Player attempts to fix floodlights as FA Trophy clash goes down to the wire

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A player switched focus from field to fuse box after the floodlights failed during an FA Trophy match on Saturday.

Merseyside club Marine needed to find an electrician quickly after the lights cut out early in the second half of their first-round tie against north-east outfit Dunston UTS at Rossett Park.

It turned out there was one on the pitch in Dunston midfielder Phil Turnbull and he was soon in action on the sidelines trying to fix the problem.

Pictures have emerged on social media of the 34-year-old, whose previous clubs include Gateshead, York and Hartlepool, at the clubhouse fuse box attempting to identify the issue.

Ultimately he was not able to resolve the problem by himself, as he did not have all his tools, but assistance arrived and play was eventually able to resume after a delay of around 50 minutes.

Phil Turnbull attempts to fix the floodlights
Phil Turnbull attempted to fix the floodlights (@Jackswainston13/PA)

His efforts were acknowledged by the home club, who tweeted: “Thanks to @dunstonutsfc player Philip Turnbull for attempting to fix our floodlights.”

The match, which was watched by a crowd of 1,202, finished 2-2, with Marine going on to win 5-4 on penalties. Turnbull did score in the shoot-out, in what proved a losing cause.

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