RESERVES/YOUTH ROUND-UP: Under-16s win on penalties

Crawley Wasps Under-16s held their nerve to beat Newhaven on penalties in the Sussex Girls League Cup on Sunday.

After a goalless first half, the introduction of Topaz Luxford breathed fresh life into the Wasps attack and she gave the visitors the lead on the hour mark after a great ball in from Lily Beckett.

Newhaven responded though with an equaliser and neither side could find the breakthrough in normal or extra time, sending the game to penalties.

Wasps won the shootout 3-1 to go into a tie against Eastbourne Girls in the next round. Goalkeeper Feitong Wilde was the Basepoint Player of the Match.

Wasps Under-15s, who are playing in a boys’ league this season to give them a proper test following two unbeaten seasons, were again on the wrong end of a heavy defeat, this time to Withdean, although continued to show promising signs of development. Goalkeeper Lauren Graves was in superb form once more.

The Under-12s were also beaten by Withdean, 13-2, but were without a recognised goalkeeper due to injury. Ashleigh Woodhams scored both goals.

Meanwhile, the Ladies’ reserves lost 4-1 at Parkwood Rangers in the South East Counties League.

Unable to name any substitutes due to unavailability, they were hampered by going to 10 men due to Amy Clark’s injury.

Parkwood took the lead on 35 minutes but Shinih Tuazon equalised in the second half.

However, the home side – who went top of the division with this win – overpowered the short-handed Wasps.

Josie Porter was named the Thales Player of the Match but Carys Dunn and goalkeeper Hope Laker were also excellent.

MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps 0 Oxford City 2

Crawley Wasps bowed out of the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday with a 2-0 home defeat by Oxford City.

The visitors are top of the Southern Region Women’s Premier Division, a level equivalent to Wasps, and won thanks to goals midway through either half.

City took the lead on 23 minutes with the first serious effort of the game, as a Jane Younger shot from distance flew just beyond the reach of debutant Wasps keeper Marie Gilstroem.

Wasps then had a let-off when an Oxford shot from inside the box clipped the top of the bar.

The home side responded though with a dynamic run from Nicholle Smith and her cross was almost turned in at the far post by Rebekah Dunt.

But City had two more chances before the break, including striking the top of the crossbar again.

The second half was a more even affair but Oxford continued to look the more incisive in the final third, with Gilstroem making a couple of comfortable saves.

Wasps brought on Holly Turbill for her debut, having signed from Lewes Ladies, but on 73 minutes came the killer blow as a simple ball caught out a static defence and a clinical finish sent City into the next round.

Wasps: Gilstroem; Duncan, Barton, Walker, Ward; Elphick (Callaghan 83); N. Smith, Boyd (Turbill 62), Davies, Dunt; Fine (Villette 77). Subs not used: Poleykett, Barnett.

Crawley Wasps LFC reserves/youth round-up: Wasps reserves edged out by Eastbourne

Crawley Wasps reserves won their first match since promotion on Sunday with a 6-4 victory over Long Lane.

Natalie Stephenson, who had played in goal for the first-team in their win over Fulham Foundation earlier in the day, scored a hat-trick, her first from outside the box.

Amy Clark netted twice and Jade Simmons and Carys Dunn were also on target.

Wasps Under-16s were also involved in a goal-laden game, surviving a Withdean Youth comeback to win 5-4.

Caitlin Baigent’s opener was cancelled out by a Withdean equaliser, but Wasps regained the lead when Jodie Barker’s free-kick hit the bar and Emma Brookbank put home the rebound.

Luxford then scored a hat-trick, including one from 20 yards. as Wasps opened up a 5-2 lead.

Withdean hit back with two very quick goals but Wasps, with Jenny Brockbank the Basepoint player of the match, defended hard in the final 10 minutes to claim the points.

The Under-15s, playing boys teams this season after going unbeaten for two years, again found the going tough against Hassocks, but played some very good football throughout, keeping their commitment to passing and moving.

Eleanor Keegan was named the Thales player of the match.

Lucy Neill scored as Wasps Under-12s were beaten 5-1 at Shoreham & Adur, despite a much-improved display.

Crawley Wasps LFC match report: Wasps 1 Watford Development 2

Crawley Wasps’ unbeaten start to the season came to an end on Sunday after they were edged out by Watford Development.

Having won three and drawn one of their first four league games, Wasps finally tasted defeat in a competitive game that could have gone either way.

The two sides drew 0-0 at Watford earlier this month but any threat of another stalemate vanished after just three minutes when the visitors took the lead, a free-kick from wide on the left being turned in from 10 yards out.

The goal settled Watford down and they looked the more threatening side, but the tide turned around the 20 minute mark.

Danielle Boyd and Suzanne Davies both fired just over before Wasps deservedly equalised on 34 minutes.

Rebekah Dunt cut inside and unleashed a shot that the keeper could only parry and Boyd put in the rebound.

Wasps were in the ascendancy as the first half wore on, with Davies being denied by the keeper and Gemma Villette firing wide from a corner.

After the break, Davies broke through a couple of challenges before seeing a shot held, but the second half yielded few chances until the Hornets regained the lead.

A through ball split the Wasps defence and a shot was placed between defender Holly Walker and keeper Natalie Stephenson and in at the far post.

Stephenson did make a fine save late on, tipping an effort over the top, but despite some late pressure, Wasps were unable to test the Watford keeper.

Wasps: Stephenson; Villette, Duncan, Walker, Ward; Elphick; N. Smith, Boyd, Davies, Dunt; Fine. Subs: Porter, Barnett, Tuazon.

Crawley Wasps LFC reserves/youth round-up: Wasps reserves edged out by Eastbourne AR

Newly-promoted Crawley Wasps reserves put in a battling performance on Sunday but were beaten 2-1 at Eastbourne Ladies.

The Wasps goal was scored by debutant Amy Clark, who has just joined the club from Rottingdean Village, where she had been top scorer last season.

She levelled on 31 minutes from Shaney Bolton’s assist, after Eastbourne had gone ahead direct from a corner. The hosts won it with 20 minutes to play.

Goalkeeper Hope Laker, who had made her debut for the first team in the Women’s FA Cup last weekend, was named the Thales player of the match.

All three of the club’s youth teams in action on Sunday were also beaten, with the Under-16s losing 4-1 at Southdown.

Having gone 1-0 down, Wasps equalised thanks to Lily Beckett’s 25-yard effort which flew into the top right-hand corner, but Southdown prevailed.

Jodie Barker was named as the Basepoint Crawley player of the match.

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Wasps Under-15s, who are playing boys teams this season in a mixed-sex league after dominating their division for several years, suffered a heavy defeat in the League Cup to Hangleton Rangers, from a division above.

Meanwhile, Wasps Under-12s were beaten 11-0 by Chichester City Girls, with an excellent performance from Lucy Neill in goal.

 

Crawley Wasps LFC match report – London Corinthians 0 Crawley Wasps 1

Shinih Tuazon’s second-half goal earned Crawley Wasps an excellent victory at London Corinthians which stretches their unbeaten start to four games.

This was always likely to be Wasps’ toughest test so far, without several key players against a side who finished second last season and had won their first two matches 7-1 and 6-0.

But Paul Walker’s side are made of sterner stuff this season and kept their second clean sheet in a row.

Wasps had chances in the first half through Lauren Callaghan and Danielle Boyd, while at the other end, Natalie Stephenson – a utility outfielder deputising in goal – had surprisingly little to deal with.

In the second half, Callaghan and Holly Currier both shot wide, but Wasps started to give up possession and both Holly Walker and Thales player of the match Michelle Ward put in last-ditch challenges to keep the scores level.

After surviving that period, Wasps exerted control again and took the lead when Stephenson’s long kick found Tuazon, who beat the keeper at her near post.

Currier and captain Hannah Duncan dug in at the back to deny Corinthians chances, as they closed out another fine victory.

Boss Walker said: “On the balance of play we deserved the win. We controlled the game well and we passed the ball well, particularly first half.

“It was probably our most complete performance this season.”

Wasps reserves lost 6-0 to Bexhill United, who have just come down into their division from the first-team’s league.

Wasps: Stephenson; Villette, Duncan, Walker, Ward; Elphick; N. Smith, Boyd, Barnett, Callaghan; Tuazon. Sub: Currier.

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Jodie’s free-kick seals win for Under-16s

Captain Jodie Barker scored the winner from a free-kick to ensure Crawley Wasps Under-16s got their league campaign off to a great start, 4-3 victors at Ringmer Rovers.

They dominated the game early on and opened the scoring when debutant Emma Brookbank played a one-two with Billie Saunders before firing home from 25 yards.

Despite an equaliser from Ringmer, Wasps worked really hard and regained the lead going into half-time, thanks to Caitlin Baigent.

They continued to have the better of the game early in the second half and made it 3-1 when a swinging ball from Beth Clawson found Topaz Luxford and she made no mistake.

Ringmer, though, were proving tough to put away and the home side stormed back to score twice in 15 minutes to level the game.

But up stepped Barker with a beauty of a free-kick and Wasps closed the game out to take the three points.

Wasps Under-16s: Feitong Wilde, Chloe Baines, Alice Little, Jodie Barker (capt), Millie Baverstock, Beth Clawson, Billie Saunders, Emma Brookbank, Lily Beckett, Topaz Luxford, Caitlin Baigent.

Subs: Jenny Brockbank, Emily Smith, Kiera Beavan.

Basepoint Player of the Match: Emma Brookbank

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Match Report : Wasps Under-15s: History made as Under-15s make boys’ league debut

Amy Perry scored a history-making goal to put Crawley Wasps Under-15s ahead in their first-ever fixture in a boys’ league – but there was to be no fairytale result.

Perry struck early in the second half to etch her name forever in the club’s record books as the scorer of the club’s maiden goal in the Mid-Sussex Youth League, as they take on a brand new challenge.

But their opponents, Cuckfield Cosmos, quickly equalised and went on to score five times in 20 minutes to open up a 5-1 lead.

Ellie Livingston reduced the deficit but Wasps eventually lost 6-2. The team may have lost for the first time in more than three years, but the result was immaterial to the experience and the breaking of new ground.

Neville Dalton, from Sent Her Forward, has followed the story of our Under-15s closely – here’s his match report: https://sentherforward.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/wasps-teenagers-emerge-with-dignity-and-respect-from-historic-encounter-with-boys/

MATCH REPORT: Watford Development 0 Crawley Wasps 0

Crawley Wasps maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a hard-fought goalless draw on Sunday.

After victories in their opening two league matches, both at home, Wasps hit the road for the first time this season against Watford LFC’s academy side.

Early pressure led to four successive corners in the opening minutes but it was the home side who came closest to scoring with a shot from distance that cannoned back off the crossbar.

Despite not being at their fluent best, Wasps finished the first half the stronger of the two sides.

Lauren Callaghan’s shot was blocked by a last-ditch challenge and they had the ball in the net on the stroke of half-time, but Holly Walker’s finish from a corner was ruled out for a foul on the keeper.

After the break, however, it was a different story, with a young Watford team looking sharper and passing the ball more crisply, without really carving out too many clear-cut chances.

They did force a few corners, but lacked a cutting edge, while at the other end, a cross-cum-shot from Holly Currier almost caught out the Watford keeper.

Wasps did survive the last few minutes with outfielder Nicholle Smith in goal, after keeper Catherine Poleykett was injured in a foul, for their first goalless draw since September 2009, a result that lifts them to second in the London and South East Premier table.

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Wasps: Poleykett; Barnett, Barton, Walker, Ward; Villette; N. Smith, Boyd, Davies, Callaghan; Dunt. Subs: Duncan, Currier, Porter, Tuazon.

MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps 2 Camden Town 1

Crawley Wasps Ladies survived most of the second half with 10 players to secure victory on the opening weekend of the season.

Wasps were on the front foot from the off against Camden, taking the lead through Charlotte Barnham’s angled shot after Rebekah Dunt’s pass.

But the visitors equalised when Kirsten Morris’ curling effort from the left-hand edge of the area looped in at the far post.

Wasps had several chances in the first half. Lauren Callaghan went close a couple of times, while Barnham had a shot turned behind after a fabulous pass from impressive debutant Hazel Barnett.

The industrious and creative Suzanne Davies set up what turned out to be the winning goal – her superb run took her past several players and to the edge of the box, where she touched the ball off for Callaghan to drill home.

The sending off early in the second half of Roseanne Fine, for choice words aimed at the referee after strong claims for a penalty were turned down, threatened to change things.

But the remaining 10 – plus those who came off the bench – worked hard to keep the ball and deny Camden time and space, although Wasps keeper Catherine Poleykett did make a fine save to prevent an equaliser.

Davies, who almost produced a spectacular goal after another jinking, was nominated as the first recipient of the Thales Player of the Match, supported by the Crawley-based firm who are Wasps’ new main sponsors.

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