News from Hethersett Athletic FC

  • Recent Club Highlights

    Posted on Tuesday 15th October, 2019

    Lots to report on from around the clubs in the last few weeks.

    Firstly massive congratulations to the Under 12s lions.

    Manager Mike says: “For the past six years Hethersett Lions have been battling their way through the age groups, chasing the elusive victory they so deserve. Winning only two games in that time. 2019/2020 appears to be our year (so far).

    Two games and two amazing victories( 7-3 and 2-0).

    “The boys and girls who have always ended games with a smile regardless of the score are doing themselves proud.”

    That’s great to hear. Elsewhere the under 7s played their first ever friendly, away to Old Catton.

    David Powles said: “Brilliant effort from all 15 of the Under 7s in their first ever game versus Old Catton. Never gave up, always smiling and some great football. Very proud manager.”

    The men’s Saturday team go from strength to strength.

    A goal in each half send them 2nd in Division 1 on October 12, with a 2-0 away win at Norwich Medics. Dan Folkard put us ahead after some good individual work. Norwich Medics improved second half and we had to defend for large periods, but Adam Waters set up Andy Smith who finish well from a tight angle across the keeper to secure the three points.

    Previous wins include 3-1 over second in the table Dereham Taverners, a 4-0 victory at home to Watton United Reserves and a hard fought 2-1 victory at Hockering in the League Cup. Top stuff!


  • Weekend Report

    Posted on Monday 16th September, 2019

    It was a mixed weekend for the men’s teams – but on a more positive note great to hear that scores of players in the youth section turned out for training and their first matches of the season. 

    The Saturday men’s team picked up their first points of the season with a 2-1 win at Castle Acre Res. Richard Manington gave Hethersett the lead midway through the first half, but Castle Acre responded quickly. The rest of the game was tight, before Hethersett were awarded a penalty late on, which Adam Waters converted confidently.

    The men’s Sunday first team suffered a frustrating 2-0 loss after a hard fought battle against newly promoted AFC Norwich. 

    Hethersett played with a much depleted squad and it resulted in some tired legs in the second half. 0-0 at half time, AFC Norwich had the majority of the chances and should have scored but for good defending and goalkeeping. After conceding an unlucky first goal from a corner, AFC Norwich then capitalised on their momentum and added a second. Hethersett had a goal disallowed which would’ve set up at interesting end to the game, but it was ruled out for accidental handball in the build up. 

    Plenty of positives to take from the game despite the result.

    Hethersett Reserves bowed out of the cup with a narrow 4-3 defeat to Eaton Beehive. 

  • Adult Teams Roundup

    Posted on Thursday 12th September, 2019

    It was a hard fought 2-1 defeat for our Saturday men’s team at home to Redgrave Rangers. 0-0 in a close first half, then Redgrave took the lead. Hethersett equalised through a Jamie Wright header from a Matt Pummell free kick, but they scored again shortly after. The keeper made a number of good saves for Hethersett but we struggled to create any meaningful chances.The Sunday First Team were beaten 3-0 away at FC Viking. We had a man sent off during the first half. Held it to 0-0 to half time, but tired in the second half and a good Viking team scored before adding 2 more towards the end.

    The Sunday Division Two game between Hethersett Reserves and Norman Wanderers A ended 2-2.

  • Former Chairman scoops award

    Posted on Monday 15th July, 2019

    Former Chairman Peter Steward was rewarded for his contribution to the Club and Hethersett Community in general, including 15 yrs as Club Chairman at a recent committee meeting. He was presented with the Lee Thompson Memorial Trophy by Wayne Johnson.

  • Weekend Roundup

    Posted on Wednesday 7th November, 2018

    The Saturday team recorded their first win since the opening day of the season, returning from Rockland Utd with all three points after a hard fought 2-1 win. Late goals from Olly Smith and Captain James Rice secured the win in a game they deserved to win. The Sunday First team also returned to winning ways with a 3-2 home win over Barracks, which lifts them a couple of places in the table. With the score 2-2 entering the final minutes, substitute Nathan Cotton grabbed the winner late on with a well place finish from just inside the box. The Reserves put in a better perfomance at Hempnall but were unable to return with any points, and were eventually beaten 3-0. The Veterans were in County Cup action against East Harling and were narrowly knocked out of the competition after losing 2-1.

    The U16s had more success in their John Savage County Cup match as they travelled to Fakenham. They progressed to the next round after an emphatic 10-0 victory, with the highlight being forward Barry Delf netting 4 goals. The U14s were involved in the only game in the NCYFL U14 Premiership, as they entertained Horsford. In an entertaining high scoring affair, the visitors took the points with a 6-3 victory. The Hethersett goalscorers were Adam Abu-Elmagd, Max Desira & George Grice. The U13s were also involved in a high scoring game, as they were beaten 12-4 at Harling Colts. Oscar Laws and Connor Taylor both grabbed braces for Hethersett. The U11 Tigers were in action at Old Catton, and put in a really good performance, whilst the Lions visited Silver Road. Both U10 teams were also in action in two competitive hard fought games against Bulldogs.

  • Weekend Results

    Posted on Tuesday 23rd October, 2018

    It was a limited programme of fixtures for our sides this weekend, with no youth programme mainly due to the half term break.

    There was no match on Saturday for our First Team as unfortunately they were unable to raise against Longham. However both Sunday sides were in action, with the Reserves in the Sunday Junior Cup. The First Team were well beaten by Marlborough at home 6-2. Injuries and unavailability meant the team had a depleted squad, as the visitors notched three quick goals inside 10 minutes. Hethersett eventually grew into the game but were unable to force a comeback. Matt Butcher scoring both Hethersett goals. The Reserves welcomed newly formed side Cherry Tree in an all Norwich Sunday League County Cup tie. The sides could not be separated after extra time, so penalties decided the outcome. It was the visitors who progressed to the next round with a 4-3 victory on penalties. The Veterans match away at Harts Veterans was also postponed this weekend.

  • Weekend Roundup

    Posted on Monday 15th October, 2018

    The Saturday Teams’ poor run of form continues after being beaten 3-1 at Shipdham. In windy conditions, Hethersett had the better of the first half with the wind behind them but could only go into the break on level terms. Goalkeeper Richard Manington scored Hethersett’s goal from a drop kick. Hethersett struggled to create any meaningful chances in the second half, and the home team used the wind to their advantage and took the three points.

    The Sunday First Team were in Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup action, and visited premier division side Poringland. Hethersett found themselves 1-0 down at half time, but managed to turn the tie around in the second half. Goals from Patrick Ogilvie and Adam Waters saw Hethersett through to the next round with a 2-1 win.

    The U16s were involved in a high scoring encounter at home to table topping Taverham. The sides went into the break level at 2-1, and the second half saw a further 7 goals, with Taverham taking the win 6-5. The highlight for Hethersett was a hat-trick for Mark Attfield. The U14s suffered a heavy 9-1 defeat at the hands of Wymondham town Utd. Ben Scott grabbed the goal for Hethersett in the second half. The U13s also had a difficult game as they hosted Mattishall. The away side took the three points with a 7-1 win. Hethersett’s goal scorer was Connor Taylor. The U12s were involved in a 12 goal match at home to Thorpe Rovers. The visitors led 4-0 at half time, but Hethersett will take heart from their second half display, drawing this period 4-4, leaving the final score 8-4 to Thorpe. In the Christian League, our U11s were both in action. The Lions visited Brooke, while the Tigers hosted Sprowston. The U10s were both away from home. The Sparkes travelled to Brandon, while the Flames went to Thetford to face Bulldogs. The U8s were both in Kappa Cup action, sporting new kits courtesy of Norfolk Football. The Force hosted Mulbarton while the Foxes visited Mattishall.

  • Weekend roundup – County Cup games for 2 youth sides

    Posted on Friday 5th October, 2018

    The Saturday Team welcomed UEA’s third team to the Memorial, and the students took all three points after a 2-0 win. The UEA number 10 scored both goals from long range, giving Hethersett goalkeeper Richard Manington little chance. Hethersett continued to battle but were unable to create many clear cut chances against a strong outfit. The Sunday First team travelled to Vale Longo with disappointingly a bare 11 players and no recognised goalkeeper. After conceding from a corner early on, a fine Adam Waters strike meant the teams went into the break all square. Vale Longo eventually nicked a winner in the second half, making the final score 2-1 to the home side.

    It was a break from league action this week for our U14s and U12s, who took part in their respective County Cup competitions. The U14s welcomed Sheringham in the Stuart Dracup Cup, and were desperately unlucky not to progress to the next round after a cruel defeat on penalties. With the score 2-2 after 90 minutes and extra time, Sheringham eventually progressed with a 3-0 victory in the shootout. George Grice grabbed both Hethersett goals. The U12s took part in the all new Norfolk U12s Cup, and hosted Harling Colts. The away side went through to round two, with a 4-1 win.

    The U16s took part in the only game in the Premiership, as they travelled to Blofield. It was a tight game all the way until the end, as Hethersett narrowly lost out on the points as it finished 4-3 to the hosts. Our U10s can be pleased with their performances on Sunday, and will take away lots of positives for their future matches. Keep it up! The U8s were also in action on Saturday, as the Force welcomed Wymondham Utd Youth and the Foxes travelled to Tasburgh.


  • Weekend Report – Norfolk Junior Cup action for Saturday Team

    Posted on Wednesday 19th September, 2018

    The Saturday Team bowed out of the Norfolk Junior Cup at the first hurdle as they hosted higher raked opponents Long Statton Reserves. Hethersett found it difficult in the early stages as the visitors started the game quickly, and they went 2-0 up within the first 20 minutes. Hethersett managed to contain Long Stratton for the remainder of the first half, but their long throw in was always a dangerous weapon. The second half was a much more even contest as Hethersett grew into the game, and a times forced the away side into making errors. A couple of second half chances were created as Sam Hanner and young debutant Will Bussey went close, but couldn’t find a way back into the game. Full time Hethersett 0-2 Long Stratton Res.

    On Sunday, the First Team will have been disappointed with their performance, going down 3-0 at home to a well organised Brooke Reserves side. Trailing 2-0 at the break, Hethersett never really got going in this game, and created little in the way of clear cut chances. The Reserves did not fare much better as they were well beaten 12-3 by a strong Silver Fox side. The Hethersett goals were scored by Daniel Payne, Ben & Jamie Wright. The Veterans began their campaign with a win, as they comprehensively beat Micawbers Tavern 5-0 at home. The will be hoping to build on this performance for the rest of the season.

    The U16s travelled to St Andrews, and were narrowly beaten 3-2. Mark Attfield grabbed a brace for Hethersett in this encounter. The U14s had a difficult morning against a good Norman Wanderers outfit, and went down to an 8-1 defeat. Hethersett found themselves with a lot to do with the scoreline 4-0 at half time, Ben Johnson found the net for Hethersett in the second half. The U12s fared better, and took all three points after a tight 4-3 win at home to Horsford. They will be pleased with the result and performance, with the goals being shared between Johnny Henri, Jamie Rich, Freddy Smith and James Wright. Both U11s started their Christian League seasons, the Lions faced Old Catton and the Tigers played Lowestoft. Our U10s also had fixtures, with the Flames coming up against Tasburgh and the Sparkes took on Mulbarton. Both U8 matches were a great advert for development football, with all involved a credit to the game in two well contested matches. The Foxes faced Stoke Utd Youth and the Force travelled to Brandon.

  • U10s Take Part in Littlelifts Tournament

    Posted on Wednesday 19th September, 2018

    Earlier this month, the Club took both U10 teams to the 3rd Littlelifts Cup, a charity tournament set up in support of breast cancer. It was a successful competition for the Clubs’ youngsters as they returned as the U10 age group winners!

    Both teams put on a great show, with some really pleasing performances against some strong teams from both Norfolk and Suffolk. Manager Mike Kenny was particularly pleased with the defensive work that helped the team reach the final and go onto win the competition.

    The event was publicised on the EDP, and the relevant article with further information about the day, including a team photo of our U10s can be found here.

    Special thanks must go to Stoke Utd Youth, for inviting us to take part!

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