Young Charlie’s amazing football hat-trick

One of the most unusual hat-tricks was witnessed on Sunday morning when Driffield Tigers under 8’s took on Westella and Willerby in the Hull Sunday Boys Football League.

When Tigers’ player Charlie Higginbottom, 7, stepped up for his turn in the customary end of game penalty shoot-out, few could have predicted what would happen next.

Charlie struck the crossbar, not once, not twice, but three times to the astonishment of all the crowd.

His dad, Stephen, said: “It was pretty amazing really. After his original penalty hit the crossbar, he just volleyed the rebound back after it bounced towards him and it hit the bar again.

“All of the crowd then shouted “again”, so he volleyed it again and unbelievably it hit the bar for a third time.”The post-match penalty shoot-out is organised by the league to keep the players and fans entertained even after the final whistle but has no bearing on the result of either game.

Andy Gray, who has coached the Tigers for two years, confessed nev-er to have seen anything like it before. Obviously I’ve seen people hit the crossbar before but never three times in a row like that.

It’s a great achievement for the lad.“It was good that everyone was egging him on and a shame he missed his fourth attempt. The team as a whole have come on so much since I first started coaching them, it’s a credit to them all.


”Charlie is a member of Mrs Ruth Dixon’s class in year three at Driffield Junior School and headteacher Linda Laird said of his achievements: “Having heard about Charlie’s amazing achievement at the weekend I am delighted for him.“

He must be feeling on top of the world right now – and rightly so! I really wish I’d been there to see it! Well done Charlie!”

Ruth herself added; “Charlie is an active boy who enjoys every sporting opportunity.“ It is no surprise that he has achieved this unique feat!”

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