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An Eva Hubbard Hat trick helped Needham Market to an Empathic 6-2 victory away to Kings Lynn as they turned on the style in a devastating first 10 minutes of the second half.

It had been a tight first half with Needham edging it thanks to goals from Molly Hall and Hubbard with Kings Lynn having equalised from Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse.

Hubbard then completed her treble with two in a minute and that was added too by Ele Catchpole and Paige Wakefield before Hopkins-Duckhouse added her second to reduce the arrears that only served as a consolation.

The home side started the brighter and penned in Needham but failed to make Leonie Jackson work in a strong opening.

Still under immense pressure it was the Marketwomen who took the lead thanks to an explosive 35-yard rocket from Hall into the top corner.

But the home team immediately responded thanks to some good work from by Samara Nche, who broke into the box and pulled it across for Hopkins-Duckhouse to tap in.

Needham started to gather more control and had chances before Hubbard scored her first after tapping home from a Laura Bloomfield free kick.

It was to be the whirlwind second half start that changed the game.

As everyone settled in for the start of the second half, Hubbard had her second as she was played in by Lois Balfour and steered into the corner.

But having barely drawn breath from that, Hubbard completed her hat trick taking an early shot from 25 yards that nestled into the bottom far corner.

It hadn’t even clocked 10 minutes when Catchpole added a fifth to make it unbelievably 5-1 after such a tight first half.

Wakefield headed a sixth from a corner before King Lynn added one back with 20 minutes to play as Hopkins-Duckhouse drove home on the break.

Needham had more chances to make this a bigger scoreline but it was a very successful day for the team including the introductions of Cicely Levitt, Emma Drake and Ella Long all making their first team debut after being called upon from the development team.

It isn’t the first time the development squad has been used to cover the spate of injuries, but it has shown the great depth the club has and their help has contributed to the side now jumping up to second in the table.



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