Hatch of the day! Pregnant woman goes into labour after son scores first-ever goal in junior football match

Michelle Abbott from the Weetabix League, mum Rebecca Dykes with Harper Allen and  Rylee Harrison, seven, and manager Fabienne Thomas
Michelle Abbott from the Weetabix League, mum Rebecca Dykes with Harper Allen and Rylee Harrison, seven, and manager Fabienne Thomas

A pregnant woman from Northamptonshire went into labour pitchside after celebrating her son’s first-ever goal.

Rebecca Dykes started having contractions when her son Rylee scored in Corby Hellenic Fisher under-8s’ 6-2 win over Weekley Rovers Rockets in Kettering on Sunday, September 27.

Michelle Abbott, Kate Fairbairn and Lisa Dowling from the Weetabix League,  mum Rebecca Dykes with little Harper Allen, Rylee Harrison, seven, league chairman Gerald Hawthorn, Corby Hellenic under-8s manager Fabienne Thomas and Andy McWilliam from the league

Michelle Abbott, Kate Fairbairn and Lisa Dowling from the Weetabix League, mum Rebecca Dykes with little Harper Allen, Rylee Harrison, seven, league chairman Gerald Hawthorn, Corby Hellenic under-8s manager Fabienne Thomas and Andy McWilliam from the league

She gave birth later that evening to a healthy girl called Harper, who was born weighing 8lb 3ozs.

And she says that the goal tipped her over the edge.

She said: “I’d been having pains in the morning but I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it in case it was nothing.

“It was only when I got home that I realised what was happening.

“I went because I had a feeling Rylee would score and it was a good goal – that must have sped up the process a bit.

“Harper has been as good as gold since coming home and I’ve had plenty of sleep so far, touch wood.”

Manager Fabienne Thomas, who has been involved with the side for five years, says she jokingly predicted Rebecca would give birth if Rylee scored.

She said: “Rebecca was overdue and Rylee normally plays in goal, but I thought I’d put him up front.

“We jokingly said she’d give birth if he scored and I think all the jumping around must have done it for her.

“She went into labour but didn’t tell anyone until after the game.

“There was absolutely no scene – it’s never happened to me at a match before.

“We’re fully expecting Rylee to do the rocking baby celebration next time he hits the back of the net.”