Danielle Boyd’s two goals helped Crawley Wasps overcome Fulham Foundation 3-1 in the London & South East Regional League Cup on Sunday.
Jenny Drury was also on target, from the penalty spot, as Wasps stretched their unbeaten start to 10 games in all competitions with a win at Fulham FC’s Motspur Park training ground.
But it was a closer game than the two league encounters between the two sides – which Crawley had won 9-2 and 7-2 – as Fulham put in a stronger showing, while the visitors made four changes to give players minutes.
Holly Walker’s goalline clearance prevented Fulham from taking an early lead and it took Wasps 31 minutes to break down the well organised hosts.
Suzanne Davies’ through ball released Kemina Webber, who teed up Ariana Fleischman. Her shot was blocked but Boyd reacted quickest to put in the rebound.
Webber then headed Hannah Duncan’s cross at the keeper but the striker did help create the second goal, as she was tripped in the box and Drury converted the spot-kick.
After the break, skipper Naomi Cole – on as a substitute – flashed a shot wide and Drury had an effort saved.
Fulham drew a few comfortable saves from Wasps keeper Frankie Gibbs but did pull a goal back when a clipped through ball was buried at the near post.
Later, Boyd and Thales player of the match Drury both had efforts from just outside the box turned behind by the home keeper.
Wasps: Gibbs; Duncan, Carter, Walker, Ward; Elphick, Drury; Davies, Fleischman, Boyd; Webber. Subs: Niamh Stephenson, Cole, Callaghan.
Wasps’ reserves drew 3-3 with Saltdean in a friendly, with Amy Clark scoring twice and Tracy O’Hagan also netting. In the Sussex Women’s League, Wasps’ third team lost 10-0 at unbeaten leaders Newhaven.