Crawley Wasps’ reserves came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Eastbourne Ladies in the South East Counties Premier Division on Sunday.
They fell behind in the mid-table clash to a very early goal and could not finish the chances they had to level, enabling the hosts to go 2-0 up after the break.
However, Jessica Rippin netted from Natalie Stephenson’s corner and Amy Clark’s sweet strike earned Wasps a point.
The back four – including stand-in left-back Josie Porter – did a good job, while wingers Nicholle Smith and Carys Dunn caused problems. Alex Tibble was the Thales player of the match.
Wasps’ development squad – the Ladies third team – were beaten 4-1 at home by Worthing United, Nicky Durling scoring.
Wasps Under-16s had an excellent result, ending the 100 per cent record of Mile Oak Wanderers with a 4-0 win.
Mark Graves’ team had lost 9-0 in the reverse fixture in September but responded in fine fashion, with Poppy Nicholls opening the scoring from the edge of the box.
Chances came and went at both ends before Emily Flegg doubled Wasps’ lead. After the break, Thales player of the match Lauren Graves made a string of saves to keep Mile Oak at bay before skipper Chanelle Gainsford gave Wasps breathing space with a third goal, from all of 30 yards.
Flegg got her second after latching on to a through ball to cap a dominant team performance, with outstanding performances from Macy Watts and Emily Tilford-Carey.
The two teams meet again this Sunday at Ewhurst in the Sussex Girls Challenge Cup semi-final.
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