Jan 3 2013 Jon Batham, Harrow Observer
GOALKEEPERS scoring goals is a once in a lifetime experience – unless you are Harrow Borough’s Elvijs Putnins that is.
The Borough custodian celebrated what everyone watching assumed was his ‘five minutes of fame’ when his 90-yard wind-assisted punt sailed over opposite number Cray’s Andy Walker on Saturday.
However, the former QPR youth keeper – far from expressing astonishment at his feat – emerged from the dressing room to nonchalantly reveal he has made something of a habit of something others in his position merely dream about.
He said: “I did it three or four times in youth football back in Latvia, so it was nothing that new to me.
“They were all occasions like today where it was windy and a long kick just caught on the wind and bounced over the goalkeeper.
“I knew the wind was strong today so I told our captain Rob Wolleaston to kick that way in the first half.”
Putnins, who quickly established himself as No 1 at Earlsmead after arriving in the autumn had little sympathy for his opposite number Walker, though he did admit out of respect to his fellow member of the goalkeeper’s union he should not have enjoyed the moment quite as much as he did.
“I don’t really feel sorry for Andy Walker,” he said. “It was a matter of the wind really because as soon as I kicked it the wind took it and I guess he misjudged it.
“As soon as I saw the ball bounce I thought that is in.
“I was starting to celebrate already which I really shouldn’t because you can’t really do this sort of thing to another keeper, but it happens.”
The astonishing feat would have counted for nothing if Simeon Akinola’s late goal had not rescued a point for Borough – something Putnins admitted he enjoyed as much as his earlier moment in the spotlight.
He added: “I was delighted when Simeon scored.
“I wanted to run all the way down the pitch and celebrate with him.
“We have got a little run of three games together without losing, so touch wood we can keep it going.”