Can I have my ball back please?

22-07-2012. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk v Middlesborough. Ramsdens Trophy. Lyle Taylor with match ball after completing a hat trick.
22-07-2012. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk v Middlesborough. Ramsdens Trophy. Lyle Taylor with match ball after completing a hat trick.
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Hat-trick hero Lyle Taylor eventually got his hands on the match-ball, despite having his prize confiscated.

The 13-goal striker was handed the ball after striking three times in second half of the Bairns 4-1 win at New Broomfield.

But it was then taken straight back off him by a member of the home dugout, but duly returned to the striker in the dressing room.

“Bobby Wilson turned up with it,” he explained.

“I think it was a combined effort between him and the gaffer in persuading them to give it to me.

“To be honest though, it’s not the match ball that matters, it’s the three points.

“I don’t know if it was sour grapes or what - but how his team played has nothing to do with me, I’m just pleased to get the win.”

The striker admitted he is shocked to have hit so many goals this season but added “if I’m honest with myself, it should be 20.

“I don’t usually do headers, so forget the hat-trick I’m telling people I scored a header.

“Once it’s signed by all the boys it’ll go on display indoors though.”

Jay Fulton gave the Bairns the lead which was levelled by Ryan Donnelly before Taylor popped up in the right place at the right time to steer the points towards the Bairns.

Images of the Bairns win and the ball incident in The Falkirk Herald on Thursday