Our review of a successful 2017 for Crawley Wasps LFC continues with August…
The only one of Wasps’ five sides to begin their competitive season in August was the first team.
Manager Paul Walker had already stated his aim was promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League, and the fixture list appeared to be kind with home matches against the two promoted sides – AFC Phoenix and Parkwood Rangers.
Little did they know then that both would be more than comfortable at this level, and that Phoenix would soon shape up as their primary challenger for the title.
Newly appointed captain Naomi Cole opened the scoring against Phoenix just nine minutes into her reign as skipper, but the south London-based side soon showed their mettle to equalise and had chances to go in front.
Eight injury time minutes had been played, and it seemed Wasps would be frustrated on the opening day – but then Cole’s pass released Suzanne Davies and she fired in a dramatic late winner.
The Parkwood fixture was more routine, once Faye Rabson had netted a hat-trick in the first 18 minutes. Lauren Callaghan, Cole and Davies were also on target in a 6-1 win, marred by Parkwood striker Charlie Myhill being taken ill on the pitch in the closing minutes.
The club’s other teams continued their preparations for the new campaign with training sessions and friendlies.
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