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Haringey Borough 3
Hethersett Athletic 3
Athletic travelled to White Hart Lane, London, to play Haringey
Borough in their first Premiership match after gaining promotion last
season. Expectations were high after a very successful pre-season build
supplied great entertainment. Within the first minute Nicola Stolworthy
went close and then Jodie Allard saw a free-kick fly inches wide of the
winner, for both league and club, Nicola Bray, opened the scoring for
Hethersett on the 20th minute. The first half continued at a
very high level with exceptional efforts from both teams, considering
the soaring temperatures. Haringey got an equaliser after 40 minutes
only to be denied a half time lead thanks to a second goal from Nicola
Bray who put Hethersett back in the lead just before the half-time
In the second
half the tempo rose higher as both teams wanted three points from their
first league match. Haringey equalised for a second time to make the
score 2-2 but Hethersett again pushed themselves into the lead when
Nicola secured her hat-trick. Hethersett almost had the match sewn up as
substitute Sophie Fuller went close. Haringey, who are well known
for pulling results out of the bag, stayed true to form and equalised
once more to make the final result 3-3.
performance from Hethersett and a comfortable start to the season.
Team - Karen Wilson, Jemma Smythe, Logan Shepherd, Jodie Allard (sub Hazel Shepherd), Kelly Gray, Jodie Rettie (sub Sophie Fuller), Lisa Ferdani, Emily Coates, Nikki Wigg (sub Hazel Brewster), Nicola Stolworthy, Nicola Bray. Subs (not used) - Laura Hodgson and Amy Brooks.
Woodbridge Town 2
Hethersett Athletic 0
Hethersett gave a very disappointing display to go down to their fiorst defeat of the season at Woodbridge.
Team - Jodie Allard, Laura Hodgson, Nikki Wigg (sub Sophie Fuller), Nicola Bray, Hazel Brewster, Emily Coates, Hazel Shepherd (sub Amy Brooks), Kelly Gray, Nicola Stolworthy (sub Jemma Smythe), Jodie Rettie, Logan Shepherd.
Hethersett Athletic 9
Royston Town 1
Hethersett put the disappointment of taking just one point from their first two games firmly behind them as they hammered Royston.
They wer 7-0 up at the interval thanks to two goals from Emily Coates, two from Nicola Stolworthy, two from Jemma Smythe and one from Nikki Wigg.
The second half was a rather disjointed affair with Royston pulling a goal back before Coates completed her hat-trick and Sophie Fuller completed the scoring.
TEAM: Amy McCrory (sub Jodie Allard), Amy Brooks, Nicola Stolworthy, Kelly Gray, Jemma Smythe, Jodie Rettie, Nikki Wigg (sub Lisa Ferdani), Logan Shepherd, Sophie Fuller, Hazel Shepherd (sub Hazel Brewster), Emily Coates.
Hethersett Athletic 5
Cambridge United 0
Hethersett put all memories of their poor start to the season behind them as they continued their climb up the league with a solid, if at times uninspiring victory over Cambridge United.
Hethersett took until the 40th minute to open the scoring when Sophie Fuller scored with a fine drive. The second half was only seconds old when Emily Coates made it 2-0.
The remainder of the goals came in a five minute spell at the end of the game as Cambridge tired. Nicola Bray scored a brace and Lisa Ferdani was also on the scoresheet.
TEAM: Jodie Rettie, Kelly Gray, Jemma Smythe, Logan Shepherd, Jodie Allard, Nicola Stolworthy, Hazel Shepherd, Amy Brooks, Sophie Fuller, Emily Coates, Nicola Bray. Subs (used) Hazel Brewster, Lisa Ferdani.
Norwich City 0
Hethersett Athletic 1
Match report by Peter Steward
Hethersett were crowned unofficial champions of Norfolk after a display full of character saw off the challenge of the much heralded Norwich City Ladies.
The win took the team up to fourth place in the league, just two points behind the leaders with a game in hand on all the teams above them. Earlier in the season in the Pink Un newspaper Norwich City had referred to themselves as the top side in the county. This was all the impetus Hethersett needed to take them on and prove otherwise.
Above all this was a display of determination from the Hethersett team with every player playing their part in a memorable victory from a game full of good football.
There was little to chose between the teams in the first half. If Norwich looked slightly more composed on the ball, Hethersett arguably had the better chances with Nicola Bray over-running the ball when sent clean through. Bray and Emily Coates were working tirelessly and the visitors' defence seemed to be coping comfortably with the Norwich threat with goalkeeper Karen Wilson having a relatively quiet time. Norwich did go close, however, when they breeched the Hethersett defence for one of the few times in the game and saw a shot hit the inside of the post before being cleared.
There were chances for both teams after the break but the only goal of the game came after 51 minutes and followed a piece of individual magic from Nicola Bray. She found herself tight on the goalline and facing two defenders. Somehow she managed to drag the ball round and dart through a miniscule gap before delivering the inch perfect centre for substitute Lisa Ferdani to tap home.
Jemma Smythe missed a good opportunity and towards the end Bray shot inches wide on the break. Above all the later stages will be remembered for a sterling defensive display of grit and determination as the players visibly tired.
Overall it was a memorable performance from Hethersett. If they continue to play with this much passion it will take a very good side to beat them.
TEAM: Karen Wilson, Jodie Allard, Logan Shepherd, Kelly Gray, Adele McCrory, Nicola Stolworthy (sub Hazel Shepherd), Jemma Smythe, Jodie Rettie, Sophie Fuller (sub Lisa Ferdani), Emily Coates, Nicola Bray
Haverhill Rovers 1
Hethersett Athletic 3
TEAM: Karen Wilson, Kelly Gray, Logan Shepherd, Jodie Allard, Adele McCrory, Nicola Stolworthy, Jemma Smythe, Amy Brooks, Lisa Ferdani (sub Nikki Wigg), Nicola Bray (sub Sophie Fuller), Emily Coates (sub Laura Hodgson)
Hethersett Athletic 0
Cambridge University 1
TEAM: Karen Wilson, Laura Hodgson, Logan Shepherd, Jodie Allard, Kelly Gray, Nicola Stolworthy (sub Hazel Shepherd), Jemma Smythe, Sophie Fuller, Emily Coates, Nikki Wigg (sub Adele McCrory), Nicola Bray. Sub (used) - Amy Brooks
Hethersett Athletic 2
TEAM: Jodie Rettie, Kelly Gray (sub Laura Hodgson), Logan Shepherd, Jodie Allard, Adele McCrory, Nicola Stolworthy (sub Caroline Rawlings), Jemma Smythe, Amy Brooks (sub Lisa Ferdani), Sophie Fuller, Emily Coates, Nicola Bray
Hethersett Athletic 4
Hethersett went top of the league with a comfortable win over fellow title chasers Peterborough.
Athletic cruised into a 2-0 half-time lead with an early long shot from Jodie Rettie and a fine solo goal from Sophie Fuller.
After the break Nicola Bray made it 3-0 with a thunderous shot into the top corner of the net. Peterborough came back into the match for a while and pulled a goal back, but Nicola Stolworthy fired home a fourth to give Hethersett a deserved victory.
TEAM: Karen Wilson, Kelly Gray, Logan Shepherd, Adele McCrory, Nicola Stolworthy, Jodie Rettie (sub Laura Hodgson), Emily Coates, Jodie Allard (sub Hazel Shepherd), Jemma Smythe, Sophie Fuller (sub Caroline Rawlings), Nicola Bray. Sub Lisa Ferdani
Hethersett Athletic Ladies played host to Haverhill Rovers at Easton College. A previous meeting saw Hethersett come away with a 3-1 victory.
The game started lively with Hethersett applying pressure from the start. After just 10 minutes , last season's top goalscorer, Nicola Bray opened the scoring with a well taken shot, followed five minutes later with a goal from Hethersett captain, Jemma Smythe. The match continued in high spirits with Haverhill’s goalkeeper making some good saves.
Hethersett Athletic have had a very successful start to their new season in the Premier Division. They are currently top and enjoying every minute of their first season at top flight. Recently three players attended trials for Arsenal and, up to date reports, convey that at least one player has been selected to return for a second trial in February, next year. This is great news for the club and indicates that all the hard work and expertise of the management and coaching staff is paying off. All Hethersett’s players are fully committed to their campaign and work extremely hard together at training. The work rate and togetherness has never been stronger and all players recognise the need for harmony within the whole squad.
The first half saw a second goal from Nicola Bray, in the 22nd minute followed by two more from Sophie Fuller and Nicola Stolworthy just before the half time whistle.
In the second half Haverhill came out still with a fighting spirit, but Hethersett, once again, hit the back of the net first with a goal from Emily Coates. Nicola Bray completed her hat-trick in the 70th minute followed with a late goal from Haverhill’s Karen Willliams. Hethersett's player of the match was Nicola Stolworthy.
TEAM: Karen Wilson, Kelly Gray (sub Laura Hodgson), Logan Shepherd (sub Hazel Shepherd), Jodie Allard, Lisa Ferdani, Nicola Stolworthy, Jemma Smythe, Sophie Fuller, Nicola Bray, Jodie Rettie, Emily Coates (sub Amy Brooks).
Haringey Borough 1
Hethersett moved four points clear at the top of the league with a fine victory over second placed Haringey.
Three goals in each half destroyed the visitors as Hethersett continued their rich vein of form.
Hethersett opened strongly and the only surprise was that it took them 23 minutes to open the scoring when Sophie Fuller volleyed home an Emily Coates centre. A poor kick out by the visitors' goalkeeper saw Fuller double the lead on the half hour when she smashed the ball back into the net and a minute later it was three when Emily Coates latched onto another poor clearance to fire home. As the half ended Karen Wilson was called upon to make a brave save at the feet of a Haringey player.
Haringey came out strongly in the second half and Hethersett had to weather an attacking storm before Laura Hodgson fired home to make it 4-0 after 76 minutes with a Haringey defender only able to help the ball into the net.
Nine minutes later Nicola Bray ran through, rounded the 'keeper and rolled the ball home for number five. Haringey pulled a goal back four minutes from time before Fuller rounded off a fine display by completing her hat-trick in injury time.
TEAM: Karen Wilson, Kelly Gray, Emily Coates, Logan Shepherd, Jodie Allard, Lisa Ferdani, Nicola Stolworthy, Jemma Smythe, Jodie Rettie, Sophie Fuller, Nicola Bray, Laura Hodgson, Adele McCrory, Amy Brooks
West Lynn 0
Hethersett breezed through this Norfolk and Suffolk Cup Match with goals from Nicola Bray (2), Emily Coates (2), Amy Brooks (2), Jodie Allard and Jodie Rettie.
TEAM: Karen Wilson, Laura Hodgson, Kelly Gray, Jodie Allard, Lisa Ferdani, Amy Brooks, Jodie Rettie, Hazel Shepherd, Caroline Rawlings, Nicola Bray, Emily Coates. Subs (used) - Logan Shepherd, Nicola Stolworthy, Sophie Fuller. Sub (not used) - Jemma Smythe
Hethersett avenged an early season defeat at the hands of Woodbridge to stay on top of the league - four points clear of the chasing pack.
Hethersett dominated this game from start to finish with Sophie Fuller opening the scoring after 18 minutes from the penalty spot and Nicola Bray adding a second after 30 minutes when she fired home off the 'keeper from an acute angle.
After the break Hethersett scored three times in a five minute period with Sophie Fuller scoring with a shot into the top of the net, Bray weaving her way through a static defence and Jemma Smythe rising high above the defence to head home an Emily Coates centre.
TEAM: Karen Wilson, Kelly Gray (sub Laura Hodgson), Emily Coates, Logan Shepherd, Jodie Allard (sub Hazel Shepherd), Nicola Stolworthy, Jemma Smythe, Jodie Rettie, Sophie Fuller, Nicola Bray, Adele McCrory (sub Lisa Ferdani)
Dagenham and Redbridge 2
Hethersett opened up a seven point gap at the top of the league with their sixth consecutive league victory on a gluepot of a pitch
The visitors took a 3-0 lead with goals from Laura Hodgson, Nicola Bray and Emily Coates before Dagenham pulled one back. Bray then added her second before the home side completed the scoring.
TEAM: Karen Wilson, Laura Hodgson (sub Nicola Stolworthy), Adele McCrory, Kelly Gray, Emily Coates, Logan Shepherd, Jodie Allard, Jemmy Smythe, Jodie Rettie (sub Lisa Ferdani), Sophie Fuller (sub Hazel Shepherd), Nicola Bray.
Hethersett Athletic Ladies 1
of seven consecutive victories came to an abrupt end as they lost for
only the third time this season.
It remains to be
seen how serious an effect this will have on the team’s championship
Despite the defeat,
Hethersett remain seven points clear at the top of the Eastern Region
Premier Division with eight league games to go. With Haringey Borough
also losing, Hethersett’s nearest rivals for promotion are now
Peterborough who are seven points behind with two games in hand and
Norwich City who are 10 points behind but with four games in hand.
goal in a very disappointing result against Bedford came from Logan
The team will be
hoping to return to winning ways in their next league game at home to
Dagenham and Redbridge on January 6th.
TEAM: Karen Wilson, Adele McCrory (sub Caroline Rawlings), Kelly Gray, Emily Coates, Logan Shepherd, Jemma Smythe, Jodie Rettie, Sophie Fuller, Bicola Bray, Nicola Stolworthy, Amy Brooks (sub Hazel Shepherd).
Hethersett Athletic Ladies 2
Dagenham and Redbridge 1
Hethersett got back to winning ways as they ground out a 2-1 victory against a strong Dagenham team that belied their lowly league position.
Hethersett had to "win ugly" to ensure maximum points that took them 10 points clear at the top of the league. With Peterborough and Norwich both having numerous games in hand, Hethersett have to keep winning to stay on course for the title.
Hethersett were rocked after just nine minutes when a long range Dagenham shot drifted into the top corner of the net. Dagenham also hit the post in the first half. Hethersett's best effort was a shot that skimmed the bar from Laura Hodgson after a strong run.
Hethersett had most of the play after the break although Dagenham continued to look dangerous on the break. Hethersett equalised after 56 minutes when Nicola Bray volleyed home a right wing corner. The winner came after 72 minutes when Bray was brought down in the area and Nicola Stolworthy scored from the spot.
TEAM: Karen Wilson, Kelly Gray, Logan Shepherd, Jodie Allard, Adele McCrory (sub Lisa Ferdani), Jemma Smythe, Laura Hodgson, Sophie Fuller (sub Hazel Shepherd), Emily Coates, Nicola Stolworthy (sub Nicky Wigg), Nicola Bray. Sub (not used) - Caroline Rawlings.
Hethersett Athletic Ladies 5
Dagenham and Redbridge 0
After struggling to beat Dagenham in the league the previous week, Hethersett had a much more comfortable victory in the League Cup thanks to four second half goals.
TEAM: Karen Wilson, Laura Hodgson, Kelly Gray (sub Jodie Allard), Logan Shepherd, Caroline Rawlings (sub Nikki Wigg), Nicola Stolworthy, Hazel Shepherd (sub Emily Coates), Jemma Smythe, Amy Brooks, Nicola Bray, Sophie Fuller
Ipswich Town 6
Hethersett Athletic Ladies 1
Hethersett were well beaten but not disgraced as they took on Ipswich Town in the Two Counties Cup. Town are runaway leaders of the league above Hethersett, so the scoreline was no disgrace and will show the standard Hethersett will have to achieve if they are to compete in the higher league next season. The score was only 2-0 at half-time. Hethersett's goal came from Nicola Stolworthy.
TEAM: Karen Wilson, Laura Hodgson, Adele McCrory, Logan Shepherd, Jodie Allard, Jemma Smythe, Nicola Stolworthy, Amy Brooks, Emily Coates, Nicola Bray, Sophie Fuller. Subs (used) - Lisa Ferdani, Nikki Wigg, Hazel Shepherd. Sub (not used) - Caroline Rawlings.
Seven Hethersett players represented Norfolk in a very good display which saw the visitors score twice in injury time to take the points. Emily Coates scored the winner and was named player of the match. Other Hethersett players involved were Sophie Fuller, Logan Shepherd, Jemma Smythe, Nicola Bray, Jodie Allard and Nicola Stolworthy.
Hethersett Ladies 3
Barking Ladies 0
Hethersett returned to league action
with a difficult match against Barking in a vicious swirling wind at
with a difficult match against Barking in a vicious swirling wind at Easton College.
Both sides found it tough going against the wind and it took Hethersett 40 minutes to open the scoring when Nicola Bray headed home a free kick from just outside the area following a hand ball.
Hethersett dominated after the break and doubled their lead after 60 minutes when Adele McCrory scored her first goal for the club with a free-kick from 23 yeards that took a wicked deflection. Sophie Fuller put the icing on the cake after 70 minutes when she made the most of a defensive slip to fire home.
TEAM: Nikki Wigg, Laura Hodgson (sub Amy Brooks), Jemma Smythe (sub Jodie Rettie), Logan Shepherd, Jodie Allard, Nicola Stolworthy, Kelly Gray, Emily Coates, Adele McCrory, Sophie Fuller, Nicola Bray (sub Caroline Rawlings).
Hethersett Ladies 3
Hethersett kept their hopes of a league and cup double alive with victory over an uncompromising Woodbridge side in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
Nikki Wigg gave Hethersett a first half lead when she headed home a Kelly Gray corner and after the break Nicola Stolworthy scored from the penalty spot after Nicola Bray had been brought down and an own goal wrapped up the points.
TEAM: Karen Wilson, Laura Hodgson, Kelly Gray, Logan Shepherd, Lisa Ferdani, Nicola Stolworthy, Emily Coates (sub Hazel Shepherd), Sophie Fuller (Sub Adele McCrory), Jemma Smythe, Nikki Wigg, Nicola Bray
Hethersett Athletic Ladies 2
Norwich City Ladies 1
the double over Norwich City as the top two clashed in the Eastern
Region Premier Division battle of the Norfolk Titans.
The win took the
village side 13 points clear of second placed Norwich who still have
four games in hand.
Both teams were
desperate for victory in their bid to gain promotion to the third
national tier of women’s football. It was a fiercely competitive match
that saw a Norwich City coach sent off for remarks made to the referee
and a number of Norwich players also booked.
is now in their own hands. With points in the bank they know that
winning their last five matches will make the title and promotion a
Without a league game
this week, they will have time to reflect on a job well done. Hethersett
fielded new signing Sarah Quantrill in goal and Zoe Klimcke from
Haverhill replaced stalwart Logan Shepherd in defence after the latter
was ruled out through illness.
Any nerves Hethersett
may have had were soon settled as Emily Coates gave them a lead inside
the first couple of minutes when she headed home a corner. After 35
minutes Jodie Rettie scored the goal of the season when she slammed a
shot into the top corner from 25 yards.
Hethersett knew that
Norwich would come at them in the second half and the visitors changed
their formation to pack midfield in an effort to drive forward. It
looked as if the tactics would pay off when former Hethersett player
Hayley Martin pulled a goal back on the hour.
After that the game
could have gone either way with both teams having chances. Nicola Bray
hit the post twice for Hethersett and Sophie Fuller failed to make the
most of a one on one with the ‘keeper, but Hethersett held on for a
deserved victory and three more vital points.
“Norwich had a
substantial amount of possession but rarely penetrated our defence. We
know that we may now be just five matches away from a dream
promotion in our first season in the Eastern Region Premier Division. We
must guard against complacency as we have some difficult away games to
come, but we know that our destiny is in our own hands although there is
plenty of football to play and plenty of possible twists and turns
before the season ends,” said co-manager Tom Parke.
“Our preparation for
the game was meticulous and the players put in a tremendous amount of
hard work throughout the week,” said Parke adding that the help of
veteran coach Donny Pye throughout the season has been an added bonus.
“Donny has done a
wonderful job getting over his tactics to the team in a very calm and
effective way,” he said.
of the match against Norwich was Sophie Fuller who gave another tireless
show in midfield. This week Hethersett were due to find out who their
opponents will be in the semi-finals of the League Cup. This Sunday
Parke will have the opportunity to try out some new formations with a
friendly against Kettering.
TEAM: Sarah Quantrill, Laura Hodgson, Kelly Gray, Zoe Klimcke, Jodie Allard, Sophie Fuller, Jemma Smythe, Jodie Rettie, Nikki Wigg (sub Nicola Stolworthy), Emily Coates, Nicola Bray. Subs (not used) - Adele McCrory, Lisa Ferdani, Hazel Shepherd, Amy Brooks
Hethersett Athletic Ladies 2
Bedford Ladies 0
This game was never going to be a classic with a strong wind making good football virtually impossible.
Hethersett had most of the chances and should have won by a greater margin but missed two penalties.
Sophie Fuller, who had earlier shot wide from the spot, opened the scoring just before half-time when she headed a Nicola Bray centre home. Kelly Gray made it 2-0 in the second half with a drive from 25 yards. Nicola Stolworthy also missed a penalty when she shot tamely at the 'keeper.
TEAM: Nikki Wigg, Kelly Gray, Logan Shepherd, Zoe Klimcke, Jodie Allard, Jemma Smythe, Jodie Rettie, Sophie Fuller, Emily Coates, Nicola Bray, Nicola Stolworthy. Subs (used) - Laura Hodgson, Amy Brooks. Subs not used- Karen Wilson, Adele McCrory
Cambridge University 0
Hethersett Athletic 0
Hethersett failed to break down the University defence for the second time this season despite having chances. Two points dropped saw Norwich City move closer at the top of the league.
TEAM: Nikki Wigg, Laura Hodgson (sub Hazel Shepherd), Logan Shepherd, Zoe Klimcke, Jodie Allard, Nicola Stolworthy, Kelly Gray, Jemma Smythe, Emily Coates (sub Lisa Ferdani), Sophie Fuller, Nicola Bray (sub Amy Brooks)
Haringey Borough 2
Hethersett Athletic 4
Hethersett's dreams of a league and cup double stay alive after they reached the final of the League Cup thanks to two goals from Nicola Bray and one each from Jemma Smythe and Nicola Stolworthy.
The other semi-final produced a shock result with Norwich City going down to Barking. The Hethersett v Barking final will be played at Soham on April 27th.
TEAM: Sarah Quantrill, Kelly Gray, Logan Shepherd, Jemma Smythe, Adele McCrory, Nicola Stolworthy, Emily Coates, Nikki Wigg, Lisa Ferdani, Nicola Bray, Sophie Fuller. Sub Hazel Shepherd
TEAM - Sarah Quantrill, Kelly Gray (sub Zoe Klimcke), Jodie Allard, Logan Shepherd (sub Laura Hodgson), Jemma Smythe, Nikki Wigg, Sophie Fuller, Jodie Rettie, Emily Coates, Nicola Stolworthy, Nicola Bray. Subs (not used) - Hazel Shepherd, Lisa Ferdani.
For a full report of the Eastern Region League Cup Final with photographs click here.
Cambridge Utd 1
Hethersett's chances of adding the Eastern Region Premier Division title took a knock as they dropped two points against Cambridge United which has virtually consigned them to settling for runners-up slot.
Injuries to Amy Brookes and Jemma Smythe seriously hampered them.
TEAM: Sara Quantrill, Kelly Gray, Logan Shepherd, Zoe Klimcke, Adele McCrory, Jemma Smythe (sub Laura Hodgson), Amy Brooks (sub Jodie Rettie), Sophie Fuller, Nicola Stolworthy, Nicola Bray, Emily Coates. Sub (not used) - Karen Wilson.
Hethersett's season ended on a disappointing note with a draw at relegated Royston that ended their title hopes, but saw them comfortably take runners-up slot. Hethersett's goal came from Emily Coates.
TEAM: Sarah Quantrill, Laura Hodgson, Kelly Gray, Logan Shepherd, Jodie Allard, Nicola Stolworthy, Nikki Wigg, Sophie Fuller, Adele McCrory, Emily Coates, Nicola Bray. Subs Karen Wilson, Zoe Klimcke, Hazel Shepherd