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 2010/2011 Women's 

Aug 15th H Chelmsford League 3-3 Birchall, Coates, own goal
Aug 22nd A Arlesey League 2-2 Mulley, Middleton
Aug 29th H Peterborough League 2-1 Bailey, Birchall
Sept 5th A Haringey League 1-0 Birchall
Sept 13th H Bedford League 3-2 Annison, Middleton, Birchall
Sept 19th H Barking League 2-1 Birchall, Todd
Sept 26th A Kettering League 4-2 Coates 3, Middleton
Oct 3rd H Woodbridge League 5-1 Mulley 3, Birchall, Bailey
Oct 10th A Brentwood League 1-1 Birchall
Oct 17th H Fakenham C Cup 1-0 Mulley
Oct 24th H Cambridge Uni FA Cup 4-4 Birchall 2, C. Swann, Mulley aet lost 4-3 on penalties
Oct 31st A Cambridge Uni League 0-0  
Nov 7th A Chelmsford League 2-1 Birchall 2
Nov 21st H Long Stratton CCup 11-0 Mulley 3, Matthews 3, Bailey, Birchall, Ellis, C. Swann, Middleton
Dec 12th A Barking League 0-2  
Jan 16th A Great Yarmouth CCup 4-1 Birchall 2, Mulley 2
Jan 23rd A Chelmsford LCup 2-0 Mulley, Todd
Jan 30th H Haringey Borough League 4-0 Mulley 2, Middleton 2
Feb 6th H Arlesey Town League 1-6 Mulley
Mar 6th A Stevenage LCup 0-1  
Mar 13th A Peterborough League 3-2 Birchall, Middleton, Todd
Mar 20th A Coltishall Jaguars CCup 4-2 Middleton 2, Mulley, Waters
Mar 27th A Bedford League 1-5 Birchall
Mar 31st A Woodbridge League 2-4 Birchall 2
Apr 10th H Brentwood League 2-4 Todd, Middleton
Apr 17th A Norwich City CCupFin 1-2 Mulley
Apr 24th A Stevenage League 3-2 Bailey, Mulley, Todd
May 1st H Kettering League 1-1 Mulley
May 15th H Stevenage League 3-2 Todd 2, Thirtle
  H Cambridge Uni League   Points awarded to Hethersett


team pld w d l f a pts
 Brentwood Town 22 15 5 2 65 29 50
 Bedford 22 15 2 5 70 29 47
 Hethersett Athletic 22 12 5 5 45 40 41
 Arlesey Town 22 11 6 5 74 34 39
 Barking 22 11 3 8 62 33 36
 Peterborough 22 10 4 8 78 35 34
 Stevenage Borough 22 8 6 8 42 35 30
 Woodbridge Town 22 7 6 9 43 54 27
 Kettering Town 22 6 5 11 37 54 23
 Chelmsford City 22 6 4 12 36 56 22
 Cambridge Univ 22 5 1 16 20 93 16
 Haringey Borough 22 2 1 19 17 94 7


ANNISON Stacey 11 1
BAILEY Lauren 21 4
BATCH Amy 20
BELL Amy 10
BIRCHALL Grace 27 18
BRISTER Rhianne 7
CANNELL Jenna 21
CHARLTON Abigail 4
COATES Emily 9 4
ELLIS Kate 24 1
KELLY Shannon 10
LUBBOCK Sophie 27
LUBBOCK Vicki 26
MATTHEWS Lauren 5 3
MIDDLETON Lucy 28 10
MULLEY Emma 28 19
PREECE Ellie 1
STREET Lizzie 6
SWANN Charlotte 26 2
SWANN Vickie 12
THIRTLE Jenna 5 1
THOMAS Sophie 1
TODD Megan 23 7
WATERS Hannah 4 1
WHARTON Rachel 1
Oen Goals 1


Match Reports

August 15th - Hethersett  3   Chelmsford  3

Hethersett 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.

Hethersett 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.

Hethersett 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.

Just 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 Hethersett.

The 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.

A 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

TEAM - Amy Bell , Lauren Bailey , Jenna Cannell , Stacey Annison, Jodie Rettie, Grace Birchall, Emily Coates, Charlie Swann , Kate Ellis , Megan Todd , Lucy Middleton ,Abbi Charlton , Emma Mulley , Sophie Lubbock. Vicky Lubbock.


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. 

TEAM - Sophie Lubbock, Vivky Lubbock, Charlie Swann, Kate Ellis, Grace Birchall, Lucy Middleton, Megan Todd, Emma Mulley, Lauren Bailey, Amy Batch, Jenna Thirtle, Stacey Annison

November 7th                 Chelmsford        1      Hethersett    2

Hethersett Ladies look to be real title contenders after a fine away victory at Chelmsford. 

With 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. 

Hethersett 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.

TEAM - 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

Hethersett Ladies have experienced the highs and lows over the past two weeks. 

On 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. 

Goals 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 Barking. 

It 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. 

TEAM - Sophie Lubbock, Kelly, Vicky Lubbock, Cannell, Birchall, Batch, Ellis, Todd, Mulley, Middleton, Thirtle, Charlie Swann, Bailey


March 20th  Coltishall Jaguars      2 Hethersett Athletic Ladies     4

Hethersett Ladies have reached the final of the Norfolk County Cup despite an horrendous injury list. 

On Sunday they overcame the spirited challenge of Coltishall Jaguars and will now face Norwich Ladies in the final. 

Despite 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. 

Scorers against Coltishall were Lucy Middleton (2), Emma Mulley and Hannah Waters. 

Hethersett Hearts’ match against Aylsham had to be cancelled due to the lengthy injury list: 

“We 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

Sophie 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

Despite the 5-1 score line this was a very good performance by our youngest side we have put out this season. Hethersett played some great football only to be caught out by Befords long ball game. the long ball over the top to centre forward Natasha caught us out twice early on. We pulled one back when Grace scored, but despite having far more of the ball and playing the better football we just couldn't live with the long ball game and the strength of the experienced Bedford side.

March 31st             Woodbridge     4       Hethersett    2

TEAM - 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 10th                Hethersett   2       Brentwood     4

TEAM -   Sophie Lubbock, Megan Cletheroe, Vicky Lubbock, Jenna Cannell, Shannon Kelly, Grace Birchall, Kate Ellis, Charlie Swann, Megan Todd, Lucy Middleton, Emma Mulley, Vicky Swann, Amy Batch, Jenna Thirtle.

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

April 24th                 Stevenage     2      Hethersett     3

Team, Sophie Lubbock, Lauren Bailey, Jenna Cannell, Vicky Lubbock, Shannon Kelly, Grace Birchall, Charlie Swann, Megan Todd, Kate Ellis, Lucy Middleton, Emma Mulley

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.

TEAM - Sophie Lubbock, Bailey, Cannell, Vickie Lubbock, Kelly, Charlie Swann, Ellis, Todd, Birchall, Middleton, Mulley, Thirtle, Vickie Swann, Cletheroe