Pandemonium as hero Hogg lights up ‘Bridge

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PETER Schmeichel against Rotor Volvograd, Paul Robinson versus Watford and Jimmy Glass’s last gasp effort for Carlisle- just three of the famous goals scored by goalkeepers down the years.

Now you can add Boroughbridge’s Alistair Hogg to that famous list.

On Saturday with just seconds left on the clock and ‘Bridge 1-0 down to Baildon in the League Cup the veteran stepped up to the plate.

After an initial corner was cleared he stayed up for next one loitering on the edge of the box for a possible loose ball.

In what will now go down in folk lore at Aldborough Road he lashed in an unstoppable 25-yard volley into the top corner of the net.

Cue pandemonium as his manager Daz Ekin explains.

“It’s not often you see things like that in football,” he said.

“He looked around at me and said “shall I go up?” I thought why not we’ve got nothing to lose. It must have been the last kick of the game, I didn’t know what to do when he scored.

“He’s played a lot of years down here and everyone knows Hoggy. But we weren’t expecting that, it was just incredible.

“He ran over to the main stand and it was mayhem, there was about 30 people on the pitch all jumping on him.

“I’ve never seen anything like that at Boroughbridge.”

To only add to his legendary status Hogg then dusted himself down after both sides had swapped goals to save two penalties as ‘Bridge ran out winners.

“He got every vote for man-of-the-match after that,” added Ekin.

‘Bridge are immediately back in League Cup action tomorrow when they travel to East End Park in round three of the competition.

‘Bridge started the game confidently only for their early promise to fade after Mark Baranovsky shot tamely at Baildon keeper Matt Aveyard from the penalty spot.

This seemed to galvanise them and Andrew Radosevic and Iain Webb both skimming the bar before Radosevic gave Hogg no chance with an excellent finish three minutes before the break.

‘Bridge were thrown a double life line in a crazy five minute spell.

The visitors were first reduced to ten men and then Richard Donohoe compounded a defensive error by tripping up Radosevic only for Holliday to fire wide from the resultant spot kick.

The game was already into injury time when a corner was half cleared to Hogg who tried to pass the ball through a ruck of players.

Fortunately it came back to the keeper and even though on his less trusty left foot, he volleyed the ball over the despairing Aveyard for the equaliser.

The joy was short lived as Radosevic, looking suspiciously offside, broke free to round Hogg and slot the ball home in the first minute of extra time and the striker.

Seven minutes later ‘Bridge equalised through Ben Jones to take the game to extra-time.

This is how it stayed and after missing the first penalty Bridge managed to claw it back leaving Baranovsky to strike home the winning penalty.