John Beck insists Kettering Town will be “trying hard” to pick up their first win of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign tonight.
It already looks like a key game for the Poppies as they take on Cambridge City at Nene Park (7.45pm).
Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at St Albans City has left Beck’s side on minus five points after they were deducted 10 during the summer after entering a CVA to clear their debts.
Cambridge come into the clash on the back of a 2-1 home defeat to Frome Town, which has left them in the position immediately above Kettering on six points – 11 clear of the bottom side.
The Poppies’ campaign is again being blighted by off-field problems with the playing squad only receiving a percentage of their wages for this month while the Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust sent a strongly-worded open letter to majority shareholder Imraan Ladak last week in which they demanded he lay out his plans for the future.
Beck has continued to go about his business despite the club seemingly fighting for their very existence once again.
And he is hoping to finally repay the club’s fans for their patience tonight.
“It would be fantastic if the supporters could come out and get behind the players,” the Poppies boss said.
“And hopefully they will see a team trying really hard to get a victory.
“We were not good enough at the weekend and we only played well after going 2-0 down. You can’t afford to do that.
“We may well be falling short as far as quality is concerned but I can assure every fan that the players and staff will be working hard to change that.”
Beck, meanwhile, is finally hoping for good news in the saga that has been trying to gain international clearance for striker Pacome Gele.
The Poppies manager added: “We have had an email back from the Belgian FA on that.
“It was me that had to finish off all the paperwork to get this international clearance through.
“It is still up in the air as to how long we will have to wait but hopefully it won’t be long now.
“The good news on that one is that they know the situation and they are trying to resolve it quickly for us.”
Omar Beckles looks set to miss out again through injury but Jamie Griffiths returned to the Poppies’ line-up for Saturday’s defeat.