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Praise for Romford goalkeeper Gooch

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 January 2016

Romford goalkeeper Michael Gooch has impressed this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Romford goalkeeper Michael Gooch has impressed this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Ship Lane boss delighted with young stopper after another spot-kick save on Saturday

Romford goalkeeper Michael Gooch is congratulated after making his third penalty save of the season against Aveley in September (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Romford goalkeeper Michael Gooch is congratulated after making his third penalty save of the season against Aveley in September (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Romford manager Paul Martin has hailed goalkeeper Michael Gooch after he saved his fourth penalty of the season last weekend.

Boro tasted defeat at Dereham Town in the Ryman North as Jake Anema scored with a low drive from 25 yards in the 78th minute.

But Gooch again showed his ability when up against spot-kicks, stopping Luke Tuttle’s penalty just before half time.

Martin praised his young goalkeeper who has kept seven clean sheets this season in all competitions.

He saved two penalties in an FA Cup match with Hoddesdon Town in August before stopping another at Aveley in September.

“Unfortunately we just can’t seem to score away and that is something that needs to be addressed,” said Martin.

“Michael Gooch is having one of the best seasons I have seen anybody ever have. He saved another penalty on Saturday, the fourth one he has made this year and deserved to be on the winning team.

“Their geezer has caught one well and although he got a hand to it, he couldn’t stop it going in. We need to help him out a bit by scoring a few more at the other end.”

Romford did have some chances at Aldiss Park, but Martin admitted nothing he would call clear cut against the Magpies.

It leaves Boro 17th in the table and still nine points above the relegation places in Ryman North, he added: “It is comfortable at the moment as the other teams with the games in hand keeping losing.

“That is going to change soon rather than later, though, so we need to get the wins ourselves to ensure we are safe.

“We have had a tough month, but we have got the two victories against sides below us and lost against the ones above so on paper it was expected, but I did fancy us at Dereham.”

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