14/10/2014 10:59 BST | Updated 14/10/2014 11:01 BST

Hedgehog Causes Hitchin Town V Arlesey Town To Be Delayed

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UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 17: European hedgehog (Erinaceus europeus), Erinaceidae. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

There's been a fox, a squirrel, a cat and even a pine marten, but now - finally - a football match has been interrupted by a hedgehog.

Hitchin Town’s Red Insure Cup match with Arlesey Town was delayed by the prickly pitch invader an hour into proceedings.

The Comet reported Supporters informed the linesman a hedgehog had stealthily made its way onto the pitch and hilarity ensued.

The linesman got a sharp surprise when he tried to pick up the mammal to avoid a delay but, with the help of the referee, the pair combined to remove the hedgehog and Arlesey won a penalty shootout 6-5 after a 2-2 draw.