Newmarket Town's Kaitlin Elsey finds the back of the net seven times during goal-laden weekend
Newmarket Town’s rising star Kaitlin Elsey had a weekend to remember as she helped herself to a total of seven goals.
The youngster was a key figure for the women’s development side as they recorded a 3-0 win over higher-league Cambridge City A to book their place in the final of the Cambridgeshire Junior Invitation Cup.
Both teams created opportunities during the opening 45 minutes, but it was Elsey who eventually broke the deadlock with just five minutes remaining before the end of the first-half.
The forward race on to a through pass before showing good composure to round the Cambridge goalkeeper before rolling into an empty net.
With the wind and slope in their favour, Newmarket were able to pin their hosts back for much of the second half.
Half chances for Talia Irvine, Jess Linger and Jordanne Sillitoe came and went before Elsey notched her second of the game in similar fashion to her first goal.
City struck the post at the other end, but Newmarket’s route to the final against Histon Reserves was secured in the 77th minute when Clem Key’s deflected effort flew into the top corner.
Elsey was also highly influential for Newmarket Town Under-16 Girls as they came out on top in their double header with PSG to go seven points clear at the top of the table.
She scored four times – along with a Faith Entwhistle goal – in a 5-0 victory before Elsey, Entwhistle and Taylor Dyson were all on a target in a 3-0 triumph.
Newmarket will now face second-placed St Ives in back-to-back games this weekend.
* Katie Spiers scored Newmarket Town Under-15 Girls’ goal in their 2-1 defeat at the hands of their hosting Cottenham United counterparts.