Beck: Poppies are lacking punch up front

Poppies boss John Beck

Poppies boss John Beck

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John Beck believes Kettering Town are still “lacking punch up front” after they were held to yet another draw in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

The Poppies now find themselves on minus six points after they drew 1-1 with Frome Town at Nene Park with Ben Gerring grabbing the equaliser after the visitors had taken the lead.

But boss Beck’s frustration was compounded by Warren Byerley seeing a second-half penalty saved.

And the Poppies manager is hoping it won’t be long before he can add strikers Danny Voight and Pacome Gele to the fold with both still waiting for international clearance.

“We have had spells in all of our games were we have dominated play but we are a bit short of that punch up front,” Beck said.

“We feel we have a couple of lads in Pacome and Danny who can help us in that department and we hope that international clearance will come through before the end of next week, although both lads have slight knocks because we have been working them so hard to prepare them.

“We had our moments against Frome and I think we had something like 24 corners, which we must take advantage of.

“We are what we are.

“The lads have been together for seven or eight weeks and they have had a pre-season and they have worked very hard.

“We aren’t getting beaten and the lads are doing the best they can.

“But we do lack that certain something up front and hopefully it won’t be long before we can change that.”

Romone McCrae, Sean Bonnett-Johnson and Dalton Harris, who were all on non-contract deals with the Poppies, have been released.

Don’t miss more reaction from John Beck on this website on Monday.