Beck only focused on Poppies’ performances

Poppies manager John Beck
Poppies manager John Beck

John Beck insists Kettering Town will focus solely on their own game as they prepare to head to Stourbridge in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division tonight (Wednesday).

The Poppies, who remain embroiled in crisis off the field following the recent resignation of director Gary Graham, currently sit on minus six points after picking up their fourth draw in five matches with a 1-1 stalemate against Frome Town at the weekend.

At the same time, Stourbridge were winning 4-2 at St Albans City – a victory that saw them move up to third in the early table.

But Poppies boss Beck is concentrating on his own team.

“We get reports on the clubs we are facing either through our own chief scout or through other managers,” he said.

“But, in all honesty, I am only really interested in what we do.

“And at the moment, what we are doing isn’t good enough.

“It is a frustrating time for everyone at the club and we would, in an ideal world, like to strengthen the squad in certain departments.

“But we knew what the situation was when we were fortunate enough to be given the job here.

“I just hope and pray that the supporters understand the situation and stick with us like they have done.

“And hopefully we will continue to improve game-by-game.”

The club’s off-field issues remain firmly in the limelight following the resignation of Graham, which means that majority shareholder Imraan Ladak remains the club’s only director.