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Gainsborough Trinity goalkeeper Jan Budtz flies home to visit his sick dad

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 02, 2012

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Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham dedicated the club's 5-0 demolition of Hinckley on Tuesday night to goalkeeper Jan Budtz.

Budtz had headed home to Denmark to be by his ill father's bedside at the start of the week, with the Blues drafting in young Doncaster Reserves stopper Jonathan Maxted at short notice.

Maxted made a promising start as he kept a clean sheet while Dominic Knowles tore apart the Knitters with four goals and second-half substitute Terry Hawkridge netted from the penalty spot.

"We dedicate that win to Jan Budtz," said Housham. "He had to fly away to Denmark this week as his father is not well.

"It left us in a bit of a pickle to find a goalkeeper, but family comes first and Jan's at his father's bedside.

"Jan is a great lad, with a good character and lots of experience.

"The under-18 goalkeeper comes to every game with us and Jan helps him along.

"He's great to have around the club and we sorely miss him.

"Our thoughts go out to him and his family and we hope we will see him soon."

Housham was pleased with Budtz's replacement. Maxted, 19, was brought into the team on Tuesday morning and had to settle quickly into the team.

"It does alter the back four when you have a new voice in there," said Housham.

"But young Jonathan has come in and done well against Hickley. He did not have much to do, but what he did he was well assured and he kept a clean sheet."

The talking point on Tuesday night, though, was the performance of striker Knowles.

The 20-year-old former Burnley youth team player gave the Blues the lead after just 12 minutes and had his hat-trick wrapped up in just over half an hour.

After the second half he hit goal number four before being given a standing ovation as he was replaced on 76 minutes by Hawkridge.

"Knowles being in the right place at the right time is a real strength of a striker," said Housham.

"But more than just Tuesday night, he has shown that ability and potential in every game he has played."

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