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Feb 10 2012 By Jon Batham
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CRAIG Ross is getting used to playing in the shadow of goalkeeping legends.
The Hampton & Richmond keeper produced one of the performances of his life to see the Beavers through to the last 16 of the FA Trophy.
His stunning display came two days after his 21st birthday and provided further evidence of his ability to cope with the pressure of having the man he displaced in the no.1 jersey, fans’ favourite Matt Lovett, waiting in the wings.
However, the former Reading and Palace junior's previous experience at Ashford Town, where he claimed the jersey from Tangerines stalwart Paul Burgess, was a useful dry run for the current challenge.
He said: “I found myself in a similar situation when I was at Ashford with Paul Burgess. I was 17 then and coming in to replace someone like him who had been there so long.
“He signed for Ashford the year I was born. I have had the pressure before of a legend in the wings, so to come in and put my own reputation in front of theirs isn’t new to me.
“Matt has been here for a long time, but hopefully I can do that here and have the same reputation he has.”
Meanwhile, Hampton's next venture into the FA Trophy, the twice-postponed tie against Northwich Victoria, has been rearranged to be played at Nantwich Town FC on Tuesday night.