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Girls Under-11s Fixtures 2006/2007

Date V Opponents Type Score Scorers
Nov 4th H Dereham Wand Lge 0-0  
Nov 18th A Aylsham Lge 3-1 Mott 2, Rock
Dec 2nd H Blofield Lge 3-1 Rock 2, Felknor-Edwards
Dec 9th A Red Rose Lge 4-1 Rock, Felkner-Edwards 3
Jan 13th A Docking Devils Lge 5-1 Rock 3, Felknor-Edwards 2
Feb 3rd H Dereham Lge 1-1 Rock
Feb 10th A Wendene Lge 3-2 Rock 3
Feb 24th A Blofield Lge 1-3 Rock
Mar 3rd H Red Rose B Lge 4-1 Mott 2, Felknor-Edwards 2
Mar 31st A Docking Devils Lge 6-0 Rock 3, Felknor-Edwards 2, Mott
Apr 11th H Aylsham Lge 1-1 Rock
Apr 18th H Wendene Lge 4-0 Rock 3, Hall
Apr 28th H Aylsham Cup 0-2  

 

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Table

P W D L Ps
Hethersett Athletic 12 8 3 1 27
Aylsham 12 7 4 1 25
Dereham Wanderers 12 5 6 1 21
Blofield United 12 6 3 3 21
Red Rose B 12 5 1 6 16
Wendene Wanderers 11 1 1 9 4
Docking Devils 11 0 0 11 0

 

Match Reports, Team Jottings and Diary of a Season

Hethersett Athletic's newest team, U11 girls, travelled away to Dereham Town for their first ever match. The team are one of six teams to have entered the Norfolk Women's & Girls League and league matches will begin in November. Today's match was a friendly against another new team so competition was fairly even. The girls are managed by Joe Cooper and currently have a squad of 12 players. Training takes place at Easton College on Monday nights, 7-8pm.

It was a glorious sunny morning when a convoy of cars, filled with anxious but excited players and even more anxious and excited parents, arrived at Swanton Morley Village Hall. Over in the distance a lone figure was pushing a line marker around the heavily dewed grass, preparing a pitch in readiness for both teams first ever football match. All players jumped out of their cars and made their way to the changing rooms. 

Earlier this week a kit was kindly donated to the club by West Norwich Girls. The girl's have a kit on order but were gratefully receptive of this. It was quite large though and even when the girls tucked the shirts in, the shirts then re-appeared out of the bottom of the shorts. Still, this was irrelevant and the girls proudly came out of the changing rooms, sleeves rolled up, so they could see their hands, and ready to go.

It was agreed before the game to play 4 quarters instead of 2 halves. This was to help the players of both teams to get familiar with the rules. Tim Sadler kindly refereed the match. Tim is just 15 years of age and is this week celebrating his first anniversary of passing his Official Referee Course. Tim is a fine example to others and has recently been involved with the girls' coaching as well. Hethersett Football Club is very grateful for his help.

Both teams took up their positions on the pitch and the team captains were asked to call heads or tails and decide which end they wanted to play first. Dereham got the choice and decided that they would remain in their positions, which meant Hethersett had brilliant sunshine directly in their eyes, but this did not phase them at all. The whistle blew and the match commenced. Hethersett pressed well from the start and kept play in Dereham's half for the majority of play. After only 6 minutes Emma scored the very first goal for Hethersett Athletic U11s.

Throughout the match Hethersett performed some very good moves and played some very attractive football. Dereham also performed well and made Hethersett work hard in defence at certain periods of the game. It was very pleasing to watch such young players play the beautiful game of football for all the right reasons. To have fun and enjoy it was the order of the day and this was achieved not only for the players but for everyone on the touchline.

Both teams worked hard and it was Hethersett that sealed the victory in the last few minutes of the game with a second goal scored by Teagan. Final score Hethersett 2, Dereham Town 0.

TEAM:  Adelaide Mott,  Alice Wells,  Teagan Faulkner,  Sophie Rock,  Sophie Cook,  Nancy Bussey,  Emma Bunn,  Danielle Homer,  Georgia Clements, Constance Canning.

November 18th:                Aylsham      1      Hethersett    3

Hard work on the training ground certainly brought results. 

The girls met Joe and Tim at Aylsham, everyone arriving on time. The ground was a bit on the heavy side following the rainfall late Friday afternoon but it was a glorious morning the sun was shining very brightly. 

As has become the custom over the early games so far this season an early arrival by all the Hethersett players allowed for Joe to do a quick run through what had been practised in training the previous Monday while Tim took our aspiring young keeper Alice to one side for some warm up practice. During this warm up period Joe very astutely noted that due to the grass being fairly long and the heavy under foot conditions that the ball would need to be passed quickly.  He conveyed this to his players, as things go the first few moments of the game brought a few new lessons to our fledgling side. Aylsham were awarded a corner which the Hethersett girls defended well in the first instance. However, the ball broke loose to the edge of the area and an Aylsham player then had a good shot on goal the ball passing two players before creeping in at the near post with Alice in very close attendance but not quite able to get to the ball.

With roughly five minutes gone one or two of the players looked at each other for the next ten minutes or so and Aylsham enjoyed good possession, passing and moving well. At this point Aylsham appeared to have the measure of our team. However, with good support from the sidelines the team kept its shape and gradually the one and two touch passing game started to come together. As the half continued the back line of three that Joe had put together came to terms with the job in hand. They chased, they ran for every ball, they listened and acted on the instructions given. Hethersett were playing a relatively controlled game at this point.

Further corners were conceded but the lessons of the first five minutes were taken on board and the defenders picked up their opposition players, got to the second ball and became increasingly well marshalled by Alice. The old saying that “every thing comes to he (or in this case she) who waits” came good as the girls kept the ball moving and just before half time a sweeping move down the right hand side brought a goal of real quality scored by Adelaide. The goal was well received by the travelling parents and the girls continued to improve their passing game with the confidence of the equaliser.

Half time arrived and Joe delivered a team talk which must have been of unprecedented motivation as once the girls took to the pitch for the second half it was only a short while before Hethersett took a 2 – 1 lead with the goal being scored by Sophie.

The team were now playing further into their opponents' half with the defenders trying to hold a high line, which in general worked really well. As the girls from both teams started to tire slightly the pace began to slacken.  As a spectator no one could really fault either team as they were both making huge efforts to chase and close down players. In a five minute purple patch Hethersett played some very good football adding a third goal by Adelaide. The game finished 3 –1 but that does not tell the true story of the final period of the game.

Aylsham changed their formation during this period and put the Hethersett goal under pressure on several occasions Aylsham had two fine efforts saved by Alice who earlier in the game had also come out on top with a one- on –one with their forward and for Aylsham their goalkeeper also foiled two good late efforts as Hethersett had worked the ball forward well to create scoring positions. The final whistle arrived and it would have been hard not to admit that the girls deserved their win. The game was well contested by both sides who both tried to play good football on the floor. The referee contributed to deliver a flowing game as much as was possible under the conditions, for which he should receive thanks from both teams. 

The really special thing about this game was that drills and practice that had been run through the previous Monday night at training were the cornerstone of the success, for this the girls must take great credit. Having seen the team in action in most of the games they have played to date the progress is staggering and Joe Cooper has done an incredible job as the team remain undefeated. If the girls all stick together it bodes well for many of these players to go on and follow in the footsteps of the illustrious all conquering ladies team at Hethersett and could in the future find themselves playing against the likes of Arsenal, Crystal Palace and other heavyweights of the ladies game. 

Good work girls keep it up 

TEAM:  Adelaide Mott, Alice Wells, Teagan Faulkner, Sophie Rock,  Sophie Cook,  Nancy Bussey,  Emma Bunn,  Danielle Homer,   Georgia Clements,  Isobel Wells.

Danielle provides the steel for another fine home performance       2nd December 2006 

Hethersett under 11 girls again provided a fine performance in their match against Blofield today.  We were very lucky with no rain and the air temperature being of a more than reasonable level for the time of year.

The team were without the Wells sisters who were away in London this weekend however the squad is such now that this was not too much of a problem Constance Canning was given a quick goalkeeping refresher by Tim while Joe followed his tried and tested pre-match routine with the rest of the girls before kick off. 

With Constance warmed up Tim changed from goalkeeping coach to match official and checked both teams boots etc ready for the off. I decided to take up a position behind the goal that Hethersett were defending. From the off the girls were quickly on the attack and in a very short space of time found themselves a goal ahead

(Sophie) I believe it was only the second attack of the half. They continued brightly and were awarded one of only two or maybe three free kicks awarded in the entire game. The free kick was on the edge of the penalty area and from the kick the ball went narrowly wide of the goal post. Danielle was running the defence and reading the game exceptionally well which in turn allowed the team as a whole to spread the play, the game was being played at an excellent pace and considering the commitment level from both teams it was surprising that half time was reached with no further gaols. 

At half time the girls were encouraged to try to get the ball quicker into the wide areas of the pitch as it had been noted in the first half that Blofield were very keen to clear their lines when we were moving forward this had resulted in Blofield conceding possession to a throw in on numerous occasions allowing Hethersett to get the ball wide down the flanks. As in the first half Hethersett started with a bang Teagan scoring a nicely taken gaol. At this point two goals to the good Hethersett had a slight drop in their tempo and indeed it was during this period that Danielle convinced me she was our player of the match, Blofield were now enjoying a fair bit of possession in our last third Connie made some fine saves Danielle was shifting the defence pulling back the mid-field. There were two moments of real class during the course of the second half one involving Danielle and the other Sophie Rock which I will come to in a moment. Danielle was standing just out side her own penalty area she had two players arriving from each side she calmly waited for them both to arrive within a few inches of her she then moved the ball from one foot the other took two steps forward leaving her two opponents facing each other with about an inch between them. As tends to be the case in football the attitude and perseverance of the Blofield team eventually brought them a goal a good finish from a loose ball just outside the area. The girls still had some way to go to make the game safe however my thoughts at this time could not have envisaged the quality of the final goal of the game. During the final throws of the game Joe had encouraged the girls to push forward and shoot, well to say that Sophie took him at his word would be an understatement “Rocky” as she is know picked the ball up travelled a distance over the ground then let rip with what was a thunderous shoot from long distance the poor goalkeeper stood no chance. It was as I say another moment of class from our very quickly developing team. This goal of course made the game safe with the girls finishing with a richly deserved 3 – 1 victory. The game was play in great spirit by both teams and I am sure the girls will be looking forward to the return latter in the season. 

In any other game “ Rocky” would have been recognized as the player of the game for her excellent strike however such was the influence of Danielle on the game as a whole I think she just piped it for me. 

On behalf of Joe and Tim and the girls I would also like to thank the parents and supporters who on more than one occasion broke into song during the course of the second half and also for their support of the raffle held at the game. 

We have also now secured some shirt sponsorship for the girls from Crompton Lamps there will be more information and detail on this in the near future.

TEAM: Constance Canning, Emma Bunn, Danielle Homer, Sophie Cooke, Teagan Faulkner, Adelaide Mott, Sophie Rock, Nancy Bussey, Georgia Clements, Erica Hall

Hethersett Under 11s 1st Loss of the Season - December 9th 

No body could have do anything about it, On Saturday Hethersett suffered their first loss of the season as Georgia played her last game for the team before leaving for pastures new in Australia I am sure our loss will be some other teams gain down under. 

By some strange coincidence Georgia was captain for the day however for some reason the captains armband was not worn (I think this may have been some new covert scheme that Joe and the girls had worked out) 

The game started with a change of faces from the last game Alice was restored to the goalkeeping position and Izzi came in playing left side of defence. The girls are obviously now very sure of what they can and can not do as again on our travels they decided to left the opposition (Red Rose in this case) have an early one goal start, in fact only fine minutes had passed when they conceded the opening goal. A well placed shot from their player managing to put the ball round Alice from the edge of the penalty area. So one nil down with only five minutes played, Joe shouted some memorable words (which I can’t remember) something along the lines of being here before, hard work, concentration………….. 

The girls responded and started to play some reasonable football on 15 minutes the equalizer was delivered with Teagan finishing really well. Just like buses after waiting some 15 minutes for our first goal the second arrived little over a minute latter the goal scorer again being Teagan The game was slightly more physical than the last couple of games but again was played with great attitude by both sets of players. Half time arrived with the girls still 2 –1 in front. 

Joe made some changes for the second half with Georgia coming off for a rest, for a period during the second half Red Rose gave the girls a real run for their money however Joe urged the girls on from the side lines and again lessons in shape and discipline allowed the girls to stand firm during this period Alice made a couple of really decent saves, one from a one-one which she seem always to come out on top and the other a really great double save where from my vantage point she seemed to be crawling around the goal line on her hands and knees ( As they say goalkeeping is a dirty job but some one has to do it !) After a period of time the team appeared to get a second wind one thing I do know is that our team has had more stamina than all the teams we have played so far this season undoubtedly down to Monday night training. For those of you that have read my utterance on the last game you will recall how in our last game Sophie Rock scored a spectacular long distance goal well today just to underline the fact that this was no fluke she again contrived to score a gaol of equal quality, she may have been slightly closer to gaol this time however the outcome was the same a perfect strike goalkeeper no chance! 

So there we were 3-1 up the game as good as won despite the fact that Red Rose kept plugging away and still looked capable of catching us on the break as the girls continued to press forward for further goals. The final goal arrived to make the final score 4 – 1 to Hethersett. Teagan being credited with a shot which hit one of their players before finding the net. I was the official goal adjudicator judging that had the ball not hit their player it would have still gone in. So another first for the team a hat trick for Teagan  (the first of many we hope) not bad for a player who before her international transfer played most of her football in defensive roles. This game again was a truly superb team performance and I am pleased to note that as things stand Hethersett top their league by three clear points with almost half of the fixtures completed the team as a whole should take great satisfaction from what they have achieved thus far but must remember that the final product they produce on a Saturday morning is the fruits of hard work, application and good attitude to learning. They are now a scalp to taken for other teams playing against them and their continued success will be down to working harder and harder to maintain their performance level. 

On behalf of the girls Joe, Tim and Sue I would also like to thank Georgia for her efforts for the team in very simple terms she will be missed enormously  we wish her and her family well in their adventure in Australia.

We will be thinking of you when you are gone please try to stay in touch and look out for my waffle on your team on the club web-site you will always be one of our team where ever you are, you were here when we started something which is very special and good.

Again before we break for Christmas I must thank the parents for the exceptional support the team has received.

Thank You 

On a different note I know many of you know that Hethersett operates innumerable teams at all age levels and genders and I do have to admit that I have become quite a fan of the ladies team this year managing to be at most of their games. For any one at a loose end on a Sunday I thoroughly recommend going and giving them a look they are flying high at the top of their league have turned Easton College into something of a fortress and to boot are playing some very attractive football having also recently acquired a goal machine now playing upfront their latest exploit being the 7 -1 destruction of Brentwood Town who are the only team to have taken all three points from them earlier in the season a narrow 4-3 loss. This team has the potential to go a very long way with the emerging talent on board the only thing holding them back being their manager Toastie  (Joke Toastie !)

This team deserves more support and I can honestly say I have derived more enjoyment watching them this season than my yellow and green team who over the years I have followed near and far at great expense. 

If you are tempted to come and give them a look please do so, you will be afforded a warm welcome by every body involved however remember to bring some small change as Sue Milne is quite handy with a raffle ticket book. 

If you are able to offer any form of help to any of the club teams this is always gratefully received, else where on this site you will find a definitive list of contact names.

14th January, 2007 

Following the return to training last Monday it looked mid-week as though Saturday would be game less for the girls as the Pitch at Easton at been partly re-turffed and was still water logged however the intervention of Jon Eaton from Norfolk County F.A. facilitated the fixture being reversed from Easton – Docking, for his help and everyone at Docking who enabled this fixture to go ahead I would like to place on record sincere thanks from everybody at Hethersett Athletic. 

Joe Cooper phoned early Saturday morning to confirm that the game was going ahead, Tim and I set off and after one false turn in Docking arrived to find that we were the first arrivals at Bradmere Lane. As I had missed the turning I walked back down the hill to ensure that everybody found the ground (it is always an anxious wait at away games when travelling independently) once every one expected had arrived Joe and Tim readied the girls for the start of the game. 

The game started with Hethersett playing downhill into the sun, knowing that Docking had played only a few games we did not really know what to expect. Hethersett enjoyed good possession of the ball in the early stages played much of the game in their opponents half forcing several corners.

As Hethersett battled away to get the opening which their played deserved it was evident that some of the fluency from the pre-Christmas games was not on show and that Docking were a well organized team the later possibly having an effect and the flow of the game. 

After around fourteen minutes Hethersett scored to take the lead through Teagan. The pattern of earlier play continued with the girls pushing on for further goals this at times leading to a few scares at the other end, the defence as a group were mopping up most of what came their way and on the few occasions the defence was breached our ever improving goalkeeper Alice was on hand to deal with the shots that came her way.  

Half time arrived, Joe spoke to the girls calmly about the game and dictated a few tactical changes with the hope that this might open the game out a bit. The second half got under way and after a short period of time a second goal was scored this time by Sophie Rock.  On most occasions this season after giving themselves some breathing space the girls have gone on to up the performance and play some very good football, but today they struggled to find that next gear, Docking were improving as the game progressed and were out fighting us in some areas of the pitch there was much to be admired in their performance especially for a team which had only played a handful of games. 

After around ten minutes of the second half the hard work of Docking brought them a well deserved goal there was no doubt that in this period of play Docking had the bit between their teeth and looked likely to rescue a point from the game.

Docking continued to enjoy good procession and again on a number of occasions worked further good openings. 

Both teams made substitutions we then had a passage of play which with out doubt decided the outcome of the match Docking scored an extremely good goal with a flowing move which took them form deep in their own half to an excellent shot from just outside the goal area which Alice stood no chance of saving however the young ref had already whistled to stop play for an injured player in their own half ( Who would be a referee! ) I am not sure if his decision was right or wrong (although I did discuss at length with Tim on the way home) I guess he knew this was a kids game and at this age level you really do have to put the welfare of the children first.  The injury was dealt with however it should be noted that the injury was such that the girl had to be helped to leave the field and unfortunately for Docking this also now gave Hethersett a player advantage. 

Once the girls came to terms with this advantage they spread the play and I think it was inevitable that they went on to score further goals through Teagan and Sophie Rock.  The final score was a very flattering 5-1 to Hethersett, the record books will show another good away win however for those of us that witnessed the match we know how easily this could have been our first loss.  

All things being equal we look forward to entertaining Docking at Easton pitch permitting. 

The girls may remember being told that it is tough getting back to levels achieved after the Christmas break they will need to remember this with our return fixture next week. 

We have set ourselves high standards to which we must return, high concentration, playing as a team, best foot forward with us deciding the pattern of play.

 

February 10th       Wendene Warriors      2 Hethersett     3

TEAM - Sophie Rock, Sophie Cooke, Nancy Bussey, Constance Canning, Erica Hall, Danielle Homer, Alice Wells, Isobel Wells, Adelaide Mott

February 24th      Blofield          3    Hethersett    1

TEAM - Sophie Rock, Teagan Felknor-Edwards, Alice Wells, Isobel Wells, Emma Bunn, Constance Canning, Danielle Homer, Adelaide Mott, Erica Hall, Nancy Bussey.

March 3rd              Hethersett    4  Red Rose B    1

TEAM: Sophie Cooke, Adelaide Mott, Nancy Bussey, Erica Hall, Sophie Rock, Alice Wells, Emma Bunn, Teagan Felknor-Edwards, Isobel Wells, Danielle Homer

April 1st          Hethersett      6   Docking Devils     0

TEAM: Sophie Rock, Sophie Cooke, Adelaide Mott, Nancy Bussey, Teagan Felknor-Edwards, Constance Canning, Emma Bunn, Sanielle Homer, Erica Hall.

April 8th         Hethersett     1    Aylsham   1

TEAM: Sophie Rock, Sophie Cook, Adelaide Mott, Constance Canning, Erica Hall, Nancy Bussey, Emma Bunn, Danielle Homer

April 18th          Hethersett       4   Wendene   0

TEAM: Alice Wells, Isobelle Wells, Adelaide Mott, Sophie Rock, Sophie Cooke, Constance Canning, Erica Hall, Emma Bunn, Nancy Bussey, Danielle Homer

April 28th        Hethersett    0    Aylsham    2

TEAM: Sophie Rock, Sophie Cooke, Alice Wells, Teagan Felknor-Edwards, Erica Hall, Constance Canning, Emma Bunn, Nancy Bussey, Adelaide Mott. Danielle Homer

 

 

 

  Season 2006/2007 Career
  APP GOALS APP GOALS
BUNN Emma 11 0 11 0
BUSSEY Nancy 12 0 12 0
CANNING Constance 10 0 10 0
CLEMENTS Georgia 4 0 4 0
COOK Sophie 11 0 11 0
FELKNOR-EDWARDS  Teagan 10 10 10 10
HALL Erica 11 1 11 1
HOMER Danielle 13 0 13 0
MOTT Adelaide 12 5 12 5
ROCK Sophie 13 19 35 22
WELLS Alice 10 0 10 0
WELLS Isobel 7 0 7 0