SAINTS REGISTER FOURTH KEEPER!
Tony Pennock - one of four keepers registered by the Saints!
FORMER Cardiff City
goalkeeper Scott Allison is in pole position to take the gloves as the Saints struggle to find a replacement for Gerard Doherty, who is currently sidelined with stomach and groin strains.
The scramble to find a keeper for the Uefa Champions League ties with Ventspils has seen the club register no less than four keepers in the space of a week - John Bagnall and Paul Harrison from Southport, new Port Talbot manager Tony Pennock and now Allison, released from Ninian Park at the end of last season and a target for Hartlepool United.
Bagnall played in the pre-season games at Dungannon and Glentoran, while clubmate Harrison will take over the gloves at Windsor Park on Saturday, when Saints face Irish champions Linfield. Former Welsh international stopper Paul Jones turned down manager Ken McKenna's invitation to join the European campaign yesterday, but Port Talbot have sportingly agreed to allow Pennock to play if required, while Allison also has the credentials to appear in the first leg at Newtown a week on Tuesday and the return in Latvia the following week.
The Bluebirds paid compensation to York City for Allison when he was a 16-year-old, but he was released by manager Dave Jones three years later.
Meanwhile Pennock, best known for his heroics for Farnborough against Arsenal in the FA Cup, has a safe pair of hands and European experience after playing for Carmarthen in their memorable Uefa Cup campaign two years ago, when they beat Longford 5-1 at Latham Park.
A highly accomplished keeper who has played for Stockport, Wigan, Hereford, Yeovil and Rushden & Diamonds, before returning to his native Wales to join the Old Gold, he is the current goalkeeping coach at Swansea City and was appointed manager of the Welsh semi-pros in January for the recent Four Nations tournament.
6 July 2021
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