Crawley Wasps made it two wins from two in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division with a 4-0 victory over Hounslow on Sunday.
Summer signing Charlotte Owen’s 12th minute opener was just reward for a bright start, but Wasps laboured after that against a well-organised Hounslow, formerly QPR Ladies, who had lost their opening game 9-0 to Yeovil.
However, three goals in a 10-minute period late in the second half gave the scoreline a gloss that was perhaps a tad harsh on the hard-working visitors.
Early on, it looked as though it would be a long afternoon for Hounslow as Wasps dominated. Tash Stephens and Naomi Cole both went close, before Hounslow keeper Gillian Kasiyre blocked bravely in the midst of a goalmouth scramble.
Owen provided the breakthrough, pouncing from close range after Rachel Palmer’s corner wasn’t cleared. But the floodgates didn’t open, as Faye Rabson poked narrowly wide of the far post after a burst of pace and Rebecca Carter shot straight at Kasiyre when clean through.
The introduction early in the second half of last season’s top scorer Kemina Webber and lively winger Maria Ledezma-Viso gave extra life to the Wasps attack, and Webber converted on 66 minutes after Naomi Cole’s deflected shot fell into her path.
That led to a spell of Wasps domination. Cole tucked away a penalty after Hope Nash was clipped in the box and Carter – on her third ‘debut’ following her return to the club – fizzed a shot into the net after a fine run and cross from Ledezma-Viso.
Hounslow’s only serious threat came late on, but Sue Kumaning’s free-kick was brilliantly turned away by 17-year-old Wasps keeper Lauren Graves, making only her third league appearance.
Wasps: Graves; Nash, James, Russell, Palmer (Niamh Stephenson 72); Cole, Owen (Webber 55); Stephens (Ledezma-Viso 55), Fleischman, Rabson; Carter. Sub not used: Drury.
Wasps travel to Chichester on Wednesday (kick off 7.45pm).