Manager Matt Jansen has moved to secure the services of goalkeeper Christian Dibble from Nuneaton Town on an emergency loan to cover for injured keeper Ritchie Branagan.
Christian arrives on a seven day deal that can be extended if Branagan continues to be unavailable due to injury. Ritchie was already carrying a slight injury to his hip after colliding with a post during the Nuneaton game then took a heavy blow midway through the first half of Easter Monday’s Bank Holiday win at Stalybridge Celtic but managed to struggle through the remainder of the match with the excellent protection of the ten outfield players.
22-year-old Dibble, the son of former Manchester City and Wales keeper Andy, has plenty of National League second tier experience having had a loan spells with Nuneaton Town in the North and Chelmsford City from the South while at Barnsley.
On his release from Barnsley he returned to Chelmsford before switching to Boston United last summer then re-joining Nuneaton earlier this season. He started his career at Bury and had a loan spell at Warrington Town before switching to Barnsley in the summer of 2013 and has represented Wales through the age levels up to under 19’s.
It’s not been a great season for goalkeepers injury wise at Victory Park with Sam Ashton ruled out for up to twelve months earlier in the season with Shaun Rowley initially being brought in on loan before Branagan’s signing at the turn of the Year.
The rule that allows the club to bring in a temporary goalkeeper after transfer deadline date states: “Clubs are permitted to sign a goalkeeper on a seven-day ‘emergency loan’ basis if they do not have a senior goalkeeper that has made five first-team appearances”.