Sheffield United women's team ended the first half of the year in disappointing fashion as they fell 5-1 away at Aston Villa, largely thanks to a Jodie Hutton hat-trick.
An inspired performance from the 17-year-old play an influential role throughout and goals from Sophie Haywood and Tanisha Smith rounded off the defeat.
The first half was a fairly quiet affair broken up by two quick goals before half-time that swung the game in Villa's favour.
Hutton got her first of the evening after 40 minutes after a slip from Nicole Kemp allowed her a clear sight at goal and she made no mistake by firing a powerful effort by Alex Brooks.
Two minutes later and Villa doubled their lead when Haywood nicked the ball past a defender and slammed an effort in at the near post.
Carla Ward's side looked they'd got themselves back in the game just five minutes into the second half when Sophie Jones was fouled inside the box, the forward stepping up to send Sian Rogers the wrong way from the penalty spot.
But it took just ten minutes for Villa to re-establish their two-goal advantage and it was Hutton once again at the heart of things.
The winger fought her way through two challenges, saw her first effort saved by Brooks but she tapped home the rebound with Brooks still on the ground.
She completed her hat-trick soon after, reacting quickest after Brooks parried Alice Hassall's effort from range.
Substitute Tanisha Smith rounded things off with a looping header from a free-kick for what was her first senior goal for the club.
United now face Leicester City on Wednesday night in the side's final Continental Cup match before a short winter break.
Blades: Brooks, Kemp (H. Barker 46), Ibbotson, Cox, Gilliatt, S. Barker, Tierney, Pennock, Ford (Marsden 61, Merrick, Jones.
Unused subs: Joyce, Rayner, Paul, Dixon, Hartley.