James Comley forced to don the gloves as Notts County deliver Maidenhead United 'payback'

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Maidenhead United midfielder James Comley was forced to play almost half of the game against Notts County between the sticks following goalkeeper Rhys Lovett’s injury on Tuesday evening.

Having picked up multiple knocks throughout the first half, Lovett was withdrawn from the pitch shortly after the break, with his gloves – and a Magpies goalkeeping jersey from seasons past – tossed to Comley.

The interim stopper, standing at 5ft 10in, was well protected by his outfield players for an impressive 15-minute spell in which Maidenhead chased down their visitors and attacked with purpose at the other end.

However, things soon started to unravel with the visitors adopting a shoot on sight policy.

It wasn't long before James O’Brien was able to slot away his and County’s second following a ‘sloppy’ mix-up in the Magpies’ backline.

Ian Burchnall’s men made it three from the spot moments later, thanks to O’Brien, and Ruben Rodrigues capped off a frustrating match for Maidenhead with a low driven effort past Comley.

“It was just one of those nights,” said Comley.

“I’ve ended up in goal and it’s a risk that quite a few teams in this division take.

“We’ve had one player go off at half-time through injury (Jerry Wiltshire), and then I’ve had to go in goal as Rhys (Lovett) came off.

“It’s tough, but even with that happening, and two players having to shift about, a couple of the goals [we conceded] were disappointing.

“I think it was a sloppy one for the second and then even giving away the penalty – the ref said our player dragged him down but I’m not sure.

“Overall, it’s disappointing. I thought we could’ve fought a little bit better to the end.”

Comley added: “At 1-0 I thought we were going to get back in the game which would’ve been a big surprise.”

“At the start of the second half we started to get in the game more and we found some good pockets of space.

“But, when we had to shift around, I think it broke our momentum.

“From our point of view, we conceded a poor goal to start with and when you do that, it’s always hard to get back into the game no matter the circumstances.

“We’ve beat a lot of the big teams so far this season and they (Notts County) obviously wanted to give us payback for when we beat them.

“You win some, you lose some.”

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