Greg Cox scored four times as Fareham seconds pulled off an astonishing 5-4 win over Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 rivals Haslemere – having been 4-1 down and lost their goalkeeper Rory Kemp with a broken wrist.
Haslemere were 3-0 up inside 15 minutes and, despite a Cox penalty corner, 4-1 adrift when Kemp was injured in a collision which saw visiting striker Nic Cope sin-binned.
Left-half Paul Metcalfe took over the goalkeeper’s pads and helmet – and proceeded to play the game of his life !
Metcalf, pictured right alongside the injured Kemp, had previously only played in goal in an Under-14 game, but pulled off a string of sensational saves.
Fareham’s outfielders responded with Cox completing a second half hat-trick to claw it back to 4-4 with seven minutes left.
Metcalf then pulled off a series of fine saves from Haslemere penalty corners to keep Fareham afloat.
In a dramatic finale, Tom Seebold and Ollie Nicholls combined to set up a George Davey winner for Fareham, who had to beat out a stoppage time penalty corner to clinch a remarkable victory.
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