Controversy over on-loan Cambridge keeper

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Cambridge goalkeeper Adam Smith looks set to make only his second appearance for the club on Wednesday after his controversial loan move from Leicester.

Smith was drafted in last Friday to solve Cambridge’s goalkeeper crisis, which has seen them use five different players between the sticks this season.

Cambridge started the season with Chris Maxwell on loan from Fleetwood, while Charlton loanee John Sullivan also played three times during his spell at the club.

Will Norris then became first choice until he got injured, while Swiss keeper Benjamin Siegrist also picked up an injury after making three appearances and had to return to parent club Aston Villa.

That left the club without a recognised keeper until Smith’s late arrival prior to their 2-0 defeat at Gateshead.

The 21-year-old’s only other senior football experience came with a seven-game spell on loan at Nuneaton last season.

The U’s required special permission from the Conference to bring in Smith after Norris picked up a foot injury.

The Conference altered their original stance that Cambridge could only bring in a keeper from a lower level by allowing them to sign Smith.

That led to Alfreton boss Nicky Law criticising the decision after his attempt to sign Saul Deeney on loan from Derby was rejected by the Conference in similar circumstances this season.

Similarly, Tamworth had to play youth team keeper Louis Connor in a crucial final day battle to avoid the drop against Forest Green in 2011 after having their appeals for special dispensation waved away.