Rhys Lovett: 'I had it in my head that I was going to score'

Rhys Lovett admitted it was his intention to try and find the back of the net when he came on as a substitute for Josh Kelly in Maidenhead United’s victory against Boreham Wood.

The Magpies goalkeeper, deputising as a centre forward for the injured Kelly, managed to score in the 93rd minute to put a gloss on Maidenhead’s final game of the National League season on Saturday.

Lovett arrived at York Road on March 26, signing from National League North outfit Gloucester City after their campaign was declared null and void. Under boss Alan Devonshire, Lovett tallied up five appearances this season as a replacement stopper for Taye Ashby-Hammond.

“When I came on in the 87th minute, I had in my head ‘I’m going to score’,” said Lovett. “That was all I could think about, and it was just mad that it ended up happening.

“We only had three subs for the match. It was me and two outfield players. I sort of knew there would be a possibility of me coming on when Kells (Josh Kelly) started struggling and I could see him limping from the 50th minute onwards.

“I guess I was in the right place at the right time.

“When I was at Cheltenham (Town), weirdly enough, there were three ‘keepers there. When we trained, I used to play outfield sometimes.

“That experience probably helped me out at the weekend.”

On the team’s reaction, Lovett added: “The gaffer was happy. He didn’t say much but I could tell he was happy and so were all the lads to be fair.

“They’ve all been great to me since I arrived, and it’s been a good season [for Maidenhead United]. It was just a shame to get injured [against Notts County] as it put me on the sidelines for a while.

“I took a blow to the chest, and it turned out to be inner bruising. It still is quite sore now and my first training session back was the Thursday before the game against Boreham.”

Asked if the pain went away when he scored, Lovett laughed: “It did. I ran and did a knee slide to celebrate.

“It was a good moment and a nice way to end the season.”

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