PREVIEW: Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup final – Crawley Wasps v Lewes


Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup final, Thursday 22 March 2018
Sussex FA County Ground, Culver Road, Lancing (7.15pm kick-off)

Crawley Wasps striker Faye Rabson says she will relish taking on her former club Lewes in Thursday’s Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup final.

Rabson is one of several ex-Lewes players in the Wasps squad

Wasps meet the Rookettes – who play two divisions above them in the FA Women’s Premier League South – at Culver Road, Lancing.

It is the first competitive match between the teams since February 2013, when Lewes edged out Wasps 1-0 at the semi-final stage.

Naomi Cole scored Lewes’s winner that day – she is now the Wasps captain, while Rabson, Jenny Drury and Charlie Carter are also set to feature against their old side.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Rabson, who returned to Wasps in 2015 after a season and a bit with Lewes and has scored 22 goals in 15 games this season.

“It’s going to be fun playing a few ex-teammates. I do know quite a lot of them down there.

“We know it’ll be a tough test but our preparation has been brilliant this season.

“We’ll be going into it as the underdogs but hopefully our gameplan will work and we can get something out of it.”

Despite being 21 places below Lewes in the pyramid, Wasps come into the game full of confidence – they are unbeaten this season, 18 games in all competitions, and should next month seal promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League South East.

Crawley Wasps line up before last year’s final against Brighton

It is also their third successive appearance in the Sussex final, having lost 5-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion in both 2016 and 2017.

“We’ve done really well in the competition in the last couple of years and I’m delighted to have another crack at trying to win it,” Wasps manager Paul Walker said.

“We go into this game being the underdogs, but with a lot of belief and I hope that can be reflected on the night in terms of a performance.

“My desire for this game is that all of our players play to the potential they’ve got.

“If we can do that, it’s going to be a really good game for everybody who goes along and watches.”

Entry prices for the final are as follows:
Adult (17+) £5
Concession (65+ and students with valid student ID card) £3
Child (16 and under) Free

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