Worthing Town 2, Crawley Wasps Development 3

Crawley Wasps’ Development maintained their 100 per cent start to life in the Sussex Women’s League as two Tracey O’Hagan goals helped see off Worthing Town.
Wasps came into the game on a high after beating AFC Varndenians Development 4-0 the previous week but made a slow start and fell behind early on.
They levelled on 25 minutes as Sami Phillips’ goal kick found Char Terry and Topaz Luxford’s cross was finished off by O’Hagan.
She had her second before the break, this time from a Millie Baverstock delivery, as Wasps went ahead.
O’Hagan turned provider to make it 3-1, finding Luxford who beat the Worthing defence, before the hosts made it a nervy finish by pulling a goal back.
Captain Jodie Barker was the Basepoint Player of the Match.

Wasps Development: Phillips, Chart, Foster, Baines, Barker, Terry, Saunders, Brookbank, Byworth, O’Hagan, Luxford.

Subs: Taylor, Baverstock, Smith, Brockbank.

Crawley Wasps LFC youth round-up – Historic first win for Under-11s

Crawley Wasps’ Under-11s celebrated a maiden victory at the second attempt as they beat Horsham Sparrows 2-1 on Sunday.

The club’s youngest team had started their first season together with a drawn league game at Wick, but showed great spirit and no lack of skill to come from behind at Ewhurst.

Captained by Issy-May Connor, and with Jean Wright showing great promise in goal, Wasps played good football throughout, although fell behind to a Sparrows side who contributed to a great contest.

Holly Remfry equalised and Lucy-Mae Skinner scored the winning goal in the closing stages.

Lily Dawes was Thales player of the match, while there were good displays from Isabel Wilson, Isabelle Liggins and Berneen Sawyer.

Coach Hannah Duncan said: “I am proud of the girls for getting their first win.

“It was great to see them playing with smiles on their faces and putting to good use what they had worked on in training.”

Wasps’ Under-16s, already without some key individuals, lost Ellie Livingstone to an injury which reduced them to 10 fit players in a 9-0 defeat at Mile Oak.

Stand-out performances came from Macy Watts, Poppy Nicholls and skipper Chanelle Gainsford.

Crawley Wasps LFC match report – Fulham Foundation 2, Crawley Wasps 7

Crawley Wasps made it three wins from three in the London & South East Premier Division with a 7-2 win at Fulham Foundation on Sunday.

Playing on 4G at Fulham FC’s Motspur Park training ground, Wasps went ahead on eight minutes when Rosanne Fine’s cross deflected into the path of Lauren Callaghan, who finished well.

The pair also combined for the second and third goals, scored on 24 and 26 minutes. Callaghan played a one-two with Fine before setting herself and smashing home, and then turned provider as Fine bundled in at the far post.

Wasps went 4-0 up when Faye Rabson took advantage of a defensive slip to score, but Fulham pulled one back when referee Stephen Dedman penalised Niamh Stephenson for an apparent foul, and the penalty was confidently converted.

While the visitors adapted to a half-time formation change, Fulham took advantage to reduced the deficit shortly after the break, but almost immediately Wasps restored their three-goal lead as Holly Walker stabbed in Naomi Cole’s corner.

Suzanne Davies netted the sixth from an acute angle after Rabson’s low cross and skipper Cole’s cross-cum-shot deceived the Fulham keeper to round off the scoring.

Former Millwall and Lewes midfielder Cole was named Thales player of the match after an excellent display, while summer signing Kemina Webber – brought in from league rivals Watford Development – made her competitive debut from the bench.

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

Wasps reserves, meanwhile, drew 1-1 with Worthing Ladies in the South East Counties League. Keisha Lawrence scored the goal.

Wasps’ development squad – the new Ladies third team playing in the Sussex Women’s League – beat Worthing Town 3-2 to maintain their 100 per cent record.

Tracey O’Hagan scored twice in the first half – from a Topaz Luxford cross, and then from Millie Baverstock’s delivery – before setting up Luxford in the second half.

ROUND-UP: Development team begin with four-goal win

Crawley Wasps development score their first-ever league goal.

Crawley Wasps’ new ladies third team got off to the perfect start on Sunday as they beat AFC Varndeanians’ Development 4-0 in their first competitive game.

With Wasps’ first-team fixture against Kent Football United postponed, after a car accident involving three opposition players, all eyes were on the club’s Development Squad in their Sussex Women’s League debut.

The team – largely made up of last year’s Under-16s coming of age – defended superbly in the first half-hour, and went in front on 40 minutes when Jodie Barker’s free-kick was saved and Char Terry netted the rebound.

Tracey O’Hagan doubled the lead in first-half injury time and grabbed her second after the break, converting Tamzin Byworth’s excellent cross, before Topaz Luxford slammed in the fourth.

Wasps’ reserves lost their opening match, in the South East Counties Premier Division, 4-2 at home to Ashford Ladies.

Simon Pavey’s team were denied by a goalline clearance in the opening minute but conceded a scrappy opener from a corner, following Hope Laker’s fine save.

Amy Clark set up Rebekah Dunt to level, before Ashford scored twice to lead 3-1. Dunt reduced the deficit with her well-taken second, but to no avail.

Wasps’ Under-16s – who last season played in a boys’ league after dominating girls’ football locally – prevented a rare defeat by hitting back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Chichester.

After going 2-0 down, Emily Flegg raced on to Sian Maynard’s pass to score, before captain Chanelle Gainsford’s scorching shot from distance and Poppy Nicholls’ goal direct from a corner earned them a point.

Wasps’ youngest team, the Under-11s (pictured), drew 1-1 at Wick Dynamos in their first-ever league game – Jean Wright captained the side and Isabelle Liggins scored the goal.


MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps 6 Parkwood Rangers 1

Faye Rabson netted a hat-trick in the first 18 minutes as Crawley Wasps beat Parkwood Rangers 6-1 to make it two wins out of two in the London & South East Premier Division.

Former Lewes striker Rabson opened the scoring when she latched on to Michelle Ward’s pass, glided past a defender and slotted home off the near post.

She hooked in the second after Suzanne Davies had knocked down Lauren Callaghan’s cross, and rounded the keeper for her third.

Frankie Gibbs in the home goal made several comfortable saves as newly promoted Parkwood tried to get back in the game.

But Wasps were always on the front foot and the Rangers keeper made a good save to deny Naomi Cole.

Paul Walker’s side made it 4-0 in first-half injury time as Callaghan nipped ahead of the goalkeeper to finish after Toni Smith’s pass.

Early in the second half, Cole hit the underside of the bar but the ex-Lewes and Millwall midfielder was not to be denied, as her precise low shot from 20 yards whistled into the net.

Skipper Cole created the sixth, her ball tempting the keeper out and Davies got there to poke into the empty net.

Parkwood looked more dangerous in the second half and Wasps needed to dig in at times, with teenage goalkeeper Megan Hannah, who replaced Gibbs, making an excellent save from a free-kick and Nicholle Smith later clearing off the line.

Wasps’ Ariana Fleischman saw an effort tipped on to the bar before the visitors pulled one back with an excellent strike from distance.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Rabson – whose hat-trick was the first by a Wasps player since Davies’ treble last November – was named the Thales Player of the Match.

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

Ladies 1st Team : MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps 2 AFC Phoenix 1

Suzanne Davies hit the winner in the eighth minute of injury time as Crawley Wasps began the new season with a 2-1 victory over newly promoted AFC Phoenix on Sunday.

Midfielder Davies latched on to a glorious pass from new skipper Naomi Cole before drilling the ball over the keeper and in at the far post.

Cole had scored nine minutes into her first game as Wasps captain but south London-based Phoenix deservedly levelled in the second-half and could have gone in front but for a couple of fine saves by Frankie Gibbs, on her competitive debut.

However they were undone by substitute Davies, who scored her fifth goal in her last five games, which included the Sussex County Cup final against Women’s Super League side Brighton in March.

The visitors hit the post early on but Wasps took the lead when former Lewes and Millwall midfielder Cole bent in a shot from the edge of the box after being set up by Faye Rabson.

Phoenix looked dangerous on the break, with Gibbs making a save at her near post.

In the second half, Wasps had a stroke of fortune when a foul by Rosanne Fine was not penalised and Nicholle Smith’s cross found Cole, but she fired over.

Phoenix made the most of that let off and levelled on 63 minutes with a swift counter, working the ball into the box before finishing.

Gibbs then made a couple of saves to keep things level while at the other end Hayley Fowle bent a shot wide and Ariana Fleischman hit the bar.

Davies popped up to win all three points as her side’s bid for promotion to the Women’s Premier League got off to a winning start.

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

New Crawley Wasps signing Hayley Fowle in action against AFC Phoenix.


Crawley Wasps Annual General Meeting

AGM – Hear what’s happening at Wasps

Crawley Wasps Ladies Football Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 26 June, at 7pm, at The Grasshopper pub in Ashdown Drive, Tilgate.

Anyone involved with the club – be they player, coach, relative or official – are welcome to attend, and hear from the committee the exciting goings on at Wasps.

The committee is also hoping to attract new members for various roles, including a treasurer, to replace the departing Rory Church. Please do get in touch if you want to help shape our future!


Crawley Wasps LFC match report – Crawley Wasps 1 Leyton Orient 3

Crawley Wasps were beaten 3-1 by Leyton Orient in Sunday’s London & South East Regional Women’s League Cup final.

Aiming to end their 25th anniversary season with silverware, Wasps paid for a sluggish start at Maidstone as they found themselves 2-0 down at the break.

Naomi Cole gave them hope with a goal 13 minutes from time but Orient – who will be playing in the Women’s Premier League next season – struck again in injury time to seal victory.

Centre-back Holly Walker, honoured after the game as one of three players to receive the most player of the match awards in the division this season, had Wasps’ first clear chance of the game when she headed wide from Cole’s corner.

But Orient proved more clinical on 11 minutes, as Wasps failed to prevent a lofted cross and Jasmine Campbell nodded in.

Midway through the half, Wasps were adamant they should have had a penalty when the ball struck an Orient hand inside the box, but the officials were unmoved.

Paul Walker’s side had settled into the game at that point but were undone on 37 minutes by a swift counter-attack, finished by the league’s top scorer Sophie Le Marchand.

Both sides had chances before the break, Faye Rabson shooting wide for Wasps and Le Marchand scooping well over the bar for Orient.

The league champions again started the second half on the front foot – Leyre Bastyr’s speculative effort dropped just wide and Campbell headed over.

Cole needed a couple of sighters on goal to find her range – first shooting over and then wide – but the former Millwall player did find the target when she hooked in from Toni Smith’s pass.

Orient’s comfortable lead suddenly looked precarious as Wasps put pressure on to find an equaliser, though the closest they came was when Danielle Boyd put a free-kick wide.

A set piece at the other end put paid to their recovery, but Wasps can look back on an encouraging season which saw them finish third in the fifth tier of women’s football, and reach two cup finals.

Wasps: Gillstrom; Niamh Stephenson, Duncan, Walker, Ward; N. Smith, Elphick, Cole, Boyd; Turbill; Rabson. Subs: Hannah, Worsfold, Davies, T. Smith, Dunt.

MEDIA RELEASE: Wasps meet Orient in League Cup final

Crawley Wasps bid to end their season with silverware on Sunday when they take on Leyton Orient in the London & South East Regional Women’s League Cup final.

Paul Walker’s side meet the league champions at Maidstone United’s Gallagher Stadium, with a 2pm kick-off.

Orient won 16 of their 18 games en route to promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League, but Wasps were the first team to score against them and the first to take a point off them this season.

And despite the 10-point gap in the final table, Walker – who also took Wasps to the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup final against Super League side Brighton – is confident they can match Orient in the showpiece.

“If we play our brand of football on the day, we’ve got a very realistic chance of winning it,” he said.

“Leyton Orient were worthy winners of our league but our squad has got stronger through the year.”

Captain Hannah Duncan added: “Finishing third and reaching two cup finals shows how far we’ve come.

“It will be a tough test, but we’ve already matched them this season so we know we can do it again.”

Wasps’ completed their warm-up for the final last Sunday, losing 4-2 to Orient’s predecessors as league champions, AFC Wimbledon.

Having fallen 2-0 behind, Suzanne Davies pulled a goal back after a cross from Faye Rabson, who also netted a consolation in the second half with the score at 4-1.

Wasps’ reserves lost 6-3 to league rivals Long Lane in a friendly, with Rosanne Fine, Topaz Luxford and Lily Beckett scoring.

Luxford was also on target earlier in the day for the Under-16s, though they lost 5-1 in their final league game against title challengers Ferring Divas.