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Newmarket Town Women hand out end-of-season awards




The coronavirus pandemic has prevented Newmarket Town Women from holding a presentation evening, so the club took to Twitter last Saturday evening to virtually hand out their end-of-season awards.

At the time when it was decided to declare their respective campaigns null and void, Newmarket Town Women’s first team were fifth in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division One North, while the newly-formed Development side sat sixth – with plenty of games in hand – in the S-Tech Women’s Championship.

Annabel Cuthbert was named the first team’s leading goalscorer, having netted 22 goals in just 17 appearances during 2019/20, while Talia Irvine took the same prize for the Development team with 14 goals.

SUDBURY: Football - AFC Sudbury Ladies v Newmarket Town Ladies.The MEL Group Stadium, Brundon Ln, Sudbury Annabel Cuthbert right and Chloe Slater Newmarket Picture by Mark Westley. (34133704)
SUDBURY: Football - AFC Sudbury Ladies v Newmarket Town Ladies.The MEL Group Stadium, Brundon Ln, Sudbury Annabel Cuthbert right and Chloe Slater Newmarket Picture by Mark Westley. (34133704)

Holly Dryland’s performances during her 16 appearances saw her voted the First eam’s Supporters’ Player of the Year and Layla Weston scooped the equivalent Development side accolade.

Meanwhile, the first team’s Young Player of the Year was 17-year-old goalkeeper Elli-Rai Quinn-Nicholls, with Cerys Compton the Development’s Rising Star.

The first team voted Chloe Slater as their Players’ Player of the Year alongside Layla Weston taking that award in the Development set-up.

And it would prove to be a double for Slater, who was picked by boss Kevin Parsons as his Manager’s Player of the Year.

Parsons, who took charge in mid-December, said: “A player who was an easy decision for myself and Eddie (Cuthbert, assistant manager).

“Eddie, having seen far more games than me, was in no doubt she deserved the award.

“Chloe is a box-to-box central midfielder, loves a tackle and reads the game defensively superbly. She has also chipped in with a couple of cracking goals.”

Meanwhile, Development team manager Shane Lebbon opted to give his award to Rebecca Towler.

He commented: “Rebecca has taken to women’s football like a duck to water.

“Our Development team captain, her effort and work-rate in training and matches justifies that.

“Rebecca’s consistent performances have earned her over 10 first-team appearances. She is a player with a bright future ahead.”

Next season, Newmarket will run Women’s, Women’ s Development, Under-16 Girls, Under-15 Girls, Under-14 Girls, Under-12 Girls, Under-11 Girls, Under-10 Girls and Under-9 Girls teams.


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