Crawley Wasps boss Paul Walker wants the town to get behind his red-hot team in their latest home league game on Wednesday after securing an FA Cup victory.
Goals from Naomi Cole, Kemina Webber and Faye Rabson gave Wasps a 3-1 win at FA Women’s National League South East rivals Denham United to set up a third-qualifying round tie at Chesham.
But rather than bask in the glory of their seventh win in seven games this season, Walker immediately switched his attentions to the visit of promotion rivals Actonians (kick-off 7.45pm).
And he’s hoping for a repeat of the 100-plus crowd who turned up to Oakwood FC last month and inspired a 5-2 win over AFC Wimbledon.
“The league is our priority so securing three points against a good Actonians side is our focus,” said Walker.
“I’m expecting a competitive game on Wednesday and if we can have the intensity that we did in the Wimbledon game, with a bit of a crowd behind us, then hopefully we can come out the right end of that.”
At Denham, former England Under-23 international Cole – who had seen an earlier effort cannon off the post and the keeper – put Wasps in front with a smart volley after collecting a poor clearance.
In the second half, Megan Stow curled narrowly wide before Webber jumped to beat the keeper to Cole’s inswinging corner.
Rabson made it 3-0 with a crisp finish having collected Stow’s pass and slipped inside a defender.
Denham pulled one back from a corner but Wasps remained on top, with Sian Heather firing wide and hitting the post late on.
Wasps: Gibbs; Measures (Niamh Stephenson), Carter, Young (Fleischman), Palmer; Drury, Cole; Heather, Stow, Rabson; Webber (Davies). Sub not used: Graves.