Footballer Rob Bordman will have to get used to a different kind of ‘dribbling’ after what he called the “best day of his life”.
Just four hours after his wife, Danielle, had given birth to their daughter, Rob scored a screamer to help Ossett Town topple Bradford City in a friendly.
Rob, 27, who lives in Westbrook Terrace, Batley, rushed his wife to hospital after she went into labour last Monday at 3.30am.
He remained by his wife’s side until Matilda Bordman was born at 3.58pm on Tuesday July 22. Though Rob was overcome with joy, he felt he had business to attend to.
He said: “After Matilda was born, my wife looked up at me and said ‘you really want to play, don’t you?’ I said ‘yes’, so she told me to go.”
Rob set off at 6.20pm, just an hour before kick-off time, and arrived at the ground not a minute too soon, taking part in a quick-fire warm-up before taking to the pitch.
Playing up front against a team mostly made up of Football League pros proved tough at first for Rob.
“Bradford kept the ball really well for most of the match,” he said. “So since I was playing as a striker, I did not see much of the ball.
“I had been awake for 26 hours, so by the time I took the free kick, I was so tired. It was on the touchline, about 35 yards away from the goal. The manager saw that their goalkeeper was off his line, and shouted ‘It’s on!’
“I thought ‘why not, I’m being substituted in a minute’, and it ended up flying in.”
Ossett ran out 2-0 winners