TOM Field admitted that practice was the key to his first-ever Welsh Premier hat-trick on Saturday in the 3-2 win over Aberystwyth.

The midfielder curled a superb set-piece to level the scores alongside two successful penalties and said: "I have been practising lately because I've been getting a bit of stick from the lads and they've been trying to take them off me, so I've had to put a few in lately to back them off."

Field hailed the performance of his side in hitting back from 2-1 down with six minutes remaining.

"It was a great game, we had to get it from somewhere, the lads stayed strong and never said die.

"When their second goal went in it was absolutely devastating because we controlled the game, all game, and then we pulled it back and in the end we got a bit of luck with the penalty, even though it was a penalty.

"I was nervous because [Mike] Lewis is a good keeper. I've had three pens against him and I've put every one of them in the same place so it was a bit of a mind game with him.

"But I've put enough on them and he went the right way every single time but he hasn't been getting to them."

Field is only the third Airbus player alongside Ian Sheridan and Steve Abbott (twice) to net a league hat-trick for the Wingmakers.

And he is also closing-in on Marc Lloyd-Williams' club record 16 goals in a season in the 2009/10 campaign.

Field has already eclipsed the second-best tally, 12 by James McIntosh in season 2006/7, Carl Owen in 2009/10 and Wayne Riley in 2012/13. 

Photo: Tom FIeld scores his first penalty against Aberystwyth.

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