High-flying pair braced for new battle of Sussex

Crawley Wasps v Chichester City, Woodside Road, Worthing, Sunday, December 9, 1pm

Jade Widdows scores her first goal against Crawley Wasps, July 31 2016 (Photo: John Holden)

Jade Widdows scored a stunning flying header when Chichester City visited Crawley Wasps for a friendly in 2016 (Photo: John Holden)

It’s a good time for women’s football in Sussex.

Brighton are plying their trade in the top division of the English game, while Lewes have stepped up to the second level, where they are gradually adjusting to life.

Looking to catch them up, Chichester City and Crawley Wasps are enjoying unprecedented success in the two tiers below. Continue reading

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Five-star Wasps make immediate impact in National League

Faye Rabson in action for Crawley Wasps v Ipswich Town, August 19 2018 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Faye Rabson scored two and made two as Crawley Wasps made an immediate impact on the National League

Crawley Wasps 5 (3) (Fleischman 7; Rabson 29, 59; Heather 42, 62)
Ipswich Town 1 (1) (Crump 39)

Newly promoted Crawley Wasps took to their new division like ducks to water, hammering what was one of the league’s best teams last year in their FA Women’s National League bow. Continue reading

Buzzing Wasps withstand Carshalton comeback to stay on course for promotion

Naomi Cole and Faye Rabson celebrate another goal for Crawley Wasps, October 29 2017 (Photo: Crawley Wasps LFC)

Naomi Cole and Faye Rabson scored the goals that keep Wasps three points clear in the London & South East League

Crawley Wasps 3 (Cole 16; Rabson 17, 26)
Carshalton Athletic 0

Crawley Wasps cruised to a seventh successive league victory to maintain their three-point lead at the top of the London and South East Regional League in a campaign where even the occasional defeat could prove costly. Continue reading

Sussex County League bans youth results from official website

A screenshot of the results and league tables on the SCWGFL pages of Full Time, September 10 2017

The sight that greeted fans of girls’ football in Sussex on Sunday

The Sussex County Women and Girls League has stunned players and officials by banning publication of youth team results on Full Time, its official internet outlet. Continue reading

Red-hot Rabson bags hat-trick as Wasps again overcome league newcomers

Action from Crawley Wasps v Parkwood Rangers, August 27 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Title hopefuls Crawley Wasps were comfortable winners but league newcomers Parkwood never gave up

Crawley Wasps 6 (Rabson 4, 14, 18; Callaghan 45+2; Cole 61; Davies 71)
Parkwood Rangers 1 (Whiteman 89)

Abandoned after 90 minutes

Newly promoted Parkwood were made to feel the heat as Crawley Wasps gave them an inkling of the task ahead of them in the next tier of regional football at a baking Oakwood. Continue reading

Promising Portsmouth performance suggests upheaval all but over

Action from Crawley Wasps v Portsmouth, July 30 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Crawley Wasps managed to bridge the two-division gap with Portsmouth but succumbed to three quickfire second-half goals

Crawley Wasps 1 (Rabson 2)
Portsmouth 5 (R Tonks 32; Albuery 38; Bell 56; Panting 60; Stephens 63)

Portsmouth’s agonisingly long period of transition following the break-up of their championship-winning side might finally be almost at an end. Continue reading

‘You can’t see it in the results but we’ve got better’

Manager Emma Wood and assistant Roy Stannard speak to the Crawley Wasps U15 players during a half-time break (Photo: Sent Her Forward)They said they wanted to take on the boys to improve their individual games – and they weren’t afraid of losing (at least, not as much as some of them feared the physical encounters).

So how do the girls of Crawley Wasps’ Under-15 side feel after a season of pitting their skills, strength – and wits – against their male counterparts in the Mid Sussex Youth and Minor League? Continue reading