Now this really is an inspired substitution - Brampton boss-for-the-day send himself on to score the winner

Simon Linnell (right) put himself on to hit the winner for Brampton. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

Simon Linnell (right) put himself on to hit the winner for Brampton. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Stand-in player-boss Simon Linnell made an inspired substition for Brampton last Saturday - throwing himself on to score a last-gasp winner!

Linnell, in charge of the Kershaw Premier Division side with boss Wayne Ambler and assistant Adam Burnley away in Barcelona, struck somewhat fortuitously in the last-minute to earn a 3-2 victory against Gamlingay.

Linnell’s cross, intended for striker Danny Cain, evaded everyone and looped into the net to secure a fifth successive win for in-form Brampton.

They had earlier fallen behind before George Cresswell volleyed in a leveller.

Gareth Owens converted a penalty early in the second half, but Gamlingay responded to restore parity.

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And the match looked set to end level until Linnell’s late show.

The win means Brampton go into their Hunts Intermediate Cup final against Peterborough & District League side Warboys Town at Godmanchester Rovers (7.45pm) tonight on a high.

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