Crawley Wasps’ outstanding season continued on Sunday as they reached the final of the London & South East Regional League Cup for the second year in a row.
Their 3-0 win over a resilient Parkwood Rangers earned them a place in the showpiece against AFC Phoenix, at Maidstone United’s Gallagher Stadium, on May 20.
Paul Walker’s side are unbeaten this season – 17 matches in all competitions – and have a Sussex Challenge Cup final against Lewes and possible promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League to look forward to.
Against Parkwood – fourth in the division – they dominated large spells but lacked a killer touch in front of goal, despite Ariana Fleischman, Faye Rabson and Naomi Cole all testing the keeper.
They almost paid for their profligacy as a defensive slip allowed Parkwood a chance, but keeper Frankie Gibbs made an excellent block.
Wasps broke through in first-half injury-time when Toni Smith got nudged over in the box and Cole despatched the penalty.
Kemina Webber hit the woodwork with a header after the break but made amends by nodding home Cole’s expert delivery to double the lead on 70 minutes.
And Wasps put the game beyond the visitors’ reach as Webber laid the ball off for Rabson to drill home.
They return to league action this weekend, as Watford LFC Development visit Tinsley Lane, Oakwood (2pm kick-off). A win would put them closer to achieving their title ambitions.
Wasps: Gibbs; Duncan, Niamh Stephenson, Carter, Ward; Drury, Cole; Rabson, Fleischman, Callaghan; T. Smith. Subs: Elphick, N. Smith, C. O’Hagan, Webber.
Wasps’ reserves were beaten 3-2 by Worthing in the semi-finals of the South East Counties League Cup. Amy Clark and Natalie Stephenson scored.