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Keeper Forced to Hang Up His Gloves

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Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division club Broxbourne Borough`s comfortable 4-1 victory over Stotfold….

….on Tuesday night was tinged with sadness following a career-ending injury for keeper Ed Thompson.

The 29-year-old stopper has needed a number of operations on his left knee throughout his career after injuring it first as a young professional at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Twenty minutes into Tuesday night’s contest he had to come off with the same injury, with midfielder Andy Ward donning his gloves for the remainder of the match.

Scans on Wednesday spelled the end.

“We’re gutted for Ed,” said manager Ashley Fisk. “He’s had the same problem with that knee for years and when it went again, you could see he had a tear in his eye as he came off.

“The hospital scanned it the next morning and the doctor said it was time to give up the game. He’s a great guy and as soon as he told me he had to retire from playing I invited him onto our coaching staff, which he accepted, and he’ll now work with our keepers.”

Fisk admitted that he was now short on keepers and would be looking to bring in a loan signing in the coming days.

He also revealed that he had signed up a new striker Jake Parrott from his former club, Ryman League Division One North Potters Bar Town, who Broxbourne knocked out of the FA Cup last Saturday.

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