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Lordswood play back-up keeper Rilwan Anibaba outfield against Corinthian in their Southern Counties East Premier Division match

Injury problems got so bad for Lordswood on Saturday they ended up with two goalkeepers on the pitch.

Rilwan Anibaba was serving a dual role on the bench against Corinthian, as back-up to keeper Kameron Edwards and as emergency cover outfield if required.

Rilwan Anibaba playing in goal for Lordswood against Sheppey United earlier this season Picture: Sean Aidan
Rilwan Anibaba playing in goal for Lordswood against Sheppey United earlier this season Picture: Sean Aidan

He ended up coming on in midfield for the last 15 minutes of the Southern Counties East Premier Division match after Lordswood had been reduced to 10 men.

Boss Darren Anslow may have had a huge injury list but he wasn’t using that as an excuse after losing the match 3-0.

Anslow said: “I feel for the boys but at the same time you can’t excuse that kind of performance. We concede a goal and you can see the body language changes, heads drop.

“The injuries haven’t helped, it’s been a nightmare on that front, but the performance on Saturday was the worst since I’ve been at the club.

“There have been contributing factors but we have to do a lot better. I could see the confidence has drained out of the players.

Lordswood manager Darren Anslow has to call on his back-up keeper to play outfield following a number of injuries Picture: Sean Aiden
Lordswood manager Darren Anslow has to call on his back-up keeper to play outfield following a number of injuries Picture: Sean Aiden

Jai McKinlay, Jamie Taylor, Michael Kuku and Juljano Marku were all cautioned by the busy referee and Emmanuel Maja picked up two bookings, earning him a red card.

Anslow put Anibaba on following the dismissal.

“He can play a bit but that is the situation we are in,” said Anslow.

“He was my only other fit player on the bench. He has been away working abroad for 10 days, he missed three games and Kam came in and did well. It wasn’t fair to pull him out and make him look like a scapegoat (after a poor run of results).

“I wasn’t taking the Mickey out of the game by playing him but that’s the only option we had. The officials were told before the match that we only had two fit subs really from the four and he had an outfield number as well.”

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