Continuing our look back on a successful 2017 for Crawley Wasps LFC, we have reached November…
With seven wins from seven, Wasps’ first team began the month top of the London & South East Premier Division.
But hot on their heels were AFC Phoenix and the two sides met in a top of the table clash in Dulwich. Lauren Callaghan gave Wasps a half-time lead but Helen Bellfield cancelled it out immediately after the break and the points were shared, ending our 100 per cent record but maintaining our lead at the top.
Next came a 3-1 win at Fulham Foundation in the League Cup, with Danielle Boyd scoring twice and Jenny Drury converting from the penalty spot.
Wasps then did another couple of demolition jobs in the league, winning 7-0 at Eastbourne Town – Faye Rabson and Suzanne Davies both scoring twice – and beating Aylesford 8-0, with Rabson claiming her third hat-trick of the season.
Simon Pavey’s side had just two matches in November, with AFC Varndeanians pulling out of the League Cup clash and the game with Chichester City Development being postponed.
They were first beaten 3-1 at home by Eastbourne Ladies, and then lost 4-2 at Meridian.
Wasps’ third team sadly did not enjoy a good month. They lost 6-0 to Saltdean in the League Cup and were then beaten 10-0 by league leaders Newhaven, for whom Chloe Winchester scored seven goals. A couple of further league defeats – 4-1 against Pagham and 3-2 against AFC Varndeanians Development – followed.
Mark Graves’ youngsters booked their place in the semi-finals of the League Cup at the beginning of the month by beating Rustington Raiders 4-1, with goals from Chanelle Gainsford, Emily Flegg, Chloe Bosher and Sian Maynard.
They then drew 2-2 with Eastbourne Borough, becoming the first team to take a point off the league leaders this season, before taking full advantage of a short-staffed Cuckfield Cosmos to win 17-0, the team’s biggest win in almost four years.
Under-16s skipper Gainsford made it to the last 64 players in the trial process for England Schools selection. Despite missing out following the South East v South West trial match, her progress to that stage was a testament to her ability and potential.
The first team quartet of Michelle Ward, Holly Walker, Jade Elphick and Ariana Fleischman represented their county. Fleischman scored one of Sussex’s goals in a 3-3 draw with Essex.
The club held a second successful race night, and marked Girls Football Week with a social media campaign highlighting why our Under-11s love playing for the club.
Review of 2017
January – Sussex Cup semi win, Zoe’s brave return
February – Rabson makes mark, Laker repels Charlton
March – Another Cup final against WSL Brighton
April – Reserves on form, Under-15s end historic campaign
May – Orient end Cup dreams, Under-16s finish fourth
June/July – Sponsors sign up, new coaches appointed
August – First team open season with victories
September – Development and Under-11s begin well
October – Wasps hit nine twice in record start
November – Under-16s shine, first team set pace
December – Cup success for firsts and reserves