charlie gatter | defence/midfield














Young utility player who joined the Pitmen on a permanent deal in June 2018 from Gainsborough Trinity


East Midlander Gatter started his career as a junior at Burton Albion, coming through the Brewers' system, joining the U23 side at the start of 2016. At the start of the 2016-2017 campaign, he was loaned out to local side Belper Town and was an unused substitute as the Nailers upset the Pitmen in the F.A. Cup in September 2016


After returning to Burton, Gatter was loaned out to Spalding Town for a month, where he suffered a nasty injury on his debut against Carlton Town which required him to wear a face mask for a number of weeks. His impact at Spalding saw other sides take an interest in the teenager, with Boston United snapping him up on loan in December 2017


His form at Boston was impressive, with the Vanarama National League North side extending his loan until the end of the 2016-2017 season


Despite all of the experience accrued, Gatter was released by Burton at the end of the season, and joined Gainsborough Trinity on trial during pre-season. He impressed manager Dave Frecklington with his attitude and earned himself a deal with the Vanarama National League North side in the process


Once again, Gatter found himself out on loan again, joining Coalville Town in October 2017 for a month. After a handful of games for the Ravens, he returned to Gainsborough, who loaned him straight to the Pitmen in November 2017 where he made his debut in a 1-1 draw with Cleethorpes Town in the F.A. Trophy


After impressing in his first month, Gatter extended his loan for a further month in December 2017. A number of excellent performances at centre back alongside the experienced Sam Oji saw Gatter grow in confidence, scoring three times in four games over the festive period - including the crucial winner over Stafford Rangers in the Chase derby


With his second loan up in early January, manager Rob Smith moved quickly to extend Gatter's loan to a long-term deal that saw the youngster remain at Keys Park until the end of the 2017-2018 season. He grew into his central defensive role with relish, keeping the experienced Ben Bailey out of the side and learning his trade alongside Oji. Gatter was to score the Pitmen's final goal of a disappointing end to the campaign in May 2018, heading home in the 2-1 defeat to Stourbridge in the Birmingham Senior Cup Final at St. Andrews


By this point, he had been notified by parent club Gainsborough - now relegated to step three - that he was to be released at the end of the campaign. A few weeks later, despite ongoing uncertainty over the Pitmen's league allocation, Gatter agreed to join the Pitmen on a permanent basis


Starting the season alongside Stefan Galinski and then Sam Griffiths, Gatter was a member of a strong Hednesford defence that kept things tight at the back for the Pitmen before getting injured in October 2018. He returned the following month and was a major factor in the Pitmen keeping two clean sheets out of three and was named the club's player of the month


Rob Smith's departure saw Francino Francis step into the manager's hot seat, with the former centre-back electing to play Gatter in defensive midfield in his ill-fated four games spell as caretaker. Gatter's form suffered as a result, prompting new manager Nicky Eaden to prefer loan signing Jon Moran to Gatter and dropping the youngster to the substitute's bench for a two-month spell


However, Gatter returned to the side towards the end of the season after an injury to Moran, slotting in once more alongside the recently-returned Ben Bailey to steer the Pitmen to safety in the Northern Premier League


In June 2019, Gatter agreed another extension to his deal with the Pitmen as they were moved laterally to the Southern Premier League Central


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