Beckles unconcerned with Poppies’ 10-point deduction

Kettering Town and manager John Beck kick off the new season at Weymouth today

Kettering Town and manager John Beck kick off the new season at Weymouth today

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Kettering Town aren’t concerned about starting the new Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division season with a 10-point deduction.

That is the view of midfielder Omar Beckles as the Poppies head to Weymouth for the curtain-raiser this afternoon.

The new-look Kettering side, led by John Beck, will be on the back foot in the early part of the campaign after the penalty points were handed to them following the decision to put the club into a Company Voluntary Arrangement to clear its crippling debts of £1.2m.

But Beckles is relaxed about the situation.

The 20-year-old said: “The 10-point deduction isn’t a concern to us at the moment.

“For the first few games, no-one is looking at the league table.

“We just have to get our heads down and try to get some points on the board.

“And then look at it again in a couple of months and see where we are.”

Beckles, meanwhile, believes there is a good mixture of youth and experience in the Poppies squad.

Beck has been forced to start virtually from scratch and with less money to play with, the squad does have a youthful look to it.

But Beckles said: “We have the right mixture.

“We have a lot of young lads who really want it and they want to progress in the game.

“And there are a few experienced heads in there as well and they are lads we can learn from.”