SERIOUS competition for the Forres Mechanics’ goalkeeper shirt this season is pleasing manager Charlie Rowley.
Newcomer Mark Bowden was the Cans’ No 1 for their opening two games this season, with regular Stuart Knight returning between the sticks in midweek.
Bowden impressed in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Fraserburgh in Mechanics’ league opener, having debuted in the North Cup win at Nairn three days earlier.
Knight was beaten four times on Wednesday night by rampant champions Brora Rangers, and Rowley admitted he may switch keepers regularly to keep both men on their toes.
“It was imperative to get someone in for the Nairn cup tie because Stuart couldn’t play, so we got Mark on board and he’s done exceptionally well,” Rowley said. “He kept us in it against Fraserburgh and had a couple of saves against Nairn, so he’s come in and staked his claim for a regular game.”
Forres haven’t had a recognised deputy keeper in recent seasons, so Rowley is happy that first choice Knight is finally being put under pressure to perform, knowing any slip-ups could cost him his place.
“We need to see both goalkeepers on good form, so the opportunity is there to play different keepers in different situations.
“It’s something we’ve not had before, but Stuart has now got serious competition for the jersey.”
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