Newmarket Town Ladies beat Lawford in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division One
A second hat-trick of the season from Annabel Cuthbert helped Newmarket Town Ladies make a winning return to action after the Christmas period on Sunday.
The youngster – making just her fifth senior appearance – only entered the action as a half-time substitute, but her clinical display after the restart spearheaded the side’s charge to a 4-2 win over their Lawford counterparts.
However, before her introduction Newmarket found themselves held at a goal apiece, having broken the deadlock themselves within the opening 90 seconds.
Brooke Wickens was the scorer, turning the ball home from a Jess Linger corner.
But the visitors could not build on their lead and instead were pegged back when a low shot got the better of Dominika Szary in the Newmarket goal.
Wickens, Linger and Abbi Griffin all had opportunities to restore Newmarket’s advantage before the break but none of the trio could convert.
The momentum changed 10 minutes into the second half when Cuthbert opened her account, twisting inside and out before curling the ball beyond the reach of the home goalkeeper.
She claimed her second of the afternoon just two minutes later by slotting in a Jodie Woodfield pass, before the hat-trick was completed in the 70th minute with another calm finish.
Lawford reduced the arrears with seven minutes remaining but the damage had been done by Cuthbert as Newmarket held on to claim all three points.
Newmarket will take a break from Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division One matters on Sunday when they travel to face Hertford Town in the League Plate competition (1.30pm).