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Reserve Keeper

12 April 2016

Alex Kenyon's goalkeeping ambitions began with a joke.

SHRIMPS' midfielder Alex Kenyon said his goalkeeping ambitions all began with a joke before last season's FA Cup tie against Dover.

The midfielder was forced to go into goal after Barry Roche was sent off against Hartlepool on Saturday with The Shrimps without a substitute stopper due to Kieran O’Hara’s ankle knock.

Kenyon couldn’t keep out Luke James’ penalty and also conceded a second late when Rhys Oates scored from close range.

The 23-year-old said: “Last year when we went to Dover in the FA Cup we hadn’t got a goalkeeper until the day.

“We got Joe Lumley (on loan from Queens Park Rangers) in the end but I bought a pair of ‘keeper gloves and turned up wearing them saying ‘don’t worry lads, I’m here’.

“Since then it’s sort of stuck that I think I can be a goalkeeper.

“I don’t mind going in, but it was just disappointing that we lost.”

"That’s the first time I’ve ever been a goalkeeper.

“We’d said before the game when Kieran was struggling with his ankle that it’d be me to go in goal because I’ve done in it the past when I’ve been messing around and stuff.

“The gaffer asked if I would and I said ‘obviously, I’ll play anywhere’.

“I didn’t really have much to do apart from pick it out of the goal twice.”

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