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Wasps Under-16’s edged out by Oakwood



Crawley Wasps’ Under-16s performed admirably despite the conditions but couldn’t find a breakthrough as they were beaten 1-0 by Oakwood.

With their local rivals’ pitch unplayable, the game was switched to Wasps’ Ewhurst ground, which was bearing up under the rain.

The only goal of a tight game came inside the first 10 minutes when Oakwood finished off a cross. Wasps went close to an equaliser on a couple of occasions in the first half, as a Jodie Barker free-kick was almost turned in for an own goal and the Oakwood keeper made a good save to deny Lily Beckett.

After the break, Barker’s shot from distance whistled past the far post but as the game wore on, goalkeeper Feitong Wilde – who earned the player of the match award – made a couple of good saves to keep her side in the game.

The Wasps Under-15s, who are playing boys teams this season, put in another good display on a heavy pitch as they lost 3-0 to Lindfield.

Meanwhile, the Wasps Ladies reserves – who included a sprinkling of first-team players after their Sussex Challenge Cup semi-final was postponed – drew 1-1 with higher-league Eastbourne Town in a friendly, with Jodie Jacobs scoring.

Founded in 1991, Crawley Wasps have been instrumental in the successful development of girls’ football in the Crawley area. From the early days of playing seven-a-side on full size pitches in the Sussex Girls League, the club have expanded to more than 100 playing members in teams at all levels from Under-11s to seniors.

Wasps have helped pioneer the development of ladies and girls’ football in Sussex. Previously playing in various Surrey leagues, Wasps were a founding member of the Sussex County Women and Girls’ Football League in 2002-03.

In the 2015-16 season, three of the club’s teams – the Ladies’ first team, Ladies reserves and the Under-14s – reached their respective County Cup finals.

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Wasps meet Orient in League Cup final



Crawley Wasps bid to end their season with silverware on Sunday when they take on Leyton Orient in the London & South East Regional Women’s League Cup final.

Paul Walker’s side meet the league champions at Maidstone United’s Gallagher Stadium, with a 2pm kick-off.

Orient won 16 of their 18 games en route to promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League, but Wasps were the first team to score against them and the first to take a point off them this season.

And despite the 10-point gap in the final table, Walker – who also took Wasps to the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup final against Super League side Brighton – is confident they can match Orient in the showpiece.

“If we play our brand of football on the day, we’ve got a very realistic chance of winning it,” he said.

“Leyton Orient were worthy winners of our league but our squad has got stronger through the year.”

Captain Hannah Duncan added: “Finishing third and reaching two cup finals shows how far we’ve come.

“It will be a tough test, but we’ve already matched them this season so we know we can do it again.”

Wasps’ completed their warm-up for the final last Sunday, losing 4-2 to Orient’s predecessors as league champions, AFC Wimbledon.

Having fallen 2-0 behind, Suzanne Davies pulled a goal back after a cross from Faye Rabson, who also netted a consolation in the second half with the score at 4-1.

Wasps’ reserves lost 6-3 to league rivals Long Lane in a friendly, with Rosanne Fine, Topaz Luxford and Lily Beckett scoring.

Luxford was also on target earlier in the day for the Under-16s, though they lost 5-1 in their final league game against title challengers Ferring Divas.

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