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Non league club will have to play the rest of the season without a goalkeeper

Got to feel for Biggleswade Town’s manager Chris Nunn who is facing a selection headache.

The Southern League Premier Division club have three goalkeepers but none of them are currently available. First choice Liam Gooch has broken his fingers, Sam Donkin has a hamstring injury and they are unaware of the whereabouts of their third registered goalkeeper, who is thought to have gone back to Poland!



The club’s request for an emergency goalkeeper to be drafted in has been denied – meaning they now are now faced with playing an outfielder in goal for the rest of the season.

That meant that Biggleswade Town were forced to play captain and winger Craig Daniel in goal during their 1-1 draw against Gosport Borough on Saturday.

“We had a training session on Thursday and Craig couldn’t train as his knee was sore,” Biggleswade Town manager Chris Nunn told BBC Sport.

“Then we thought of having a penalty shoot out if there were two or three volunteers. We knew Craig couldn’t play outfield because of his knee, so he could go in goal. If he hadn’t, we would have effectively lost another outfield player.

Speaking to BBC Sport earlier in the week, Southern League chairman Terry Barratt explained the reasons why they will not sanction the signing of another goalkeeper.

“We wrote to all clubs in the league in February to say ‘please ensure all players signed on are available, otherwise cancel their registrations’,” he said.

“Biggleswade didn’t cancel the registration of their Polish keeper, so as far as we’re concerned they have a third goalkeeper available.

“I asked the league secretary, Jason Mills, to send emails to the league board asking if Biggleswade should be given dispensation, and the board unanimously said no.”

 

Check out the social media reaction to the situation on the next page.

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