Wasps’ FA Cup showdown with Arsenal highlights gulf in women’s game

Part two of Sent Her Forward’s preview of women’s football’s big day out in Crawley

Faye Rabson and Sian Heather celebrate a goal against Ipswich Town on the opening day of the 2018/19 season (Photo: Ben Davidson)

Faye Rabson (left) has been a regular scorer for Wasps over the years but now shares the goals with the likes of Sian Heather (Photo: Ben Davidson)

When Crawley Wasps entered this season’s Women’s FA Cup competition, thoughts were on a little run that would perhaps get their name more widely known as they continued their remarkable journey towards the big time. Continue reading

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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

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

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

Pumped-up Pompey seek another Super League scalp

Focus on the weekend’s big FAW Cup fourth-round tie: Portsmouth v Millwall Lionesses

Leeta Rutherford, of Portsmouth, and Naomi Cole, of Millwall (Photos: Jordan Hampton/Millwall LFC)

Former team-mates Leeta Rutherford and Naomi Cole will be in direct opposition (Photos: Jordan Hampton/Millwall LFC)

Super League opposition again stand between Portsmouth and the further reaches of the FAW Cup – and Perry Northeast and co have found nothing to suggest they cannot enjoy another enthralling┬ácup adventure. Continue reading