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August 15th - Hethersett 3 Chelmsford 3
faced a tough start to their Eastern Region Premier League season at
home to an experienced, strong Chelmsford side that challenged all year
for the league only to be pipped late on by Braintree at the end of the
previous campaign. Hethersett put out a typically young side with 16
year old twins Sophie and Vicki Lubbock making debuts in goal and
central defence respectively, and Luci Middleton playing for the first
time partnering Emma Mulley as a striker. In the absence of regular
captain Kate Ellis, Lauren Bailey was handed the armband.
started brightly with Middleton particularly impressing throughout on
debut, and caused Chelmsford problems early on. The home side took the
lead when a free kick from just inside the Chelmsford half delivered by
Annison evaded the defence, Grace Birchall found space at the far post
and fired the ball across goal which was turned home by an unfortunate
defender for an own goal. It was a great start for the hosts and just
reward for a high intensity start filled with quality.
doubled their lead soon after as Mulley found room in the box but was
soon surrounded by defenders, after a good touch she gave a defender no
option but to haul her down and concede a penalty which was dispatched
with some style by Emily Coates.
as Hethersett thought things couldn’t get much better, Grace Birchall
went on a fine solo run which was finished off brilliantly by smashing
the ball into the top corner giving the goalkeeper no chance at all to
take the hosts into a fine 3-0 lead at half time.
It was a superb first half performance by such a young side, and
Sophie Lubbock had very little to do showing the dominance held by
second half was a different affair with Chelmsford coming out straight
away determined to pull the game back, and early in the second half
scored a well worked goal to give them hope of a comeback. The Essex
side put Hethersett under massive amounts of pressure with no respite
coming at all, but the girls were holding firm and limiting Chelmsford
to long range efforts held well by Lubbock.
turning point came when Stacey Annison felt the force of a massive
tackle and was forced off for treatment, during which time a corner
wasn’t cleared properly and one of the visiting players was able to
poke the loose ball home. Annison was able to continue but had to be
withdrawn shortly after, still feeling the effects of the injury.
Hethersett were being forced right onto the back foot and little service offered to Mulley and Middleton who worked tirelessly to try to stop the visitors breaking quickly. Rhianne Brister was introduced for her debut with 15 minutes to go in an attempt to keep things fresh. Hethersett were about to have their hearts broken as in the last seconds of normal time a hopeful cross was only half cleared and for the first time all afternoon a Chelmsford player was unchallenged in the box to head home past the despairing dive of Lubbock. It felt like a defeat to the home side after the work put into defending the lead that was so brilliantly achieved in the first 45 minutes, but they must take great heart from so comprehensively outplaying a very good and experienced side for a long period. The young players on debut were all excellent and met the challenge superbly, if the levels of commitment and performance are met every week then an exciting season lies ahead.
Sophie Lubbock, Lauren Bailey (c), Vicki Lubbock, Stacey Annison (sub Megan Cletheroe), Lisa Ferdani, Grace Birchall (Sub Rhianne Brister), Charlie Swann, Emily Coates, Amy Batch (sub Vicky Swann), Lucy Middleton, Emma Mulley. Subs not used: Amy Bell, Jenna Cannell
August 22nd Arlesey 2 Hethersett 2
TEAM - Amy Bell, Kate Ellis, Lauren Bailey, Vicki Lubbock, Lisa Ferdani, Vicki Swann, Grace Birchall, Charlie Swann, Jenna Cannell, Emily Coates, Amy Batch, Emma Mulley, Lucy Middleton, Sophie Lubbock
August 29th Hethersett 2 Peterborough 1
TEAM - Amy Bell, Lauren Bailey, Sophie Lubbock, Vicki Lubbock, Stacey Annison, Lisa Ferdani, Grace Birchall, Emily Coates, Kate Ellis, Amy Batch, Jenna Cannell, Emma Mulley, Lucy Middleton, Charlton
September 5th Haringey 0 Hethersett 1
TEAM - Bell, Bailey, Cannell, Annison, Charlton, S. Lubbock, Birchall, Street, Ellis, Coates, Todd, Mulley, Cletheroe, Middleton
September 12th Hethersett 3 Bedford 2
Hethersett moved into second place in the league after their third consecutive victory.
TEAM - Bell, Bailey, Cannell, Annison, Rettie. Birchall, Ellis, Coates, Todd, S. Lubbock, Mulley, Charlton. C. Swann
September 19th Hethersett 2 Barking 1
September 26th Kettering 2 Hethersett 4
Hethersett went to the top of the Eastern Region Women's Premier Division following their fifth consecutive victory with Emily Coates hitting a hat-trick and becoming only the 14th player and the third female player to complete 100 goals for the club.
TEAM - Amy Bell, Lauren Bailey, Jenna Cannell, Stacey Annison, Vicky Lubbock, Sophie Lubbock, Kate Ellis, Charlie Swann, Megan Todd, Emma Mulley, Grace Birchall, Lucy Middleton, Emily Coates
October 3rd Hethersett 5 Woodbridge 1
TEAM - Bell, Bailey, Annison, Cannell (sub V.Lubbock), S.Lubbock, Birchall (sub Batch), Ellis, C.Swann, Coates (sub Todd), Mulley, Middleton
October 10th Brentwood 1 Hethersett 1
Hethersett stay top of the Eastern Region Premier Division and keep their unbeaten record after a good point at second placed Brentwood.
TEAM - Amy Bell, Sophie Lubbock, Jenna Cannell, Stacey Annison, Lauren Bailey, Megan Todd, Charlie Swann, Emily Coates, Emma Mulley, Lucy Middleton, Vicky Lubbock, Amy Batch, Grace Birchall
A report of the match with lots of action shots is available from the Brentwood site which can be accessed by clicking here.
October 17th Hethersett 1 Fakenham 0
Team sophie lubbock. lauren bailey, vicky lubbock, stacey annison, kate ellis, grace birchall, charli swann, amy batch, megan todd, emma mulley, lucy middleton, lizzy street, katie carpenter, amy bell.
October 24th Hethersett 4 Cambridge University 4 (Cambridge won 4-3 on pens)
Hethersett were beaten for the first time this season and knocked out of the Women's FA Cup after a thrilling 4-4 draw and a match that went to penalties.
TEAM - Sophie Lubbock, Megan Cletheroe, Stacey Annison, Sophie Lubbock, Vicki Swann, Grace Birchall, Charlie Swann, Amy Batch, Megan Todd, Emma Mulley, Lucy Middleton, Lizzie Street, Lauren Matthews, Rhianne Brister.
October 31st Cambridge University 0 Hethersett 0
Hethersett stay top of the league after a hard earned point at Cambridge University.
- Sophie Lubbock, Vivky Lubbock, Charlie Swann, Kate Ellis, Grace
Birchall, Lucy Middleton, Megan Todd, Emma Mulley, Lauren Bailey, Amy
Batch, Jenna Thirtle, Stacey Annison
Ladies look to be real title contenders after a fine away victory at
half the Eastern Region Premier Division season gone, Hethersett remain
unbeaten at the top of the league and this week face another tough task
when they visit Bedford.
have stayed unbeaten despite suffering numerous injuries already this
season and it is a testament to how quickly young players have adapted
to senior football.
Grace Birchall was again on the goal trail on Sunday with a brace and she was excellently supported by the remainder of the team with Emma Mulley outstanding and the defence holding firm when put under pressure by a Chelmsford side who had come back from being 3-0 down at Hethersett to steal a point in the opening match of the season.
- Sophie Lubbock, Lauren Bailey, Kate Ellis, Vicky Lubbock, Jenna
Cannell, Charlie Swann, Grace Birchall, Amy Batch, Lucy Middleton, Megan
Todd, Emma Mulley, Mia Boorman, Lauren Matthews, Amy Bell
November 21st Hethersett 11 Long Stratton 0
Hethersett coasted into the third round of the Norfolk County Cup.
TEAM - Sophie Lubbock, Lauren Bailey, Jenna Cannell, Vicki Lubbock, Shannon Kelly, Grace Birchall, Kate Ellis, Charlie Swann, Megan Todd, Emma Mulley, Lucy Middleton, Vicky Swann, Amy Batch, Lauren Matthews.
December 12th Barking 2 Hethersett 0
Hethersett suffered their first league defeat of the season at Barking.
TEAM - S. Lubbock, V. Lubbock, Cannell, Batch, C. Swann, Ellis, Mulley, Birchall, Middleton, Todd, Matthews, Kelly
January 16th Gt Yarmouth 1 Hethersett 4
Hethersett's long injury list gets worse as Lauren Matthews suffered a broken leg in this County Cup match The team was augmented with players from the Hearts and did very well to overcome a spirited challenge from Great Yarmouth
TEAM - Vicki Swann, Lizzy Street, Rachel Wharton, Megan Cletheroe, Lauren Matthews, Ellie Preece, Vicky Lubbock, Sophie Lubbock, Emma Mulley, Grace Birchall, Charlotte Swann, Lucy Middleton, Megan Todd, Kate Ellis
January 23rd Chelmsford 0 Hethersett 2
Hethersett reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup with an excellent display at Chelmsford thanks to goals from Emma Mulley and Megan Todd.
TEAM - sophie lubbock , kate ellis, lauren bailey, vicky lubbock, amy batch,charlotte swann, megan cletheroe,megan todd,emma mulley, grace birchall, lucy middleton, jenna cannell
January 30th Hethersett 4 Haringey 0
TEAM - sophie lubbock, vicky lubbock, megan clletheroe, lauren bailey , kate ellis, grace birchall, charie swann , amy batch, emma mulley, megan todd, lucy middleton, rhianne brister
February 6th Hethersett 1 Arlesley 6
TEAM - Sophie Lubbock, Vicky Lubbock, Amy Batch, Kate Ellis, Grace Birchall, Charli Swann, Rhianne Brister, Megan Todd, Lucy Middleton, Emma Mulley, Megan Cletheroe.
March 6th Stevenage 1 Hethersett 0
March 13th Peterborough 2 Hethersett 3
have experienced the highs and lows over the past two weeks.
Sunday they travelled to Peterborough in the Eastern Region Premier
Division with a young and inexperienced team with an average age of 19
and came away with the points to keep up their title bid.
from Grace Birchall, Lucy Middleton and Megan Todd keeps the side in
fourth place in the league, still just three points behind leaders
Bedford and with games in hand on second placed Arlesey and third placed
wasn’t such good news the previous week as Hethersett relinquished
their hold on the Eastern Region League Cup by going down 1-0 at
Stevenage in the quarter-finals despite having the majority of the play.
It was a sad day for Hethersett who were bidding to win the trophy for
the fourth consecutive season.
- Sophie Lubbock, Kelly, Vicky Lubbock, Cannell, Birchall, Batch, Ellis,
Todd, Mulley, Middleton, Thirtle, Charlie Swann, Bailey
20th Coltishall Jaguars 2 Hethersett
Athletic Ladies 4
Ladies have reached the final of the Norfolk County Cup despite an
horrendous injury list.
Sunday they overcame the spirited challenge of Coltishall Jaguars and
will now face Norwich Ladies in the final.
having 12 players unavailable through injury of which seven have either
had or are awaiting operations, Hethersett have had a remarkable season
that sees them still in with a chance of winning the Eastern Region
Women’s Premier Division. They are currently in fifth place, four
points behind leaders Arlesey but with three games in hand.
against Coltishall were Lucy Middleton (2), Emma Mulley and Hannah
Hearts’ match against Aylsham had to be cancelled due to the lengthy
have over 40 players signed for our two teams, but on Sunday only had 18
fit players. In all my years involved in ladies and girls football I
have never come across injuries on this scale,” said Hethersett
Athletic’s vice-chairman and Hearts manager Kevin Swann.
TEAM - Sophie Lubbock, Sophie Thomas, Vicki Lubbock, Cannell, Kelly, Bailey, Ellis, Charlie Swann, Batch, Mulley, Middleton, Hannah Waters, Cletheroe, Vicky Swann, Brister, Rutherford
March 27th Bedford 5 Hethersett 1
Lubbock, Lauren Bailey, Jenna Cannel, Vicky Lubbock, Vicki Swann, Grace
Birchall, Charli Swann, Megan Cletheroe, Megan Todd, Luci Middleton,
Emma Mulley, Amy Batch, Lizzy Street
March 31st Woodbridge 4 Hethersett 2
- Charlotte Swann, Vicky Swann ,Jenna Cannell, Vicky Lubbock, Shannon
Kelly, Grace Birchall, Megan Cletheroe, Kate Ellis, Amy Batch, Emma
Mulley, Lucy Middleton, Hannah Waters, Lizzy Street.
April 17th Norwich City 2 Hethersett 1
Hetherset put up a brave fight in this Norfolk County Cup Final. For a full match report and photographs click here;
TEAM S. Lubbock, Bailey, Cannell, V. Lubbock, Kelly, Birchall, Ellis, C. Swann, Todd, Mulley, Middleton, Batch, Cletheroe, V. Swann, Brister, Waters
May 1st Hethersett 1 Kettering 1
TEAM - Sophie Lubbock, Shannon Kelly, Jenna Cannell, Vicki Lubbock, Vicki Swann, Grace Birchall, Charlie Swann, Megan Todd, Kate Ellis, Emma Mulley, Lucy Middleton, Jenna Thirlte, Hannah Waters, Rhianne Brister.
May 15th Hethersett 3 Stevenage 2
Two injury time goals saw Hethersett take the points and finish third in the Eastern Region Women's Premier Division. Hethersett were 2-0 down at half-time. Jenna Thirtle drilled home a free kick after 66 minutes and then Megan Todd scored twice in injury time to snatch the points.
- Sophie Lubbock, Bailey, Cannell, Vickie Lubbock, Kelly, Charlie Swann,
Ellis, Todd, Birchall, Middleton, Mulley, Thirtle, Vickie Swann,