News from Hethersett Athletic FC

  • U9s Take Part in CSF Summer Cup

    Posted on Tuesday 24th July, 2018

    Earlier this month, our U9s squad travelled to Easton College to represent the Club at the Community Sports Foundation Summer Cup, in partnership with Norwich City FC. With over 2,000 players from over 230 teams involved across all youth age groups, it is considered to be the largest tournament of its kind in the County.

    With a total of 32 team taking part in the age category, Hethersett took 3 U9 sides to the competition. Holt Utd Youth eventually ran out winners of the age group, but Hethersett put on a good show, with the Tigers making it to a semi final place. Hethersett Coach Mike Kenny said “we had mixed results from the teams, with some real stiff competition from bigger youth team set ups across the county. All 3 teams Tigers, Lions & Jaguars  however enjoyed the day and recorded good results against some of the strong teams in the region. All in all a great tournament enjoyed by the whole squad representing Hethersett Athletic.”

    The group will no be progressing into the U10 divisions this coming season.

    Further information on the tournament can be found on the Norwich Community Sports Foundation website here.

    Hethersett U9 squad at the 2018 CSF Summer Cup
  • Facilities Update

    Posted on Saturday 14th July, 2018

    The Club are continuing to play a pivotal role in supporting the Memorial Playing Field Trust in securing funding and permission to develop the existing pavilion, which is in desperate need of an upgrade! The development will open up new opportunities for both the Football Club and the Community.

    The Club have just applied for Section 106 funding, for which the Club must demonstrate the impact that the new facilities would have on the surrounding community. We are also in the running for a Tesco grant of up to £4,000 for the refurbishment. The project is in desperate need of community support, and you can help significantly by voting for this project when visiting the following Tesco stores each time you shop:

    • Drayton NR8 6PT
    • Hetherset NR9 3AB
    • Norwich Acres Way NR* 6AX
    • Taverham NR8 6AD

    Voting is open and will run until August 31st 2018.

    Further details including the full refurbishment plans can be found on the Memorial Playing Field website. A link for this can be found here on our website. Finally, a big thank you must go to Club Committee members Russell Attfield & Ian Fieldhouse who have driven the project forward.

  • 2018-19 Season Arrives

    Posted on Saturday 14th July, 2018

    The 2018-19 season is here and the Club has a number of updates to report from the close season.

    Firstly, the Club are sad to announce that Tim Hudson-Church has stepped down from the committee in his role as Club Treasurer. Tim has been an important member of the Club over the past few years, playing a vital role in other aspects of running the Club aside from the Treasurer role, including the mainencance and organisation of pitches at the Memorial, and running the 100 Club which raised significant funds for the Football Club. With Tim’s departure we are also sad to report that the 100 Club will be withdrawn in its current format, and as such the Club are now seeking new fundraising avenues. Tim’s departure has opened the door, and we would like to welcome Ian Laird to the Club who has been voted in as the new Treasurer. Our thanks go to Ian for volunteering for the role.

    The Club will be growing in the 2018-19 season in terms of the number of teams being run. We are also delighted to say that the Club successfully passed the annual FA Charter Standard Health Check, and as such consolidate our status as an FA Charter Standard Development Club. A big thanks to everybody who contributed to this award, but a special mention must go to Secretary & Welfare Officer Wayne Johnson, who monitored the progress of CRC checks and qualifications to ensure that all coaches were up to date.

    The Club’s AGM took place on Monday 9th July, with a good turn out of faces new and old. An updated Club directory as well as information on current vacancies on the Club committee will be out shortly. Steve White of the Sunday Reserves collected the Adult Golden Boot award following his fine return of 36 goals in all competitions.

    Finally, the Club’s new Twitter account continues to grow, where you can find general club updates and information about upcoming matches. If you are interested, please follow us @HAFC_1991.

    Thanks again to everyone who supports the Football Club in whatever capacity as we look forward to having a successful 2018-19 season!

  • Latest Match Updates

    Posted on Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

    There has been plenty of football still taking place on the pitch, even at this late stage of the football season.

    The Sunday 1st Team completed their season away to Drayton Dazzlers on May 13th, with a number of regular players unavailable. They finished with a good performance, narrowly going down 5-4 to Drayton who were eventual runners up in the division. Hethersett were in a strong position after taking a 3-1 lead, but Drayton improved in the second half and scored their 5th goal courtesy of a Hethersett own goal.

    The Veterans rounded off their season in a midweek fixture under the Carrow Road lights on 10th May against League 2 champions Sheringham. The League winners were eventual winners, securing a 3-1 scoreline. Hethersett will be delighted with their first season, finishing in the runner up position. The U16s are still in the hunt for 2nd place in the Championship, however lost ground to the current holders of this place Aylsham, after they beat Hethersett 7-1 in a crucial game. Hethersett must win their final game and hope other results go their way to finish second. The U15s completed their season on 16th May at home to Attleborough, going down narrowly 3-2. Having led 2-1 at the break, Hethersett were unable to maintain the lead, and finished the season in 6th place. The U13s also rounded off their season with a comprehensive 11-1 win over Cringleford, and finished the campaign with 3 straight wins to claim fourth spot.

  • Sunday Reserves Promoted as Steve Walker Bows Out

    Posted on Tuesday 8th May, 2018

    There were a mix of emotions last weekend as the Sunday Reserves secured promotion to Division 3 of the Norwich & District Sunday League, while long serving clubman Steve Walker bowed out of management as the U19s finished their season.

    The Sunday Reserves went into their final game of the season against Nelson’s Athletic ideally needing a victory against their fourth placed opponents to finish second and gain promotion to Div 3. In a tight match they secured the result they needed, with a 3-2 home win. A brace from Steve White and a goal from player/manager Jamie Wright made sure of the result. Meanwhile, the U19s couldn’t give Steve Walker a positive result in his final game in charge before finishing as manager. They faced a Long Stratton side who still had plenty to play or at the top of the table, and their quality showed as they ran out comfortable 12-3 winners. The Club would like to place their thanks to the work that Steve has put into the Club over the years, in which he has managed and coached youth teams through various age groups.

    The U16s still have plenty to play for with four games still to play. They will still be hopeful of finishing second after two victories in the last two weekends. Last week, they overcame bottom side Poringland, in what turned out to be a tight encounter. An Oliver Douglas brace and further goal from goal from Thomas Jones helped to ensure victory, however Poringland proved to be a tough side to beat. This weekend they went into a home fixture against Division Champions St Andrews with a number of key players missing. After going ahead twice through Thomas Jones and Jordan Bromley, they were pegged back late on by St Andrews and shared the points with a 2-2 draw. Goals from Mark Attfield (x2) and Aaron Bradford helped the U15s to a 3-1 over Attleborough to take fourth place in the table.

    In the development age groups last weekend the U11s travelled to New Buckenham, the U10s hosted Hillside Rovers and our U9s faced eachother in an in-house fixture.

  • Saturday 1st Team Suffer Narrow Defeat in Final Match

    Posted on Friday 27th April, 2018

    The Saturday 1st team rounded of their season last night with a trip to Watton Res, in what has been an emotional week for the Club. Earlier in the week, we learnt of the sad passing of former manager and Club stalwart Paul Stone. Paul was an instrumental figure in the team since its inception in 2008, and achieved much success along the way. Paul’s final season as manager came in the 2015-16 season, in which he saw the team promoted to the 1st Division of the Central & South Norfolk League, before handing the reigns over to Michael Green. Sadly, Paul had not been able see as many matches as he would have liked over the past two seasons, but he had always been committed and followed the results closely. A minute silence was held prior to the match in respect for all that he had done for the team, and black armbands were worn by the Hethersett players. Thank you to Watton Res for their co-operation.

    Watton began the game the brighter of the two teams, and seemed to settle into the game from the outset, while Hethersett were slightly off the pace, and took time to adapt to the size of the Watton pitch. Watton’s early dominance paid off and they raced into a two goal lead before half time, playing some neat football along the way.

    Hethersett came out for the second half much more organised and began to settle into the game. They began to keep hold of the ball better and looked more dangerous going forward. The pressure eventually paid off after winning a corner following some good build up play. From the in swinging delivery Dan Folkard challenged the keeper in the air, getting to the ball first to bundle the ball over the line, to reduce the deficit. Hethersett continued to press and were rewarded the a golden opportunity to equalise. Persistent play from Danny Gray in the Watton penalty area led to him being fouled, and a penalty was awarded. Gray stepped up but the goalkeeper guessed the right way and made a good save to his left. The keeper was also on had to make a fantastic save late on, tipping a long range Jordan Rolf effort onto the crossbar with his finger tips. Hethersett couldn’t eventually find a way through, meaning the game finished 2-1, but could have been a different outcome on another day.

  • Weekend Report

    Posted on Monday 23rd April, 2018

    The Sunday Firsts and U19s were both in action at the Memorial Playing Field this weekend, with the games played on dry pitches in warm temperatures.

    The Sunday First Team secured their Division Two status with a game to spare as they beat Briston 2-1. Despite going behind after 15 minutes to a speculative long range shot, Hethersett started the game brightly, playing good passing football. The equaliser came after a good attack, ending in Alex Curran being fouled in the box. Captain Adam Waters stepped up to confidently dispatch the penalty. Hethersett continued in the same vein in the second half, with the midfield 3 of Josh Denny, George Bunn and Ross Luther-Veitch involved in much of the play. Hethersett finally took the lead after another nice move saw Waters add his second of the game, slotting past the advancing goalkeeper. The U19s also picked up a valuable 3 points in their penultimate game of the season, taking a 2-0 win over Acle Rangers. This was an entertaining game played in good spirits between two evenly matched sides. A goal either side of half time secured the win, in a game where Hethersett created more chances than their opponents. George Allison netted his first for the Club along the way. The Veterans travelled to Newsman Valhalla, and secured a second place finish in their first season with an emphatic 6-1 win.

    In the youth age groups, the U16s suffered their first defeat of the season, as they were beaten by high flying St Andrews. After a difficult first half in which they went 3-0 down, they regrouped for a positive second half, with Hazim Said grabbing the goal. The U13s secured back to back wins after beating Old Catton 4-2 away from home. The result confirms a solid 4th place finish with a game to play.

    Our development teams were also in action, with the U11s at home to Lakenheath, the U10s entertained Hellesdon and the U9s welcomed Brandon.

  • Weekend Report

    Posted on Friday 20th April, 2018

    The Saturday were not in action at the weekend but did have a mid week fixture last night at home to Watton Utd Reserves and the points were shared following a goalless draw. Hethersett play their final fixture of the season next Thursday in the return game at Watton.

    At the weekend, there was no game for the Sunday First Team but the Reserves secured an important win at home to Rose Athletic Reserves, a result which means that a runner up place is firmly in their hands with one game to play. They eventually ran out 7-0 winners in a convincing display, with Scott Grimes grabbing a hat-trick along the way. The U19s faced Mulbarton in a scrappy derby game, which ended in a 3-3 draw. Oli Hudson-Church grabbed two spectacular goals, one from an overhead kick, and the other from a 40 yard free kick.

    The U16s maintained their unbeaten record this season and put themselves in a strong position to take second place with games in hand over Cromer, who currently occupy that place. They beat fourth place Norman 4-2 at home, to put them 5 points off Cromer with 4 games in hand. Adam Holbrook scored a hat-trick to help secure the win. The U15s faced top of the table Taverham, who took all three points in a convincing 5-0 victory. The result leaves Hethersett in mid table with two games to play. The U13s secured their spot in fourth place in the table after a 3-2 home victory over St Andrews. Goals from James Attfield, Jack Lipscombe, Max Desira secured the win. The U12s faced fourth placed Heigham Park and eventually went down 4-2. Having gone into the break 3-0 down, Hethersett put in a good second half display to win the half 2-1.

    In the development age groups, the U11s travelled to Diss and the U10s visited Fakenham.

  • Weekend Report

    Posted on Wednesday 11th April, 2018

    The Sunday First Team entertained Barracks in a relegation battle which they came out on top and won 3-2 to secure an important three points. Having taken an early lead through a George Bunn header, Hethersett then conceded two quick goals after sloppy play from Hethersett to go 2-1 behind. Adam Waters then got a toe to the ball from a corner to equalise before half time. Hethersett pressed for a winner in the second half, and Joe Bickel scrambled home from close range to give Hethersett the vital three points. The U19s travelled to Scole with a weakened side with many regulars unavailable. Scole dominated from the start but Hethersett worked hard throughout. 4 Scole goals in each half made the final score 8-0. The Veterans were also in action and climbed to second in the table after a narrow 2-1 win over Morley & Deopham.

    Not many of our youth sides were in action, but in the development section, the U11s hosted Morley, the U10s were at home to Aylsham and the U9s visited Wymondham.

  • Gray & Hudson-Church receive awards

    Posted on Saturday 31st March, 2018

    Danny Gray and Oli Hudson-Church have been presented with awards after recently reaching club milestones. Gray recently became the club’s all time top goalscorer after his goal against Morley in February took him past Hannah Waters’ long standing record of 246 goals. Meanwhile, Hudson-Church became the youngest player in the club’s history to reach 300 appearances, taking him into the top ten appearance makers in the club’s history. The pair were presented with a bottle of champagne and specially printed shirt respectively by club Chaiman Neal Luther, to recognise their achievements.

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