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Football: Nappy day for hat-trick Lee; WBA 3 PRESTON 1.

Byline: RON WALDEN

WEST Brom's ginger-haired hot-shot Lee Hughes ended his week with six goals in the bag - and a baby daughter!

The pounds 5million-rated hitman shattered Gillingham last weekend with his brilliant triple strike.

Then, just 48 hours later, his air hostess wife Annamarie gave birth to their first child - a 6lb 7oz daughter, Mia.

Hughes kept the champagne bubbling with his second hat-trick to destroy promotion play- off rivals Preston.

Albion's delighted boss Gary Megson insisted : "It couldn't happen to a nicer lad. Lee has an incredible talent for goals and this is the ideal way to celebrate the birth."

The ex-Kidderminster striker found the target for the first time with a terrific 25-yarder in the 40th minute after a neat one-two with Des Lyttle.

He was on the mark again in the 63rd minute with an angled drive, and notched his third goal one minute from time.

Preston's reply came in the 52nd minute when Iain Anderson netted.

David Moyes' men battled but lost Michael Appleton after 70 minutes with his second booking.

STAR MAN: Lee Hughes.

Lethal scoring skills count again.

WEST BROM: Jensen 6, Clement 7, J Chambers 7, Butler 6 (Carbon 7), Lyttle 6, Fox 7, Sneekes 6, Jordao 7, Van Blerk 6, HUGHES 8, Roberts 6.

PRESTON: Lucas 6, Parkinson 6, JACKSON 7, Gregan 6, Edwards 6, Anderson 6, Rankine 5 (Gunnlaugsson) 6, Appleton 6, McKenna 6, Macken 6, Meijer 5.

MANAGERS: Megson 8; Moyes 6.

REFEREE: G Poll 6.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 26, 2000
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