In-form Crawley Wasps are hoping for strong local support on Sunday as they make their first appearance in the first round of the Women’s FA Cup for seven years.
Paul Walker’s team have won all 13 of their matches this season, including qualifying-round ties against Denham United and Chesham United to set up this weekend’s home clash with QPR Girls Development.
While QPR’s first team play in the FA Women’s National League Premier, one division above Wasps, their second team is made up of talented teenagers and are newly promoted to the London & South East Division, the league Wasps won last season.
The game will be played at Tinsley Lane, Oakwood FC, with a 2pm kick-off. There will be copies of the new edition of the Women’s Football Yearbook – which for the first time features an entry on Wasps – on sale at the game.
The two Cup wins so far have already earned Wasps a total of £1,050, with a further £850 on offer to the 15 first-round victors.
But another reward is a potential tie against National League Premier clubs, including Portsmouth, Gillingham, MK Dons and Chichester, who all come in at the second round.
Wasps last reached the first-round stage back in 2011, when they beat Meridian, Eastbourne Town and higher-league Crystal Palace in the qualifying stages. They then received a bye straight into round two after Ipswich Town’s withdrawal.