Crawley Wasps face tough test against AFC Wimbledon at Oakwood tonight

Two-goal Faye Rabson (left) and Sian Heather celebrate against Ipswich (Picture: Ben Davidson - www.bendavidsonphotography.com) SUS-180820-200554002
Two-goal Faye Rabson (left) and Sian Heather celebrate against Ipswich (Picture: Ben Davidson - www.bendavidsonphotography.com) SUS-180820-200554002

Wasps face arguably the toughest examination of their FA Women’s National League credentials to date when they host AFC Wimbledon tonight (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm) at Tinsley Lane.

The Dons finished second in Division 1 South East last season, missing out on promotion to Premier South by only five points to their arch rivals MK Dons.

They have fared inconsistently so far this term, drawing 1-1 with Cambridge and beating Luton 3-1, before being edged out 1-0 by Billericay.

It’s the first competitive meeting between the two sides since January 2016, when Wimbledon scored three times late on to beat Wasps 4-0 on their way to the London & South East Premier Division title.

But only two of the Wasps side that day – midfielder Suzanne Davies and forward Faye Rabson – are likely to figure this time, and they can point to a 3-0 friendly win over the Dons in April as a sign of their clear progression.

“I think it will be one of our toughest games, Wimbledon are a good side,” Wasps boss Paul Walker said.

“We had someone up there watching the game their encounter with Billericay and, despite their defeat, the feedback is they’re a strong side, compact and tough to break down.

“You’ve got two sides with ambitions to win the league, there’s some good players in both squads so it should be a good spectacle under lights.”

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