61 year old manager solves goalkeeping crisis in win for Stroud League side

Gloster Rovers manager Dave Winters came to his side’s rescue on Saturday, by putting on the gloves and playing 90 minutes in goal in Rovers’ 3-1 win over Cotswold Rangers Reserves. 

The Stroud & District League Division 5 side went into the game without any of their three registered goalkeepers available and Winters took the gloves and played in Gloster’s third league win of the season.

Winters, 61, made the decision after it was confirmed that two of his goalkeepers had work commitments and were unavailable, adding to a broken foot to their other keeping option.

The game itself saw Gloster take the lead through Jordan Grinnell’s first half header, with Elliot Roberts adding a well taken second in the second half and Joaquin Rozas Saez curling in an effort from the edge of the box to seal all three points.

Winters was denied a clean sheet though as Cotswold Rangers Reserves pulled one back with an unstoppable 30 yard strike.

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“The lads were superb today,” Winters told us after the game. “They work their socks off every week and we were unfortunate to lose last week against higher league opponents, but the same desire was on show today,

My back four were solid, leaving me not much to do! Today was only the second time I have taken the gloves and I was only denied a clean sheet by a wonder goal. But I’m so proud of the overall team performance, strength and honour!” Winters added.

Gloster’s win moves them up to 7th in the Division 5 table ahead of their trip to league leaders Cashes Green next weekend.

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