Keeper jinx continues for Fawley AFC

Joe Prodomo

Joe Prodomo

First published in Sport

FAWLEY AFC’s goalkeeping jinx continues.

Having lost regular No1 Joe Prodomo to back problems early last season, the Oilers had a succession of comings and goings between the sticks before ex-Christchurch gloveman Dan Loader came in to steady the ship towards the end of the campaign.

But no sooner had Loader vanished off the radar than Fawley’s problems started all over again.

Adam Tong, who returned from Sholing during the summer, missed four games through personal commitments before being sent off in last Friday’s 2-0 defeat at Brockenhurst.

Young Darren Winter, a newcomer to Sydenhams football, stepped in during Tong’s absence, and the saga went full circle on Monday when the fit-again Prodomo made a welcome return at Whitchurch.

But with Fawley having clawed their way back to 2-1 through Keiran Palmer after Danny Phillips and Jack McCarthy had put Whitchurch in front, calamity struck again for the luckless ’keeper.

He came off worse in an aerial collision with centre-half Adam Pearson while attempting to keep out United’s third goal.

Prodomo was taken to Basingstoke Hospital with concussion and released that evening.

Fawley chairman Kevin Mitchell said: “Joe was still a bit groggy when I spoke to him this week. Under FA rules he can’t play for six days, so he won’t play at home to Christchurch tonight (Friday, 7.45pm).

“Joe only played one game for our reserves and one game for AFC Totton after injuring his back over the Bank Holiday last season, so when he said his back felt fine and he was ready to be included again, it was great news for us.

“Then this happens...

“It feels as if someone up there doesn’t like us.

“But Joe had all sorts of tests done at Basingstoke and there was nothing to suggest he’d done any damage, so hopefully he’ll have a few days’ rest and be back next week.”

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