A cup run relies very much on the luck of the draw. Unfortunately for Worthing, the Sussex County FA Women’s Challenge Cup draw could not have thrown up any bigger test than being drawn against tier three (and current holders), Crawley Wasps.
Women’s Manager, Michelle Lawrence is relishing the challenge; “Don’t get me wrong, of all the teams we could have drawn, I would have preferred not to have been drawn against the highest ranked team in the competition but now the game is here, I am actually really excited. We are under no illusion; we know it will be a tough match but what a great opportunity for the players to test themselves against one of the best teams in Sussex”.
Lawrence joined Worthing last season and set a five-year plan to achieve tier three status and looks to Crawley as a measure for what can be achieved. She added, “I have long admired Wasps. They are a stand-alone women’s and girls’ club and have an excellent player pathway. They also have an organisational structure that does not rely on any one individual, and that is something we are particularly keen to develop at Worthing”.
On the game, Lawrence continued, “I fully expect Wasps to field their strongest squad and that is a mark of respect to Worthing. I also expect their manager to be keen to rack up the goals and use the match as a springboard for their promotion charge. All I ask is that my players compete and give a good account of themselves”.
Due to ongoing maintenance work at the ground, spectators will not be permitted at today’s match. We apologise, and look forward to welcoming fans back to The Crucial Environmental Stadium soon.