Town leave Thorne empty handed after keeper crisis

Dinnington Town left Thorne frustrated and empty handed, after Tuesday night’s 3-0 Central Midlands defeat.

With a growing injury list and no available goalkeeper, Dinnington were forced into a reshuffle.

Aaron Knight bravely volunteered to wear the gloves and was forced straight into action as a Thorne striker hit a long looping shot straight from kick-off.

Dinnington were the first to settle and played the better football with some excellent passing.

Despite having the majority of the possession Thorne managed to restrict Town to long range efforts on goal, with both Josh Shepherd and Jack Mason shooting just over the bar.

As has been the pattern in recent matches the opposition scored with their first real chance on goal.

A free-kick out on the left was taken quickly and the cross was turned in at the far post by Ebbage.

On 40 minutes Dinnington made their first change with new signing Marcin Zukowski coming on to partner the hard working Mason up front.

However, good defending from both teams kept the score at 1-0 at the interval.

The second period began like the first with Dinnington in the ascendancy, but it was Thorne who got the next goal.

A misplaced pass in midfield was latched onto by left winger Lugton who crossed in for Carver to score.

Dinnington brought on fresh legs with the introduction of Jamie Hindley and Lukasz Skorupa to try and force a way back into the game.

Captain Kyle Spooner went close with a good shot after a break out of defence and only a great save by the Thorne goalkeeper denied Zukowski after great work by Kyle Wesley and Josh Shepherd in the Dinnington midfield.

In the 90th minute, as Town continued to press, they were hit on the break with a fantastic run and finish from the impressive Lugton which gave Knight in goal no chance and secured the three points for Thorne.

Despite suffering another defeat the lads need to stay positive as all the signs are there that we will compete well in this league.

With only one player over the age of 21 the team has huge potential.

But they need to stop making silly mistakes and when in control of games and turn possession into goals.

Next up for the Dinnington Town youngsters are home games against Bentley Colliery FC, on Saturday, and Sherwood Colliery FC on Bank Holiday Monday.

Dinnington Town: Knight, Preece, Curtis, Spooner, Bowskill, J. Colman, Kirk, Wesley, Mason, Shepherd, Daly, Hindley, A. Skelton, Zukowski, Skorupa.