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Red-hot Hayles guides England to Senior World Cup semi-finals

Barry Hayles inspired England to a quarter-final victory over New Zealand in the Seniors World Cup as he hit his second hat-trick of the competition in a 4-2 win.

The Windsor FC striker got the Three Lions level after New Zealand came out of the blocks quickest following a rain delay within the opening 10 minutes.

The 47-year-old showed his poachers instinct to bundle the ball home following a mistake for the New Zeland ‘keeper within minutes of opening goal.

Moments later, his low driven free-kick was deflected in to give England the lead and the forward stretched that by completing his 24 minute hat-trick - beating two defenders for pace before caressing the ball past the diving ‘keeper.

The 3-1 lead at the break was stretched by Andy Wilcox in the second half before New Zealand pulled one back late on.

Hayles leads the scoring charts for England with six goals in the competition so far as the Three Lions look forward to a semi-final tomorrow (Friday) against Scotland as they move one step closer to retaining the Seniors World Cup for the fourth year on the bounce.

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