Giantkillers march on
Hethersett Athletic 6, North Elmham 0Hethersett Athletic continued their giant killing acts when they knocked Crown Fire South and Central Norfolk Division One side and former cup holders North Elmham out of the Ben Smith Memorial Cup.
Hethersett Athletic 6, North Elmham 0
Hethersett Athletic continued their giant killing acts when they knocked Crown Fire South and Central Norfolk Division One side and former cup holders North Elmham out of the Ben Smith Memorial Cup.
A stunning victory achieved through fast, flowing football has earned them a home semi-final against Division Three outfit Foulsham Reserves in the semi-finals in April.
Despite having knocked Division One side Mulbarton Wanderers out of the competition in an earlier round, Hethersett were expecting a tough match against Elmham. But the Division Four side were in top form with a number of outstanding individual displays as they raced into a 2-0 lead after just nine minutes with fine opportunist goals from Andy Oliver and Danny Gray.
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Hethersett then matched their high-flying opponents for the remainder of the half before putting in another power-packed display after the break. Paul Norman made it 3-0 in the 58th minute and James Loughlin added a fourth after 72 minutes. That left the stage to Gray who pounced to score his second just five minutes from the end and then complete his hat-trick with the goal of the season just two minutes from time when he sent in a rasping unstoppable drive into the top corner from 25-yards to put the icing on a very rich Hethersett cake.
With Hethersett already 16 points clear at the top of Division Four, a league and cup double is becoming more of a possibility. This week its more cup action for the team with a home group match in the Fen Regis Invitation Shield against Splitz United
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Hethersett Athletic Sunday's relegation fight to avoid the drop from the Premier Division of the Norwich Sunday League looks like going to the wire after they went down 2-0 to Quebec in a game spoiled by a fierce wind at Easton College. With Mattishall YCOB looking certainties to finish bottom, Hethersett are just one point ahead of Unthank Arms with the latter having two games in hand. On Sunday Unthank were trounced 11-1 by Dog House which leaves Hethersett with a superior goal difference which could prove vital in the coming games.
Hethersett Athletic Sunday Reserves went down 2-1 at Felmingham with their goal coming from Adam Waters.
Hethersett Athletic Ladies' League Cup quarter final tie at Dagenham and Redbridge was abandoned after 40 minutes through appalling weather conditions with the score at 0-0.
Hethersett Athletic Girls Under-16s had a fine 7-2 win over Norwich City with Lauren Matthews and Emma Mulley both scoring twice. Hethersett's other goals came from Emily Simpson, Megan Todd and Lizzie Street. The Under-13 Girls drew 1-1 with Blofield (Ella Stephenson). They hit the woodwork on no fewer than four occasions.
Hethersett Athletic Under-15s visited Thorpe and went down 6-0. The Under-14s lost 7-1 at home to Wymondham United (Declan Leigh), but the Under-13s had a victory with a 2-1 win at home to Fakenham (Maddox and Groom). The Under-12s hammered Salhouse 10-1 (Butcher 2, Warminger 2, Denny, Poole, Read, Wyatt, Silvester and an own goal), the Under-11s beat Mulbarton 2-1 (Rix and Jessop) and the Under-10s found form in drawing 3-3 with Taverham (Baxter 2, White) and then beating Attleborough 4-2 with Lewis Baxter hitting a hat-trick and Tyler White scoring the other. The Under-9s went down 3-1 to Drayton (T Williams) and there was mixed fortunes for the Under-8s. They beat Norwich United 3-0 (C Whiting 2, K Stevens) but then lost 5-0 to Thorpe.