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.