ROUND-UP: Development team begin with four-goal win

Crawley Wasps development score their first-ever league goal.

Crawley Wasps’ new ladies third team got off to the perfect start on Sunday as they beat AFC Varndeanians’ Development 4-0 in their first competitive game.

With Wasps’ first-team fixture against Kent Football United postponed, after a car accident involving three opposition players, all eyes were on the club’s Development Squad in their Sussex Women’s League debut.

The team – largely made up of last year’s Under-16s coming of age – defended superbly in the first half-hour, and went in front on 40 minutes when Jodie Barker’s free-kick was saved and Char Terry netted the rebound.

Tracey O’Hagan doubled the lead in first-half injury time and grabbed her second after the break, converting Tamzin Byworth’s excellent cross, before Topaz Luxford slammed in the fourth.

Wasps’ reserves lost their opening match, in the South East Counties Premier Division, 4-2 at home to Ashford Ladies.

Simon Pavey’s team were denied by a goalline clearance in the opening minute but conceded a scrappy opener from a corner, following Hope Laker’s fine save.

Amy Clark set up Rebekah Dunt to level, before Ashford scored twice to lead 3-1. Dunt reduced the deficit with her well-taken second, but to no avail.

Wasps’ Under-16s – who last season played in a boys’ league after dominating girls’ football locally – prevented a rare defeat by hitting back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Chichester.

After going 2-0 down, Emily Flegg raced on to Sian Maynard’s pass to score, before captain Chanelle Gainsford’s scorching shot from distance and Poppy Nicholls’ goal direct from a corner earned them a point.

Wasps’ youngest team, the Under-11s (pictured), drew 1-1 at Wick Dynamos in their first-ever league game – Jean Wright captained the side and Isabelle Liggins scored the goal.


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