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Stratford Town goalkeeper Louis Beresford gets high praise after fine display against his beloved Leicester City

HEAD coach Paul Davis says he would have no problem in putting Louis Beresford between the sticks should something happen to first-choice goalkeeper Liam O'Brien following an impressive display against Leicester City.

Stratford Town head coach Paul Davis, right. Photo: Mark Williamson F25/8/21/3597
Stratford Town head coach Paul Davis, right. Photo: Mark Williamson F25/8/21/3597

The 17-year-old is a keen Foxes fan and there was no way a planned family holiday was stopping him from playing against the team he supports yesterday, Tuesday.

Although the Bards ended up on the wrong side of a 3-1 scoreline at the Arden Garages Stadium, Beresford did not look fazed between the sticks and pulled off a number of fine saves which caught the eye.

And his impressive performance earned him quite the appraisal from Davis.

“Louis covered himself in all sorts of glory on Tuesday,” said the Bards head coach.

“He was supposed to be going on holiday on Friday and I said to him on Thursday night that I wanted him to play against Leicester City, however, I did not know he supported Leicester.

"It was just to give Liam O’Brien a rest and Louis almost broke down in tears finding out he was playing against the team he supports and he was absolutely outstanding.

“For a 17-year-old to play like he did is full credit to him.

“When we first took him close lockdown, he looked good, but when you’re a 17-year-old goalkeeper in the Southern League, I was a bit wary to trust him as a No. 2.

“However, he’s done really well all pre-season, does well in training and that typifies it.

“If Liam – heaven forbid and touch wood – ever breaks down, we’d have no problems playing Louis in goal, no problems at all.”

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