Bizarre start to Harrogate Railway fixture as shirtless Spennymoor goalkeeper arrives late

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Harrogate Railway’s clash at Spennymoor Town got off to a rather unusual start on Tuesday evening as goalkeeper Daniel Lowson was made to sprint around the side of the pitch after arriving late to the contest.

The stopper was stuck in traffic on the A1 on his way to Brewery Field, leaving club officials unsure whether to delay kick-off in the strange circumstances.

The fixture went ahead at the scheduled time of 7.45pm, however, with Spennymoor starting the fixture with only ten men and an outfield player between the sticks.

Defender Joe Tait donned the gloves for the home side in the absence of a sub goalkeeper on the home bench.

When Lowson finally arrived at the ground four minutes into the contest, he sprinted topless down the touchline, behind the goal and up the opposite flank towards the home dugout to the amusement of the 375 astounded spectators.

The ‘keeper grabbed an outfield strip from the bench and was eventually waved on by the referee, swapping shirts with Tait on his way to the goalmouth; restoring normality to the fixture.