WHAT a weekend it's been for 16-year-old Brockenhurst forward Leon Carbayo-Borges!

Having scored the Badgers’s extra-time decider in a 5-4 FA Vase thriller at Shaftesbury on Saturday, he weighed in with a hat-trick for Brock’s under-18s in their 5-3 Sunday win over Moneyfields in the Hampshire Youth League.

Hand on heart, Brock boss Pat McManus cannot claim that the youngster’s introduction at Shaftesbury was a managerial masterstroke.

With the Badgers’ 3-2 up and time running out, he threw on the promising youngster for Will Tickle in an attempt to run down the clock, but Shaftesbury hit back to force an extra half-hour.

“We were 3-1 up and coasting at 70 minutes and it’s no exaggeration to say we could have had six or seven,” said McManus. “But they scored with five minutes to go, everyone got a bit nervous, we conceded a corner and they scored from that.

“At 3-2 I sacrificed Will Tickle to waste a bit of time and I expected us to manage the game a bit better than we did.

"It meant losing Will for the whole of extra time, but it was no problem because Leon’s a natural replacement for him out wide and he gave a really good account of himself.”

It went to 4-4 in extra-time before Carbayo-Borges’ big moment arrived in the dying seconds. Ollie Dennett, a third-year scholar with Eastleigh, took a couple of players on and squared for the Fawley-based 16-year-old who showed great composure to slot the ball under the ’keeper.

Mitch Speechley-Price had earlier netted a hat-trick for the Badgers with Mark Barker getting the other.

Injury-hit Brock will utilise their squad at Horndean tomorrow night (Tuesday) in the Sydenhams League Cup, giving more youngsters an opportunity to shine.

"It gives these young lads a chance - and when they get that chance they are taking it," smiled McManus.

The boss himself won’t be there tomorrow. He is heading to Surrey to check out the Badgers’ September 23 Vase hosts Godalming Town.

P.S. Leon wasn't the only member of the Carbayo-Borges household to be celebrating over the weekend.

His younger brother Carlos also scored a hat-trick for Brock's U14s in their Bournemouth Youth League game at home to Ringwood. They won 11-0!