It couldn’t have been scripted any better, could it?
Jake Hall marked his return to Boston United with a goal just seconds after coming off the bench to edge the Pilgrims a step closer to their promotion dream.
The midfielder - who played 15 times for the club last season but has recently been appearing in structured reality TV show The Only Way Is Essex - flicked the ball on to fellow substitute Nicky Walker with his first touch, before sprinting into the box and slotting the return pass home with his second.
As Hall ran to celebrate with castmates Chloe Lewis and James Argent in the crowd he was mobbed by his teammates and manager Dennis Greene - because this was a special moment.
Not because of the way Hall marked his return, but because of what that goal meant.
With five minutes to go United had sealed a 2-0 victory over Tamworth, their closest rivals for the vacant play-off spot, and stretched their advantage to four points.
“That was mad, it was mental,” Hall told The Standard, before joking about renaming the ground in his honour.
“A little flick on and my first touch pings it in, I couldn’t believe that.
“It’s my first game back and first goal, I’m over the moon.
“I love this place, the Jake-man’s Stadium.”
With fame comes responsibility and Hall spent close to half an hour after the match in the car park posing for selfies and signing autographs for fans.
But he admitted he has certainly got that footballing bug back - and would love to play a further part in the Pilgrims’ promotion push.
“That team is probably the best team I’ve ever played in, from the back all the way to the front,” he continued.
“It’s amazing. We’ve definitely got a chance, we’ve just got to keep pushing.
“I’d love a few more minutes, the only thing that’s ever stopped me playing is the travelling. Hopefully, we can sort something out.
“(Getting promotion) would be up there with the biggest things in my career - Boston and TOWIE, it’s amazing.”
Hall’s return saw him grab the headlines, but Boston’s success was once again built upon a solid back line - the club kept their fourth clean sheet in five matches - a stoic midfield structure and, of course, the Pilgrims’ trademark cavalier attacking threat.
Dayle Southwell saw his second-minute effort cleared off the line by Rob Purdie but the marksman struck his 27th of the campaign on the stroke of half time with a fine individual effort, cutting into the box from the left flank and beating James Belshaw with a powerful tight-angled drive.
In a contest where Tamworth’s best opportunity was an overhit Leon Mettam free kick, United came within a whisker of adding to their goal when Carl Piergianni headed a Kyle Dixon corner onto the post.
Kaine Felix’s cross was defelected onto the Lambs’crossbar as the hosts turned the screw yet again.
But that second goal did come courtesy of Hall.
“The only way is up,” joked Boston manager Dennis Greene after his side moved up to fourth in the Vanarama North.
Sometimes, it seems reality is even more bonkers than structured reality.