HOT-SHOT Sean Brain will be looking to build on his stunning start in a Worcester City shirt when the Blue and Whites welcome Highgate United to the Victoria Ground in a tasty FA Vase clash.
Brain gave City all three points in Sunday’s Midland Football League Premier Division game at Selston in a 4-1 win which saw the forward notch a hat-trick on debut, despite only playing the last quarter of the game.
He is the first City player to score a debut hat-trick since Sam Bowen notched three in November 1997 against Rothwell at St George’s Lane in the Dr Martens League and the first City player to score three in the Midland Football League.
Brain replaced Jordan Harrison with 20 minutes to go and scored a penalty which he then followed up with two in added time.
City got off to another good start, forcing early chances until Demetri Brown intercepted a ball on the edge of the box before firing home his third in two games. City then had two goals disallowed before Selston were reduced to ten men after 40 minutes when Joe Naylor was shown a straight red card.
The second half saw City continue with the pressure but the home side equalised after forcing a corner which was turned into his own net by Joe Hawkins.
With 15 minutes remaining, Selston were reduced to nine men when Sean Gregory was shown a second yellow card after bringing down Brain, who stepped up to give City a 2-1 lead from the penalty spot.
Selston tried to force the equaliser with minutes remaining but City broke out to add a third when great work from Brown on the left saw his low cross tapped home by Brain.
Deep into injury time, Brain added his third with a well hit shot across keeper Baldwin, giving him no chance.
City will tackle Highgate on Saturday in the second qualifying round of non-League’s treasured cup competition.
Both sides earned emphatic wins in the previous round, with City gaining a 5-0 win at Wellington whilst Highgate hammered Ellistown 11-1.