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Adam Boyd steps up to score his penalty against Bournemouth. Picture by FRANK REID

Adam Boyd steps up to score his penalty against Bournemouth. Picture by FRANK REID

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ON a weekend of fairytale endings, dad-to-be Scott Flinders produced a magical moment of his own.

Mick Wadsworth even likened the last-gasp twist to that of a good, old Shakespearean tale.

Fabian Yantorno is brought crashing to the ground. Picture by FRANK REID

Fabian Yantorno is brought crashing to the ground. Picture by FRANK REID

Whereas the wedding of Royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton had been more akin to Romeo and Juliet, Flinders’ final-act heroics were more in keeping with All’s Well That Ends Well.

That the goalkeeper’s contribution to that point had probably belonged in Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors merely added to the captivating nature of the story.

The book was seconds away from closing on Pools’ home campaign when, with just one final scene to be penned, unlikely hero Flinders arrived on stage.

Trailing by two goals to one with just one minute left on the clock, the netminder had been implored to vacate the comfort of his own penalty area by Wadsworth and was pointed in the direction of unfamiliar territory.

Full story in today’s Mail.