In the final part of our review of a successful 2017 for Crawley Wasps LFC, we look back on December…
The final month of the year saw just five matches played by the four teams involved in competitive action, with good cup wins for two of the senior sides and the Under-16s.
Goals in either half from Naomi Cole and Faye Rabson were enough for the first team to beat Chichester City’s Development Squad 2-0 in the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
It sealed a semi-final berth against either league rivals Eastbourne Town, or Eastbourne Ladies from the reserves’ league. That tie will be played in February 2018.
The first team closed the year top of the London & South East Premier Division, six points clear of AFC Phoenix, who have a game in hand. They are also guaranteed a semi-final in the League Cup.
Simon Pavey’s side have a League Cup quarter-final to look forward to following a 3-2 win at Maidstone United in December.
Zoe Martin’s two headers put Wasps 2-0 up at the Gallagher Stadium, before the Stones – top of the division below – hit back to level before half time. Rosanne Fine got the winner, with Meridian Ladies awaiting in February.
Sadly, their final league game of 2017 ended with a 6-0 loss at Kent Football United, leaving them fifth in the division.
Mark Hills’ team rounded off their year with a 4-2 at home by Worthing Town. Tamzin Byworth and Abi Knight scored the goals.
They will begin 2018 in eighth place in the Sussex Women’s League, although this season is as much about giving senior football to 16-18-year-olds.
The Under-16s came through a tough test in the Sussex Cup quarter-finals, beating Ringmer Rovers 2-1. Ellie Livingstone opened the scoring, skipper Chanelle Gainsford netted the winner. Mile Oak Wanderers stand between them and the final.
Holly Walker scored for the Sussex FA in their 4-1 loss against the Army FA. Michelle Ward, Jade Elphick and Ariana Fleischman also featured.
Meanwhile, six of our Under-16s played for the Sussex Schools side in their goalless draw with Essex, held at our own Ewhurst home.
And the club were proud to support Stonewall UK’s Rainbow Laces campaign, to show support for LGBT people in sport.
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