Beck wants Poppies to go on the attack

Action from the Poppies' 0-0 draw at Weymouth on Saturday - Picture by Mark Probin

Action from the Poppies' 0-0 draw at Weymouth on Saturday - Picture by Mark Probin

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John Beck wants Kettering Town to show more attacking intent when they take on Hemel Hempstead Town in their first home game the season at Nene Park tonight (7.45pm).

The Poppies kicked off their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division season with a 0-0 draw at Weymouth on Saturday as they made early inroads into their 10-point deduction.

The weekend and the days since have again been dominated by off-field issues with Ritchie Jeune being removed as chairman by the club’s shareholders, who didn’t agree with his plans for the future.

The Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust have also confirmed they will step back from their role of helping to run the club until they hear the shareholders’ plans.

But Beck is keeping his players focused on the job and he wants to see more on the attacking front than what was on show on the south-coast.

“We had three or four chances at Weymouth but we didn’t play well,” the Poppies boss said.

“We will have to play better from an attacking point of view.

“But we are a young team that has only been together for five weeks and we still have the likes of Pacome Gele and Danny Voight who are waiting for international clearance.

“They will make a difference for us and will add some firepower to our attack.

“But we have to go with what we have got at the moment and hopefully we can produce a good performance.”

Beck revealed that midfielder Romone McCrae is joining the Poppies following his release from Sutton United and that he is hopeful of sealing two loan signings from Rotherham United, whom Kettering faced in their final pre-season friendly.

Hemel got their campaign off to a winning start at the weekend as they claimed a 2-1 home win over Chippenham Town.

Former Poppies players Mark Osborn, Stephen O’Leary and Matt Nolan all features for the Tudors and are set to face their former club tonight.