Continuing our look back on a successful 2017 for Crawley Wasps LFC, we remember the month of September…
Two new teams played their first competitive matches in September.
The Ladies Development squad, essentially a third team, was formed largely out of last season’s Under-16s coming of age into adult football.
They entered into the Sussex Women’s League and got off to the ideal start, beating AFC Varndeanians’ Development 4-0.
Mark Hills’ side then won 3-2 at Worthing Town but those opening victories were to be their last in the league in 2017 – they lost the next six, including at Saltdean in their final game of September, when defender Jodie Barker had to go in goal.
The Under-11s began to play matches as well, celebrating their first-ever victory as a team at the second attempt.
September also saw two of the more established teams get their campaigns under way.
The Under-16s returned to girls football, after an experimental year against boys in the Mid Sussex League.
They hit back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Chichester in their opening game, but then lost 9-0 at Mile Oak Wanderers – the first time this set of players had been beaten in girls football since March 2015.
There were extenuating circumstances, though, as an early injury reduced them to 10 fit players.
The Ladies’ reserves lost to Ashford and then drew with Worthing before an excellent comeback win over Chichester City Development, courtesy of two set pieces from Natalie Stephenson.
Meanwhile, the Ladies first team had league games against Watford Development and London Kent Football United postponed, before beating Fulham Foundation 7-2 to make it three wins from three.
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