JEFFERSON Louis scored twice in stoppage-time to secure an historic promotion for North Leigh as they beat Ware in the Pitching In Southern League Division 1 Central play-off final.

The 43-year-old striker’s late double gave the Millers a 4-2 win after their opponents battled back from 2-0 down in the closing stages.

George Nash and Aaron McCreadie earlier put North Leigh in charge with brilliant strikes either side of the break, only for Ware to score twice in the final ten minutes.

Another 30 minutes loomed, but substitute Louis popped up with two unforgettable moments as the Millers reached step three of non-league for the first time in their history.

Both teams hit the post in the opening half an hour, Roger James going close for North Leigh, while Luke Carnell saw a shot cleared off the line and Ware had a goal disallowed for offside.

Nash then gave North Leigh the lead five minutes before the break with a goal worthy of the occasion.

A loose ball sat up invitingly for the midfielder and he arrowed an incredible strike into the top corner from long range.

The Millers increased the lead with another special goal four minutes after the restart.

James took possession on the edge of the penalty area and laid it into the path of McCreadie, who fired home to put North Leigh in charge.

Louis came on for Levi Steele on the hour mark, but much of the action was played in the Millers half as Ware searched for a way back into the game.

They halved the deficit with six minutes remaining, before scoring again seconds later to turn the contest on its head.

The sides were locked at 2-2 deep in stoppage-time and Louis took centre stage to add another twist to his storied career.

The former Oxford United striker headed home Nash’s cross in the 95th minute to spark wild celebrations, before finishing off a counter-attack to make it 4-2 moments later.