Reds sign keeper Ben

Alfreton Town have signed former Nottingham Forest and Kettering Town goalkeeper Ben Gathercole on non-contract forms.

On-loan Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford has been selected for England U19s duty for Thursday’s fixture against Turkey at Telford’s New Bucks Head ground, and with Phil Barnes still recovering from injury, the Reds would have been left without a goalkeeper for last night’s Derbyshire Senior Cup semi-final tie at Ilkeston FC.

The Derbyshire County Football Association granted the Reds dispensation to play 20-year-old Gathercole at Ilkeston FC, for whom he has had two loan spells from Forest, the last just over a year ago.