Alfreton Town play entire match with midfielder Anthony Howell in goal | inside World Soccer

Injury-hit Alfreton Town were forced to play midfielder Anthony Howell in goal for the entirety of their 5-1 loss at Lincoln City in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay.

Stand-in Alfreton Town goalkeeper Anthony Howell concedes a goal to Lincoln City
Stand-in Alfreton Town goalkeeper Anthony Howell concedes a goal to Lincoln City

Photo: Lincoln City FC

Alfreton went into Tuesday's match without a goalkeeper after James Severn and Cameron Dawson picked up injuries.

In normal circumstances, Alfreton would bring in another set of hands, yet under FA regulations only players eligible for the first match can play in the second.

With two goalkeepers injured and an appeal for an emergency goalkeeper to be brought in turned down by the FA, the Reds were thankful to midfielder Howell for going in goal.

However, Howell was unable to stop his side from crashing out of the competition after conceding five goals to the hosts.

"Anthony Howell did well in goal, he was probably our best player," Alfreton manager Nicky Law said after the match.

"He kicked well, came and punched a few and could do nothing about the goals. It was nothing he did, it was the ten in front of him."

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