Rainworth Miners Welfare Press Release

By Alan Allcock

Wrens sign new 'keeper.

RAINWORTH MW have revealed the identity of the new goalkeeper signed to fill the gap left by departed keeper Joe McCormack.

The popular keeper left the Wrens to join fellow Evo-Stik NPL Division One South club Leek Town earlier this week.
But manager Kevin Gee has moved swiftly to secure the services of Italian-born Alessandro Barcherini from Premier Division Mickleover Sports in advance of their Boxing Day local derby at Carlton Town.

The Derbyshire club kindly agreed to waive the need for a seven-day notice of approach, and Gee admits he is excited at the prospect of seeing his new man between the posts.
He said: “Of course we were sorry to see Joe go, but I cannot dwell on things and within an hour of his decision I had already contacted Alessandro, who will be a fantastic replacement and will go straight into the side against Carlton on Boxing Day.

“Once again I must think Dick Pratley at Mickleover for waiving the seven days. I really do think it’s important to work with all managers at this level as there are more than enough players to go around.

“I’ve just done the same today for Jimmy Albans at Grantham in waiving the seven days for Sean Cann who has now joined the league leaders.”
Barcherini (26) had spells at Sheffield United and Leeds United before joining Notts County as a 16-year-old on a two-year YTS, and at 18 was selected three times for the Magpies’ first team squad.

The following year he moved to America for three years where he began his coaching career, before returning briefly to England for a spell with Conference side Tamworth.

Since returning permanently to the UK ‘Sandro’ has gained a degree in sport, leisure and outdoor management at Nottingham Trent University while also helping to develop the University team into one of the top four such teams in the country in 2010.

He was voted NTU sportsman of the year that year and, according to the TDA (Technical Development Academy) Coaching website, is currently completing his FA and EUFA coaching badges. He is also a performance analyst at Nottingham Forest FC.

Since his return to the United Kingdom he has figured at a good level of semi-professional football with Rugby Town, Belper Town, and Mickleover Sports, and one other little-known string to his bow is that he has also played as a striker in the Sunday EMPAL League with Trent Allstars.

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