Crawley Wasps v Fulham Foundation – MATCH REPORT

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Thales Player of the Match Naomi Cole. Picture: Ben Walker.

Fulham Foundation 2 Crawley Wasps 7

Crawley Wasps made it three wins from three in the London & South East Premier Division with a 7-2 win at Fulham Foundation on Sunday.

Playing on 4G at Fulham FC’s Motspur Park training ground, Wasps went ahead on eight minutes when Rosanne Fine’s cross deflected into the path of Lauren Callaghan, who finished well.

The pair also combined for the second and third goals, scored on 24 and 26 minutes. Callaghan played a one-two with Fine before setting herself and smashing home, and then turned provider as Fine bundled in at the far post.

Wasps went 4-0 up when Faye Rabson took advantage of a defensive slip to score, but Fulham pulled one back when referee Stephen Dedman penalised Niamh Stephenson for an apparent foul, and the penalty was confidently converted.

While the visitors adapted to a half-time formation change, Fulham took advantage to reduced the deficit shortly after the break, but almost immediately Wasps restored their three-goal lead as Holly Walker stabbed in Naomi Cole’s corner.

Suzanne Davies netted the sixth from an acute angle after Rabson’s low cross and skipper Cole’s cross-cum-shot deceived the Fulham keeper to round off the scoring.

Former Millwall and Lewes midfielder Cole was named Thales player of the match after an excellent display, while summer signing Kemina Webber – brought in from league rivals Watford Development – made her competitive debut from the bench.

Wasps: Gibbs; Duncan, Niamh Stephenson, Walker, Ward; Davies, Cole, Fleischman, Callaghan; Boyd; Fine. Subs: Elphick, N. Smith, T. Smith, Rabson, Webber.

Wasps reserves, meanwhile, drew 1-1 with Worthing Ladies in the South East Counties League. Keisha Lawrence scored the goal.

Wasps’ development squad – the new Ladies third team playing in the Sussex Women’s League – beat Worthing Town 3-2 to maintain their 100 per cent record.

Tracey O’Hagan scored twice in the first half – from a Topaz Luxford cross, and then from Millie Baverstock’s delivery – before setting up Luxford in the second half.

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