Young stopper starring for BasingstokeReading’s Stuart Moore could line up for loan club Basingstoke Town when they visit Whitehawk in the first leg of their Conference South play-off semi-final this evening.
Having finished third in the regular season, Basingstoke face two games against the Brighton-based club before a potential, one-off final against either Boreham Wood or Havant & Waterlooville.
The final will be hosted at the home stadium of the club that finished higher in the regulation season, with the victor earning a place in the Vanarama Conference.
Last weekend, Moore was named as Basingstoke’s Player of the Season and Dragons boss Jason Bristow is full of praise for the Royals’ young stopper.
He said: “I have not got enough good words to say about Stuart. He has been fantastic for us. He is the best goalkeeper in the league by a long shot. He has a very bright future ahead of him.
“He certainly deserves his award. Stuart has saved us many times. He is very good at shot-stopping and is commanding in his area. His professionalism and attitude have been spot on from day one. That is really important. Sometimes when players come in from professional clubs they are not quite as committed to the cause.
“Maybe they do not feel part of the group. But he has been accepted by the players and the supporters, because of the type of person he is.”
Fellow Royal Rob Dickie is also set to feature for Basingstoke in the play-offs. Since linking up with the Dragons, the England U19s international has started 22 games and scored one goal.