Football: Wimborne Town legend Paul Roast to launch goalkeeping career at Christchurch

KEEPER CALL: Christchurch boss Adie Arnold

KEEPER CALL: Christchurch boss Adie Arnold

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VETERAN defender Paul Roast is set to relaunch his non-league career at Christchurch – by becoming the club’s new goalkeeper.

The 36-year-old Wimborne Town legend steps straight into the firing line when Priory travel to AFC Portchester tomorrow (3pm).

Roast made more than 400 appearances during 14 years with the Magpies but relinquished his role as player/assistant-manager over the summer due to the travel involved at Southern League level.

Hurn Bridge boss Adie Arnold, who successfully converted Chris Lynch from centre-half to goalkeeper during his time at Verwood Town, revealed he had considered utilising wannabe stopper Roast between the sticks for some time.

And with regular custodian Jamie Bray ruled out by an injury picked up in Friday’s feisty 4-2 win over Lymington, the manager has high hopes for his new recruit.

Arnold told the Daily Echo: “We have been shipping a lot of goals and I knew of Roasty’s intentions so it had been in my mind.

“Now the opportunity is there for him to make the position his own. I have done my homework and understand he was very good as Wimborne’s reserve keeper and could prove to be a quality addition given the chance.

“It was a brave decision to do it with Chris Lynch but that worked out perfectly and with his background and reputation in the game, I was always quite prepared to give Roasty the opportunity.”

Meanwhile, Arnold marvelled at the maturity of hotshot Jack Lovell who had a hand in each of his side’s goals against Lymo.

Lovell had already rifled Priory ahead when he was caught with a high elbow having clashed with visiting keeper Stuart Williamson after half an hour.

Referee Con Da Costa eventually dismissed the custodian and pointed to the spot with Mark Smith slamming home the spot kick.

Smith then scored a second penalty before half-time after Lovell was upended by replacement keeper Michael Edgar.

In the second half, Lymo hit back through Brad Strickland but Lovell sealed the points with a cool finish 11 minutes from time, rendering Sam Floyd’s late free kick academic.

And at the end of an action-packed evening which saw four goalkeepers take to the field,  the manager was quick to praise his protégé for holding his nerve.

Arnold, who said he didn’t see Williamson’s indiscretion, told the Daily Echo: “It was a typical derby, it got a bit feisty and we had to keep our discipline and shape.

“They (Lymington) lost their heads a little bit and I was delighted with how we reacted, especially Jack Lovell. He led the line on his own, took a few challenges and just got on with the game.

“A couple of seasons ago he might have got himself sent off in that situation and I felt we saw him grow from a boy to a man with that performance.”

The victory saw Christchurch pouch their first points of the season having opened with four straight league defeats. 

Priory: Bray (Fawcett, 75), Wilkinson, Steer, Clark, Dodd, Cullen, Smith, Hampton-Brown, Lovell (Vining, 84), Saxby, Owen (Proudley, 82). Unused subs: Leonard, Barnes.

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8:57am Mon 25 Aug 14

Name hider says...

Big gamble from AA although cant be any worse than the lump that has been in goal of late. Have watched a couple of the midweek games I presumed he was just back up not 1st choice!! Over weight and giving no confidence to a new back 4,
Be interesting to hear how Roasty progresses!
Big gamble from AA although cant be any worse than the lump that has been in goal of late. Have watched a couple of the midweek games I presumed he was just back up not 1st choice!! Over weight and giving no confidence to a new back 4, Be interesting to hear how Roasty progresses! Name hider
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9:19am Tue 26 Aug 14

Ham United For The Title says...

Wonder if he is playing for free... because Xchurch dont pay!!!
Wonder if he is playing for free... because Xchurch dont pay!!! Ham United For The Title
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11:48am Tue 26 Aug 14

curryandstella says...

I was thinking that too:)
I was thinking that too:) curryandstella
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12:11pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Tanker69 says...

I can tell you now he is playing for free, Christchurch do not pay a penny to players. They all play because they want to be there. If Christchurch payed money don't you think Mr Kemp would have come out and said something by now, or any of the ex-players?
I can tell you now he is playing for free, Christchurch do not pay a penny to players. They all play because they want to be there. If Christchurch payed money don't you think Mr Kemp would have come out and said something by now, or any of the ex-players? Tanker69
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1:24pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Name hider says...

You seem to know a lot about Christchurch 'Tanker69'..........
..how did Paul Roast play on his debut as I see they drew 2-2?!
Think your right though, no one has ever left the club and turned round and said they got a few quid here for playing there.
You seem to know a lot about Christchurch 'Tanker69'.......... ..how did Paul Roast play on his debut as I see they drew 2-2?! Think your right though, no one has ever left the club and turned round and said they got a few quid here for playing there. Name hider
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8:07am Wed 27 Aug 14

Tanker69 says...

Unfortunately i wasn't there on Monday, but after speaking with a few people that were there and a couple of players, he seemed to have played well, he couldn't of done much for the 2 goals and his talking gave confidence to the back line!
Unfortunately i wasn't there on Monday, but after speaking with a few people that were there and a couple of players, he seemed to have played well, he couldn't of done much for the 2 goals and his talking gave confidence to the back line! Tanker69
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11:48am Wed 27 Aug 14

gecko123 says...

Name hider wrote:
You seem to know a lot about Christchurch 'Tanker69'..........

..how did Paul Roast play on his debut as I see they drew 2-2?!
Think your right though, no one has ever left the club and turned round and said they got a few quid here for playing there.
no one ever will as its not official through the books. otherwise the tax man would come knocking!
[quote][p][bold]Name hider[/bold] wrote: You seem to know a lot about Christchurch 'Tanker69'.......... ..how did Paul Roast play on his debut as I see they drew 2-2?! Think your right though, no one has ever left the club and turned round and said they got a few quid here for playing there.[/p][/quote]no one ever will as its not official through the books. otherwise the tax man would come knocking! gecko123
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11:59am Wed 27 Aug 14

Tanker69 says...

Ha that's laughable!
Ha that's laughable! Tanker69
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12:08pm Wed 27 Aug 14

gecko123 says...

Tanker69 wrote:
Ha that's laughable!
The only people who know are the players involved, the manager and the man stumping up the cash. No one else can claim to know
[quote][p][bold]Tanker69[/bold] wrote: Ha that's laughable![/p][/quote]The only people who know are the players involved, the manager and the man stumping up the cash. No one else can claim to know gecko123
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8:12am Thu 28 Aug 14

Tanker69 says...

Again laughable, and again my point is why would none of the ex-players and managers come out and say that they are getting a few quid? There is not a secret agenda going on at Christchurch, but please if you want to believe these ridiculous lies, then please go ahead!
Again laughable, and again my point is why would none of the ex-players and managers come out and say that they are getting a few quid? There is not a secret agenda going on at Christchurch, but please if you want to believe these ridiculous lies, then please go ahead! Tanker69
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9:45am Thu 28 Aug 14

gecko123 says...

Tanker69 wrote:
Again laughable, and again my point is why would none of the ex-players and managers come out and say that they are getting a few quid? There is not a secret agenda going on at Christchurch, but please if you want to believe these ridiculous lies, then please go ahead!
One word. Tax
[quote][p][bold]Tanker69[/bold] wrote: Again laughable, and again my point is why would none of the ex-players and managers come out and say that they are getting a few quid? There is not a secret agenda going on at Christchurch, but please if you want to believe these ridiculous lies, then please go ahead![/p][/quote]One word. Tax gecko123
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7:31am Fri 29 Aug 14

Tanker69 says...

gecko123 wrote:
Tanker69 wrote:
Again laughable, and again my point is why would none of the ex-players and managers come out and say that they are getting a few quid? There is not a secret agenda going on at Christchurch, but please if you want to believe these ridiculous lies, then please go ahead!
One word. Tax
Complete and utter rubbish! My brothers played for the club for years and didn't receive a penny!
[quote][p][bold]gecko123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tanker69[/bold] wrote: Again laughable, and again my point is why would none of the ex-players and managers come out and say that they are getting a few quid? There is not a secret agenda going on at Christchurch, but please if you want to believe these ridiculous lies, then please go ahead![/p][/quote]One word. Tax[/p][/quote]Complete and utter rubbish! My brothers played for the club for years and didn't receive a penny! Tanker69
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8:45am Sun 31 Aug 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Paul most definitely will play for nothing as he just wants to be involved in football, he was and probably still is gutted that his commitments won't allow him to travel with WTFC , non league football need good natural leaders like Paul, during and after his playing days, Christchurch will benefit loads from this and I wish Paul all the best fir the future
Paul most definitely will play for nothing as he just wants to be involved in football, he was and probably still is gutted that his commitments won't allow him to travel with WTFC , non league football need good natural leaders like Paul, during and after his playing days, Christchurch will benefit loads from this and I wish Paul all the best fir the future cheeriedriteup
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