Horndean defender ‘thinks he’s Gordon Banks’ after keeping clean sheet in Wessex League draw at Hamble Club!

Defender Jack Lee has been drawing his own comparisons with England legend Gordon Banks after answering 10-man Horndean's emergency goalkeeping call in their Wessex League Premier stalemate at Hamble Club.

Sunday, 13th December 2020, 1:54 pm
Jack Lee kept a clean sheet after going in goal for Horndean when Kieran Magee was sent off at Hamble Club. Picture: Vernon Nash

And Deans boss Michael Birmingham revealed the centre-back has even been teasing first-choice stopper Kieran Magee by offering him some tips should he need them.

'Confident' Lee put his hand up to go in goal after Magee was shown a straight red card for a 'reckless' tackle on Oliver Lovell just outside the area on the hour.

With no replacement stopper, the Deans defender - who Birmingham is unsure whether he has any previous goalkeeping experience - faced a nervy final third trying to preserve the visitors' clean sheet.

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But Lee played a vital part in third-placed Horndean picking up a point - their first league draw of the season - with a little help from a superb block in the final 10 minutes from Ash Howes.

And Birmingham joked the emergency stopper has been reminding his team-mates of his efforts in the squad group chat.

‘It was a little bit backs against the wall after that (the sending off),' said Birmingham.

‘Normally, after you get someone sent off it doesn’t really matter that much but when you get your keeper sent off it’s like, ‘here we go,’

‘It looked reckless more than anything but I certainly know Kieran got to the ball first.

‘Jack went in goal. He did well so it was happy days.

‘He volunteered for it and Jack Lee is never short on confidence.

‘Obviously, now he thinks he’s Gordon Banks. He’s already put it on the group chat telling Kieran if he wants the video there is a free goalkeeping lesson.

‘He was coming and claiming crosses and punching them.

‘I have no idea (whether he’s been in goal before).

'I’m sure Jack will tell you in a previous life he was this or that, he’s got some stories. I won’t bother asking him, I’ll just let him know he’s done okay!'

Hamble had Sam Tonks dismissed after picking up two yellow cards just minutes after Magee was sent off.

Birmingham felt his side 'dominated' the first half but was satisfied with a point.

He added: 'It was one of those games. We looked very rusty and we didn’t look as fluent as what we had been before lockdown.

'But that was to be expected and a lot of clubs are going to be in that situation.

‘It was a point away from home and a clean sheet against a side that just got beat 4-2 on the Tuesday night previous and had a point to prove.

‘We grinded out an ugly point which is good for us.

‘The first half we totally dominated but you could see Hamble had the bit between their teeth. They came out second half, they probably got a telling off, but second half they really put in a great effort for themselves.'