Gloucester City midfielder Joe Hanks says that he “actually enjoyed” his role in goal when stepping in for Jasbir Singh on Saturday against Curzon Ashton.\r\n\r\nThe former Cheltenham Town youth product, who began the first half in midfield for the Tigers, had to step in for Singh before half-time as he was sent off by referee Savvas Yianni, for handling the ball outside the box, a decision the club is appealing.\r\n\r\n“Earlier in the season we had a chat about what would happen if something was to happen to Jas. It was going to be either Avo [Sam Avery], Chris Knowles or myself and with both of them being out injured there wasn’t really anyone else!” said Hanks.\r\n\r\n“Obviously I was slightly nervous for the first free-kick but after that I actually quite enjoyed it. I just tried to keep it all simple and not over complicate anything.”\r\n\r\nCurzon took the lead on 35 minutes with a goal from Liam Tomsett and ten minutes later the Tigers were down to 10 men. A ball over the top was chased by Singh who rushed out of his goal to clear the lines, with video replays suggesting it actually struck his chest and not his arm. Nevertheless, he was dismissed.\r\n\r\nHanks made a couple of saves throughout the game but eventually Adam Morgan, in the last moments of the game took away the midfielders clean sheet with a second for the visitors.\r\n\r\n“Obviously it’s always disappointing to lose and especially with it being at home and coming off a good win on the road.\r\n\r\n“However I felt the lads gave it all in second half and unlucky not to gain anything from the game.\r\n\r\n“To be honest I was quite surprised at the boys’ reaction [after the game]. They all were really impressed and said they wouldn’t worry too much if I was needed to do it again!\r\n\r\n“I think Webby compared me to Manuel Neuer as a sweeper keeper so I think I’ll take that!”\r\n\r\nCity now move on to Saturday with a tough test against Chorley with the midfielder/goalkeeper looking ahead.\r\n\r\n“Again it’s another tough game and the boys will go there and give all we can to come back with the points. We have had a good week at training and understand that it is important to bounce back and get a result.”

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