That proved to be the case, as it was Crawley who asserted themselves more than their opponents which in turn saw them take a deserved lead in the 34th minute.
Lana De Wolf was the catalyst, outrunning two opponents before cutting the ball back to Heaton, who scooped it up and launched a driven strike beyond Georgie Halsey in the Lindfield goal to give her team the lead.
Four minutes later and Dana Minster was brought down in the box, resulting in referee Jack Burton pointing to the spot.
Captain Heaton stepped up and calmly placed her penalty past the outstretched Halsey to double Wasps’ lead. Their 2-0 lead could have been extended to three in the 51st minute after Williams’ long-range effort forced a good save from Halsey.
Lindfield were determined to give themselves a chance to save the game and force penalties. That -came courtesy of Watts, who was spotted in the centre with a darting run.
One-on-one with Wasps’ keeper Lily Warner, she fired cleanly into the bottom corner.
And they could have equalised in added time when Alice Leaney found Watts again, who looked to curl it past Warner into the far corner, but her last-gasp chance narrowly missed the target.
Despite the commendable Lindfield fight back, Wasps were able to hold firm and come away with a much-deserved win.
Speaking after the game, Wasps’ manager Dave Heaton was very happy with his team’s performance.
“A really tight enjoyable game, probably not for the coaches but for the fans who were absolutely fantastic today,” he said.
“Both sides were nervous in the first-half and then the spaces opened up in the second, and luckily enough we managed to get the two goals to take that lead, but it was a close one towards the end,” he added.