Poppies bring in goalkeeper Gooch

Liam Gootch denies Rene Howe during Kettering Town's 0-0 draw at Hitchin Town earlier this season. Gootch is set to play for the Poppies today after joining on loan from Luton Town

Liam Gootch denies Rene Howe during Kettering Town's 0-0 draw at Hitchin Town earlier this season. Gootch is set to play for the Poppies today after joining on loan from Luton Town

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Liam Gootch is set to make his debut in goal for Kettering Town this afternoon (Saturday).

The 19-year-old stopper joined the Poppies on a one-month youth loan deal from Sky Bet League Two club Luton Town yesterday to provide cover while Paul White serves a three-match ban following his red card during last weekend’s 3-1 home defeat to Chesham United.

Gootch is set to take over between the sticks for today’s long trek to Weymouth, which is definitely on following a pitch inspection this morning.

Gootch is no stranger to the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division having featured for Hitchin Town earlier this season and he kept a clean sheet against the Poppies in a 0-0 draw.

Luton goalkeeper coach Kevin Dearden said: “Liam benefited a lot from his spell with Hitchin earlier this season and this will be another great experience for him with a big club at Step 3 of the non-League pyramid.”