Plewa hat-trick helps Wasps hit QPR for six in FA Cup

Crawley Wasps hat-trick hero Emma Plewa in action against QPR Girls Development in the woemn's FA Cup first round on November 11, 2018 at Oakwood Football Ground, Tinsley Lane, Crawley, Crawley. Photo: Ben Davidson, www.bendavidsonphotography.com (181111-0129) SUS-181211-163043002
Crawley Wasps hat-trick hero Emma Plewa in action against QPR Girls Development in the woemn's FA Cup first round on November 11, 2018 at Oakwood Football Ground, Tinsley Lane, Crawley, Crawley. Photo: Ben Davidson, www.bendavidsonphotography.com (181111-0129) SUS-181211-163043002

Crawley Wasps face a Sussex derby with higher-division Chichester City in the second round of the Women’s FA Cup after beating QPR Girls Development 6-0.

Former Wales international Emma Plewa hit a hat-trick against the Rs’ youngsters, with Kemina Webber, Megan Stow and Ariana Fleischman also on target.

It is only the second time in the club’s history that Wasps have reached this stage of the FA Cup.

But Chi – who top the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division – will be their biggest test this campaign, come December 2.

Against QPR’s teenagers, who play in the division below, Wasps recalled Abbie Measures, Charlie Carter, Fleischman and Webber, and gave 17-year-old Lauren Graves only her second start in goal.

A scrappy Webber goal put Wasps in front on 13 minutes before Plewa’s cool finish made it 2-0.

QPR only rarely threatened as Wasps scored four times in 20 second-half minutes.

Shortly after the break, Plewa latched on to a through-ball and rounded QPR’s ‘keeper Lucie White before slotting in, and then Stow sent a terrific effort from 25 yards into the top corner.

Plewa completed her hat-trick, a solo run down the left-hand side followed by a classy finish, while Fleischman snapped up a rebound following Sian Heather’s saved shot.

Wasps: Graves; Measures (Drury), C.Carter, James, Palmer (Niamh Stephenson); Cole, Fleischman; Heather, Stow, Plewa; Webber. Used subs: Gibbs