Fareham sign keeper as Baffins tie off

By Connor Steel

FAREHAM TOWN FC have boosted their ranks over Christmas as staff secured the signature of former Amesbury goalkeeper Henry Woodcock for the remainder of the ongoing 2021-22 campaign; announcing this news on December 24 via social media.

The new signing will provide support in the goalkeeping area alongside Luke Douglas and Dan Kempson, with the Fareham defence conceding fifty-two goals in 22 Wessex League matches this campaign to date and options needed to rescue a stuttering year.

Woodcock has seen limited opportunities this season at Bonneymead since joining from Alton; only making 14 starting appearances combined since August for the two clubs. In his last outing the goalkeeper won man of the match in Amesbury’s 8-0 loss to Fareham.

In this Wessex League he made several brilliant saves but his afternoon was ended early as he suffered an injury after a collision with an away attacker. But after a trip to A&E in the aftermath and making a quick recovery, he has agreed to be part of Pete Stiles’ team following talks between the clubs.

The new goalkeeper appeared to be delighted with his move to Hampshire, posting on a Twitter page: after the announcement “Excited to get started. Very much a case of ‘can’t beat ‘em join ‘em. Hopefully fewer trips to A&E this way too! Can’t wait to play in front of those fans every week”.

Woodcock was likely to make his debut for the Creeksiders when they visited local rivals Baffins Milton Rovers at the PMC Stadium on Tuesday evening; but this Wessex League encounter has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances and announced at 2pm through social media channels.

No date has been announced for the rescheduled date by either club, but Fareham will now turn their attention to their next league match against AFC Portchester at home on Bank Holiday Monday. Away trips to Bashley and Bournemouth follow for the Creeksiders on successive weekends before mid-January.

PICTURED BY ALTON TOWN MEDIA: Woodcock makes a brilliant stop  between the sticks for Alton earlier this season