Moore’s performance draws praise from Saints captain

Stuart Moore saves from John Frendo. Picture: Leigh Page

Stuart Moore saves from John Frendo. Picture: Leigh Page - Credit: Archant

Lee Chappell called Basingstoke goalkeeper Stuart Moore’s performance on Saturday the best he has seen after the shot-stopper earned an unlikely point at Clarence Park.

Moore was the only reason play-off chasing Basingstoke got anything at St Albans City. There was little he could do about Sam Corcoran’s 13th-minute opener, although he did save the initial shot, but thereafter he was incredible.

Time after time he denied City with text-book diving saves – the best of which to keep out a Jamal Lowe curling shot - while also clearing danger with instinctive stops.

Speaking after the game, Chappell said: “I thought we were very good, defensively, offensively. The difference was we came across the best goalkeeper I’ve ever played with or against. We were told before the game that he was fairly good, but to be that good; I’ve never seen a performance like it, he was stopping everything. On another day that was seven or eight clear goals against a lesser goalkeeper.

Moore, 20, is on a season-long loan at the club from Championship side Reading. His older brother Simon is a goalkeeper for Cardiff and during the 2010/11 season, when he was under contract at Brentford, he was loaned out to Basingstoke.