Football: Hethersett end Acle’s winning run

Hethersett Athletic Hearts 3 Acle Ladies 1

Hethersett Athletic Ladies Hearts grabbed runners-up spot in the Norfolk Women's League Division One after destroying Acle's 100pc league record.

Hearts produced a superb display of attacking football that table-topping Acle could not handle. The visitors went into the match with 17 wins out of 17 games and victory would see them finish the season with an unblemished record. Hethersett knew that two wins in their final games would ensure second place.

Having lost heavily to Acle earlier in the season, Hearts came out of the traps with fast and incisive football that soon had the league leaders back-peddling.

Hethersett, on the other hand, carved out chance after chance and could easily have had a first-half hatful, but had to be satisfied with a cheeky chip shot from top scorer Hannah Waters and a header by Megan Cletheroe from a corner.

The second half proved more even with Acle coming out of their shells only for player of the match Stacey Annison to increase the home team's lead. Acle pulled a goal back straight from a corner late on, but Hethersett were very good value for the win. With runners-up Cotishall losing, second place was confirmed, making the result of the game against Hockering merely academic.

Meanwhile, Hethersett Athletic are re-structuring the ladies side of the club for the new season. Currently the club runs two teams with the first playing in the Premier Division of the Eastern Region League.

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'We have some very talented players coming up into adult football from our Under-16s side and are looking to re-structure our management and coaching set-up. We are also looking for new players for next season,' said club chairman Peter Steward.

Anyone interested in joining the club or receiving more information can contact him on 01603 811052 or via e-mail at