'We do have a target on our back' - Crawley Wasps' forward on remarkable start

Crawlley Wasps' Faye Rabson. Picture by Ben Davidson
Crawlley Wasps' Faye Rabson. Picture by Ben Davidson

Forward Faye Rabson admits Crawley Wasps will now be a hunted side after their remarkable start to life in the third tier of women’s football.

After back-to-back promotions, Wasps now sit top once again having won six of their first seven games in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division.

They beat Oxford United 3-1 on Sunday, with Rabson – who started at Wasps as an Under-8 before a career at Chelsea, Brighton and Lewes – receiving player of the match.

“We do have a target on our back,” Crawley-based Rabson, 30, admitted. “People want to beat us and you can see them trying that 10 per cent harder.

“But we also set high standards for ourselves – our back line gets annoyed when one goal goes in.

“We seem to have gelled really well as a squad, the characters fit together in the dressing room.

“We’ve got a big squad but there’s no big-time players who aren’t happy being on the bench. We all know rotation is necessary to keep everyone fit in a busy season.”

Rabson has been one of the few constants this season, starting all bar one game – the impressive 2-1 win at Yeovil.

And her performance against Oxford, when she scored and won a penalty, shows she is still at the top of her game.

“I’m glad Paul [Walker, Wasps manager] has got confidence in me and how I’m performing. I just want to keep injury-free.”

Wasps don’t have a game this Sunday but return to action next midweek, away to Gillingham.