Hat-trick hero res­cues point again­stWasps

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with a se­cond. This time Con­nor Shields floated a teas­ing ball in from the right for Jake Hastie to power a header in at the left post on 15 min­utes.

It was an all-ac­tion first half and Dob­bie cut in from the right on 20 min­utes to force a full-length save from Parry.

Yet again the Wasps buzzed back into Queens’ penalty box with an invit­ing Scott Tag­gart di­ag­o­nal ball from the right pick­ing out Shiels and his loop­ing header dipped un­der the bar at the left post for goal num­ber three.

How­ever, the scor­ing was far from over and that man Dob­bie picked up the cud­gels to do the dam­age yet again.

He played a neat one-two at the edge of the box with Lyn­don Dykes be­fore smash­ing a ris­ing shot into the roof of the net to sig­nal the start of a come­back in 36 min­utes.

Then, with just a cou­ple of min­utes left be­fore the in­ter­val, Dob­bie swept in from the right, dragged the ball across two de­fend­ers and curled a low, left-footed ef­fort around the sprawl­ing keeper and into the net.

The se­cond half stood lit­tle chance of em­u­lat­ing the five-goal first pe­riod and it took un­til 70 min­utes for Dob­bie to score again.

This time he ran on to a side­ways pass from Andy Stir­ling at the edge of the box to slam a low drive in­side the left post and send the home fans into rap­tures.

Palmer­ston chief Nay­smith said: “I don’t nor­mally sin­gle out play­ers, but Stephen car­ried us to­day. We were off it and got a point ba­si­cally be­cause of him.”

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