News from Hethersett Athletic FC

  • Weekend Roundup

    Posted on Monday 15th October, 2018

    The Saturday Teams’ poor run of form continues after being beaten 3-1 at Shipdham. In windy conditions, Hethersett had the better of the first half with the wind behind them but could only go into the break on level terms. Goalkeeper Richard Manington scored Hethersett’s goal from a drop kick. Hethersett struggled to create any meaningful chances in the second half, and the home team used the wind to their advantage and took the three points.

    The Sunday First Team were in Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup action, and visited premier division side Poringland. Hethersett found themselves 1-0 down at half time, but managed to turn the tie around in the second half. Goals from Patrick Ogilvie and Adam Waters saw Hethersett through to the next round with a 2-1 win.

    The U16s were involved in a high scoring encounter at home to table topping Taverham. The sides went into the break level at 2-1, and the second half saw a further 7 goals, with Taverham taking the win 6-5. The highlight for Hethersett was a hat-trick for Mark Attfield. The U14s suffered a heavy 9-1 defeat at the hands of Wymondham town Utd. Ben Scott grabbed the goal for Hethersett in the second half. The U13s also had a difficult game as they hosted Mattishall. The away side took the three points with a 7-1 win. Hethersett’s goal scorer was Connor Taylor. The U12s were involved in a 12 goal match at home to Thorpe Rovers. The visitors led 4-0 at half time, but Hethersett will take heart from their second half display, drawing this period 4-4, leaving the final score 8-4 to Thorpe. In the Christian League, our U11s were both in action. The Lions visited Brooke, while the Tigers hosted Sprowston. The U10s were both away from home. The Sparkes travelled to Brandon, while the Flames went to Thetford to face Bulldogs. The U8s were both in Kappa Cup action, sporting new kits courtesy of Norfolk Football. The Force hosted Mulbarton while the Foxes visited Mattishall.

  • Weekend roundup – County Cup games for 2 youth sides

    Posted on Friday 5th October, 2018

    The Saturday Team welcomed UEA’s third team to the Memorial, and the students took all three points after a 2-0 win. The UEA number 10 scored both goals from long range, giving Hethersett goalkeeper Richard Manington little chance. Hethersett continued to battle but were unable to create many clear cut chances against a strong outfit. The Sunday First team travelled to Vale Longo with disappointingly a bare 11 players and no recognised goalkeeper. After conceding from a corner early on, a fine Adam Waters strike meant the teams went into the break all square. Vale Longo eventually nicked a winner in the second half, making the final score 2-1 to the home side.

    It was a break from league action this week for our U14s and U12s, who took part in their respective County Cup competitions. The U14s welcomed Sheringham in the Stuart Dracup Cup, and were desperately unlucky not to progress to the next round after a cruel defeat on penalties. With the score 2-2 after 90 minutes and extra time, Sheringham eventually progressed with a 3-0 victory in the shootout. George Grice grabbed both Hethersett goals. The U12s took part in the all new Norfolk U12s Cup, and hosted Harling Colts. The away side went through to round two, with a 4-1 win.

    The U16s took part in the only game in the Premiership, as they travelled to Blofield. It was a tight game all the way until the end, as Hethersett narrowly lost out on the points as it finished 4-3 to the hosts. Our U10s can be pleased with their performances on Sunday, and will take away lots of positives for their future matches. Keep it up! The U8s were also in action on Saturday, as the Force welcomed Wymondham Utd Youth and the Foxes travelled to Tasburgh.


  • Weekend Report – Norfolk Junior Cup action for Saturday Team

    Posted on Wednesday 19th September, 2018

    The Saturday Team bowed out of the Norfolk Junior Cup at the first hurdle as they hosted higher raked opponents Long Statton Reserves. Hethersett found it difficult in the early stages as the visitors started the game quickly, and they went 2-0 up within the first 20 minutes. Hethersett managed to contain Long Stratton for the remainder of the first half, but their long throw in was always a dangerous weapon. The second half was a much more even contest as Hethersett grew into the game, and a times forced the away side into making errors. A couple of second half chances were created as Sam Hanner and young debutant Will Bussey went close, but couldn’t find a way back into the game. Full time Hethersett 0-2 Long Stratton Res.

    On Sunday, the First Team will have been disappointed with their performance, going down 3-0 at home to a well organised Brooke Reserves side. Trailing 2-0 at the break, Hethersett never really got going in this game, and created little in the way of clear cut chances. The Reserves did not fare much better as they were well beaten 12-3 by a strong Silver Fox side. The Hethersett goals were scored by Daniel Payne, Ben & Jamie Wright. The Veterans began their campaign with a win, as they comprehensively beat Micawbers Tavern 5-0 at home. The will be hoping to build on this performance for the rest of the season.

    The U16s travelled to St Andrews, and were narrowly beaten 3-2. Mark Attfield grabbed a brace for Hethersett in this encounter. The U14s had a difficult morning against a good Norman Wanderers outfit, and went down to an 8-1 defeat. Hethersett found themselves with a lot to do with the scoreline 4-0 at half time, Ben Johnson found the net for Hethersett in the second half. The U12s fared better, and took all three points after a tight 4-3 win at home to Horsford. They will be pleased with the result and performance, with the goals being shared between Johnny Henri, Jamie Rich, Freddy Smith and James Wright. Both U11s started their Christian League seasons, the Lions faced Old Catton and the Tigers played Lowestoft. Our U10s also had fixtures, with the Flames coming up against Tasburgh and the Sparkes took on Mulbarton. Both U8 matches were a great advert for development football, with all involved a credit to the game in two well contested matches. The Foxes faced Stoke Utd Youth and the Force travelled to Brandon.

  • U10s Take Part in Littlelifts Tournament

    Posted on Wednesday 19th September, 2018

    Earlier this month, the Club took both U10 teams to the 3rd Littlelifts Cup, a charity tournament set up in support of breast cancer. It was a successful competition for the Clubs’ youngsters as they returned as the U10 age group winners!

    Both teams put on a great show, with some really pleasing performances against some strong teams from both Norfolk and Suffolk. Manager Mike Kenny was particularly pleased with the defensive work that helped the team reach the final and go onto win the competition.

    The event was publicised on the EDP, and the relevant article with further information about the day, including a team photo of our U10s can be found here.

    Special thanks must go to Stoke Utd Youth, for inviting us to take part!

  • Weekend Report

    Posted on Wednesday 12th September, 2018

    The Club had a number of teams in action this weekend, and here is how they all got on…

    The Saturday Team travelled to Watton Res hoping to build on their win last weekend. They returned with a point after a battling 1-1 draw. Hethersett took the lead in the first half through Oli Hudson-Church, who went back to his more familiar role on the left wing. Watton equalised late in the second half with a fine strike from the edge of the box. Hethersett hit the woodwork twice during the course of the game, while Watton had an effort that was ruled to be not over the line. On Sunday, no action for the First Team but the Reserves started their season with a victory, overcoming Norman Wanderers A 2-1. All the action happened in the last 10 minutes, with the three goals happening in quick succession.

    The U16’s went down to a 4-2 defeat as they travelled to Dereham Saints. Trailing 2-1 at half time, Hethersett didn’t quite have enough to get on terms. Ethan Lane and Jay Thompson scored the goals for Hethersett. The U13s had a tough morning as they travelled to Diss, with the final score being 6-1 to the home side. Hethersett’s goal came courtesy of Connor Taylor. Our U13s were also in action as they visited Drayton, and went down to an 8-2 defeat. Dylan Crawley and James Wright were Hethersett’s goalscorers. Meanwhile, both our U10s had fixtures with the Flames and Sparkes hosting Mulbarton and Lakenheath respectively. Our two U8s also had games, the Force travelled to Attleborough and the Foxes faced Wymondham.


  • 2018-19 Season Kicks-Off in Style

    Posted on Monday 3rd September, 2018

    The 2018-19 season began for two of our adult sides this weekend and it was a successful start with both taking opening day victories.

    The Saturday Team entertained newly promoted Castle Acre Swifts Res, who came up from Div 2 after finishing 3rd last season. In a tight match, Hethersett trailed 1-0 at the break after failing to deal with a long free kick which was neatly finished by the Castle Acre striker. Hethersett created a number of chances but were unable to find a break through, until the final 10 minutes. Andy Smith equalised after picking the ball up on the right hand side and firing low past the keeper. With time ticking away, debutantes Nathan Cotton and Sam Hanner combined to score the winner. Cotton picked up the ball on the left and delivered an in-swinging cross which was met by a deft touch by Hanner into the corner of the net. Final score Hethersett 2 – 1 Castle Acre Res.

    The East Anglian derby and Sundown limited Sunday’s player selection but this opened the door for some U19 players from last season and they took their chance with both hands. On a hot morning HAFC settled well into the game and a great through ball from Ross Luther-Veitch found Sam Hanner who struck it first time from just outside the box to give HAFC the lead. He doubled the lead when good work from Oli Hudson-Church found Hanner to score his second from close range. With on a couple of minutes to go Norman Wanderers scored from a good set piece corner. This spurred HAFC on again to score a 3rd before halftime when they broke and found Nathan Cotton to score in the far corner. HT 3-1. Second half allowed HAFC to continue to play some good football and Sam Hanner rightfully completes his ha-trick with a close range header and then score a fourth when he broke through the middle into the box, shrug off the defender and slot past the keeper. Norman Wanderers scored their second when a sliced attempted clearance fell to a Wanderers player to convert from close range. Special mention to Sam Hanner scoring four goals on his Sunday senior team debut, and Andy Colling, also on his debut for a superb display at left back.


  • 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.

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