MATCH REPORT: Kent Football United 0 Crawley Wasps 4

Crawley Wasps underlined their promotion credentials with a superb 4-0 win away at Kent Football United on Sunday.

Toni Smith, Holly Walker, Naomi Cole and Lauren Callaghan were all on target as Wasps made it five league wins from five – their best start to a league campaign since 2008-09.

The Plumstead-based home side were known until this summer as London Corinthians and pipped Wasps to second in the London & South East Premier Division.

But Paul Walker’s team were the better side for large spells, particularly in the first half, and needed just seven minutes to take the lead, Smith latching on to a short backpass before rounding the keeper and scoring.

Just after the goal, Cole had a shot tipped over and Faye Rabson saw one effort saved and another blocked on the line.

Any frustration at those missed chances eased with the second goal on 26 minutes. Cole’s free-kick from deep was flicked on by Ariana Fleischman and put in via Walker’s shoulder.

Fleischman and Callaghan both hit shots straight at the keeper before the break, while United struck the bar after a swift counter.

Wasps’ second half performance was a little more disjointed and keeper Frankie Gibbs made a couple of comfortable saves, but they did enough to keep the hosts at arm’s length.

Two late goals put the gloss on a fine victory. First, Cole robbed the goalkeeper and tapped into an empty net, before substitute Charlie Carter – signed recently from Lewes – sent Callaghan clear, and she made no mistake.

Wasps: Gibbs; Drury, Niamh Stephenson, Walker, Ward; Elphick, Cole; Rabson, Fleischman, Callaghan; T. Smith. Subs: Carter, Duncan, Davies.

Wasps reserves were beaten 2-0 by Clapham United in the Capital Intermediate Cup, while the development squad  – the Ladies third team – lost 6-0 to Newhaven in the Sussex Women’s Trophy.

Crawley Wasps LFC round-up: Third win in a row for Wasps’ reserves

Crawley Wasps’ reserves beat Bexhill United’s first team 2-1 on Sunday for a third win in a row in the South East Counties Premier Division.

They had defeated the same opposition by the same score on the road the previous weekend and delivered a repeat result at Ewhurst.

Unlike the reverse fixture, they had to come from behind to do it and were indebted to two Natalie Stephenson penalties – the first after a handball, the second from a foul.

Bexhill – who two seasons ago were playing in the same division as Wasps’ first team – hit the post and bar and also forced Rachel Hillman into a good save from close range.

Captain Zoe Martin was named Thales player of the match.

Wasps’ development squad – the new third ladies team – were beaten 3-0 at home by Montpelier Villa in the Sussex Women’s League.

Meanwhile, the Under-16s put their watching parents through the wringer as they beat Rustington Raiders 5-3.

They were 2-1 up at half time with goals from Alana Delaney and Emily Flegg, and when Delaney made it 3-1 that could have set the seal on the game.

But Rustington made it interesting by scoring twice to equalise and threatening Wasps’ third 3-3 draw of the season.

However, the defence worked as a solid unit and a few great saves by Lauren Graves kept Rustington at bay before goals by Ellie Livingstone and Flegg secured the win.

Chloe Upton was awarded the Thales player of the match for playing through the pain barrier to turn in an accomplished performance.

Crawley Wasps LFC match report – Crawley Wasps 9 Fulham Foundation 2

Crawley Wasps hit nine goals for the second time in a week as they thrashed Fulham Foundation 9-2 to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.

Summer signing Kemina Webber scored four and created two others, while Faye Rabson set up the demolition job with a first-half hat-trick.

Ex-Lewes forward Rabson opened the scoring on six minutes, after latching on to Toni Smith’s pass, although Fulham equalised following a cross from the left which was converted at the far post.

Webber restored the lead midway through the first half, nodding in Naomi Cole’s corner, but Fulham again quickly levelled as Wasps failed to deal with a corner, despite an excellent save from Frankie Gibbs.

Parity lasted barely a minute, however, as Rabson struck again to make it 3-2 and she was involved in the build up not long after that, releasing Webber, who squared for Ariana Fleischman to finish.

Rabson completed her treble on 36 minutes, taking an exquisite touch before rounding the goalkeeper, and Webber curled in superbly from an angle to make it 6-2 at the break.

New signing Charlie Carter – who last season played six times for Lewes in the FA Women’s Premier League, two levels above – came into the back four at half time, as did regulars Holly Walker and Michelle Ward.

The goals continued early in the second half. Webber fired in with her left foot for the perfect hat-trick after excellent work from Cole, before she nodded in Rabson’s cross, following intricate passing also involving Fleischman.

Cole completed the rout from the spot after Fulham’s goalkeeper was adjudged to have brought down Suzanne Davies.

Wasps have now scored 31 goals in their last four games in all competitions.

Wasps: Gibbs; Drury, Duncan, Niamh Stephenson, T. Smith; Elphick, Cole; Davies, Fleischman, Rabson; Webber. Subs: Carter, Walker, Ward, Callaghan.

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Crawley Wasps LFC match report: Crawley Wasps 9 Carshalton Athletic 0

Summer signing Hayley Fowle scored a hat-trick as Crawley Wasps opened their League Cup group-stage campaign with a 9-0 demolition of Carshalton Athletic on Sunday.

Paul Walker’s side – who reached the final last season, losing out to Leyton Orient – scored five in the first 45 minutes.

Skipper Naomi Cole had a hand in the first two, belting a right-footed shot beyond the keeper before her through ball deflected into the path of Rosanne Fine, who rounded the keeper and slid the ball into the empty net.

The chances kept coming with Kemina Webber and Jenny Drury, making their first Wasps starts, both denied by the keeper, who then allowed Danielle Boyd’s low shot to creep under her body for 3-0.

That error was out of character, though, as she also made a good double save to deny first Suzanne Davies and then Webber.

But she was beaten twice more before half-time as Fowle scored contrasting goals – the first was a spectacular dipping effort from distance, the second a tap in from a rebound.

Wasps keeper Frankie Gibbs tipped a shot over to preserve the clean sheet going into the break and the goals flowed again in the final quarter of the game.

Fowle, who earlier had an effort scrambled off the line, completed her treble with an emphatic finish and the hosts scored three times late on against flagging opposition.

Thales player of the match Davies made it 7-0 and and skilfully laid on goals for Nicholle Smith and Webber, her first since joining from Watford Development in the summer.

Wasps: Gibbs; Drury, Duncan, Niamh Stephenson, T. Smith; Davies, Elphick, Cole, Boyd; Webber, Fine. Subs: Richards, Worsfold, Fowle, N. Smith.

ROUND-UP: Reserves beat Bexhill, Under-16s held

Crawley Wasps’ reserves beat Bexhill United’s first team 2-1 on Sunday for back-to-back victories in the South East Counties Premier Division.

Natalie Stephenson, whose double helped see off Chichester Development the previous weekend, scored again, this time direct from a corner.

Keisha Lawrence made it 2-0, turning her defender before striking home with her left foot.

Bexhill – who two seasons ago were playing in the same division as Wasps’ first team – pulled a goal back 10 minutes from time, but to no avail. Alex Tibble was Thales player of the match.

Poppy Nicholls scored twice for Wasps’ Under-16s as they came within a minute of beating league leaders Ringmer.

Nicholls’ left-footed drive and a finish following a slick passing move put the visitors 2-1 up at the break.

Emily Flegg scored the third but Ringmer snatched a late point in a 3-3 draw. Thales player of the match went to centre-back Chloe Upton.

Match round-up: Stephenson’s rockets win it for reserves

Natalie Stephenson’s set-piece brilliance inspired Crawley Wasps reserves to a 2-1 victory over Chichester City Development on Sunday.

The former first-team captain, now a mainstay of the second string, struck an excellent free-kick and powered in a penalty as the hosts came from a goal behind at half-time.

Chi, who started the day top of the South East Counties Premier Division, started the more confident side and, after Wasps keeper Hope Laker was forced into a scrambling save, the visitors took the lead from the resulting corner.

Both sides then hit the bar, Laker tipping a shot on to the woodwork and home skipper Zoe Martin seeing a deflected shot loop up and cannon back, while both keepers also made important stops.

Wasps’ Amy Clark saw a shot blocked on the line before Chi’s Loulou Robson sadly suffered a broken ankle in slipping on the ball in a challenge with Toni Smith.

Wasps started to get a grip on midfield in the second half, with Lisa Richards lifting a shot over and Clark seeing an effort pushed away, and they deservedly equalised when Stephenson hit a stunning free-kick from 30 yards out.

With the tireless Richards, skipper Martin and Thales player of the match Rebekah Dunt all impressing, Wasps pressed for a winner, which duly came when the referee spotted a handball in the area, and Stephenson slammed in the spot-kick.

Wasps reserves: Laker; Richards, Duncan, Bolton, Coaker; Natalie Stephenson, Martin, Harding, Dunn; Dunt, Clark. Subs: Paul, N, Smith, T. Smith.

Wasps’ Development Squad – the club’s new ladies third team – were forced to field defender Jodie Barker in goal as a side depleted by injuries and illness lost 6-0 at Saltdean Ladies, expected to be among the favourites for the Sussex County Women’s League.

There was no game for the first team, while the Under-16s were awarded the points following Horsham Sparrows’ withdrawal.

VACANCY: Video partner wanted

Crawley Wasps LFC – the largest all women’s and girls football club in Crawley and one of the premier ladies clubs in the south east – are seeking someone with video filming and editing expertise for a brand new role.

With our first team aiming for promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League, we want a talented and self-motivated individual to produce imaginative video footage promoting the club and its sponsors – particularly main club sponsor Thales, a major global brand, and Cottesmore Hotel, Golf & Country Club, who provide weekly access to their impressive facilities for strength and conditioning training.

The successful applicant would also film first-team games to be used within the club for analysis.

This opportunity would be a voluntary role and would be ideal for organisations or individuals seeking to work with sports clubs to enhance their portfolios and experience (possibly individuals undertaking undergraduate/post-graduate qualifications etc.).

We would consider supporting such an individual/group with material costs, if required.

This is an excellent opportunity for a group/individual in this field of work to become involved with a progressive and ambitious ladies football club as the women’s game continues at pace to attract media exposure.

The successful applicant would report to the club’s communications officer, Andrew Raeburn (a professional sports journalist).

How to apply: Send a CV and a covering letter – plus examples of any work if available – to Andrew Raeburn, media@crawleywasps.com.

Worthing Town 2, Crawley Wasps Development 3

Crawley Wasps’ Development maintained their 100 per cent start to life in the Sussex Women’s League as two Tracey O’Hagan goals helped see off Worthing Town.
Wasps came into the game on a high after beating AFC Varndenians Development 4-0 the previous week but made a slow start and fell behind early on.
They levelled on 25 minutes as Sami Phillips’ goal kick found Char Terry and Topaz Luxford’s cross was finished off by O’Hagan.
She had her second before the break, this time from a Millie Baverstock delivery, as Wasps went ahead.
O’Hagan turned provider to make it 3-1, finding Luxford who beat the Worthing defence, before the hosts made it a nervy finish by pulling a goal back.
Captain Jodie Barker was the Basepoint Player of the Match.

Wasps Development: Phillips, Chart, Foster, Baines, Barker, Terry, Saunders, Brookbank, Byworth, O’Hagan, Luxford.

Subs: Taylor, Baverstock, Smith, Brockbank.

Crawley Wasps LFC youth round-up – Historic first win for Under-11s

Crawley Wasps’ Under-11s celebrated a maiden victory at the second attempt as they beat Horsham Sparrows 2-1 on Sunday.

The club’s youngest team had started their first season together with a drawn league game at Wick, but showed great spirit and no lack of skill to come from behind at Ewhurst.

Captained by Issy-May Connor, and with Jean Wright showing great promise in goal, Wasps played good football throughout, although fell behind to a Sparrows side who contributed to a great contest.

Holly Remfry equalised and Lucy-Mae Skinner scored the winning goal in the closing stages.

Lily Dawes was Thales player of the match, while there were good displays from Isabel Wilson, Isabelle Liggins and Berneen Sawyer.

Coach Hannah Duncan said: “I am proud of the girls for getting their first win.

“It was great to see them playing with smiles on their faces and putting to good use what they had worked on in training.”

Wasps’ Under-16s, already without some key individuals, lost Ellie Livingstone to an injury which reduced them to 10 fit players in a 9-0 defeat at Mile Oak.

Stand-out performances came from Macy Watts, Poppy Nicholls and skipper Chanelle Gainsford.

Crawley Wasps LFC match report – Fulham Foundation 2, Crawley Wasps 7

Crawley Wasps made it three wins from three in the London & South East Premier Division with a 7-2 win at Fulham Foundation on Sunday.

Playing on 4G at Fulham FC’s Motspur Park training ground, Wasps went ahead on eight minutes when Rosanne Fine’s cross deflected into the path of Lauren Callaghan, who finished well.

The pair also combined for the second and third goals, scored on 24 and 26 minutes. Callaghan played a one-two with Fine before setting herself and smashing home, and then turned provider as Fine bundled in at the far post.

Wasps went 4-0 up when Faye Rabson took advantage of a defensive slip to score, but Fulham pulled one back when referee Stephen Dedman penalised Niamh Stephenson for an apparent foul, and the penalty was confidently converted.

While the visitors adapted to a half-time formation change, Fulham took advantage to reduced the deficit shortly after the break, but almost immediately Wasps restored their three-goal lead as Holly Walker stabbed in Naomi Cole’s corner.

Suzanne Davies netted the sixth from an acute angle after Rabson’s low cross and skipper Cole’s cross-cum-shot deceived the Fulham keeper to round off the scoring.

Former Millwall and Lewes midfielder Cole was named Thales player of the match after an excellent display, while summer signing Kemina Webber – brought in from league rivals Watford Development – made her competitive debut from the bench.

Wasps: Gibbs; Duncan, Niamh Stephenson, Walker, Ward; Davies, Cole, Fleischman, Callaghan; Boyd; Fine. Subs: Elphick, N. Smith, T. Smith, Rabson, Webber.

Wasps reserves, meanwhile, drew 1-1 with Worthing Ladies in the South East Counties League. Keisha Lawrence scored the goal.

Wasps’ development squad – the new Ladies third team playing in the Sussex Women’s League – beat Worthing Town 3-2 to maintain their 100 per cent record.

Tracey O’Hagan scored twice in the first half – from a Topaz Luxford cross, and then from Millie Baverstock’s delivery – before setting up Luxford in the second half.