Crawley Wasps 6 – Mile Oak Wanderers 1
Crawley Wasps produced an almost perfect performance, clinically taking apart a strong Mile Oak team in this Sussex FA Girls U14 Challenge Cup Final. Wasps made their intentions clear from the start when Yasmin Church burst through the Mile Oak defence in the opening minute only to see her shot cannon back off the post. Poppy Nicholls and Church then took a grip on the game for Wasps controlling midfield as Wasps dominated possession and on 8 minutes Church fed Nicholls who in turn played in Chanelle Gainsford who fired into the top corner. With Captain Eleanor Keegan marshalling her defence, full backs Elle Ratcliffe and Emily Tilford-Carey kept the physical Mile Oak attack at bay and frequently started the passing moves for Wasps one of which saw a second goal disallowed for Gainsford and Yasmin Church burst through, this time to strike the other post. Amy Perry was a constant threat and her work rate was almost rewarded when she fed Gainsford down the left and then met Gainsford’s cross with a powerful header that just missed the top corner. Just before half time it was Nicholls that ensured Wasps went in two up when her 30 yard drive crashed in off the underside of the bar.
Wasps started the second half as they left the first and after 7 minutes Erin Porter exchanged a neat one two with Perry before lashing in Wasps third. Five minutes later it was Wasps keeper Lauren Graves demonstrating why she keeps so many clean sheets with a fantastic one handed save to keep out a Mile Oak penalty. Church and Perry then combined for Church to fire a against the far post just before Church returned the favour for Perry to bundle over the line for Wasps fourth. On 68 minutes Church saw her long range effort crash back of the post, only for Perry to be on hand to tuck away the rebound for Wasps fifth. In extra time Chloe Wallage chased down a long ball before squaring for Macy Watts to score Wasps sixth.
Wasps: Lauren Graves, Emily Tilford-Carey, Elle Ratcliffe, Eleanor Keegan, Yasmin Church, Poppy Nicholls, Chanelle Gainsford, Amy Perry, Alana Delaney, Erin Porter, Olivia Mullan, Macy Watts, Chloe Wallage, Chloe Upton
Crawley Wasps 6 – Crawley Town 0
Wasps might consider themselves fortunate to have made the semi-final in the Sussex Girls U14 League Challenge Cup against local rival Crawley Town. It was Town who started brightly and carved several very good openings in the first 15 minutes but found Wasps keeper Lauren Graves in inspired form as she made several great saves, twice diving at the feet of Town strikers as they were about to shoot. It was against the run of play that Wasps took the lead, a quick throw from Graves to Poppy Nicholls who fed Chanelle Gainsford, who’s first time ball played in Amy Perry to slot the opening goal. Five minutes later Perry grabbed her second with a deflected shot from the edge of the box before sealing her hatrick when Yasmin Church and Macy Watts combined to set her up. The second half was another even affair although it was Wasps who started quicker and Amy Perry grabbed her fourth goal within two minutes after being played in by Chloe Upton. Within 10 minutes Yasmin Church grabbed a brace after being set up by Nelly Gainsford and Chloe Wallage. Graves continued to keep Town at bay in the second half with several more saved and secured the Player of the Match Award as a result. Wasps go on to meet Horsham Sparrows in the semi-final.
Wasps: Lauren Graves, Emily Tilford-Carey, Eleanor Keegan, Olivia Mullan, Yasmin Church, Poppy Nicholls, Erin Porter, Chanelle Gainsford, Amy Perry, Elle Ratcliffe, Macy Watts, Chloe Upton, Chloe Wallage, Alana Delaney
Crawley Wasps U14 Girls made a successful defence of the Futsal title they won last year scoring an impressive 26 goals and conceding only four over the course of six games. Following a tight 3-1 victory over local rivals Crawley Town in the opening game Wasps didn’t look back and sealed the tournament with a 3-2 victory over nearest rivals Broad Oak and Horam. The strength and depth of the Wasps squad was evident as performances full of skill and quick passing continued as the team kept up a high tempo pace from the start to the end with goals coming from all over the pitch. Wasps go on to represent Sussex in the Regional Finals against Surrey and Kent. Wasps: Lauren Graves, Emily Tilford-Carey, Eleanor Keegan, Poppy Nicholls, Yasmin Church, Amy Perry, Erin Porter, Chanelle Gainsford, Alana Delaney
Mile Oak Wanderers 0 Crawley Wasps 4
Crawley Wasps made it 9 wins from 9 games to move 9 points clear at the top of the Sussex U14 Girls League. Wasps started brightly and pinned Mile Oak back for much of the 1st half, controlling possession and playing some delightful one touch football. Poppy Nicholls opened the scoring with a trade mark curling effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Wasps second was a team affair, Lauren Graves whose distribution was exceptional throughout rolled out to Eleanor Keegan, who found Chloe Upton who in turn played in Yasmin Church to square for player of the match,Amy Perry to roll in at the far post. Nicholls was unfortunate to see her 30 yard free kick cannon back of the bar before Erin Porter went close with a couple of long range efforts of her own. Wasps sealed the game in the second half, Church bursting through and shooting across the keeper before Graves made a fantastic save from a Mile Oak penalty. Chanelle Gainsford wrapped things up scoring direct from her in swinging corner.
Crawley Wasps 5 – Horsham Sparrows 1
Crawley Wasps maintained their grip at the top of the Sussex U14 Girls League with a convincing win over Horsham Sparrows. In blustery conditions Wasps pinned their opponents in their own half for most of the first half and Poppy Nichols opened the scoring finding the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Shortly after Alana Delaney stroked home the second at the far post following a flowing team move. Player of the match, Chanelle Gainsford who worked tirelessly throughout grabbed the third before half time. In the second half Nicholls followed up good work from Amy Perry to score twice more and complete a deserved hatrick. Despite conceding in the second half, Wasps gave away little in defence where both Chloe Upton and Olivia Mullan put in commanding performances.
Crawley Wasps produced a clinical display of passing and finishing in this Sussex County U14 Challenge Cup Quarter Final. Hollingbury Hawks, riding high in the Sussex U13 League found their older opponents too strong but to the credit of their coaches and parents battled from the opening whistle to the last, playing some very good passing football of their own. It was Wasps however who made the breakthrough after 10 minutes when Poppy Nicholls found the bottom corner from the edge of the box following a goal mouth scramble. Further goals from Amy Perry, Chantelle Gainsford and two from Alana Delaney saw Wasps take a comfortable 5-0 half time lead. In the second half Wasps continued to press and both Delaney and Gainsford completed well-earned hatricks, Nicholls got her second, Yasmin Church scored twice including a header from a Nicholls corner and Elle Ratcliffe wrapped up the scoring at the death. Wasps go on to meet rivals Eastbourne in the semi-final in January.
Worthing Town 1 Crawley Wasps 3
Wasps extended their winning start to 7 games and in the process extended their lead at the top of the Sussex Girls U14 League to 9 points with a commanding performance at mid table Worthing coming away with a 3-1 victory.
Alana Delaney opened the scoring for Wasps with a spectacular first time volley from Poppy Nicholls right wing cross to put Wasps one up. Nicholls then turned provider again, this time her surging run creating space for Amy Perry to fire home.
Wasps controlled much of the game with both Ellie Ratcliffe and player of the match Emily Tilford-Carey defending well and often the source of several Wasps passing moves.
Five minutes before half time Yasmin Church exchanged a neat one two with Perry on the edge of the box and although her shot was saved Perry was on hand to grab her second of the game and eleventh of the season.
Wasps well organised back three, organised by Captain Eleanor Keegan limited Worthing to half chances however a second half penalty saw Worthing pull a goal back that their continued battling richly deserved. However, Wasps ran out comfortable winners.