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Dover Athletic goalkeeper Mitch Walker admits there is no excuse for his error that led to Chester goal in Vanarama Conference loss

Dover goalkeeper Mitch Walker won’t be seen wearing the new white gloves he wore during the 3-1 loss at Chester again this season.

The former England C man says he has already banished them to the bottom of his kit-bag, not that he’s blaming them for his error which saw Chester equalise through a soft mis-hit shot that trickled through his legs.

Walker said: “It wasn’t them (his gloves) that allowed them to score – it was the man wearing them.

“And to be honest, I don’t really know how I did let it go in – it wasn’t exactly smashed at me, he (goalscorer Oliver McBurnie) scuffed it.

“That caused the ball to spin a bit but that’s no excuse for it going in.

Dover goalkeeper Mitch Walker Picture: Rick Matthews
Dover goalkeeper Mitch Walker Picture: Rick Matthews

“There was nothing wrong with my technique either, I did nothing I would do any differently to in any given game.

“It was my error and seeing the ball roll into the net, in what was like watching it in slow motion, was terrible.

“I haven’t made an error like that for, I can’t remember to honest but that doesn’t make it any easier.

“Any mistake you make as a goalkeeper gets highlighted and unfortunately that’s the case for me now.

“But there is no point beating myself up over it. I’ve got to let it go, move on and focus on the next game. What’s happened, happened and there’s no changing that no matter how much I would love to.”

But why is Walker, an Arsenal fan whose idol growing up was the Gunners’ former England No.1 David Seaman, not going to wear his new white gloves again?

He said: “I normally wear black ones but I thought I had used the last pair up after searching through my gear, so I used the white ones.

“When I got home I found a black pair at the bottom of a box of gear – that about summed up my day!”

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