Bittersweet day for Wasps as Billericay prolong title race

Billericay Town celebrate beating Crawley Wasps, March 31 2019 (Photo: Ben Davidson)

Billericay became the first team to beat Wasps in the league for two years (Photo: Ben Davidson)

Crawley Wasps (0) 0
Billericay Town (1) 1 (Dougal pen 39)

Unused to losing, Crawley Wasps’ players and officials were unsure how to feel after title rivals Billericay became the first team to defeat them in the league for two years – and in doing so, delayed their title celebrations.

The champagne was in the fridge, the FA Women’s National League Division One South East trophy on hand and an expectant crowd in the unfamiliar surroundings of Crawley Town’s Broadfield Stadium in anticipation of the victory that would have earned them back-to-back league trophies with five games still to play.

But it was not to be, as for only the second time this season – and both within a three-week period – Wasps failed to come away with all three points in a hard-fought tussle with very strong opponents. Continue reading

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Crawley Wasps’ Arsenal adventure leaves the whole town buzzing

Action from Crawley Wasps v Arsenal, Feb 3 2019 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Wasps never stopped competing and drew praise from Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro (Photo: Dave Burt)

FA Women’s Cup 4th Round

Crawley Wasps (0) 0
Arsenal (2) 4 (Little 17; Grant 43, 76, 85)

Any lingering question marks about whether Crawley Wasps deserve a place alongside Brighton, Lewes and Chichester City as one of Sussex’s √©lite women’s football clubs were answered this afternoon as they demonstrated on and off the pitch their right to be regarded as a major club. Continue reading

In-form Crawley finally downed at the 20th attempt

Sian Heather (Crawley Wasps) and Helen Ogle (Chichester City) in action in the Sussex County Cup semi-final at Oakwood, Jan 20 2019 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)Sussex Challenge Cup semi-final

Crawley Wasps (0) 1 (Young 77)
Chichester City (1) 2 (Taylor 9; Lewry (pen) 83)

All-conquering Crawley Wasps lost their 100% record in cruel fashion – to a hotly disputed late penalty, just minutes after they had got themselves back into the match – to crash out of the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup and miss out on the final for the first time in four seasons. Continue reading

Bogey team Worthing hold Newhaven to historic first draw

Action from Worthing v Newhaven, Nov 18 2018 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)South East Counties League Premier Division

Worthing (1) 2 (Kirby 32; Humphrey 75)
Newhaven (2) 2 (Winchester 9; Cannon 40)

Having been the first team ever to beat Newhaven earlier this season, classy Worthing rubbed salt into their wounds by twice coming from behind to hold them to a first ever draw in an entertaining game at Woodside Road that had a bit of everything. Continue reading

Extra-time agony for Oakwood as Bexhill United squeeze through

South East Counties Women’s Football League Cup 1st Round

Action from Oakwood v Bexhill United, Nov 4 2018 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Oakwood and Bexhill United are a division apart but it took nearly two hours to separate them

Oakwood (0) 0
Bexhill United (0) 1 (Mitchell 116)

Bexhill United squeezed into the second round of the South East Counties League Cup with a late, late extra-time winner to break plucky Oakwood’s hearts. Continue reading

Clinical Stanway shows wasteful Brighton how to finish

Steph Houghton and Kayleigh Green in action during Brighton's game against Manchester City, October 21 2018 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

City’s biggest win of the season lifted them to second, behind Arsenal, in the FAWSL (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Brighton (0) 0
Manchester City (2) 6 (Stanway 21, 63, 67; Weir 41; Parris 87; Emslie 90)

Super-slick Manchester City put on a commanding display to keep in touch with runaway leaders Arsenal at the top of the FA Women’s Super League and once again demonstrate to newly elevated Brighton how far they still have to go.

Teenage starlet Georgia Stanway gave Hope Powell’s strikers a lesson in how to finish, clinically dispatching three of her handful of chances while Brighton were left ruing their missed opportunities at the other end which might at least have earned them a more respectable scoreline. Continue reading