Robert returns with a hat-trick

PUBLISHED: 18:31 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:01 26 October 2009

Robert Gayler

Robert Gayler

HATFIELD athlete Robert Gayler swapped his spikes for football boots over the weekend with great success. The 14-year-old, who won the AAA s National U15 indoor long jump title and was the 60m runner-up, answered an emergency call to play for Sherrardswoo

HATFIELD athlete Robert Gayler swapped his spikes for football boots over the weekend with great success.

The 14-year-old, who won the AAA's National U15 indoor long jump title and was the 60m runner-up, answered an emergency call to play for Sherrardswood & Birchwood Rangers Under-14s.

Gayler went on to grab a hat-trick as they beat Wormley Reds 6-2 in the MHRML Premier Division.

The sprinter had played for Rangers since 2004 and up until Christmas but chose to focus on athletics with Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers.

The team were down to 10 players for Sunday's game, so asked Gayler to make a guest appearance.

He had scored 67 goals for the team in his time with them and soon added to that tally.

With only 11 players available, Rangers took the lead within five minutes when Gayler opened the scoring.

He followed this up soon after with another excellent run on goal.

From the kick-off Elliot Johnson then grabbed the ball and made it 3-0.

Not long after Gayler sealed his return with a hat-trick, taking his total to 70 goals for the club.

Sherrardswood kept the pressure up and just before half-time Clayton Kentsley drove in to make it 5-0.

The second half was a much more muted affair.

Wormley kept the pressure up but could not seem to get through.

Elliot Johnson made it 6-0 before Wormley grabbed two back to make the final score 6-2.


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