NEWS: Wasps to host Sussex rivals in FA Cup second round

Crawley Wasps manager Paul Walker says their Women’s FA Cup clash with Chichester next month promises to be a mouth-watering affair.

The West Sussex derby was one of 20 ties pulled out of the hat in Monday’s second-round draw, and pits two in-form teams together.

Wasps are top of the FA Women’s National League Division One South East, winning all 14 games in all competitions this season, including beating QPR Development 6-0 in the FA Cup first round on Sunday.

Chi, meanwhile, are top of the division above – the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier – and have lost just once this term. They reached the fifth round of the Cup last season, hosting Liverpool in front of a crowd of 1,300.

“They are one of the top sides in Sussex,” Walker said of Chichester. “They’ve recruited really well in pre-season and that’s borne out by their league position.

Wasps beat QPR Girls Development 6-0 in the first round.

“It’ll be a tough game for us but one the players are all looking forward to. I believe that, despite the gap in league status, we’ve got the squad to give them a game. It’ll be an exciting tie.”

Wasps have already beaten one of Chichester’s league rivals this season, winning 3-1 at Oxford United in the League Cup, and Walker says that will give his team confidence.

He said: “I believe the squad we have at Wasps could compete comfortably at that next level. That was demonstrated with the win at Oxford.”

The match will be played at Tinsley Lane, Oakwood FC, on Sunday December 2.

SEE ALSO: Crawley Wasps 6 QPR Girls Development 0
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MATCH REPORT: Ashford 2 Crawley Wasps res 1

Hannah Duncan, pictured in May’s London & South East Regional League Cup final, netted Wasps reserves’ opener at Ashford (Picture: Michael Hulf)

Crawley Wasps reserves dropped their first points of the season in the South East Counties Premier Division as they lost 2-1 at Ashford.

Things started well for Simon Pavey’s side when Hannah Duncan headed in her second goal of the season from a Natalie Stephenson corner.

Wasps held that lead going into the break and looked in a good position to make it nine wins from nine in the league.

But Ashford came into this game as the only other unbeaten side, with five wins and a draw from their six matches.

And the hosts duly turned the match on its head as they struck twice in the second half to win, both goals scored by

Wasps reserves: Samain; Richards, Duncan, Russell, Ward; Davies, Natalie Stephenson, T. Smith, Woollard; M. Carter, Fine. Subs: Callaghan, N. Smith, Dunt.

REPORT & GALLERY: Crawley Wasps 6 QPR Girls Dev’ment 0

Emma Plewa scored a hat-trick against QPR Girls Development in the Women’s FA Cup (Picture: Ben Davidson –

Former Wales international Emma Plewa hit a hat-trick as Crawley Wasps reached the second round of the Women’s FA Cup with a 6-0 win over QPR Girls Development on Sunday.

Kemina Webber, Megan Stow and Ariana Fleischman were also on target against the Rs’ youngsters at Tinsley Lane.

It is only the second time in the club’s history that Wasps have reached this stage of the FA Cup, and they have now won all 14 of their games this season.

Against QPR’s teenagers, who play in the division below, Wasps recalled Abbie Measures, Charlie Carter, Fleischman and Webber, and gave 17-year-old Lauren Graves only her second start in goal.

Measures created the first big chance with a cross that Plewa headed wide from eight yards out, while Rangers sent a volley wide from a corner at the other end.

A scrappy Webber goal put Wasps in front on 13 minutes. The centre forward burst into the box and the ball cannoned in off her as a defender attempted to challenge.

Stow shot into the side-netting from Sian Heather’s cutback, before Plewa’s cool finish when through on goal made it 2-0 on 26 minutes.

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Graves comfortably fielded a long-range effort as Rangers threatened only occasionally, and Wasps scored four times in 20 second-half minutes.

Shortly after the break, Plewa latched on to a Stow through ball and rounded R’s keeper Lucie White before slotting in.

White also made saves from Heather’s angle drive and Fleischman’s half volley, but she could o little about Stow’s terrific effort from 25 yards which found the top corner.

Plewa completed her hat-trick in fine style, picking up the ball on the halfway line, burning past a defender and stabbing the ball into low into the far corner.

Fleischman completed the scoring when she snapped up a rebound following Heather’s saved shot.

Wasps: Graves; Measures (Drury), C. Carter, James, Palmer (Niamh Stephenson); Cole, Fleischman; Heather, Stow, Plewa; Webber. Sub not used: Gibbs.

PREVIEW: Wasps primed for FA Cup clash with QPR Girls

In-form Crawley Wasps are hoping for strong local support on Sunday as they make their first appearance in the first round of the Women’s FA Cup for seven years.

Paul Walker’s team have won all 13 of their matches this season, including qualifying-round ties against Denham United and Chesham United to set up this weekend’s home clash with QPR Girls Development.

While QPR’s first team play in the FA Women’s National League Premier, one division above Wasps, their second team is made up of talented teenagers and are newly promoted to the London & South East Division, the league Wasps won last season.

The game will be played at Tinsley Lane, Oakwood FC, with a 2pm kick-off. There will be copies of the new edition of the Women’s Football Yearbook – which for the first time features an entry on Wasps – on sale at the game.

Wasps overcame Chesham to reach the first-round proper, having earlier beaten Denham.

The two Cup wins so far have already earned Wasps a total of £1,050, with a further £850 on offer to the 15 first-round victors.

But another reward is a potential tie against National League Premier clubs, including Portsmouth, Gillingham, MK Dons and Chichester, who all come in at the second round.

Wasps last reached the first-round stage back in 2011, when they beat Meridian, Eastbourne Town and higher-league Crystal Palace in the qualifying stages. They then received a bye straight into round two after Ipswich Town’s withdrawal.

SEE ALSO: Billericay Town 0 Crawley Wasps 2
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MATCH REPORT: Billericay Town 0 Crawley Wasps 2

Crawley Wasps players celebrate the 2-0 victory at Billericay at the AGP Arena.

Crawley Wasps pulled off a huge 2-0 win away at second-placed Billericay on Sunday to move five points clear at the top of the FA Women’s National League Division One South East.

An often tense game at the AGP Arena was settled by second-half goals from former Wales international Emma Plewa and ex-England Under-23 Naomi Cole.

The victory was their 13th straight win in all competitions and also extended Wasps’ unbeaten run in league matches to 24, dating back to March 2017.

Given the importance of the game to both sides, it was perhaps no surprise that the first half was tight with few clear-cut opportunities. Cole shot just over, while Billericay twice fired just wide after Wasps failed to properly deal with free-kicks.

But Paul Walker’s side took a grip on midfield after the break and were the dominant side for much of the second half. Plewa fired into the side netting and Megan Stow tested keeper Nikita Runnacles, before the crucial breakthrough.

It came on 64 minutes as Plewa beat the offside trap to latch on to Cole’s threaded pass and the winger pulled the trigger.

Cole sealed the victory herself with 10 to play as she took advantage of hesitant defending to slam into an empty net.

Manager Paul Walker said: “It’s an important win, against our title rivals, that keeps us firmly in control of our own destiny in our pursuit of back-to-back promotions.

“There were some outstanding individual performances but topping those was the overall team display – a superb work ethic and desire to get the job done.”

Wasps: Gibbs; Niamh Stephenson, James, Young, Palmer; Drury, Cole; Rabson, Stow, Plewa; Heather (Webber 87). Subs not used: Graves, Measures, C. Carter, Fleischman.

MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps res 9 Milford & Witley 0

Millie Carter scored twice in Crawley Wasps reserves’ 9-0 demolition of Milford & Witley (Picture: Dave Burt –

Seven different players scored as Crawley Wasps’ reserves beat lower-division Milford & Witley 9-0 in the South East Counties League Cup on Sunday.

Millie Carter – signed earlier this season from Portsmouth – created the first three goals. She first crossed for Amy Woollard to head in the opener and then set up Toni Smith for the second, before finding experienced left-back Michelle Ward for a rare goal.

Wasps added two more before half time. Nicholle Smith’s centre was nodded down by Woollard into the path of centre-back Jess Rippin, who scored after her first two efforts were blocked, before Carter drilled in from the edge of the box.

GALLERY: More pictures from the Milford & Witley game coming soon.

Nicholle Smith also provided the sixth, her corner forced home by Ellie Russell, while another set-piece – this time from Natalie Stephenson – found Suzanne Davies at the far post to make it 7-0.

Davies and Carter rounded things off as Wasps set up a trip to divisional rivals Ashford in round two.

Wasps reserves: Samain; Richards, Duncan, Russell, Ward; Davies, Natalie Stephenson, T. Smith, Woollard; M. Carter, Woollard. Subs: Rippin, Barnham, N. Smith, Martin.

MATCH REPORT: Worthing 0 Crawley Wasps res 3

Amy Woollard was previously with Ascot United (Picture: Ben Davidson Photography)

Two first-half goals from Amy Woollard set Crawley Wasps reserves on their way to a 3-0 victory at Worthing on Sunday., to maintain their own 100 per cent record in the South East Counties Premier Division.

Woollard, a summer recruit from Ascot United, headed in Rosanne Fine’s hooked cross for the opener and then drilled home following a corner.

Wasps went close again as they hit the woodwork twice in the same attack but at the other end were indebted to a fine save from keeper Leah Samain to keep Worthing at bay.

Centre-back Ellie Russell nodded in a Natalie Stephenson corner early in the second half to extend Wasps’ lead, before striker Amy Clark was sent off late on after a melee.

Wasps reserves: Samain; Richards, Duncan, Russell, Ward; M. Carter, Stephenson, T. Smith, Woollard; Fine, Clark. Subs: Rippin, Barnham, Callaghan, Dunt.

MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps 6 Luton Town 0

Megan Stow came on as a second-half substitute and was one of six goalscorers (Picture: Ben Davidson –

Prolific Crawley Wasps made it 12 wins from 12 in all competitions this season with a 6-0 demolition of bottom side Luton Town in the FA Women’s National League on Sunday.

They have now scored 35 goals in just seven league games this season, following promotion to the fourth tier of women’s football.

Striker Sian Heather nodded in the opener and skipper Naomi Cole blasted in the second from the penalty spot just before the break.

In the second half, midfielder Ariana Fleischman netted after being set up by Heather, with centre-back Darcey James scoring the fourth when the Hatters failed to clear a corner.

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Substitute Megan Stow then got on the scoresheet for 5-0, with Faye Rabson rounding things off.

The win puts Wasps back on top of Division One South East, two points clear of Billericay with a game in hand.

The two sides meet at Billericay on Sunday.

Wasps: Gibbs; Niamh Stephenson, James, Young (Drury), Palmer; C. Carter, Cole; Rabson, Fleischman (Stow), Plewa; Heather (Davies). Subs not used: Graves, Measures.

MATCH REPORT: Eastbourne Ladies 0 Crawley Wasps 4

Ellie Russell, Lauren Graves and Millie Carter made their Wasps debuts in the County Cup win at Eastbourne.

A much-changed Crawley Wasps side booked their place in the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup quarter-finals on Sunday with a 4-0 win at Eastbourne LFC.

Ariana Fleischman scored twice, with Suzanne Davies and Jenny Drury also on target, as Wasps secured their 11th consecutive victory in all competitions this season.

Playing against opposition from two leagues below – Eastbourne are in the same division as Wasps’ reserves – the opportunity was taken to rest many of the first-team regulars who have taken the club to the top of the FA Women’s National League Division One South East.

Reserves and Under-18s goalkeeper Lauren Graves, 17, was handed her competitive debut, as were two recent signings from Portsmouth – defender Ellie Russell, 21, and midfielder Millie Carter, 18, the latter from the bench.

Davies, a Wasps stalwart who has largely been used as a substitute this term, made the most of a rare start by opening the scoring from Charlie Carter’s ball.

American midfielder Fleischman doubled the lead before the break and then netted again in the second half, with an effort from the edge of the box.

Substitute Drury got her first goal of the season when she headed in a corner as Wasps eased into a last-eight tie against lower-league Saltdean.

Wasps are back at home in the league this Sunday when they host Luton Town at Tinsley Lane, Oakwood (2pm kick-off).

Wasps: Graves; Measures, Cole, Russell, Ward; C. Carter, Stow; Woollard, Fleischman, Davies; Webber. Subs: Drury, M. Carter, Heather.