Newmarket Town Ladies forward Annabel Cuthbert adds to impressive goal record with hat-trick
Newmarket Town Ladies’ Annabel Cuthbert proved once again on Sunday that she knows where the net is, and in the process took her remarkable goal tally to 253 in just 109 appearances.
The 16-year-old started to rack up those impressive numbers with Cambridge City Girls in 2016, and has since showed no signs of letting up – first with Isleham Girls and now with the Jockeys.
Her latest exploits came during the weekend’s 4-3 home win over East Bergholt United in the League Cup, with Cuthbert’s hat-trick inspiring a Newmarket comeback.
It is the fifth time that the former Bottisham Village College student has scored at least three goals in a match since she arrived at the Tristel Stadium last December.
Her father Eddie, who is Newmarket Ladies’ assistant manager, was well aware of her clinical touch, but even he has been surprised by how well she has taken to making the step up.
“Annabel has done really well. I am a bit surprised because it is a big step up playing for Newmarket after girls’ football,” he said.
“She is not the biggest but she has taken really well to the physical side of the league and that is really important.
“She eats, sleeps and talks football – always has done – and she wants to take it as far as she possibly can.
“It is not just me saying this is a parent, but she could comfortably play at the next step up in the future – a lot managers and coaches have said words to that effect.
“Newmarket is definitely the right place for her at the moment though. They are a good bunch and they really look after her.”
With such a hefty goal return, you might expect scouts would be flocking to the run the rule over Cuthbert.
Yet, that is not the case and instead a trip across the Atlantic could be on the cards for the teenager, who is sponsored by jockey and family friend Frankie Dettori.
“She has been really sharp and scored a lot of goals since joining Newmarket but scouts never seem to come to our games,” added Eddie.
“We had the offer of a trial from Norwich City a while ago but we had only just joined Newmarket and wanted to stay there – that has been it though.
“There is the potential that Annabel could go out to America next year on a scholarship and that would be fantastic for her. Women’s football is massive in America and they are the world champions, so that can only help her development.”