Striker Boggild answers Locks Heath’s SOS goalkeeper call in cup win over Fleetlands

Striker Joe Boggild answered Locks Heath's emergency goalkeeper call in their 1-0 L4 Teamwear Challenge Cup group 6 win over Fleetlands last night.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 11:01 am
Locks Heath celebrate their L4 Teamwear Challenge Cup winner at Fleetlands earlier this month - last night they scored another 1-0 group win over the Coptermen to book their place in the knockout stages. Pic: Tom Phillips

Boggild volunteered to go between the posts with both goalkeepers Joe Hunt and Matt Fredericks missing through injury.

The former Fareham and US Portsmouth striker, who has previous experience of playing in goal, kept a clean sheet as Locks Heath qualified for the knockout stage of the competition with their third win in four group matches.

Striker Jordan Whiteley struck from the penalty spot 24 minutes from time to ensure Heath completed a cup double against Fleetlands - Whiteley scoring the only goal in both games against his former club.

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Locks assistant manager Jon Whitfield praised the whole squad for the way they shrugged off their absentees.

He said: 'We had to play our striker in goal.

‘We didn’t have Ben Chambers and we didn’t have Joe to replace him because he was in goal.

We were down to the bare bones of our squad, but it showed what our squad can do and it shows how much they’re buying into what we’re trying to do.

‘Joe did very well. To be perfectly honest he didn’t really have a lot to do, but what he did have to do he was very, very good at.

'He was big, he was strong, came out and collected everything and he looked like a keeper.

‘He has played in goal before so it wasn’t like we just threw anyone in there, but he was impressive.'

Locks have qualified for the knockout phase of the competition with two group games to spare.

Whitfield is now hoping his side can continue to progress, carrying on from the strong Hampshire Premier League Senior Division campaign they were having before the season curtailment.

He added: 'We go into every game to win it. We know this is a cup competition and we’re through to the next stage now, which is great.

‘We want to win the group to give us possibly a better route, but we’re not really too bothered who we come up against.

‘We know it’s going to be difficult, we know the stronger teams are doing well and are going to get through.

‘If you look at Bush Hill, Infinity and Paulsgrove, they’ve all qualified as well.

‘We know it’s going to be difficult to go all the way and win it, but why not?'