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.