Our review of a successful 2017 for Crawley Wasps LFC continues with a look back on October…
Crawley Wasps’ first team went on a goal rush in October, scoring 31 times in five matches.
They began the month in blistering form, putting nine past Carshalton Athletic and Fulham Foundation in successive weeks.
The Carshalton game was their first of the season in the League Cup – summer signing Hayley Fowle scored a hat-trick – while Kemina Webber got four and Faye Rabson three in the 9-2 demolition of Fulham when they returned to league action.
The latter game saw a debut for Charlie Carter, signed from Lewes Ladies.
Wasps followed that up with an outstanding 4-0 win at London Kent Football United, who as London Corinthians had pipped them to second the previous season. They then won 6-1 at Aylesford – vice-captain Holly Walker and skipper Naomi Cole leading the way with two goals apiece – before rounding off the month with a 3-0 league win over Carshalton.
Wasps ended October with eight wins from eight in all competitions – the club’s best start to a season for 14 years – and Cole had also scored in every game, an excellent return from the former Millwall, Lewes and England Under-23s star.
Simon Pavey’s second string also enjoyed a successful October. They started with back-to-back league wins over Bexhill United’s first team – winning 2-1 at the Polegrove, before repeating the scoreline at home the following week.
They went on to defeat Kent Football United 3-2 later in the month for their fourth successive league win – an excellent result against a previously unbeaten side that put Wasps top of the South East Counties League.
However, they were knocked out of the Capital Intermediate Cup by Clapham United and their league run came to a halt in the final game of October, with a 4-0 defeat at Worthing.
Natalie Stephenson was one of the stars of the month, scoring four of the team’s seven goals, while Lauren Graves – the Under-16s goalkeeper – made her senior debut against Clapham.
Wasps’ third team were given a League Cup walkover at the start of the month but that was as good as it got for them in October.
They lost 3-0 in the league to Montpelier Villa and were dumped out of the Sussex Women’s Trophy by in-form league rivals Newhaven.
There were just two games for Mark Graves’ Under-16s in October. Poppy Nicholls scored twice as they came within a minute of beating league leaders Ringmer, who equalised late on to get a 3-3 draw.
They overcame that disappointment to record their first league win of the season the following week, beating Rustington Raiders 5-3. Alana Delaney and Emily Flegg both netted twice.
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