PINCHBECK United have handed Tom Gosling a footballing lifeline.
The striker, who recently completed a three-year ban from the game after being found guilty of racially abusing an opposing player while playing for Wisbech Town back in 2007, scored on his debut in Tuesday night’s 3-2 win at Swineshead.
New Pinchbeck boss Ian Dunn reckons Gosling, formerly of Spalding United and Holbeach United, still has plenty to offer and deserves a second chance.
Dunn said: “We’re aware of the past but we’re willing to give him a second chance. We’ll take things day by day, but I’m sure he can still be a goal threat.
“He needs to get himself in shape, but he’ll be a real handful in attack and will be a menace to defences in our league.
“Obviously his temperament has been a problem before, but he’s a bit older now and I’m sure he can channel it in the right way.”
Gosling is one of five new faces to sign up with the Peterborough and District Premier League side so far this summer.
Dunn has raided rivals Moulton Harrox for midfielder Dan Woods, while ex-Holbeach ace Toni Pascu, former Spalding man Jamie Lawrence and Boston Town Reserves youngster Dan Taylor are also heading to Knight Street.
Pinchbeck have lost John Ball to Harrox, Ryan Birtles to Deeping Rangers and leading scorer Jamie Cartlidge, but player/boss Dunn is happy enough with his squad.
Cartlidge has trained with Holbeach over the summer, but looks unlikely to secure a deal with John Chand’s side.
Dunn added: “We’ve lost a few players, but I’m more than happy with the lads we’ve got in. I want the team to be comfortable on the ball and not look to play it long all the time.
“Toni and Jamie are guys I know well and they have experience at a higher level.”
The new-look side certainly got off to a super start at Swineshead.
Gosling, who has spent much of the past three years playing rugby for Spalding RFC, got the ball rolling after diverting a goalbound effort from Woods into the net, before Dunn notched the second.
With the scores level in the closing stages, Lee Marshall fired an 80th minute winner.
Pinchbeck’s pre-season continues with trips to Wisbech Town on Tuesday and Lincoln United Reserves on Thursday.