Faye Rabson netted twice on her return to the Crawley Wasps first team as they beat Fulham Foundation 8-0 on Sunday, their 12th match without defeat in all competitions.
Work commitments meant Rabson – Wasps’ top scorer in 2013-14 – was playing her first senior game since last March, but her predatory finishing skills were on display.
When she came on at half-time, Wasps were already 3-0 up although it had taken them 27 minutes to break through after an even start.
Holly Turbill grabbed the first two goals, opening the scoring after fine work from Rosanne Fine and Suzanne Davies and scoring the second having been set free by Hannah Duncan’s long free-kick.
Fine then teed up Davies for a tap in as Wasps started to exert control.
Fulham’s fragility showed early in the second half, as Wasps scored three times in six minutes.
Fine got in on the act – her 21st goal in 20 games this season – before Danielle Boyd’s superb cross was converted by Nicholle Smith, who then turned provider for the first of Rabson’s double.
On 66 minutes, Holly Walker nodded in Boyd’s corner and Rabson completed the rout when she profited after Fine had been denied by the keeper.
Wasps remain top of the London & South East Premier Division but Leyton Orient, five points behind with four games in hand, remain strong title favourites.
Wasps: Poleykett; Duncan, Niamh Stephenson, Walker, Ward; Davies, Elphick, Cole, Boyd; Turbill; Fine. Subs: Gillstrom, Callaghan, N. Smith, Rabson.
A battling display from Crawley Wasps reserves could not prevent them losing 4-0 to Charlton Athletic reserves in the quarter-finals of the Capital Intermediate Cup.
Goalkeeper Hope Laker, 18, put in a brave performance as Wasps held the Addicks to 0-0 at half-time, before the pressure finally told.