A non-league side managed by the former Premier League star has been forced to use TWO strikers in goal after the keeper was sent off

A NON-league side had to play TWO strikers in goal in bizarre scenes.

Aldershot Town is managed in the National League by former Southampton midfielder Tommy Widdrington.

Aldershot Town had to rely on striker Lorent Tolaj to get in goal


Aldershot Town had to rely on striker Lorent Tolaj to get in goalPhoto credit: TNT Sports
Kwame Thomas also took off his gloves in the rubble of a game


Kwame Thomas also took off his gloves in the rubble of a gamePhoto credit: TNT Sports

And the gaffer’s decision not to have a backup goalkeeper in his squad at Eastleigh on Saturday proved costly.

That’s because number 1 Jordi van Stappershoef saw a red card in the 34th minute for knocking out Eastleigh striker Aidan Barlow just outside the box.

Unable to fall back on a backup striker, Widdrington instead turned to Swiss striker Lorent Tolaj, who came on to replace fellow striker Tommy Willard.

But Tolaj entered the field in the spare Shots goalkeeper jersey and donned a pair of gloves before taking his place between the posts.

Unsurprisingly, however, his very first action was to get the ball out of the net when Chris Maguire scored right off the resulting free-kick following Van Stappershoef’s foul.

And after half-time things got even worse for Tolaj and Aldershot as Enzio Boldewijn doubled the hosts’ lead.

At this point, Woddrington decided to mix it up.

And he opted to swap Tolaj for Kwame Thomas, another striker who, however, started the game in his usual forward position.


However, Aldershot’s goalkeeper was unlucky the third time as Thomas also conceded without touching the ball, while Boldewijn scored his second in the 70th minute – and the game ended 3-0.

TNT Sports commentator Adam Summerton tweeted, “I never thought I would be commentating on a game where a team has three different goaltenders.”

And fans took to social media to spread the whole mess of a situation.

One said: “I’m delighted for TNT audiences to get a glimpse of 90 Minutes of Aldershot Town. football heritage.”

Another wrote: “For Aldershot to swap a non-goalkeeper for another non-goalkeeper after our goalkeeper was sent off is a non-goalkeeper classic.”

A third added: “Absolutely shocking. It all started with a very hasty decision by a bad goalkeeper. Awkward. End.”

And a recent user commented, “Just play Rush Keeper.”

Widdrington took over Aldershot after two years at King's Lynn


Widdrington took over Aldershot after two years at King’s LynnCredit: Paul Marriott
He came through the ranks at Southampton


He came through the ranks at SouthamptonPhoto credit: Rex


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