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

Golden girls’ gamble: switch to boys’ football ‘a success’ – but at a price

Action from Crawley Wasps U15 v Preston Panthers, 2016/17 (Photo: Dave Burt)

The steep learning curve has brought benefits and setbacks for Crawley Wasps’ girls (Photo: Dave Burt)

We have to learn to lose.”

When Amy Perry put Crawley Wasps Under-15s ahead in their first competitive match against a boys’ team, few could have imagined that seven months – and 17 games – on, the talented, all-conquering girls team who had previously swept all before them would end their trail-blazing season without a win, having conceded 193 goals and scored just five – two of them on that opening day. Continue reading

Brighton breeze to cup triumph but Wasps do themselves justice

Brighton celebrate winning the Sussex FA Cup against Crawley Wasps, March 23 2017 (Photo: Simon Roe)

Brighton won the county cup for the third time in a row and 17th time in the competition’s 23-year history (Photo: Simon Roe)

Sussex County FA Women’s Cup final

Brighton 5 (Russo 7, 52; Natkiel 9; Somes 12; Olding 88)
Crawley Wasps 1 (Davies 41)

Same teams, different personnel; same result but a world of difference in the performance. Continue reading

Clinical Corinthians put the wind up kamikaze Wasps

Action from Crawley Wasps v London Corinthians, March 19 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Crawley Wasps rued missed chances and slack defending as London Corinthians took the initiative in the fight to finish second

Crawley Wasps 2 (Davies 47; Rabson 88)
London Corinthians 4 (Mansfield 52; Hart 85, 89; Adams 90+3)

Crawley Wasps’ wonderful season hit the buffers in spectacular style as they surrendered their lingering hopes of promotion in a crazy finale of kamikaze defending that may also have cost them the consolation prize. Continue reading

Charlton class prevails eventually after plucky Wasps sting them into action

Crawley Wasps Reserves 0
Charlton Athletic Reserves 4 (Weller 47; Bunker 59, 63; Ashcroft 74)

Charlton Athletic’s new generation of footballing talent recovered from the shock of being held at half-time by minnows Crawley Wasps Reserves to progress to the semi-finals of the Capital Intermediate Cup – a trophy they are determined not to let go of lightly. Continue reading

Fine margins cost Wasps as record-breaking Orient march on

Roseanne Fine scores for Crawley Wasps against Leyton Orient, Oct 30 2016 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Roseanne Fine’s classy finish was the first goal Orient had conceded in 11 games this season (Photo: Dave Burt)

Crawley Wasps 1 (Fine 18)
Leyton Orient 4 (Campbell 2; Trezzi 58; Le Marchand 78, 85)

Crawley Wasps missed a golden opportunity to make up ground on Leyton Orient’s record-breakers after becoming the first team to score against the league leaders in an all-action first half before wilting under a second-half onslaught. Continue reading