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* - Hethersett won 6-5 on penalties after extra-time
Players from the ladies and girls teams
August 16th - Hethersett 0 Peterborough 0
Both teams fired blanks as the new season got underway on the Memorial Playing Field. Two strong defences dominated this opening game.
Hethersett: Kayleigh Ellwood, Lauren Bailey (sub Lisa Ferdani), Georgia Adcock, Zoe Klimcke, Adele McCrory, Jess Hollis, Hayley Martin, Stacey Annison (sub Hazel Shepherd), Jenna Thirtle (sub Amy Batch), Emily Coates, Emma Mulley. Subs (not used) - Lauren Matthews, Hannah Dugdale.
August 23rd Hethersett 2 Cambridge University 2
Match report by manager Chris Bolderstone: In a rematch of last seasons league cup final, Hethersett were looking to build on the positives of the previous weeks goalless draw with Peterborough and get back to winning ways at home to Cambridge University. They got off to a perfect start thanks to a flash of inspiration from Emma Mulley, the youngster winning a loose ball on halfway and running the length of the half before cutting inside and squaring to last seasons top scorer Emily Coates to finish nicely from a tight angle.
Hethersett doubled the lead midway through the first half after some good approach play left Mulley free to tap home from close range. Athletic were playing some fantastic football in hot conditioins and generally dominating the game against a very experienced side. The rest of the first half and beginning of the second half continued in a similar with Coates and Hayley Martin in particular looking to test the keeper regularly, however Hethersett began to fade and the visitors took control pulling one back on 75 minutes thanks to an excellent finish.
Cambridge were pressing for an equaliser and it
came in heart breaking fashion for the hosts as a corner was not dealt
with sufficiently allowing the visitors to level terms with almost the
last kick of the game. It was a brutal lesson for many of hethersetts
youngsters about the ruthlessness of football at this level, but there
were many positives still to take into next game.
HETHERSETT: Kayleigh Ellwood, Lauren Bailey, Georgia Adcock (sub Megan Cletheroe), Stacey Annison, Adele McCrory, Jenna Thirtle, Hayley Martin, Hazel Shepherd (sub Amy Batch), Lisa Ferdani, Emily Coates, Emma Mulley. Subs not used - Jess Hollis, Vicky Swann, Hannah Dugdale
August 30th Hethersett 1 Bedford 0
Hethersett had the vast majority of possession in this match but failed to turn their territorial advantage into goals.
They learnt a harsh lesson after just 30 seconds when Emily Coates hit a rasping drive into the top corner only to have the effort disallowed for shouting the words "leave it."
Hethersett dominated throughout but failed to break down a solid Bedford defence until the 64th minute when, following a series of corners, the ball dropped to Coates who scored with a low drive.
Hethersett continued to push forward with Hayley Martin and Jenna Thirtle prominent but there was no more score. Bedford could have equalised deep into injury time but fired into the side netting.
HETHERSETT: Kayleigh Ellwood, Lauren Bailey, Georgia Adcock, Zoe Klimcke, Adele McCrory, Jenna Thirtle, Stacey Annison (sub Hazel Shepherd), Hayley Martin, Lisa Ferdani, Emily Coates, Emma Mulley (sub Kate Ellis). Sub (not used) - Amy Batch.
September 6th Chelmsford City 4 Hethersett 1
Hethersett suffered their first defeat of the season against a strong Chelmsford side who are currently second in the league.
TEAM: Kayleigh Ellwood, Lauren Bailey, Georgia Adcock (sub Hannah Dugdale), Zoe Klimcke, Adele McCrory, Kate Ellis, Hazel Shepherd, Hayley Martin, Lisa Ferdani (sub Amy Batch), Emily Coates, Emma Mulley
September 13th West Lynn 1 Hethersett 1
Hethersett put in a poor performance to only draw against a bottom two club without a point before the game
TEAM: Kayleigh Ellwood, Lauren Bailey, Georgia Adcock, Megan Cletheroe, Lisa Ferdani, Hayley Martin, Stacey Annison, Hazel Shepherd, Kate Ellis, Emma Mulley, Emily Coates. Subs (not used) - Charlotte Swann, Hannah Dugdale, Jenna Thirtle, Vickie Swann, Adele McCrory.
September 20th Hethersett 3 Barking 2
In contrast to the previous week, Hethersett showed exactly what they can do by beating unbeaten league leaders Barking thanks to a hat-trick from Emily Coates.
TEAM: Kayleigh Ellwood, Lauren Bailey, Zoe Klimcke, Georgia Adcock, Adele McCrory, Hazel Shepherd, Stacey Annison, Hayley Martin, Kate Ellis, Emma Mulley, Emily Coates.. Subs (used) - Jenna Thirtle, Lisa Ferdani
September 27th Taverham 0 Hethersett 9
Hethersett moved up to fifth place in the league with a comfortable victory in a match switched to Easton College. Emma Mulley hit four and Emily Coates a hat-trick as Hethersett made easy pickings of near neighbours Taverham.
TEAM: Kayleigh Ellwood, Kate Ellis, Georgia Adcock, Stacey Annison, Adele McCrory, Hazel Shepherd, Jenna Thirtle, Hayley Martin, Emily Coates, Emma Mulley, Lisa Ferdani, Amy Batch, Hannah Dugdale, Vicky Swann
October 4th Barking 0 Hethersett 1
Hethersett's remarkable run in the Eastern Region League Cup carried on as an Emily Coates goal sunk Premier Division League Leaders Barking. Hethersett have to date never lost a match in this competition, have won the trophy in the last two seasons and in the last three seasons have knocked out the respective league leaders. For a fuller report of the dramatic last gasp win click here
TEAM: Kayleigh Ellwood, Lauren Bailey, Georgia Adcock, Zoe Klimcke, Adele McCrory, Hayley Martin, Stacey Annison, Jenna Thirtle, Kate Ellis, Emma Mulley, Emily Coates, Hazel Shepherd
October 11th Hethersett 3 Stevenage Borough 1
Hethersett continued their march up the league with their third successive victory thanks to a skilful and determined display against a solid Stevenage side. The win takes us into second place on the same number of points as leaders Barking who have two games in hand.
Hethersett killed the game off with three first half goals which included tremendous long range strikes from Emily Coates and Hayley Martin. Sandwiched between these was a second Coates goal.
Stevenage pulled a goal back in the second half and looked dangerous on the break but the Hethersett defence with Lauren Bailey outstanding weathered the storm and the winning margin could have been greater if two excellent lobs from Kate Ellis had found their mark instead of hitting the bar and dropping agonisingly wide.
TEAM: Kayleigh Ellwood, Lauren Bailey, Georgia Adcock, Stacey Annison, Adele McCrory, Hayley Martin, Hazel Shepherd, Jenna Thirtle, Kate Ellis, Emily Coates, Lauren Matthews, Jess Hollis, Emma Mulley, Hannah Dugdale
October 18th Aylsham 1 Hethersett 2
Hethersett avoided being knocked out of the Norfolk and Suffolk Cup by Aylsham for the second season running as they recorded a narrow victory to give them a second round tie at home to Thorpe in November. Our goals came from Emily Coates and Emma Mulley.
TEAM: Ellwood, Bailey, Adcock, Klimcke (sub Batch), McCrory (sub V.Swann), Martin, Annison, Thurtle, Ellis (sub Hollis), Coates, Mulley, sub not used Birchall.
October 25th Hethersett 12 Taverham 2
Hethersett went to the top of the Eastern Region Premier Division with a resounding 12-2 win over bottom club Taverham. Hethersett knew that victory would take them to the top and they were 6-2 up at half-time and then added a further six goals after the break to hammer a brave Taverham side who remain pointless. Emily Coates led the way with seven goals, Adele McCrory weighed in with a wonderful solo effort that saw her run through from her own half and other goals came from Jenna Thirtle, Hayley Martin, Emma Mulley and an own goal.
7th Minute - Emily Coates opens the scoring after bursting through the Taverham defence
8th Minute - Coates makes it 2-0 after running onto a long through ball from Jenna Thirtle
14th Minute - Taverham pull a goal back with a fierce shot that beats Kayleigh Ellwood at the near post
31st Minute - Coates completes a first half hat-trick as she runs onto another through ball - this time from Hayley Martin
32nd Minute - Taverham come back once again as Hethersett concede a sloppy goal
34th Minute - Constant Hethersett pressure forces a Taverham player to fire into her own net to make it 4-2
42 Minutes - Hayley Martin makes it 5-2 as she finished off another good Hethersett move
45 Minutes - Right on the stroke of half-time Jenna Thirtle makes it 6-2 after turning in the area to fire home.
48 Minutes - Emily Coates adds her fourth and the team's seventh with a shot into the top corner.
49 Minutes - Hethersett are rampant as Coates scores again
54 Minutes - There is no stopping Coates as she makes it 9-2 after running through from deep.
80 Minutes - Adele McCrory takes it into double figures with the best goal of the game as she runs from her own half, through numerous defenders before scoring with an unstoppable shot.
81 Minutes - Substitute Emma Mulley outpaces a static Taverham defence to make it 11-2
82 Minutes - Hethersett are rampant and score their third goal in as many minutes as Coates completes the scoring to take her individual haul to seven.
TEAM: Kayleigh Ellwood, Lauren Bailey, Stacey Annison, Hannah Dugdale, Adele McCrory, Hayley Martin, Amy Batch, Hazel Shepherd, Emily Coates, Kate Ellis, Jenna Thirtle, Emma Mulley. Sub not used Georgia Adcock.
November 8th Peterborough 4 Hethersett 0
November 15th Hethersett 5 Thorpe 1
Hethersett eased their way through to the quarter-finals of the Norfolk and Suffolk Cup with a 5-1 win over Norfolk League Division One leaders Thorpe.
Apart from a period early in the second half, Hethersett were in control for most of the game with Emily Coates and Emma Mulley outstanding. Mulley was on target twice and other goals came from Adele McCrory (directly from a corner), Jenna Thirtle and Stacey Annison (her first goal for the club).
TEAM: Kayleigh Ellwood, Lauren Bailey, Adele McCrory, Georgia Adcock, Hayley Martin, Stacey Annison, Jenna Thirtle, Kate Ellis, Emily Coates, Emma Mulley, Jess Hollis, Hazel Shepherd, Lauren Matthews.
November 22nd Cambridge Rangers 0 Hethersett 5
Hethersett travelled to Cambridge Rangers hoping to reach a second quarter final in successive weeks with one of the youngest squads available in wet and windy conditions. The opening minutes saw a physically strong and experienced Cambridge side dominate midfield battles and Amy Bell on her debut had to be alert to save well at her near post. From that point Hethersett began to dominate and played some superb flowing football in creating chances and it was only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken. 15 minutes in a short corner saw McCrory deliver a good ball, which fell nicely to Stacey Annison who fired home from the edge of the box.
Hethersett's front 3 of Emily Coates, Emma Mulley and
Grace Birchall making her first start were causing all sorts of problems
with their pace and power, and Mulley fired in a second soon after.
Superb build up play full of one touch football allowed Mulley in for
her second, and 10 minutes before half time sheer persistence from
Coates created Mulley's hat-trick.
Injury forced Mulley off with 30 minutes remaining and
Lauren Matthews took to the field, instantly making an impression by
delivering a perfect cross for Birchall to score a much deserved first
goal for the club. The heavy pitch began to take its toll as Hethersett
took their foot off the gas for the final 20 minutes but remained
disciplined and organised to keep a solid clean sheet and ensure an
impressive win to reach the next round.
January 24th Ipswich Town 3 Hethersett 2
Hethersett went out of the County Cup despite taking Ipswich Town to extra-time in a good performance.
TEAM - Amy Bell, Lauren Bailey, Adele McCrory, Georgia Adcock, Jenna Cannell, Stacey Annison, Kate Ellis, Grace Birchall, Emily Coates, Emma Mulley, Jenna Thirtle, Amy Batch, Jess Hollis
February 7th Peterborough 3 Hethersett 3 (after extra time)
(Hethersett won 6-5 on penalties)
Hethersett travelled to Peterborough wary that they were
the last Premier League team to have faced the girls, a humbling
4-0 defeat on the 8th November. The task was seemingly made even harder
with the absence of several first team regulars - Lauren Bailey, Jenna
Cannell, Jess Hollis, Jenna Thurtle and Hayley Martin all missing. Late
illness meant that Ladies Hearts goalkeeper Charlie Swann was called up
to play in the central midfield position she usually occupies for the
under 17's, and Natasha Snelling came in for her first appearance of the
season. Captain Kate Ellis switched to cover Bailey at right back,
while Grace Birchall moved into the middle of midfield. The squad
travelled with 11 players, the only one older than 20 being Ellis.
TEAM - Bell, Ellis, Adcock, Annison, McCrory, Swann, Batch, Birchall, Coates, Mulley, Snelling
February 14th Woodbridge 1 Hethersett 1
TEAM - Bell, Ellis, Adcock, Cannell, McCrory, C.Swann, Thurtle, Hollis, Birchall, Coates, Mulley
March 7th Barking 7 Hethersett 1
TEAM -Charlie Swann, Lauren Bailey, Georgia Adcock, Jenna Cannell, Adele McCrory, Hayley Martin, Emily Coates, Emma Mulley, Hazel Shepherd, Liza Ferdani
March 14th Hethersett 1 Braintree 3
TEAM - Ellie Preece, Kate Ellis, Lauren Bailey, Georgia Adcock, Mia Boorman, Amy Batch, Jenna Thirtle, Hayley Martin, Emily Coates, Emma Mulley, Grace Birchall. Lauren Matthews
Ladies are through to their third consecutive Eastern Region Women’s
League Cup Final.
The village team
will be steering unchartered waters at the beginning of May as they
attempt to become the first team ever to win the trophy three seasons in
Their opponents in
the final at Soham on May 2nd will be Billericay. The Essex
side are in a division below Hethersett, but reached the final with a
penalty shoot out victory over Premier Division Chelmsford.
Chris Bolderstone admiited his side would be meeting an unknown quantity
in the final: “We have never played Billericay and know very little
about them, but we certainly won’t be under-estimating them,” he
reached the final the hard way after accounting for top Premier Division
teams Barking (1-0), Peterborough (penalty shoot out after 3-3 draw) and
now Briantree (1-0).
It was sweet
revenge for Hethersett, having lost 3-1 at home to Braintree in the
league the previous week. A young and relatively inexperienced
Hethersett side dug in and overall deserved their victory in a
semi-final played on neutral ground at Huntingdon. The only goal cam
from an Emma Mulley strike midway through the first half.
Grace Birchall, who
was outstanding throughout on the right wing, centred and Natasha
Snelling sent in a shot that seemed to be heading for the top corner
until the Braintree ‘keeper somehow parried the ball. Mulley bravely
followed up to knock it home.
Both teams had chances during the game but Hethersett ‘keeper Amy Bell was in commanding form, pulling off a number of fine saves.
TEAM - Amy Bell,
Lauren Bailey (sub Mia Boorman), Georgia Adcock, Megan Cletheroe, Liza
Ferdani, Hayley Martin, Kate Ellis, Emily Coates, Grace Birchall, Emma
Mulley, Natasha Snelling (sub Polly Tarrant). Subs (not used) - Charlie
Swann, Amy Batch, Lauren Matthews.
April 4th Stevenage 1 Hethersett 0
TEAM: Charlie Swann , Lauren Bailey, Georgia Adcock
(sub Vicky Swann), Jenna Cannell,
April 11th Hethersett 1 Woodbridge 4
TEAM - Amy Bell, Lauren Bailey, Georgia Adcock, Stacey Annison, Lisa Ferdani, Polly Tarrant, Kate Ellis, Amy Batch, Grace Birchall, Emily Coates, Emma Mulley, Hannah Waters, Jenna Cannell.
April 18th Braintree 8 Hethersett 2
TEAM: Amy Bell, Lauren Bailey, Megan Cletheroe,
Georgia Adcock (sub Charlotte Swann),
April 25th Hethersett 2 Haringey 1
TEAM - Amy Bell, Amy Batch, Lauren Bailey, Georgia
Adcock, Jenna Cannell, Liza Ferdani,
May 2nd Billericay 1 Hethersett 5
Hethersett won the Eastern Region Women's Cup for the third consecutive season with a fine display at Soham FC. For a full report and photos of the match click here.
May 9th Cambridge University 1 Hethersett 1
TEAM - Bell, Bailey, Adcock, Cletheroe, Ferdani, Ellis, Martin, C. Swann, Coates, Waters, Boorman, Snelling, Mulley
May 12th Hethersett 5 West Lynn 0
TEAM - Bell, Bailey, Adcock, Cletheroe, Annison, Batch, Birchall, Ellis, Martin, C. Swann, Coates, Mulley, Snelling.
May 16th Bedford 3 Hethersett 1
TEAM - Bell, Bailey, Adcock, Cletheroe, Batch, Birchall, Ellis, Martin, C. Swann, Coates, Mulley, Snelling.