MATCH REPORT: Parkwood Rangers 0 Crawley Wasps 3

Wasps’ first-team boss Paul Walker

Crawley Wasps manager Paul Walker urged his side to keep their focus as their promotion bid continued with a 3-0 win at Parkwood Rangers on Sunday.

Goals from Kemina Webber, Faye Rabson and skipper Naomi Cole means they go into February still unbeaten this season, after 15 matches in all competitions.

More importantly, it puts them eight points clear of second-placed AFC Phoenix and 12 ahead of more likely title challengers London Kent Football United, who have three games in hand.

Wasps meet London KFU on March 18, when a victory could clinch a promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League.

But Walker warned: “It’s not a foregone conclusion. We’ve still got four games left.

“There are banana skins in there. We’ve got to show the same level of application we have all season.”

Webber’s first-minute opener settled any lingering nerves at Parkwood, but Wasps failed to make their dominance count until the second half.

Rabson’s fine run and finish put a bit of daylight between the two sides and she later teed up Cole to make it 3-0 after an excellent team move.

Midfielder Jade Elphick was named the Thales player of the match, while new signing Rachel Palmer made a composed debut at centre-back.

Wasps: Gibbs; Carter, Niamh Stephenson, Palmer, Ward; Elphick, Cole; Fleischman, T. Smith, Rabson; Webber. Subs: Davies, N. Smith.

Wasps’ development squad – the Ladies’ third team – were beaten 4-2 at Pagham in the Sussex Women’s League. Sonia Foster – who was later sent off – and Abi Knight scored Wasps’ goals.

Captain Zoe Martin netted the only goal in the reserves‘ 1-0 friendly win over Lewes Foundation, who are top of the division below.

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