Young Luton Town goalkeeper Liam Gooch has joined Non-League side Kettering Town on a one-month youth loan.

It is the 19-year-old’s second experience of the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division this season, having spent time on loan with Hitchin Town before Christmas.

Ironically, Gooch’s first appearance in competitive senior football came against the Northamptonshire club when he kept a clean sheet in the goalless draw at Top Field in mid-November.

The Stotfold-based stopper, who starred in last season’s Under-18s team that reached the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals and won the Football League Youth Alliance league and cup double, could make his debut for the Poppies on their trip to Weymouth on Saturday.

Goalkeeper coach Kevin Dearden said: “Liam benefitted 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.”

Hatters youth team defender Harry Bean has joined Evo-Stik League Southern Premier neighbours Dunstable Town on work experience.

Bean, the 18-year-old who can play in either full-back role or at centre-half, is the latest of Andy Awford and Paul Driver’s talented youngsters to be sent out to gain experience of senior men’s football.

The second-year scholar is due to stay with Tony Fontenelle’s side until the end of the season, although as with all work experience loans, the Hatters have an immediate recall option should the need arise.

Driver said: “Harry’s done really well in the youth team and development games against players his own age, but he’s also stepped up in the Beds Senior and Premier Cup matches when he’s had to deal with senior Non-League players at places like Barton Rovers, Stotfold and Dunstable.

“Spending time at a club competing week in, week out at that level will give him great experience, coming up against men will also aid his physical development.”


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