Crawley Wasps underlined their promotion credentials with a superb 4-0 win away at Kent Football United on Sunday.
Toni Smith, Holly Walker, Naomi Cole and Lauren Callaghan were all on target as Wasps made it five league wins from five – their best start to a league campaign since 2008-09.
The Plumstead-based home side were known until this summer as London Corinthians and pipped Wasps to second in the London & South East Premier Division.
But Paul Walker’s team were the better side for large spells, particularly in the first half, and needed just seven minutes to take the lead, Smith latching on to a short backpass before rounding the keeper and scoring.
Just after the goal, Cole had a shot tipped over and Faye Rabson saw one effort saved and another blocked on the line.
Any frustration at those missed chances eased with the second goal on 26 minutes. Cole’s free-kick from deep was flicked on by Ariana Fleischman and put in via Walker’s shoulder.
Fleischman and Callaghan both hit shots straight at the keeper before the break, while United struck the bar after a swift counter.
Wasps’ second half performance was a little more disjointed and keeper Frankie Gibbs made a couple of comfortable saves, but they did enough to keep the hosts at arm’s length.
Two late goals put the gloss on a fine victory. First, Cole robbed the goalkeeper and tapped into an empty net, before substitute Charlie Carter – signed recently from Lewes – sent Callaghan clear, and she made no mistake.
Wasps: Gibbs; Drury, Niamh Stephenson, Walker, Ward; Elphick, Cole; Rabson, Fleischman, Callaghan; T. Smith. Subs: Carter, Duncan, Davies.
Wasps reserves were beaten 2-0 by Clapham United in the Capital Intermediate Cup, while the development squad – the Ladies third team – lost 6-0 to Newhaven in the Sussex Women’s Trophy.