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Youngster Annabel Cuthbert scores third hat-trick of the season for Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division One side Newmarket Town Ladies

Newmarket Town Ladies manager Shane Lebbon believes that young striker Annabel Cuthbert has an ‘extremely bright future’ ahead of her,

The 16-year-old continued her impressive form in front of goal during Sunday’s Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division One encounter against Histon, with her hat-trick helping Newmarket to seal a 5-0 victory.

It was the third time this season that Cuthbert has found the back of the net a trio of times in one game, and it took her tally for the campaign to 10 in just eight appearances.

NEWMARKET: Football - Newmarket Ladies v St Ives manager Shane Lebbon Picture Mark Westley. (6888447)
NEWMARKET: Football - Newmarket Ladies v St Ives manager Shane Lebbon Picture Mark Westley. (6888447)

“Annabel certainly loves scoring hat-tricks,” said Lebbon. “The pleasing thing about the first goal she scored on Sunday is that it was her first from the start of a match – the rest until then had been as a substitute.

“It was good to see her do that and it will do her confidence some good, knowing that she is not just an impact player from the bench.

“I have known Annabel a long time and she is flying right now. She has an extremely bright future in the game.”

Abbi Griffin and Antonia Smith completed the scoring for Newmarket against Histon.

Third-placed Newmarket are now just five points behind league-leading Bowers & Pitsea ahead of their next outing on February 10 at Hoddesdon Town Owls, who currently occupy seventh position in the standings. (2pm).

* Meanwhile, Newmarket Town Under-16 Girls made it eight wins from eight by thrashing their Spalding counterparts 9-0.

Newmarket’s goal came from Kaitlin Elsey (2), Eleanor McLeish (2), Cathy King, Clem Key, Jessie Brannan, Evie Jakes and Annalise Brown.

The side is set to return to action on Sunday with a League Cup quarter-final away at Glinton & Northborough

* Newmarket Under-14s Girls bowed out of the S-Tech League Cup at the quarter-final stage on Sunday with a 7-1 defeat at the hands of Isleham Under-14 Girls.

After a cagey start, Isleham took the lead through Eden Kirby-Cook, who broke down the wing and crossed for Holly Corley to fire home, and stretched their lead when Kirby-Cook turned scorer and fired into the top left corner of the net.

Keira George made it three for Isleham before Newmarket pulled a goal back moments before the half-time whistle courtesy of Livvy Bradley.

Newmarket came close to reducing the deficit at the start of the second half but Isleham goalkeeperIsobel Jack pulled off a fine save to deny them.

Up the other end Kirby-Cook turned provider again, setting up Abigail Alden before Katie Spiers – playing against her former club – netted from close range after good work by Molly Harvey to make it five.

Kirby-Cook wrapped up a good performance by scoring a second goal to see Isleham into the semi-finals.

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