Havant & Waterlooville took an impressive three points in their clash with St. Albans City on the weekend, but it was goalkeeper Ross Worner who stole the headlines.
The hosts were awarded a penalty which could have bought them within touching distance of getting something from the game, as The Saints stepped up for their spot kick the Clarence Park crowd was confident of them getting their second of the match.
Worner clearly had other ideas as he sprung to his right-hand side to get a big palm to the ball.
Time felt as if it was going in slow motion as the ball spun across the wet surface into the path on the on-rushing Saints attackers.
Hawks’ number one scrambled across his line and dived towards the opposite post to yet again get a huge hand to the ball much to the disbelief of the crowd.
Defender Dean Beckwith got involved immediately after to block a third successive goal bound shot before the ball sailed over the bar courtesy of St. Albans number seven.
“I was absolutely buzzing to make a save like that,” began The Hawks shot stopper: “Making a penalty save is always massive for a keeper because a keeper is never expected to save them.”
“When you do save a penalty its obviously great and to then save the rebound which was a tough one to do because it was on the other side of the goal was great.”
Worner mentioned how practice always makes perfect: “We were doing it on the 3G pitch, reaction stuff like getting up and getting across the goal so we worked on that during the week.”
The Hawks keeper began to speak about his views about how himself as well as the defence have done in terms of keeping the opposition out so far this campaign.
“I think we have been unfortunate with some of the games that we have conceded in with a couple of lucky goals.
“For us we go out there every week to get a clean sheet because if you keep a clean sheet you’ll have a good chance at winning the game.
We do the best that we can, we train as hard as we can to make sure when we go out on Saturday, we can try to keep the ball out of the net.”
By Liam Rice (@Liam_Rice9)