A ‘whirlwind’ for Tempest! Greg is Boston United’s hero after filling in between the sticks

Greg Tempest.
Greg Tempest.

Greg Tempest loved being Boston United’s stand-in hero between the sticks, but he’s in no rush to repeat his goalkeeping exploits.

The on-loan Notts County man donned the gloves for the Pilgrims following Sam Vince’s red card during Saturday’s 3-1 victory against Hyde.

And the unlikely hero pulled off two late saves to ensure the hosts finished the day with the points.

With the Tigers chasing the game he got down well to scramble Steve Tames’ dipping effort round his right-hand post.

And deep into stoppage time, seconds after watching Alex Blakeman’s drive rattle his crossbar, Tempest was in the right place to palm away Josh Brizell’s free kick.

“I couldn’t believe it - that last free kick took my back out,” joked Tempest. “It was all a whirlwind, I just did my job for the team.

“I don’t think I’ll ever have that again - but obviously I’ll do my bit for the team if this ever happens again.

“I just hope it doesn’t to be honest.”

Amazingly, Tempest’s teammates only discovered in midweek that the Northern Ireland youth international used to play in goal until the age of 16, when he was spotted by scouts playing outfield in a Sunday League match.

The afternoon had begun differently for Tempest, asked to drop back into a left back role as regular full backs Rene Steer and Zak Mills were pushed forward onto the wings.

However, the switch certainly didn’t stifle his creativity as he provided two of the assists as Dayle Southwel grabbed a second-half hat-trick for United.

His first was a left-wing cross which Southwell volleyed home from close range.

Tempest’s second came from a long punt which the striker latched onto before drilling home a powerful low strike from the edge of the penalty area to complete his treble.

In between those goals, Southwell headed home Carl Piergianni’s flick on from Mills’ cross.

At 3-0 up the hosts appeared to be cruising.

But as Joe Conchie pulled a close-range effort back for the Tigers with six minutes remaining, Vince - who had previously denied Tom Bentham with a top reaction save - became involved with a tussle for the ball with Tames.

As the Tiger ran back to his half, Vince tripped him in front of referee Tom Bramall and was given his marching orders.

But if Hyde had thought the man advantage would work in their favour then they weren’t banking on Tempest and that secret from his past.