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FOOTBALL: Mills's treble sinks Abingdon
10:00am Tuesday 28th August 2012 in Football
North Leigh 5
(Mills 25, 40, 48, Caton 50, Alexis 82)
Abingdon Utd 3
(Carnell 54, Young 58, Angell 75)
John Mills hit his second hat-trick in a week as North Leigh came out on top against Oxfordshire rivals Abingdon United in a goal-crazy Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West clash at Eynsham Park.
Mills, who also hit a treble at Cirencester Town last Tuesday, starred as North Leigh established a 4-0 lead, before Abingdon roared back to leave the hosts relieved to hear the final whistle.
He opened the scoring after 25 minutes when he raced on to a pass from Kieran Sanders to score.
And he doubled North Leigh’s advantage before the break, clipping a shot past Abingdon keeper James Foster from Stuart Hole’s terrific pass.
Mills completed his hat-trick three minutes after the break, knocking in a rebound after a Sanders shot was pushed out by Foster.
Two minutes later, North Leigh were 4-0 up when a Sanders cross to the far post was headed back across goal by Tom Franklin for Andy Caton to nod into an empty net from a yard out.
Abingdon pulled a goal backin the 54th minute with Luke Carnell beating keeper Sam Warrell to a free-kick to head home.
Four minutes later, Abingdon struck again when Stuart Young steered a left-wing cross past a stranded Warrell.
And Abingdon made it 4-3 in the 75th minute with Curtis Angell scoring a fabulous goal from an acute angle.
But North Leigh sealed victory seven minutes later when Michael Alexis smashed home his first goal for the club.
North Leigh: Warrell, Hole, Organ, Turk, Franklin, Caton, Else (Walcott 56), Alexis, Mills (Coyle 86), Sanders, Hopkins (Clark 74). Sub not used: Collins.