Hethersett through to final

Hethersett Athletic Ladies 1, Braintree 0Hethersett Ladies are through to their third consecutive Eastern Region Women's League Cup Final.The village team will be steering unchartered waters at the beginning of May as they attempt to become the first team ever to win the trophy three seasons in a row.

Hethersett Athletic Ladies 1, Braintree 0

Hethersett Ladies are through to their third consecutive Eastern Region Women's League Cup Final.

The village team will be steering unchartered waters at the beginning of May as they attempt to become the first team ever to win the trophy three seasons in a row.

Their opponents in the final at Soham on May 2 will be Billericay. The Essex side are in a division below Hethersett, but reached the final with a penalty shoot-out victory over Premier Division Chelmsford.

Hethersett manager Chris Bolderstone admiited his side would be meeting an unknown quantity in the final: 'We have never played Billericay and know very little about them, but we certainly won't be under-estimating them,' he said.

Hethersett have reached the final the hard way after accounting for top Premier Division teams Barking (1-0), Peterborough (penalty shoot-out after 3-3 draw) and now Briantree (1-0).

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It was sweet revenge for Hethersett, having lost 3-1 at home to Braintree in the league the previous week.

A young and relatively inexperienced Hethersett side dug in and overall deserved their victory in a semi-final played on neutral ground at Huntingdon. The only goal cam from an Emma Mulley strike midway through the first half.

Grace Birchall, who was outstanding throughout on the right wing, centred and Natasha Snelling sent in a shot that seemed to be heading for the top corner until the Braintree keeper somehow parried the ball. Mulley bravely followed up to knock it home.

Both teams had chances during the game but Hethersett keeper Amy Bell was in commanding form, pulling off a number of fine saves.