Crawley Wasps Fund Raising Evening – Fri 24th Feb

As part of the programme of activities celebrating Crawley Wasps 25th Anniversary, A Horse Race Night is being organised on Friday 24th Febuary 2017 @ Oakwood fc Club House, Doors open at 6.45pm with the first race commencing at 7.30pm.

I hope you will attend what will be an entertaining night, as Monies raised from the Event, will be used to support the club.

There will be 8 Races with 8 Horses in each race and you have the chance to bet on each horse as many times as you like.

Should your chosen horse win you will be able to exchange your tickets for ££££ in winnings also should you be the winning owner of the horse you will collect the prize given by the sponsor of that Race.


Entry Tickets are only £5.00 per Adult £3.00 under 16 ( incl Buffet ) or £10 for family 4/5

If you cannot be there you can support the Race Night in other ways –

Be a Horse Owner – £ 4.00 ( Name your horse up to a max of 3 words )

Be a Race Sponsor – Your company name on race card and donated prize will go to the , winning horse owner of your race.

Raffle – Prize Donations greatly appreciated.

For more details…..Contact Dave on 07910848912 or

A list of tickets purchased will be available on the night.

If you are unable to attend, please pass this information to friends and family and support the club by buying a Horse….or two…??

Yours ,

Dave Cole

Crawley Wasps LFC youth round-up: Topaz seals victory for Under-16s

YOUTH: Topaz seals victory for Under-16s

Crawley Wasps’ Under-16s got the new year off to a perfect start as they beat Newhaven 2-0 on Sunday.

Mark Hills’ side played some neat football which was rewarded on 35 minutes, albeit in fortunate circumstances.

Lily Beckett delivered a corner into the box with the ball finding its way into the net via a Newhaven defender.

Beckett and strike partner Topaz Luxford were giving the visitors some real problems and on 60 minutes, Wasps doubled the lead.

Jodie Barker slipped the ball into Luxford who powered past the Newhaven defence before shooting home.

The third goal their play merited eluded them but the victory means they move into third in the Sussex County League.

The Under-15s, who are playing boys teams this season after two years of total domination in their age group, put in another positive performance despite losing 14-0 to Withdean.

They were particularly impressive in the first 25 minutes, where their development was clear to see, but the star turn was goalkeeper Lauren Graves, who broke her nose in a match last month but returned to action with an excellent performance.

MATCH REPORT: Aylesford 1 Crawley Wasps 1

Crawley Wasps remain top of the London & South East Premier Division despite being held to a 1-1 draw by mid-table Aylesford on Sunday.

Wasps had beaten the Kent side 10-0 in November’s home fixture but despite a virtual full-strength side could not turn their dominance into goals this time round.

Top scorer Rosanne Fine went close early on with a shot on the turn while Naomi Cole’s free-kick went just over and Jade Elphick had a low shot saved.

On the stroke of half-time, Fine was denied by a brilliant save from Aylesford keeper Zara Chapman.

Fine and Cole both had further chances in the second half before Wasps finally broke the deadlock with 20 minutes to play, Niamh Stephenson’s shot falling to Holly Turbill, who swivelled and fired home.

But Aylesford quickly levelled, a free-kick played into the box headed in by Zara McAiney.

Wasps’ Lauren Callaghan was sent-off for dissent but the visitors still had chances to win it – Aylesford cleared off the line and Cole smacked the post in the final minute.

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

Faye Rabson scored in the opening seconds of the match for Crawley Wasps reserves but they ended up losing 3-2 to high-flying Parkwood Rangers in the South East Counties Women’s League. Substitute Toni Smith reduced the arrears with a late penalty.

MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps 3 Eastbourne Town 0

Crawley Wasps won their seventh consecutive game in all competitions as they beat Eastbourne Town 3-0 on Sunday to end the year top of the London & South East Premier Division.

Two defenders combined for the opening goal after Town had failed to clear a Danielle Boyd corner, with centre-back Holly Walker touching the ball off to right-back Hannah Duncan, who fired home left-footed from 15 yards.

Nicholle Smith was denied by the Town goalkeeper, who pushed her shot on to the bar, but Wasps doubled their lead when top scorer Rosanne Fine made it 19 for the season after latching on to Suzanne Davies’ through ball.

After the break, Wasps were given a helping hand by the visitors when Boyd’s cross was turned in by a Town defender.

And the margin of victory could have been greater when Boyd was felled in the box, but left-back Michelle Ward skied the resultant penalty.

Thales player of the match Naomi Cole also had a long-range effort well held by the keeper.

Wasps end the year six points clear at the top of the table, though the title favourites remain Leyton Orient – despite being seven points behind, they have won all eight of their league matches and have five games in hand.

Wasps travel to Orient on 29 January, but have the chance to progress in the League Cup and Sussex Women’s Cup before then.

Wasps: Poleykett; Duncan, Niamh Stephenson, Walker, Ward; N. Smith, Davies, Cole, Callaghan; Boyd; Fine. Subs: Gillstroem, Currier, Dunt.

Laura Harding scored to equalise but Crawley Wasps reserves ended up losing 4-1 at league leaders Bexhill United in the South East Counties Women’s League.


MATCH REPORT: Camden Town 2 Crawley Wasps 4

Manager Paul Walker expressed his pride after Crawley Wasps guaranteed themselves the Christmas number one spot with a 4-2 victory at Camden Town on Sunday.

A depleted Wasps side, missing half-a-dozen first-team players, led 2-0 at the break thanks to Rosanne Fine’s lob and Danielle Boyd’s shot into the top corner.

The hosts reduced the deficit early in the second half – the first time Wasps had conceded since November 13 – but the two-goal advantage was restored when Lauren Callaghan headed in a cross from Thales player of the match Nicholle Smith.

Camden replied with a header from a corner but victory was assured when Fine netted her second after good work from substitute Shinih Tuazon.

With Leyton Orient not in action, Wasps are now four points clear at the top of the London & South East Premier Division, guaranteeing they will be top of the tree at Christmas.

Walker said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the performances we’ve been getting from the ladies.

“We’ve got stronger and stronger through the campaign and that bodes very well for the second half of the season.”

Wasps: Gillstrom; Rippin, Duncan, Walker, Ward; N. Smith, Elphick, Davies, Callaghan; Boyd; Fine. Subs: Hannah, Tuazon.

Two returning first-team players helped Crawley Wasps reserves beat Ashford 3-1 for only their second league win since promotion.

Faye Rabson, who had not kicked a ball this season until Sunday, scored the second goal while Lisa Richards, in her first game back after rupturing her knee ligaments playing for the first team at AFC Wimbledon in January, was named Thales player of the match. Amy Clark had scored Wasps’ first goal, while Jade Simmons netted the third from the spot.

Crawley Wasps LFC youth round-up: Brave Graves in the wars

Crawley Wasps Under-15s goalkeeper Lauren Graves was taken to hospital for a precautionary check-up after a collision with a Horley Town Boys player on Sunday.

Lauren, a member of the Sussex Schools Under-16s squad, went down after going for a 50-50 ball but recovered enough to watch the Ladies reserves’ victory later that afternoon.

Macy Watts volunteered to replace Lauren in goal. It was another tough game for the girls against a strong boys’ side, ending up losing 19-0, but they did themselves proud, particularly in the last 20 minutes.

Elsewhere, the Under-16s trip to Ferring Divas was postponed, while the Under-12s were beaten at Uckfield, with Darcie Ryan earning the Thales Player of the Match.

ROUND-UP: Reserves win seven-goal thriller in Cup

Tracey O’Hagan grabbed the winner 10 minutes from time as Crawley Wasps reserves won 4-3 at previously unbeaten Glebe to reach the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

Natalie Stephenson scored the only goal of the first half to put Wasps ahead at the break.

In-form Glebe equalised only for Gemma Villette and Shinih Tuazon to seemingly restore Wasps’ control of the game.

However the Kent side, top of the division below, then struck twice to level the scores.

But O’Hagan found the late breakthrough to set up a last-eight tie with divisional rivals Meridian in February.

Striker Tuazon was named the Thales player of the match.

Meanwhile, a Topaz Luxford strike and an own goal were not enough to prevent Wasps’ Under-16s being edged out 3-2 at Eastbourne Girls.

And Ella Mullan put the Under-12s ahead at home to Withdean, but the visitors turned it round before half-time and won 2-1. Alanna Ferguson picked up the Thales player of the match award.

MATCH REPORT: Carshalton Athletic 0 Crawley Wasps 3

Crawley Wasps returned to the top of the London & South East Premier Division after a superb 3-0 win at third-placed Carshalton Athletic on Sunday.

With unbeaten league leaders Leyton Orient in cup action, Wasps took full advantage with an outstanding team display to earn their first-ever win at Colston Avenue.

The clean sheet also means they have now gone more than 315 minutes in all competitions without conceding a goal, scoring 20 at the other end.

A young Carshalton side looked lively in the early stages, without really troubling Marie Gillstroem in the visitors’ goal, but Wasps never looked back after taking an 11th-minute lead.

A clearance downfield following a Carshalton free-kick set Rosanne Fine clear of the defence and she finished for her 16th goal of the season.

Lauren Callaghan then fired just over after more good work by Fine, who set up the second goal a few minutes before the break when she escaped down the right and laid the ball across for Danielle Boyd to convert.

Fine and substitute Rebekah Dunt forced Carshalton keeper Molly Haynes into smart stops in an occasionally feisty second half, while the Robins tested Gillstroem a couple of times and saw a shot land on the roof of the net.

With time ticking down, the excellent Wasps defence – led by skipper and Thales player of the match Hannah Duncan – kept Carshalton at bay before Naomi Cole’s terrific strike from fully 35 yards rounded off a perfect afternoon.

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


Club statement – child welfare at Crawley Wasps LFC

In light of the growing number of historic child sexual abuse allegations being made throughout football, Crawley Wasps Ladies Football Club would like to reassure all parents and guardians about the lengths we go to to safeguard the welfare of our players in all age groups.

In common with sports clubs up and down the country, child safety is of prime importance to Crawley Wasps LFC.

All managers and coaches at the club are subject to DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks, formerly known as CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks, in accordance with Football Association guidelines.

Crawley Wasps LFC has a designated child protection officer, Dawn Keegan, who is up-to-date with all recommended child-protection procedures and guidelines, and can be contacted at any time.

In addition, Crawley Wasps LFC is developing its own code of conduct for managers and coaches to sign up to.

Finally, the club wishes to place on record its admiration for those who have spoken out, both privately and publicly, about the abuse they have suffered and hope justice can be served by the many police investigations now being carried out


Crawley Wasps LFC youth/reserves round-up: Lily in the pink as Under-16s hit five

Lily Beckett scored twice and was named Basepoint Player of the Match as Crawley Wasps’ Under-16s won 5-1 at Rustington Raiders on Sunday.

Chloe Coaker opened the scoring on 10 minutes after a great ball from Jodie Barker, and she then turned provider for Caitlin Baigent to put Wasps 2-0 up at half-time.

Beckett got her first after good work by Nicky Durling and her second following a great ball in by Coaker, before Barker scored from a corner to make it 5-0.

Although Rustington pulled one back, it was not to spoil Wasps’ day – they move up to sixth in the Sussex County Girls League.

Wasps’ Under-15s were not in action, while the Under-12s suffered a heavy defeat to local rivals Oakwood.

Meanwhile, while the Ladies’ first team were winning 10-0 against Aylesford, the reserves were also involved in a goal-laden match.

However they were on the wrong end of a 5-3 defeat to Chichester City Development, with Natalie Stephenson, Amy Clark and Shinih Tuazon on target.