Ben Nolan is the hat-trick hero as Mildenhall Town record big away win at Haverhill Rovers
Ben Nolan took centre stage on Wednesday evening as Mildenhall Town made it four wins in a row in all competitions thanks to a 4-1 triumph on the road at Haverhill Rovers.
The speedy winger had only scored two senior goals prior to the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division clash, but he more than doubled his tally with a second-half hat-trick for Ricky Cornish's side, who have moved up to seventh.
Following a scrappy start it was visiting Mildenhall that broke the deadlock midway through the first half.
Alex Steed was the creator, timing his pass through for Tommy Robinson to perfection. The Mildenhall attacker beat onrushing Rovers goalkeeper James Young to the ball and when it broke free, he lashed his shot into an empty net.
Mildenhall then hit the woodwork twice via Scott Chaplin and Valter Rocha before they were indebted to their goalkeeper Jake Hayhoe, who showed great reflexes to tip Luke Haines' goalbound shot away for a corner.
The away side eventually doubled their lead 10 minutes after the restart when Ryan Yallop's lofted pass forward found Rocha and he in turn played in Nolan to slot home his first goal of the evening.
Mildenhall appeared to be in complete control at this point but they were soon rocked by a moment of brilliance from Rovers youngster Tyger Smalls.
The 16-year-old's recent goal against Thetford Town went viral on Twitter and he now has another goal to add to his showreel after he beat three Mildenhall defenders and hammered a left-footed shot beyond Hayhoe.
Haines was then denied by Hayhoe as Rovers threatened an equaliser, but within five minutes of the hosts scoring, Mildenhall had restored their two-goal advantage.
It seemed that Nolan had been fouled as he made his way into the Haverhill box but after initially stumbling he regained his balance to fire into the top corner from an acute angle.
And the hat-trick was completed late on when Rocha picked out Nolan and while Young did well to stop his first effort, he made no mistake with the second attempt from close range.
Next up for Mildenhall is a home clash against leaders Stowmarket Town on Saturday (follow @liamapicella on Twitter for updates) while eighth-placed Rovers will host FC Clacton (both 3pm).
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