Crawley Wasps LFC reserves/development/youth round-up: Under-16s through in cup

A debut goal from new signing Chloe Bosher helped Crawley Wasps Under-16s to a 4-1 win in their League Cup quarter-final against Rustington Raiders.

Skipper Chanelle Gainsford – who this Sunday continues her trial process for England Schools selection – opened the scoring, only for Rustington to level early in the second half.

But Wasps regrouped and soon regained the lead thanks to Emily Flegg latching on to Gainsford’s through ball.

Bosher made it 3-1 and Sian Maynard scored her first for the club to round off a good team performance. Macy Watts won the Thales player of the match award.

There was no such League Cup joy for Wasps’ Ladies Development squad, who lost 6-0 at Saltdean, despite a fine performance from 19-year-old goalkeeper Hope Laker.

Wasps’ reserves lost 3-1 to Eastbourne in the South East Counties Premier Division, Shaney Bolton scoring a second-half goal.

Crawley Wasps LFC match report – AFC Phoenix 1 Crawley Wasps 1

Crawley Wasps extended their unbeaten start to eight matches with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at second-placed AFC Phoenix on Sunday.

Lauren Callaghan put Wasps ahead on 39 minutes, only for the hosts to equalise immediately after the break.

Paul Walker’s side missed a number of chances in both halves but were also indebted to saves from keeper Frankie Gibbs, some excellent defending and wayward Phoenix shooting.

Wasps had won their first seven league matches, beating Phoenix at home on the opening day, but the Dulwich-based side had not dropped any points since.

After an early Gibbs save, Wasps created several opportunities as Callaghan headed wide, Kemina Webber hit the bar and was denied by the Phoenix keeper, who also kept out Faye Rabson.

The breakthrough came when a Michelle Ward ball from left back found its way through to Callaghan, who beat the keeper.

Gibbs had to make an excellent block with her leg to preserve Wasps lead going into half time, but less than 60 seconds after the restart, the home side did level, scrappily from a corner.

Wasps threatened again through Callaghan, who had a shot saved and fired another just past the far post, but Phoenix – buoyed by their goal – began to carve out chances.

Gibbs, though, remained largely untroubled and Hannah Duncan’s superb tackle shut the door on a striker through on goal, while centre-back Holly Walker was Thales player of the match.

A potential injury-time winner for Wasps was ruled out for a foul on the keeper but a draw at their primary rivals for promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League will suit them just fine.

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

MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps 3 Carshalton Athletic 0

Faye Rabson scored twice as Crawley Wasps beat Carshalton Athletic 3-0 on Sunday to make it seven wins from seven in the London & South East Premier Division.

All three goals came inside a 10-minute period during the first half as Wasps extended their best start to a season since 2003-04.

The victory margin could have been greater but for a lack of a killer instinct and flat spells in the second half.

Wasps skipper Naomi Cole opened the scoring on 17 minutes with a crisp left-footed finish.

The lead was doubled within 60 seconds as Toni Smith’s outstanding through ball released Rabson, who rounded the keeper and steered the ball home.

Smith then pinched the ball from a defender but was pushed wide and Carshalton got bodies on the line to block both her shot and Boyd’s follow up.

The third was not long in coming, though, as Rabson nipped ahead of a defender before finishing.

Carshalton improved in the second half, flashing a shot wide and forcing Wasps keeper Frankie Gibbs into a save.

At the other end, Wasps’ Charlie Carter produced a save from Robins keeper Emma Marlow but despite late chances, Paul Walker’s side could not add to their score.

They now face their likeliest challengers for the title, AFC Phoenix, away from home next Sunday (November 5).

Wasps: Gibbs; Duncan, Niamh Stephenson, Walker, Ward; Elphick, Cole; Rabson, Fleischman, Boyd; T. Smith. Subs: Carter, Davies, Hannah.

Wasps reserves lost the leadership of the South East Counties Premier Division after a 4-0 defeat at Worthing.

MATCH REPORT: Aylesford 1 Crawley Wasps 6

Crawley Wasps boss Paul Walker urged his side to keep grounded despite making their best start to a league campaign in 14 years.

Centre-back Holly Walker and skipper Naomi Cole both scored twice as Wasps beat Aylesford 6-1 on Sunday for their sixth win in six games in the London & South East Premier Division.

The last time they achieved that was in 2003-04 when they won the first nine, three divisions further down the pyramid.

“I couldn’t be happier with the start to the season,” Walker said. “There’s a lot of ingredients that that are going into it.

“But we won’t get ahead of ourselves. The trick is to not get complacent and keep the level of performance up.”

Wasps scored twice in the first five minutes at Aylesford. A Cole corner dropped to Walker for her opener, before Lauren Callaghan crossed for Ariana Fleischman to sweep home.

Aylesford pulled one back on 11 minutes, when keeper Frankie Gibbs was closed down by Rebecca Parkin after Walker’s short backpass, but Wasps scored again almost immediately as Jade Elphick released Faye Rabson, who finished coolly.

The excellent Elphick then had a shot tipped over before Walker stooped to head in Cole’s corner.

A foul on Rosanne Fine allowed Thales player of the match Cole to add a fifth from the spot and she curled in brilliantly from distance late on, with Callaghan denied by a superb Sara McFadden save.

Wasps: Gibbs; Carter, Niamh Stephenson, Walker, Ward; Elphick, Cole; Rabson, Fleischman, Callaghan; T. Smith. Subs: Duncan, Boyd, Fine.

Wasps reserves are also top of their league – the South East Counties Premier Division – after an excellent 3-2 win over previous leaders Kent Football United.

Goalkeeper Lauren Graves, 16, made important saves before Rebekah Dunt put Wasps ahead, only for the visitors to score twice in three minutes.

Nicholle Smith levelled and Natalie Stephenson’s free-kick from the edge of the box proved to be the winner.

MATCH REPORT: Kent Football United 0 Crawley Wasps 4

Crawley Wasps underlined their promotion credentials with a superb 4-0 win away at Kent Football United on Sunday.

Toni Smith, Holly Walker, Naomi Cole and Lauren Callaghan were all on target as Wasps made it five league wins from five – their best start to a league campaign since 2008-09.

The Plumstead-based home side were known until this summer as London Corinthians and pipped Wasps to second in the London & South East Premier Division.

But Paul Walker’s team were the better side for large spells, particularly in the first half, and needed just seven minutes to take the lead, Smith latching on to a short backpass before rounding the keeper and scoring.

Just after the goal, Cole had a shot tipped over and Faye Rabson saw one effort saved and another blocked on the line.

Any frustration at those missed chances eased with the second goal on 26 minutes. Cole’s free-kick from deep was flicked on by Ariana Fleischman and put in via Walker’s shoulder.

Fleischman and Callaghan both hit shots straight at the keeper before the break, while United struck the bar after a swift counter.

Wasps’ second half performance was a little more disjointed and keeper Frankie Gibbs made a couple of comfortable saves, but they did enough to keep the hosts at arm’s length.

Two late goals put the gloss on a fine victory. First, Cole robbed the goalkeeper and tapped into an empty net, before substitute Charlie Carter – signed recently from Lewes – sent Callaghan clear, and she made no mistake.

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

Wasps reserves were beaten 2-0 by Clapham United in the Capital Intermediate Cup, while the development squad  – the Ladies third team – lost 6-0 to Newhaven in the Sussex Women’s Trophy.

Crawley Wasps LFC round-up: Third win in a row for Wasps’ reserves

Crawley Wasps’ reserves beat Bexhill United’s first team 2-1 on Sunday for a third win in a row in the South East Counties Premier Division.

They had defeated the same opposition by the same score on the road the previous weekend and delivered a repeat result at Ewhurst.

Unlike the reverse fixture, they had to come from behind to do it and were indebted to two Natalie Stephenson penalties – the first after a handball, the second from a foul.

Bexhill – who two seasons ago were playing in the same division as Wasps’ first team – hit the post and bar and also forced Rachel Hillman into a good save from close range.

Captain Zoe Martin was named Thales player of the match.

Wasps’ development squad – the new third ladies team – were beaten 3-0 at home by Montpelier Villa in the Sussex Women’s League.

Meanwhile, the Under-16s put their watching parents through the wringer as they beat Rustington Raiders 5-3.

They were 2-1 up at half time with goals from Alana Delaney and Emily Flegg, and when Delaney made it 3-1 that could have set the seal on the game.

But Rustington made it interesting by scoring twice to equalise and threatening Wasps’ third 3-3 draw of the season.

However, the defence worked as a solid unit and a few great saves by Lauren Graves kept Rustington at bay before goals by Ellie Livingstone and Flegg secured the win.

Chloe Upton was awarded the Thales player of the match for playing through the pain barrier to turn in an accomplished performance.

Crawley Wasps LFC match report – Crawley Wasps 9 Fulham Foundation 2

Crawley Wasps hit nine goals for the second time in a week as they thrashed Fulham Foundation 9-2 to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.

Summer signing Kemina Webber scored four and created two others, while Faye Rabson set up the demolition job with a first-half hat-trick.

Ex-Lewes forward Rabson opened the scoring on six minutes, after latching on to Toni Smith’s pass, although Fulham equalised following a cross from the left which was converted at the far post.

Webber restored the lead midway through the first half, nodding in Naomi Cole’s corner, but Fulham again quickly levelled as Wasps failed to deal with a corner, despite an excellent save from Frankie Gibbs.

Parity lasted barely a minute, however, as Rabson struck again to make it 3-2 and she was involved in the build up not long after that, releasing Webber, who squared for Ariana Fleischman to finish.

Rabson completed her treble on 36 minutes, taking an exquisite touch before rounding the goalkeeper, and Webber curled in superbly from an angle to make it 6-2 at the break.

New signing Charlie Carter – who last season played six times for Lewes in the FA Women’s Premier League, two levels above – came into the back four at half time, as did regulars Holly Walker and Michelle Ward.

The goals continued early in the second half. Webber fired in with her left foot for the perfect hat-trick after excellent work from Cole, before she nodded in Rabson’s cross, following intricate passing also involving Fleischman.

Cole completed the rout from the spot after Fulham’s goalkeeper was adjudged to have brought down Suzanne Davies.

Wasps have now scored 31 goals in their last four games in all competitions.

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


Crawley Wasps LFC match report: Crawley Wasps 9 Carshalton Athletic 0

Summer signing Hayley Fowle scored a hat-trick as Crawley Wasps opened their League Cup group-stage campaign with a 9-0 demolition of Carshalton Athletic on Sunday.

Paul Walker’s side – who reached the final last season, losing out to Leyton Orient – scored five in the first 45 minutes.

Skipper Naomi Cole had a hand in the first two, belting a right-footed shot beyond the keeper before her through ball deflected into the path of Rosanne Fine, who rounded the keeper and slid the ball into the empty net.

The chances kept coming with Kemina Webber and Jenny Drury, making their first Wasps starts, both denied by the keeper, who then allowed Danielle Boyd’s low shot to creep under her body for 3-0.

That error was out of character, though, as she also made a good double save to deny first Suzanne Davies and then Webber.

But she was beaten twice more before half-time as Fowle scored contrasting goals – the first was a spectacular dipping effort from distance, the second a tap in from a rebound.

Wasps keeper Frankie Gibbs tipped a shot over to preserve the clean sheet going into the break and the goals flowed again in the final quarter of the game.

Fowle, who earlier had an effort scrambled off the line, completed her treble with an emphatic finish and the hosts scored three times late on against flagging opposition.

Thales player of the match Davies made it 7-0 and and skilfully laid on goals for Nicholle Smith and Webber, her first since joining from Watford Development in the summer.

Wasps: Gibbs; Drury, Duncan, Niamh Stephenson, T. Smith; Davies, Elphick, Cole, Boyd; Webber, Fine. Subs: Richards, Worsfold, Fowle, N. Smith.

ROUND-UP: Reserves beat Bexhill, Under-16s held

Crawley Wasps’ reserves beat Bexhill United’s first team 2-1 on Sunday for back-to-back victories in the South East Counties Premier Division.

Natalie Stephenson, whose double helped see off Chichester Development the previous weekend, scored again, this time direct from a corner.

Keisha Lawrence made it 2-0, turning her defender before striking home with her left foot.

Bexhill – who two seasons ago were playing in the same division as Wasps’ first team – pulled a goal back 10 minutes from time, but to no avail. Alex Tibble was Thales player of the match.

Poppy Nicholls scored twice for Wasps’ Under-16s as they came within a minute of beating league leaders Ringmer.

Nicholls’ left-footed drive and a finish following a slick passing move put the visitors 2-1 up at the break.

Emily Flegg scored the third but Ringmer snatched a late point in a 3-3 draw. Thales player of the match went to centre-back Chloe Upton.

Match round-up: Stephenson’s rockets win it for reserves

Natalie Stephenson’s set-piece brilliance inspired Crawley Wasps reserves to a 2-1 victory over Chichester City Development on Sunday.

The former first-team captain, now a mainstay of the second string, struck an excellent free-kick and powered in a penalty as the hosts came from a goal behind at half-time.

Chi, who started the day top of the South East Counties Premier Division, started the more confident side and, after Wasps keeper Hope Laker was forced into a scrambling save, the visitors took the lead from the resulting corner.

Both sides then hit the bar, Laker tipping a shot on to the woodwork and home skipper Zoe Martin seeing a deflected shot loop up and cannon back, while both keepers also made important stops.

Wasps’ Amy Clark saw a shot blocked on the line before Chi’s Loulou Robson sadly suffered a broken ankle in slipping on the ball in a challenge with Toni Smith.

Wasps started to get a grip on midfield in the second half, with Lisa Richards lifting a shot over and Clark seeing an effort pushed away, and they deservedly equalised when Stephenson hit a stunning free-kick from 30 yards out.

With the tireless Richards, skipper Martin and Thales player of the match Rebekah Dunt all impressing, Wasps pressed for a winner, which duly came when the referee spotted a handball in the area, and Stephenson slammed in the spot-kick.

Wasps reserves: Laker; Richards, Duncan, Bolton, Coaker; Natalie Stephenson, Martin, Harding, Dunn; Dunt, Clark. Subs: Paul, N, Smith, T. Smith.

Wasps’ Development Squad – the club’s new ladies third team – were forced to field defender Jodie Barker in goal as a side depleted by injuries and illness lost 6-0 at Saltdean Ladies, expected to be among the favourites for the Sussex County Women’s League.

There was no game for the first team, while the Under-16s were awarded the points following Horsham Sparrows’ withdrawal.