Falsgrave keeper Rich can’t stop scoring

Goalkeeper Rich Curtis achieved the remarkable feat of scoring a goal from inside his own penalty area - by throwing the ball all the way into the opposing side’s goal.

Curtis was playing between the sticks for Falsgrave FC in Saturday’s Trophy Trader League Trophy clash with Ayton Reserves at Oliver’s Mount when he found the net.

The tie was goalless when Curtis picked up a loose ball in his 18-yard box and inadvertently took centre stage.

Curtis reflected: ‘‘The ball rolled to me and the lads had been complaining that I had been kicking it too long so I decided to throw it out.

‘‘I knew it was going a long way as soon as it left my hand but I didn’t even realise that it had gone in at first.’’

Curtis and his team-mates went on to record a 5-1 victory to progress to the second round of the competition.

Falsgrave player-manager Billy Johnson commented: ‘‘We couldn’t believe it. It was 0-0 and Rich just threw the ball out from his area. It was a massive throw and it went over everyone’s heads.

‘‘Mikey Anderson ran through andpressured Ayton’s keeper as he came to collect the ball and it seemed to put him off because it went through his legs and into the net.’’

Curtis has a knack of performing these kind of heroics, as for a goalkeeper he has a fairly prolific scoring record.

Last season Curtis was on target for Falsgrave when a mammoth kick out of his hands against Whitby RUFC ended up in the back of the net.

Earlier this season Curtis was at it again when he found the target from a goal-kick while in Sunday League action for Victoria Reserves in their division three clash with Castle Tavern.

Curtis added: ‘‘Scoring on Saturday was a very proud moment for me and I would like to dedicate the goal to my manager Billy Johnson who has always had faith in me.’’