April 26 marks a special anniversary in the history of the KCOM Stadium, for it was the date on which Ben Burgess became the first player to score a hat-trick at the home of the Tigers in 2003.
Having joined the club from Stockport County towards the end of March, the big striker had failed to score in his first four appearances in a black and amber shirt but finally managed to open his account in style when Peter Taylor’s Tigers hosted Kidderminster Harriers which ended in a comprehensive 4-1 win.
He opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the sixth minute, coolly sending Harriers keeper Stuart Brock the wrong way from 12 yards out after Carl Began had been upended inside the box by Scott Stamps.
Burgess then added his and the Tigers’ second of the game seven minutes before the break, shrugging off the challenge of Craig Hinton before firing in from ten yards.
Kidderminster, who kicked off with remote hopes of securing a play-off position, had two goals by Bo Henriksen disallowed before finally pulling a goal back on the hour mark through Sean Parrish.
However, Jon Walters restored the Tigers’ two-goal lead ten minutes from time when he produced cool finish past Brock after latching onto Stuart Elliott’s long ball forward down the right flank.
And that wasn’t the end of the scoring as Burgess entered his name into the record books, looping a header over Stuart Brock in the Kidderminster goal to complete a memorable perfect hat-trick.