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Piegate bites back as Sutton United run out of keepers

Piegate bites back as Sutton United run out of keepers

Piegate bites back as Sutton United run out of keepers

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Days after back-up keeper Wayne Shaw left following a betting row, Sutton United were forced to use an outfield player in goal after injury to Ross Worner
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Wayne Shaw left Sutton United under a cloud last week due to a pastry-eating betting scandal but the stunt came back to bite Sutton United on Saturday after an injury to their first-choice goalkeeper Ross Worner forced them to use an outfield player between the sticks for 75 minutes against Torquay.

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Reserve keeper Shaw resigned in the week after a furore over his decision to eat a pie during the National League side's FA Cup defeat at home to Arsenal.

A bookmaker, who sponsored Sutton for the tie, offered odds of 8-1 for 45-year-old Shaw to tuck in to something during the game - a factor he later admitted he was aware of.

The incident subsequently came under investigation by the Gambling Commission, while the Football Association was also reportedly set to look into the matter, prompting Shaw to step aside.

Though the rotund net-minder's best years are perhaps behind him, his services would have come in handy when first-choice Worner was forced off just 15 minutes into Saturday's fixture at Torquay United, just after conceding the opening goal.

Sutton right-back Simon Downer donned the gloves as Sutton went on to win 3-2 at Plainmoor.

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