Crawley Wasps created another piece of club history on Sunday by beating higher-division Chichester City 2-0 to reach the third round of the Women’s FA Cup for the first time.
Headers from Kemina Webber and Darcey James late in the first half, and a resolute defensive display after the break, secured Wasps a trip to FA Women’s National League Southern Premier leaders Coventry United on 6 January.
Chichester sit second in that division and started as favourites but after 15 wins out of 15 this season in all competitions, Wasps were not overawed by the one-league gap.
Chi keeper Lauren Dolbear did well amid a goalmouth scramble to deny Charlotte Young and James, before twice blocking from Faye Rabson.
Wasps eventually broke through when Webber beat Dolbear to Rachel Palmer’s corner and doubled their lead with James nodding in Naomi Cole’s delivery.
Chi applied pressure in the second half, with Jade Widdows’ hooked shot going narrowly over and Laura Ingram’s header coming back off the post, but Wasps held out.
“I was delighted with the performance,” said Wasps boss Paul Walker. “In the first half, we were patient, we kept the ball well, we created opportunities. We unlocked it through a couple of set plays but had a number of other chances.
“Chi are a very good side and second half they came more into it. I was very pleased with the discipline of the second half. We repelled quite a lot of pressure and did it with composure.”
Wasps: Gibbs; Niamh Stephenson, James, Young, Palmer; Drury, Cole; Heather, Stow, Rabson; Webber (Fleischman). Subs not used: Graves, Measures, Russell, Davies.