John Beck has admitted Kettering Town will need to pay Wisbech Town “a lot more respect” when the two teams meet in tonight’s (Tuesday) FA Cup first qualifying round replay.
Blue Square Bet North side Boston United – old rivals of the Poppies – await the winners in the second qualifying round.
And Beck insists his Kettering side will need to do a lot more than they did during Saturday’s 0-0 draw in Cambridgeshire if they are to prevail against the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side tonight.
But manager Beck is remaining focused on the football and he is asking his players to be “bold” in their approach this evening.
“We have been disappointed with our form when it comes to the attacking side of things,” the Poppies boss said.
“And I must, again, apologise to the fans and I really hope they can stand by us during this difficult time.
“I thought Wisbech were magnificent on Saturday and we have got to pay the opposition a lot more respect and try to get the job done.
“We are going to make a couple of changes and see what we can do.
“We need to be better when it comes to passing the ball to each other and getting it out to our wide men where we are capable of causing problems.
“I will be asking the lads to be bold and let’s see if we can get at them.
“Our big problem has been scoring goals, we haven’t looked like doing that in open play. And that is something that needs to change.”
Injured pair Jamie Griffiths and Omar Beckles will miss tonight’s clash while the club are still awaiting international clearance for striker Pacome Gele.
Tonight’s clash again comes against the backdrop of more off-field problems for the Poppies with everyone waiting to see what the next move is after majority shareholder Imraan Ladak revealed a mystery person or persons had made a “seven-figure offer” to buy the Nene Park stadium.
Yesterday, former chairman Ritchie Jeune who had hoped to seal a groundshare with Corby Town in a bid to reduce costs, said on social networking site twitter that he was “out” of the club.
It is understood that some of the money owed to the Poppies squad after they didn’t received their wages in full as expected last Wednesday has now been paid.
Jeune wrote on twitter: “Hope that #KTFC can find away out of this mess and that a new owner is in place soon. As they say in dragons den I’m out.”
And when questioned by Northants Telegraph sports reporter Jon Dunham on the social networking site, Jeune added: “After the lies that are being told by the current owner and the heir apparent I would not throw my hat in that ring.”
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