A Sheffield footballer is celebrating what is believed to be the fastest hat-trick ever recorded.
Alex Torr scored three goals in just 70 seconds in Rawson Spring’s 7-1 Meadowhall Sunday League win over Winn Gardens.
He struck first on 11 minutes, then 11 minutes 30 seconds and completed his treble after 12 minutes and 10 seconds.
Alex hit four goals in Rawson’s victory, which guaranteed their promotion from Division One.
Match referee Matt Tyers confirmed the timings of the hat-trick - and said he’d never seen anything like it.
Now Alex is hoping to get his feat registered with the Guinness Book of Records.
The previous fastest treble came in 1964, when Ross County’s Tommy Ross hit three goals in 90 seconds against Nairn in the Scottish League.
Scoring a hat-tricks isn’t a rarity for Alex, either; three days earlier, he scored three times in three minutes in a 7-0 win over Penistone Church.
“The lads were saying to me, ‘you’ll never score a quicker hat-trick than that’,” Alex said.
“And then after I’d got my second goal, three days later, they told me that if I scored again in 30 seconds, it would be a record.
“We were on the attack and I passed the ball to my mate, his shot was stopped and I scored the rebound.
“It was a great feeling.”
Alex, a 20-year-old studying sports science at Sheffield Hallam University, has scored 17 goals in his nine games for Rawson, since joining three months ago.
Now he is hoping to complete a league and cup double.
Rawson are fighting it out with Arbourthorne EA for the title, and they face Hackenthorpe A in the League Cup final at Bramall Lane on May 14 (7pm).
* Fastest Football League hat-trick: James Hayter (Bournemouth) v Wrexham in 2mins 20 secs in 2004.
* Fastest Premier League hat-trick: Robbie Fowler (Liverpool) v Arsenal in 4 mins 33 seconds in August 1994.