Our review of a successful 2017 for Crawley Wasps LFC reaches May…
For the second time in two months, Wasps’ first team had a showpiece final to contest.
This time, the team travelled to Maidstone United’s Gallagher Stadium to face title-winners Leyton Orient in the London & South East Regional League Cup final.
They had warmed up for the game with friendlies against QPR, West Ham and AFC Wimbledon, but did not get the fast start they desired as Orient went in two goals up at half time.
Naomi Cole gave Wasps hope by reducing the deficit 13 minutes from time but Orient struck again in injury time to seal victory.
Despite the defeat, an encouraging season which saw Wasps finish third in the fifth tier of women’s football, and reach two cup finals.
The only other team in action during May was Mark Hills’ Under-16s, who had the misfortune in their final game of coming up against one of the two outstanding teams of the division.
Ferring Divas had pushed Chichester City all the way at the top – both teams had won 16 of 17 matches going into the final month – and went on to beat Wasps 5-1, with Topaz Luxford scoring for the hosts at Ewhurst.
While Ferring were pipped to the title the following weekend, as Chi beat Southdown, Wasps finished fourth.
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