps’ Ladies reserves lost 4-2 at Meridian in the South East Counties Premier Division.

Amy Clark and Rosanne Fine had the visitors 2-1 up at the break but a disappointing second half saw them slip to defeat.

Megan Gilligan put Wasps’ Ladies development side ahead on their trip to AFC Varndeanians, following good work from Tamzin Byworth and Billie Saunders.

But the hosts responded, going 2-1 by half-time and then scoring a third after the break, and although Emma Brookbank’s effort from distance pulled one back, Wasps could not muster an equaliser.

ROUND-UP: Under-16s take point against leaders

Crawley Wasps Under-16s became the first team to take points off Sussex County Girls League leaders Eastbourne Borough in a 2-2 draw on Sunday.

Alana Delaney scored from the edge of the box and Emily Flegg rounded the keeper to give Wasps a 2-1 lead at half-time.

Borough, who had won their first five games, equalised after the break. Wasps’ centre-back Macy Watts was named Thales player of the match.

Wasps’ Ladies Development squad were beaten 4-1 at home by Pagham. Their goal came from Nicky Durling, who converted a Tamzin Byworth cross.

Billie Saunders was named player of the match, but the defeat was compounded by an injury to Sonia Foster, who was taken to hospital with suspected broken ribs after colliding with the goalkeeper.

The matches involving Wasps’ ladies reserves and the Under-11s were both postponed.

MATCH REPORT: Eastbourne Town 0 Crawley Wasps 7

Crawley Wasps moved six points clear at the top of the London & South East Premier Division with a 7-0 win at Eastbourne Town on Sunday.

Faye Rabson and Suzanne Davies both scored twice to extend the club’s unbeaten start to 11 matches in all competitions.

Wasps had only netted three times in their previous four visits to The Saffrons but made up for that with their joint-biggest league win of the campaign.

It took them six minutes to go in front. Rabson’s cross from the right appeared too close to the keeper, but she spilled it and Callaghan snapped up the rebound.

Wasps took control around the half-hour mark with two goals in three minutes, both created by Thales player of the match Callaghan.

She first teed up Rabson to fire home and then latched on to an excellent Ariana Fleischman pass before crossing for Davies to nod in.

Just before the break, Charlie Carter slipped a ball into Kemina Webber and the striker’s cross was turned into her own net by an unfortunate Town defender.

Seven minutes into the second half, Callaghan hit the post following a corner and Walker drilled in the loose ball.

The woodwork was struck twice more, denying Callaghan again and then Davies, while Wasps added a couple of late goals.

Davies pounced after Naomi Cole’s shot had been saved to make it 6-0 and Rabson grabbed the seventh.

Wasps: Gibbs; Duncan, Carter, Walker, Ward; Davies, Elphick, Fleischman, Callaghan; Rabson, Webber. Subs: Niamh Stephenson, Cole, N. Smith.

Crawley Wasps LFC match report: Fulham Foundation 1 Crawley Wasps 3

Danielle Boyd’s two goals helped Crawley Wasps overcome Fulham Foundation 3-1 in the London & South East Regional League Cup on Sunday.

Jenny Drury was also on target, from the penalty spot, as Wasps stretched their unbeaten start to 10 games in all competitions with a win at Fulham FC’s Motspur Park training ground.

But it was a closer game than the two league encounters between the two sides – which Crawley had won 9-2 and 7-2 – as Fulham put in a stronger showing, while the visitors made four changes to give players minutes.

Holly Walker’s goalline clearance prevented Fulham from taking an early lead and it took Wasps 31 minutes to break down the well organised hosts.

Suzanne Davies’ through ball released Kemina Webber, who teed up Ariana Fleischman. Her shot was blocked but Boyd reacted quickest to put in the rebound.

Webber then headed Hannah Duncan’s cross at the keeper but the striker did help create the second goal, as she was tripped in the box and Drury converted the spot-kick.

After the break, skipper Naomi Cole – on as a substitute – flashed a shot wide and Drury had an effort saved.

Fulham drew a few comfortable saves from Wasps keeper Frankie Gibbs but did pull a goal back when a clipped through ball was buried at the near post.

Later, Boyd and Thales player of the match Drury both had efforts from just outside the box turned behind by the home keeper.

Wasps: Gibbs; Duncan, Carter, Walker, Ward; Elphick, Drury; Davies, Fleischman, Boyd; Webber. Subs: Niamh Stephenson, Cole, Callaghan.

Wasps’ reserves drew 3-3 with Saltdean in a friendly, with Amy Clark scoring twice and Tracy O’Hagan also netting. In the Sussex Women’s League, Wasps’ third team lost 10-0 at unbeaten leaders Newhaven.