Scott Bevan will swap a place in Milton Keynes Dons' reserve team for the chance to play in Tamworth's two biggest games of the season so far after answering a goalkeeper SOS last night.
The 25-year-old Bevan has joined on a month's loan from the League One club after the Lambs player-manager Mark Cooper learned that youngster James Dormand needed surgery to check out a worrying knee injury.
Bevan will make his debut in tomorrow's trip to titlechasing Exeter City while the Dons will also allow him to play in next Saturday's FA Cup first- round tie at Bournemouth.
Dormand, who has been the No 1 at The Lamb since signing on a season-long loan deal from Birmingham City, hurt his knee training with Blues last week and missed Tamworth's Cup win over Altrincham last Saturday. The problem flared up again yesterday and he will undergo an exploratory operation today.
Cooper said: "We initially thought it wasn't a major concern but his knee locked up in training with Blues yesterday and he was booked in straightaway for an exploratory operation. It's too early to say what the problem is and how long he will be missing but we had to rush around to get Scott signed."
Bevan - a former Southampton player when Lambs assistant manager Richard Dryden was there - has played in the League and Conference after spells on loan with Wycombe, Woking and Huddersfield before joining the Dons in March 2004.
Cooper will have to rule out cup hero Jake Edwards, whose two late goals accounted for Alty last week, since the striker is on a threemonth loan from Exeter and the Lambs agreed not to play him against them.
Centre-back Matt Redmile is also missing from the squad as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem.