REPORT: Yeovil Town 1 Crawley Wasps 2

Crawley Wasps celebrate Rebecca Carter’s opener against Yeovil (Picture: Alan Sillwood-Brown)

Naomi Cole’s second-half free-kick secured Crawley Wasps an excellent 2-1 victory at Yeovil Town on Sunday, completing a clean sweep of three wins in seven days.

In the battle between the two early-season high-flyers in the FA Women’s National League South, Wasps struck first through Rebecca Carter.

A resurgent Yeovil – playing in the Women’s Super League last season, before financial problems saw them demoted two divisions – levelled shortly after the break.

But Cole’s set-piece proved the winner and means Wasps sit top of the third tier, with four wins from four, a major feat after back-to-back promotions.

GALLERY: More of Alan Sillwood-Brown’s pictures to follow.

Wasps soaked up spells of possession in the first half, keeper Frankie Gibbs making a couple of good stops, but also had efforts themselves, as Maria Ledezma-Viso – who set up a chance for Carter early on – was denied by Glovers keeper Beth Howard.

On the stroke of half time, Wasps struck the opener, Carter capitalising on some fine work from Tash Stephens and Charlotte Owen.

Yeovil responded well in the second half, Annie Heatherson issuing a warning by producing a save from Gibbs, before Wales international Sarah Wiltshire levelled with a curling effort.

But 10 minutes later, Wasps were back in front, Cole picking herself up after a foul and firing in – and sealing a real statement result.

Wasps: Gibbs; Nash, James, Russell, Palmer; Cole, Fleischman (Stow 78); Stephens, Owen (Simmons 90), Ledezma-Viso; Carter (Webber 84).

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