Christmas came early for Havant hockey player Chris Bream after he scored for the third team at the incredible age of 68.
Bream, who normally plays for the vets team, was on target in a 4-1 defeat to the Salisbury first team on Saturday.
It was good to get a goal, but to get a good goal was the icing on the cake for me.Chris Bream
By getting on the scoresheet he is believed to be the oldest goalscorer in the 43-year history of South League Hampshire division one.
‘To score a goal in Hampshire division one was very exciting,’ said Bream.
‘It just shows you that anyone can do anything.
‘I was just pleased that at 68 I managed to play against players with an average age of 25.
‘Even the goalkeeper shook my hand at the end. He was quite pleased for me.
‘I got man of the match as well so it was a brilliant day for me.
‘It was like Christmas.’
Bream’s historic goal was not just a tap-in, though, making it all the more memorable.
‘The ball was slipped to me by Andrew Lloyd,’ explained Bream.
‘I connected with it well and, as the keeper was coming towards me, I lifted the ball over him and it went in off the bar.
‘It was good to get a goal, but to get a good goal was the icing on the cake for me.
‘I turned round and my team were already coming to give me a hug. I was really excited by that.’
Mike Ward is chairman of the South League and has been involved since its beginning 43 years ago.
He said: ‘To the best of my knowledge, Chris is by far the oldest goalscorer in Hampshire division one.’