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Tshimanga bags first senior treble

19 August 2015

Kabongo Tshimanga netted a nine-minute hat-trick on Tuesday to secure a point for his loan club Corby Town.

The young striker, making only his second start for the Steelman, turned home a cross on 48 minutes for his opening goal before pouncing on a defensive error to double his tally less than 90 seconds later.

Tshimanga then completed his first ever senior treble with a close-range in the 55th minute, capping off a magnificent display which earned his side, who went 2-0 down early on, an important home point.

Tuesday’s display came just a few days after he made his full debut for Corby in their National League North draw with Chorley.

The 18-year-old played 68 minutes in the clash at Steel Park and made his impact, providing an assist for team-mate Ashley Sammons to score the team’s first goal of the afternoon – Tshimanga held off his marker before teeing up Sammons to fire home from 18-yards.

Elsewhere, George Baldock has remained ever-present at right-back for Oxford United, helping the U’s to four points from their last two Sky Bet League 2 games.

The 22-year-old played the full 90 minutes in both the 2-2 draw with Luton Town and Tuesday night’s impressive 3-1 victory over Notts County.

Striker Tom Hitchcock has also been involved in League 2 action having returned to the Stevenage side following a one-match suspension.

He made his comeback from the bench during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Newport County and also featured as a substitute in Tuesday’s trip to Leyton Orient.

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