MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps v Rustington Raiders double-header

Topaz Luxford and Abi Knight were the stars of the show in front of goal as Crawley Wasps Development took four points from a double header with Rustington Raiders on Sunday.

The games in the Sussex Women’s League were switched at the last minute to Wasps’ home ground at Ewhurst Playing Fields.

The Development Squad – effectively the Ladies third team – were created after last season’s Under-16s came of age. They won their first two games, but lost the next 10 prior to meeting Rustington.

Luxford put Mark Barker’s team ahead and although the visitors levelled before half-time, Knight restored Wasps’ advantage in the second half.

Millie Baverstock made it 3-1 before Knight grabbed her second to complete the team’s most convincing win since their debut match in September.

The second game started slowly and was goalless at the break, but Luxford broke the deadlock in the second half.

Wasps were again heading for maximum points until Rustington struck late on to claim a draw. Knight and Baverstock were named as the Thales players of the match in each game.

Meanwhile, Wasps first team put in a creditable performance in a friendly against FA Women’s Premier League side West Ham, despite a 3-0 defeat.

The Hammers held a 1-0 lead at the break and Wasps keeper Frankie Gibbs made several good saves to keep the score down, until the hosts scored twice late on.

And a reminder, Wasps Under-16s play Eastbourne Girls in the Sussex Cup final this Sunday (March 4), at Culver Road, Lancing. Kick off is 7.15pm.

They will be hoping to continue their remarkable record against Sussex girls’ opposition, which has seen them lose just one of their last 66 matches, dating back to their time as Under-11s.

A full preview will appear on our website later this week.

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