Horsham sign goalkeeper Mansfield

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HORSHAM have snapped up goalkeeper Alan Mansfield after he quit Whitehawk this week.

The stopper was with the Hornets from 2006 to 2008, and manager John Maggs is delighted to have swooped for one of the most sought after keepers in the county.

He insisted, however, that the move was not intended to push current number.1 Mark Zawadski out. Maggs said: “When a goalkeeper comes available like him you have got to be interested. “It’s not showing Mark the door, I’m looking at having both goalkeepers competing for the jersey. It might bring that level of competitiveness in, Mark has had it all his own way.

“I’m pleased we have Alan on board, he was a very good goalkeeper for me.”

Mansfield will go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s Ryman League trip to AFC Hornchurch, where Horsham hope to end a run of three straight defeats.

Michael Hector is likely to play the last game of a loan spell from Reading before he serves a three match ban, while Ben Andrews will give Maggs a new defensive headache next week when he misses three games through work commitments.

Mark Knee and Billy Dunn are expected to have recovered from niggly injuries, so Horsham have the luxury of a full squad.

Maggs said: “We are looking to get a result there. We can be no stronger than we are.”