NEW YEAR UPDATE
After the festive period Hethersett
Athletic’s hundreds of footballers, young and old, have soon got back into the
swing of things.
In the adult game, the First Team couldn’t quite keep up their great form of late, but nevertheless left Watton with a point after a 1-1 draw in tough conditions against a physical opposition. Sam Hanner scored his 13th of the season with a powerful strike inside the box, but Watton equalised a minute before half time from a free header. We struggled to really get going in the second half, and also were down to 10 men for a while following a sin bin. Other results appeared to go our way, so could be a valuable point and the team stay in 3rd position.
The Sunday teams, meanwhile,
continue to fight hard but currently sit in 11th of Division One for the
first-team and 8th of Division Two for the reserves.
There has been lots of praise dished
out for those taking part in the many junior teams representing the
Steve Irvine said: “My U9 Foxes continue to make great progress in there
development fixtures also we finished top of our cup group and go through into
the next round with a fixture to be announced soon.”
John Bakewell added:
“The under 10s had a fantastic training match yesterday at Easton. The 3g
facilities there on a Saturday are unused in the morning and great value. The
boys are showing some really fantastic improvement and are as enthusiastic
about being together as the first day they ripened up. They are a delight to
coach. We’ve welcomed two new players to our numbers in preparation for moving
to 9v9, but also because we try to make sure we focus on providing football to
as many youngsters as we can handle.”
Since the last report
the under 7s have also taken part in two friendly matches, showing great team
spirit and determination. Coach David Powles said he was “really
impressed’ with how all 22 members of the squad were progressing.
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This week, we received some good news from the Central & South Norfolk League, as we were named Barnes Print Club of the month for October!
October saw us unbeaten in four matches, including progressing into the third round of the Norfolk Junior Cup beating Hemsby on penalties. We will be presented with a certificate & match ball as a reward from the League at an upcoming fixture.
A big thank you to Haste’s Kitchen and Wymondham Tyre Services for funding the new kit and rain jackets for the under 8s.
These have come in very handy over the last few weeks!
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!
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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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.