Recruitment is now ramping up with a return to Football just days away for some of our sides. As always to get in touch contact us via the Contacts page. Our Under 15s (As of September 1st 2021) and our open age ladies (16 or over on 1st September 2021) are actively recruiting for players.
Whilst the nation have been in lockdown, the Club has been working away behind the scenes to create a link from Youth Football to Adult Football. The new relationship with Dereham Saints will see the Saints Under 14s and U13s sides move over and re-badge to Hockering. Hockering will in return open its facilities up to Children from the local area by hosting so new Saints teams at ages from U7.
So what next? Hockering FC will continue to advertise for players for the U14s and U13s. We will also look to assist Dereham Saints in starting and recruiting new players and coaches for the Hockering Based, Dereham Saints U7s and U8s.
2021/22 Season Hockering FC will be expanding and developing on a youth section. The Club have linked up with local Youth side Dereham Saints and now provide a pathway to Adult Football. Future Saints teams will move over to Hockering and Join our Hockering Saints Youth set up when they reach U15s. The two Clubs will work closely to ensure that every child is given the very best coaching available and a route into adult football. Saints Chairman Jack Cassidy will bring his U15s to Hockering to be the 1st Hockering Saints team, Jack said “It provides the perfect pathway for the teams working closely with a like minded club”, Hockering Club Secretary and Saints U13s Coach Derrick Johnson added, “This Link up makes perfect sense for all involved, A pathway to Adult Football which not only keeps both clubs operating in tough times but allows a good level of cross over in coaching and philosophy”.
Its been a strange season so far for both teams. Neither getting going or stringing together any run of results. The last lockdown was probably just what we needed and we’ve come back from it all guns firing. The Reserves have won 2 from 2 scoring 8 and keeping a clean sheet. The Firsts have also won two from two scoring 5 and most importantly two clean sheets. Some may also suggest that both teams have done it without some key players. That being the case the 1st team mad eonly one chnage t,o the squad over two games and that was enforced. Its looking like it could be a far better 2021 than 2020 on the potch, heres to hoping thats the same off the pitch!
Hockering Football Club, Heath Park, Heath Road, Hockering NR20 3JA
The strain on Families has not been greater for many years and at such a difficult time the club has decided to step in where our Government decided to step out Starting Monday, and we really wish we could have done it sooner we will supply a free packed lunch to any child who is mising out on free school meals We will offer them a chance to take it home or they can eat it at the pavilion where they can sit in the warmth and enjoy some time with their friends We are welcoming any offer of help from the local community in making sandwiches or for making donations Already we have had a donation of Fresh Fruit from a local supplier added to the kind donation of crisps, chocolate and drinks from our Village shop We will open up from 12PM till 2PM Weekdays We hope to also have something in place for next saturday Please share with your friends and lets ensure that this half term no child goes hungry
Hockering FC 3-2 Briston Reserves.
A some what nervy affair that started poorly for the home side. Zack Kingshott was caught in possession early on, the ball was played back across the defence and fired home from 25 yards out. We werent behind for long, the forwards worked tirelessly to regain possession and Kai Hull crossed for Dave Wilkinsons 1st for the club. Stand in goal keeper Curtis Aldus had little to do until just on the stroke of half time when a rather dubious penalty was awarded to the visitors. Their Captain made no mistake and fired them ahead for the second time in the game with Aldus unable to quite get his fingers to it. HT 1-2
A heated half time resulted in a 2 changes Declan Moore and Connor Eagle replaced Jai Dack and Brendan Robinson. The home side started the half well and quickly asserted their dominace on possession leaving Briston with just long punts forward from the keeper, these were easily dealt with by the back 4 and goalkeeper. When Hockering broke Dan colk found himself on the edge of the area after and whilst attempting to get the ball under control he was bundled over. The referee instantly pointed to the spot and Kai Hull made no mistake with a rifled penalty. 2-2. Hockering saved the best till last with a wonderful team goal that summed up everything they’ve worked on all summer. Slick passing and forward runs found Dean Palmer in space on the left wing. He cut inside and drilled his shot past the keeper. 3-2 Hockering. Goal Scorers, Wilkinson, K Hull and Palmer. Motm Dean Palmer.
The Club are looking for prizes to go towards a raffle to help fund the repairs. During the clean up day an electrical fault in the kitchen caused a fire, after having the system tested its far more than a faulty plug and requires some serious work. We are contacting proffessional clubs asking for help with prizes. If there is anyway you can help please get in touch.
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