Crawley Wasps LFC reserves/youth round-up: Terrific win for Wasps reserves

A late own goal secured an important three points as Crawley Wasps reserves beat Hassocks 4-3 on Sunday to boost their battle against the drop.

The reserves are fighting to stay in the South East Counties League, having been promoted last season, while Hassocks arrived unbeaten in four matches.

Wasps were bright from the off and when Faye Rabson was brought down, Natalie Stephenson converted the penalty.

The visitors equalised but Rabson grabbed a couple of goals before half-time, thanks to Stephenson and Shinih Tuazon, to put her side 3-1 up.

Hassocks pulled it back to 3-3 after a poor start to the second half, but Wasps won it when Rabson’s cross was put into her own net by a defender under Tracey O’Hagan’s pressure.

Wasps Under-15s – playing in a boys league this season after several seasons of unrivalled dominance in their age groups – battled for everything in defeat to Horley Town boys.

Despite the 15-0 scoreline, it was an improvement on the 20-0 reverse suffered against the unbeaten league leaders in December.

The Under-16s also faced the dominant side in their league, Chichester City girls, and lost 3-0. Jodie Barker was the Basepoint player of the match.

MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps 5 Eastbourne Town 0

Crawley Wasps beat Eastbourne Town 5-0 on Sunday to seal a semi-final spot in the London & South East Premier Division League Cup.

They had the better of the chances throughout, and went close in the opening stages through Nicholle Smith and Lauren Callaghan, while Danielle Boyd shot straight at the keeper when through on goal.

She made no mistake the next time she found herself clear, opening the scoring on 32 minutes.

A swift counter-attack, initiated by skipper Hannah Duncan and the busy Boyd, led to the second on the stroke of half-time, with Naomi Cole expertly clipping a shot into the far top corner.

Town put pressure on the Wasps defence early in the second half but they were caught on the break again as Cole’s driven ball was turned in by Holly Turbill, for her 11th of a productive season.

Despite some concerted possession, Town did not unduly threaten a defence marshalled by Thales player of the match Holly Walker, and two late goals set the seal on a fairly comfortable win.

First, Roseanne Fine – on as a substitute – teed up Boyd for her second and then Turbill dummied Duncan’s low cross for Cole to finish.

Wasps topped Group A in the League Cup with a 100% record and will face as yet undecided opposition in the semi-finals on April 2.

Wasps: Gillstrom; Duncan, Niamh Stephenson, Walker, Ward; N. Smith, Cole, Davies, Callaghan; Boyd; Turbill. Subs: Poleykett, Elphick, Fine.

And they’re off! Wasps race night on Friday

Crawley Wasps Ladies Football Club are holding a fundraising race night on Friday (February 24).

It is open to all, including players, parents, coaches, and friends of the club, and will be held in the clubhouse at the first-team’s home ground at Oakwood FC, in Tinsley Lane.

Doors open at 6.45pm with the first race setting off at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for under-16s or £10 for a family of four or five, and a buffet is included.

As well as putting money on the horses, you can also own one for £4 and if it wins, you take the prize provided by the sponsor of the race.

Wasps are the largest women’s and girls’ football club in Crawley, providing competitive football from age six through to the two Ladies teams.

The first team are currently top of the London & South East Premier Division, the fifth tier of women’s football in England, and will play Women’s Super League side Brighton in next month’s Sussex Cup final.

To book a place at the race night, own a horse or for more information, call Dave Cole on 07910 848912 or email

Crawley Wasps LFC match report – Crawley Wasps 8 Fulham Foundation 0

Faye Rabson netted twice on her return to the Crawley Wasps first team as they beat Fulham Foundation 8-0 on Sunday, their 12th match without defeat in all competitions.

Work commitments meant Rabson – Wasps’ top scorer in 2013-14 – was playing her first senior game since last March, but her predatory finishing skills were on display.

When she came on at half-time, Wasps were already 3-0 up although it had taken them 27 minutes to break through after an even start.

Holly Turbill grabbed the first two goals, opening the scoring after fine work from Rosanne Fine and Suzanne Davies and scoring the second having been set free by Hannah Duncan’s long free-kick.

Fine then teed up Davies for a tap in as Wasps started to exert control.

Fulham’s fragility showed early in the second half, as Wasps scored three times in six minutes.

Fine got in on the act – her 21st goal in 20 games this season – before Danielle Boyd’s superb cross was converted by Nicholle Smith, who then turned provider for the first of Rabson’s double.

On 66 minutes, Holly Walker nodded in Boyd’s corner and Rabson completed the rout when she profited after Fine had been denied by the keeper.

Wasps remain top of the London & South East Premier Division but Leyton Orient, five points behind with four games in hand, remain strong title favourites.

Wasps: Poleykett; Duncan, Niamh Stephenson, Walker, Ward; Davies, Elphick, Cole, Boyd; Turbill; Fine. Subs: Gillstrom, Callaghan, N. Smith, Rabson.

A battling display from Crawley Wasps reserves could not prevent them losing 4-0 to Charlton Athletic reserves in the quarter-finals of the Capital Intermediate Cup.

Goalkeeper Hope Laker, 18, put in a brave performance as Wasps held the Addicks to 0-0 at half-time, before the pressure finally told.

Crawley Wasps LFC match report – Eastbourne Town 0 Wasps 1

Danielle Boyd’s first-half penalty gave Crawley Wasps a 1-0 victory at Eastbourne Town on Sunday – and Leyton Orient’s first league defeat breathed fresh life into the title race.

The only goal of a scrappy game at The Saffrons came on 26 minutes, when Rosanne Fine was tripped in the box and midfielder Boyd scored her 16th goal of the season in all competitions.

She had gone close to opening the scoring earlier in the game when her shot came back off the bar.

After the goal, top scorer Fine had a fierce shot held by Town keeper Sarah Walshaw and Holly Walker fired just wide in a foray forward from the back.

After the break Wasps struggled against a hard-working Town, who applied pressure off the ball and stretched the visitors’ defence without ever troubling keeper Marie Gillstrom.

Boyd could have made the game safe late on but headed into the side netting from sub Holly Currier’s cross.

Orient suffered their first league defeat for a year, losing 5-2 to London Corinthians, which will give leaders Wasps and others hope – but the O’s remain title favourites given their games in hand.

Wasps: Gillstrom; Duncan, Walker, Ward; N. Smith, Elphick, Turbill, Davies, Boyd; C. O’Hagan, Fine. Subs: Currier, Tuazon.

Two goals from Faye Rabson helped Crawley Wasps reserves into the last four of the South East Counties League Cup, after a 4-2 extra-time victory over Meridian.

Rabson’s first cancelled out Meridian’s early opener and Amy Clark put the home side 2-1 up going into half-time.

Meridian equalised in the second half to force extra-time but Rabson and Tracey O’Hagan netted to earn Wasps a semi-final with either Worthing or Cowfold, both lower-division sides.

Crawley Wasps LFC reserves/youth round-up: Martin scores on brave return to football

Zoe Martin scored on her return to football but Crawley Wasps reserves were beaten 2-1 at Ashford on Sunday.

Skipper Martin, 34, was playing her first game since husband Carl – an experienced former racer – was paralysed after a motorbike track day accident in September.

Her goal five minutes before the break cancelled out Ashford’s opener, but the Kent side regained the lead quickly afterwards.

Despite having plenty of possession, Wasps were unable to convert it into goals and slipped to defeat.

Wasps’ Under-16s lost 5-0 to Ringmer Rovers in the semi-final of the Sussex Challenge Cup.

However, Mark Hills’ side have a second chance to reach a final – they have been drawn against Withdean Youth in the League Cup semis, to be played on Sunday 5 March.

Anyone wishing to support Zoe and Carl Martin, and their two-year-old daughter Jessica, can donate via their JustGiving page –

MATCH REPORT: Leyton Orient 3 Crawley Wasps 3

Crawley Wasps staged a rousing comeback with two late goals to draw 3-3 away at promotion favourites Leyton Orient on Sunday.

Trailing 3-1 with only five minutes left, Holly Turbill pulled one back with a terrific strike from 20 yards and Naomi Cole grabbed the equaliser with virtually the last kick of the match.

That goal not only ended Orient’s 100 per cent league record, after nine wins from nine, but stretched Wasps’ unbeaten run in all competitions to 10 matches, last losing to the O’s in October.

Wasps responded well after falling behind at Orient, with Holly Walker heading them level from Rosanne Fine’s cross.

Two second-half goals in quick succession had appeared to put the hosts in control, but Turbill and Cole ensured Paul Walker’s side came away with a point.

Wasps remain top of the London & South East Premier Division, five points clear of Orient – but they have five games in hand.

Manager Walker said: “It would have been very harsh on us if we had got nothing out of the game.

“It was a fantastic effort by the whole squad and shows the value of never giving up.

“Despite that I still feel it was two points dropped – up until they scored their second goal we were completely in control, and if it had gone on any longer there was only one team going to win it.”

Wasps: Gillstrom; Duncan, Cole, Walker, Naomi Stephenson; N. Smith, Elphick, Davies, Boyd; Turbill; Fine. Subs: Hannah, Ward, Worsfold.

MATCH REPORT: Chichester City Dev 0 Crawley Wasps 5

Crawley Wasps booked their place in the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup final by beating Chichester City’s reserves 5-0 on Sunday – and earned a rematch with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Danielle Boyd, Nicholle Smith, Suzanne Davies, Rosanne Fine and Holly Turbill were all on target as Wasps came through a tricky tie on a sticky pitch at Sidlesham FC.

They now face a repeat of last year’s final against Women’s Super League newcomers Brighton, which Wasps lost 5-1 despite an encouraging display.

Although they play a division above Chichester’s development squad, Wasps had to work hard for their semi-final win.

Top scorer Fine had twice gone close early on before her sweeping pass created the opening goal for Boyd on 13 minutes.

More chances came, as Fine fired inches wide, while only a brilliant block from Chi defender Jasmin Cain denied Boyd.

Two goals in three minutes settled any lingering anxiety as first winger Smith struck a shot over keeper Rhianna Farr from 25 yards out and then Fine’s cross was converted by Davies.

The excellent Farr kept the score down, including denying Davies after a fabulous solo run, but she had no answer to a superb curling effort from Fine which made it 4-0 while Turbill got the fifth in injury time.

Jade Elphick was named Thales player of the match after a dominant display in midfield.

The final will be on Thursday March 23 at Sussex FA’s headquarters at Culver Road, Lancing FC.

Wasps: Gillstrom; Currier (Porter), Duncan, Walker, Ward (Rippin); N. Smith (Dunt), Elphick, Davies, Boyd; Turbill; Fine (Lawrence). Sub not used: Hillman.

MEDIA RELEASE: Wasps have Brighton in their sights

Crawley Wasps LFC will this weekend try to reach their second successive Sussex Challenge Cup final, with Women’s Super League side Brighton & Hove Albion their potential opponents.

Paul Walker’s side take on Chichester City’s development squad in the semi-final, which will be held at Sidlesham FC’s ground on Sunday, with a 1.30pm kick-off.

The winners will meet Brighton in the showpiece on March 23, at the Sussex FA headquarters at Culver Road, Lancing, after the Seagulls beat Bexhill 12-1 last weekend.

Wasps also met Albion in last season’s final, losing 5-1 in front of almost 300 people – and drawing the second half

1-1 after an excellent performance.

Before they can repeat that experience though, they have to get past Chichester’s second string, who are currently third in the division below Wasps.

Defender Holly Walker and striker Rosanne Fine will get another chance to play alongside some of Brighton’s brightest talent after being called up to the Sussex FA squad.

The Wasps duo, who came on as substitutes in the win over Kent earlier in the season, will hope to feature again tonight when Sussex travel to Aldershot to play the Army FA.

YOUTH/RESERVES: Under-16s edged out by Oakwood

Crawley Wasps’ Under-16s performed admirably despite the conditions but couldn’t find a breakthrough as they were beaten 1-0 by Oakwood.

With their local rivals’ pitch unplayable, the game was switched to Wasps’ Ewhurst ground, which was bearing up under the rain.

The only goal of a tight game came inside the first 10 minutes when Oakwood finished off a cross.

Wasps went close to an equaliser on a couple of occasions in the first half, as a Jodie Barker free-kick was almost turned in for an own goal and the Oakwood keeper made a good save to deny Lily Beckett.

After the break, Barker’s shot from distance whistled past the far post but as the game wore on, goalkeeper Feitong Wilde – who earned the player of the match award – made a couple of good saves to keep her side in the game.

The Under-15s, who are playing boys teams this season, put in another good display on a heavy pitch as they lost 3-0 to Lindfield.
Meanwhile, the Wasps Ladies reserves – who included a sprinkling of first-team players after their Sussex Challenge Cup semi-final was postponed – drew 1-1 with higher-league Eastbourne Town in a friendly, with Jodie Jacobs scoring.