A much-changed Crawley Wasps side booked their place in the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup quarter-finals on Sunday with a 4-0 win at Eastbourne LFC.
Ariana Fleischman scored twice, with Suzanne Davies and Jenny Drury also on target, as Wasps secured their 11th consecutive victory in all competitions this season.
Playing against opposition from two leagues below – Eastbourne are in the same division as Wasps’ reserves – the opportunity was taken to rest many of the first-team regulars who have taken the club to the top of the FA Women’s National League Division One South East.
Reserves and Under-18s goalkeeper Lauren Graves, 17, was handed her competitive debut, as were two recent signings from Portsmouth – defender Ellie Russell, 21, and midfielder Millie Carter, 18, the latter from the bench.
Davies, a Wasps stalwart who has largely been used as a substitute this term, made the most of a rare start by opening the scoring from Charlie Carter’s ball.
American midfielder Fleischman doubled the lead before the break and then netted again in the second half, with an effort from the edge of the box.
Substitute Drury got her first goal of the season when she headed in a corner as Wasps eased into a last-eight tie against lower-league Saltdean.
Wasps are back at home in the league this Sunday when they host Luton Town at Tinsley Lane, Oakwood (2pm kick-off).
Wasps: Graves; Measures, Cole, Russell, Ward; C. Carter, Stow; Woollard, Fleischman, Davies; Webber. Subs: Drury, M. Carter, Heather.