Goalie on TV faces vol­ley of crit­i­cism

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Multimillion-pound Revamp -

A non- l eague goal­keeper ap­peared on Soc­cer AM on Satur­day – only to feel the wrath of harsh in­ter­net crit­ics.

Dan Cook, who lives in Ash­ford and plays for Lydd Town in SCEFL Divi­sion 1, was a keeper on the Sky Sports show’s vol­ley chal­lenge.

It pits two sets of fans against one another – in this case Wi­gan and Ful­ham – and they each have 30 sec­onds to score as many vol­leys as pos­si­ble.

The footage had more than 400,000 views in two hours on­line.

Mr Cook had his work cut out with sup­port­ers smash­ing in shots from just 12 yards out.

But that didn’t cut any slack with the Face­book com­mu­nity on Soc­cer AM’s page, who didn’t hold back in their crit­i­cism.

One wrote: “Keep­ers might as well watch it on telly with the rest of us.”

Mr Cook owns DC1 Goal­keep­ing in The Street, Ash­ford, sup­ply­ing gloves for many non­league keep­ers in Kent. Signs in­di­cat­ing a new time limit on park­ing at Ash­ford Re­tail Park have been in­stalled.

Shop­pers will now be lim­ited to three hours shop­ping at the site in Sev­ing­ton, or risk fac­ing a £100 fine.

Au­to­matic num­ber place recog­ni­tion cam­eras will be used to mon­i­tor the car park­ing area.

The signs note that no return is al­lowed within one hour and that the fine can be re­duced to £60 if paid within 14 days.

The new reg­u­la­tions have been put in place af­ter it was brought to the at­ten­tion of Sav­ills, the site’s man­ag­ing agent, that park­ing spa­ces were be­ing used by peo­ple who were not shop­ping on the park. Sav­ills were con-

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A pre­vi­ous state­ment said: “As the man­ag­ing agent at Ash­ford Re­tail Park, Sav­ills can con­firm it is aware park­ing spa­ces are be­ing used by peo­ple who are not shop­ping there.

“In re­sponse, there are plans to in­tro­duce a time limit to en­sure shop­pers have max­i­mum ac­cess to the park­ing fa­cil­i­ties, which will re­main free. De­tails of the new time re­stric­tions are be­ing fi­nalised and will be clearly sign­posted well in ad­vance.

“In­stal­la­tion has be­gun on site but not yet com­pleted.”

The new signs are in­stalled, in­di­cat­ing the park­ing charge and con­di­tions

Goal­keeper Dan Cook

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