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.