Rotherham United skipper Lee Frecklington expresses delight over first career hat-trick

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Rotherham United captain Lee Frecklington has revealed his delight after notching the first professional hat-trick of his career - at the age of 32.

The former Lincoln and Peterborough man has scored several picture-book goals for the Millers during his time at the club, with his first goal in Tuesday's 5-1 drubbing of Walsall being another choice entry to his personal album.

But he had never managed to take the match-ball home during his time at the club or elsewhere - until now.

On his treble in the thumping of Walsall, which puts the ninth-placed Millers in good heart for Saturday's Yorkshire derby at Bradford City, Frecklington said: "I have never scored a hat-trick in professional football before, so I am delighted to have that milestone. I have had two on a couple of occasions before.

"The first one was my favourite, without a doubt. When you connect with a volley like that , it is a hard technique. I was delighted with that.

"I have scored a couple of others as good, I think, but it is definitely up there with the best. There was one at Bury and the goal here against Sheffield Wednesday.

"Then I got one for Peterborough against Ipswich that I was fond of."