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 2009/2010 Women's 

August 16th H Peterborough League 0-0  
August 23rd H Cambridge Uni League 2-2 Coates, Mulley
August 30th H Bedford League 1-0 Coates
Sept 6th A Chelmsford League 1-4 Mulley
Sept 13th A West Lynn League 1-1 Ellis
Sept 20th H Barking League 3-2 Coates 3
Sept 27th A Taverham League 9-0 Mulley 4, Coates 3, Thirtle, Ferdani
October 4th A Barking Lge Cup 1-0 Coates
October 11th H Stevenage Borough League 3-1 Coates 2, Martin
October 18th A Aylsham NSC1 2-1 Coates, Mulley
October 25th H Taverham League 12-2 Coates 7, Mulley, McCrory, Thirtle, Martin, own goal
Nov 8th A Peterborough League 0-4  
Nov 15th H Thorpe NSC2 5-1 Mulley 2, McCrory, Thirtle, Annison
Nov 22nd A Cambridge Rang Lge Cup 5-0 Mulley 3, Annison, Birchall
January 24th A Ipswich Town NSC 3 2-3 Birchall 2 - after extra time
February 7th A Peterborough Lge Cup 3-3* C. Swann, Annison, Mulley
February 14th A Woodbridge League 1-1 Birchall
March 7th A Barking League 1-7 Coates
March 14th H Braintree League 1-3 Thirtle
March 21st A Braintree LCSF 1-0 Mulley
March 28th H Chelmsford City League 0-4  
April 4th A Stevenage Borough League 0-1  
April 11th H Woodbridge League 1-4 Birchall
April 18th A Braintree League 2-8 Mulley 2
April 25th H Haringey League 2-1 Mulley 2
May 2nd A Billericay LCFinal 5-1 Coates 2 (1 pen), Mulley 2, Birchall
May 9th A Cambridge Univ League 1-1 Mulley
May 12th H West Lynn League 5-0 Mulley 2, Martin 2, Snelling
May 16th A Bedford League 1-3 Martin
May 23rd A Haringey League   Not played - awarded to Haringey

NSC - Norfolk and Suffolk Cup

* - Hethersett won 6-5 on penalties after extra-time

Players from the ladies and girls teams


App Goals
ADCOCK Georgia 26 0
ANNISON Stacey 19 3
BAILEY Lauren 24 0
BATCH Amy 17 0
BELL Amy 12 0
BIRCHALL Grace 12 6
CANNELL Jenna 6 0
COATES Emily 27 22
DUGDALE Hannah 4 0
ELLIS Kate 24 1
ELLWOOD Kayleigh 12 0
FERDANI Lisa 14 1
HOLLIS Jess 7 0
MARTIN Hayley 21 5
MATTHEWS Lauren 4 0
McCRORY Adele 16 2
MULLEY Emma 27 24
PREECE Ellie 1 0
SHEPHERD Hazel 13 0
SNELLING Natasha 8 1
SWANN Charlotte 9 1
SWANN Vicky 5 0
TARRANT Polly 2 0
THIRTLE Jenna 13 4
WATERS Hannah 5 0
Own Goals 1



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.

Hethersett began the second half in the same manner and were threatening to add to their tally frequently, with player of the match Birchall outstanding. Injury forced Annison to be replaced by Amy Batch which prompted a reshuffle, but this didn't affect the fluency Hethersett were playing with, dictated superbly by captain Kate Ellis in the middle, supported with a fantastic work rate around her particularly from Jess Hollis playing in an unfamiliar central role. 

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.

Team: Amy Bell, Lauren Bailey, Stacey Annison (Amy Batch), Georgia Adcock, Adele McCrory, Kate Ellis (c), Hazel Shepherd, Jess Hollis, Grace Birchall, Emma Mulley (Lauren Matthews), Emily Coates. 

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.
Despite a much changed line up, Hethersett started the brighter of the two sides and took a well deserved early lead, the ball breaking to Swann 20 yards out who fired a shot past the keeper in to the top of the net to make a superb start to her debut. A talented and experienced Peterborough side began to take control of the game shortly after, and equalised with a brilliant break that cut Hethersett apart at the back. This was followed by a slightly fortuitous second, again from a quick break but this time the home striker scuffed her shot straight to a team-mate who calmly slotted past Bell. It was a massive blow for Hethersett, but to their credit they carried on battling, creating chances and defending resolutely. An equaliser came at the perfect time for the visitors, Annison who had already come close from two free-kicks stepped up from 30 yards to smash the ball into the top corner with a minute left until half time.
The second half started in full-blooded fashion, the home side trying to physically dominate a young Hethersett team. Occasionally this boiled over, Ellis the first to be on the receiving end of a late tackle that left her in a heap. Fortunately she escaped with bruising and was able to carry on, the Peterborough midfielder picking up a booking for the challenge. This seemed to shake Hethersett slightly and a rare lapse in concentration let in the home side for another smart finish which left Bell with no chance. Shortly after Batch was on the end of another badly mistimed tackle which unfortunately was more serious than the first and the game was delayed significantly while an ambulance arrived to take the midfielder to hospital. Hethersett picked themselves up from this blow to carry on with 10 players and unbelievably managed to equalise with 10 minutes to spare, a corner was half cleared to Ellis who mis-hit her shot but the ball fell to Mulley to instinctively curl the ball through the crowd into the far corner from 18 yards. The girls held on for the remaining minutes to force an incredible game to extra time.
The extra 30 minutes were always going to be a huge test for a young, tired side but the work rate and dedication continued as Hethersett looked determined to force a result for their injured team-mate and individually did not stop running for each other, whilst throwing themselves in front of shots where necessary. Towards the end of extra time Bell had to be alert to save low at the feet of a Home striker, while Birchall almost nicked it at the death with a counter attack but the goalkeeper did enough to force the ball past her post, picking up a nasty injury in the process in the 50-50 collision that forced her out of the rest of the tie. Hethersett managed to hold firm to take the game to penalties. Coates, Annison, Birchall, Snelling and Adcock all stepped up to overcome shattered limbs and nerves to slot home penalties while Peterborough did the same. The first penalty of sudden death saw Bell superbly touch over the bar, and then stepped up herself to score the winner and spark an incredible celebration from the visitors. It was an incredible display from Hethersett who battled with their backs against the wall and showed unbelievable levels of commitment and team spirit to reach the semi-finals for the third year running.

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

March 21st                            Hethersett       Braintree     


Hethersett Athletic 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 a row. 

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. 

Hethersett manager 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 said. 

Hethersett have 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,
Lisa Ferdani, Stacey Annison, Kate Ellis, Amy Batch, Emily Coates ,Natasha Snelling (sub Hannah Waters), Emma Mulley (sub Hayley Martin)

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),
Vicky Swann, Grace Birchall, Kate Ellis, Emily Coates, Amy Batch, Emma Mulley, Hannah Waters

April 25th                          Hethersett    2   Haringey    1

TEAM - Amy Bell, Amy Batch, Lauren Bailey, Georgia Adcock, Jenna Cannell, Liza Ferdani,
Emily Coates, Grace Birchall, Emma Mulley, Kate Ellis, Stacy Annison, Hayley Martin, Natasha Snelling

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.