MATCH REPORT: Leyton Orient 3 Crawley Wasps 3

Crawley Wasps staged a rousing comeback with two late goals to draw 3-3 away at promotion favourites Leyton Orient on Sunday.

Trailing 3-1 with only five minutes left, Holly Turbill pulled one back with a terrific strike from 20 yards and Naomi Cole grabbed the equaliser with virtually the last kick of the match.

That goal not only ended Orient’s 100 per cent league record, after nine wins from nine, but stretched Wasps’ unbeaten run in all competitions to 10 matches, last losing to the O’s in October.

Wasps responded well after falling behind at Orient, with Holly Walker heading them level from Rosanne Fine’s cross.

Two second-half goals in quick succession had appeared to put the hosts in control, but Turbill and Cole ensured Paul Walker’s side came away with a point.

Wasps remain top of the London & South East Premier Division, five points clear of Orient – but they have five games in hand.

Manager Walker said: “It would have been very harsh on us if we had got nothing out of the game.

“It was a fantastic effort by the whole squad and shows the value of never giving up.

“Despite that I still feel it was two points dropped – up until they scored their second goal we were completely in control, and if it had gone on any longer there was only one team going to win it.”

Wasps: Gillstrom; Duncan, Cole, Walker, Naomi Stephenson; N. Smith, Elphick, Davies, Boyd; Turbill; Fine. Subs: Hannah, Ward, Worsfold.

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