Struggling Alfreton Town have brought in highly-rated goalkeeper Fabian Spiess following his recent release by National League Torquay United.
However, he was unable to keep out Craig King’s strike on his debut on Saturday as Alfreton slumped to a fifth consecutive home defeat when Bradford Park Avenue secured a 1-0 win.
This latest setback has left the Reds hanging precariously just one point above the Vanarama National League North drop zone.
Spiess, 21, was on trial with the Reds last summer but began the season as first choice with the Gulls and made 18 appearances but has been on the bench in more recent games.
The 6ft 2ins German was released by Notts County at the end of the 2014/15 campaign, ending a five year spell at Meadow Lane, but earlier this year trained at Liverpool while Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are all thought to have monitored the German’s progress.
With goalkeepers Matt Duke and Nick Draper both injured the club brought in Spiess and boss Nicky Law said: “Fabian has come in and done well. He has done what he has had to do and he has kicked it well.
“I think we are disappointed to have lost it.
“I think to concede the goal from where we have done, in the area of the pitch that we have done is disappointing, but barring that one chance, I think we were the better side possibly.
“I don’t think they have really caused us much trouble, although we haven’t really looked that threatening.
“I think first half John Johnston has pulled a good save from (Jon) Stewart and we have hit the bar, Joe Ironside’s dragged one wide just before half time, possibly could have had a penalty.
“When you are the wrong side of it and things aren’t going your way, that’s how the results end up.
“It is very, very fine lines, you are just that little nudge away from it and we have just got to keep going, keep believing the best you can, believe in each other and cut the mistakes out.
“We have looked okay today without looking great going forward.
“I think we were solid but we just haven’t got the goals in us to win the game.”
Alfreton travel to Tamworth on Boxing Day and are at home to high-flying Solihull Moors on Monday, December 28 (3pm).
In the Midland League Premier Division, third-placed Heanor Town were beaten 4-0 at home by second-placed promotion rivals Alvechurch.
Trailing 2-0 at the break, Heanor then had Booth red-carded seven minutes into the second half.