Beckwith wants to spring FA Cup surprise over Cobblers

FRUSTRATED defender Dean Beckwith is hoping to get the nod to face his former team when the Hatters entertain Northampton Town in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday, writes Mark Wood.

Beckwith, who lost his place in the starting XI following his dismissal for an off-the-ball incident in the 1-0 defeat of Lincoln, was recalled for the 5-1 victory over Hendon in the last round.

He’s hoping to keep hold of his cup place, saying: “Obviously I’ve been a bit disappointed for me personally not being in the team and getting a game.

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“I played in the last FA Cup game against Hendon so it would be nice to play and I have some good friends there. I had a good two years there.

“I don’t know what the manager is thinking selection wise. I’m disappointed I’m not playing at the minute, I would like to think I would play but I don’t know either way at the minute.”

On winning his place back, he said: “I don’t know what more to do. I’ve got my head down and worked hard in training.

“I’ll see what happens in the next couple of weeks and hopefully I will be playing football again.”

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But Beckwith, 28, who spent two years at the Cobblers, has warned the Hatters to expect a tough test against the League Two strugglers.

He said: “It’s a big game for us, a good test. They are in League Two struggling down at the bottom.

“They shouldn’t be where they are in the league and have been unlucky in a few games. It’s a good test for us. That squad should be challenging for getting out of League Two.”

He is also expecting a fantastic atmosphere when the two near neighbours clash, saying: “There’s always a special atmosphere in the FA Cup, home or away.

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“There’s 30 miles between the two clubs and Northampton’s away fans are good, they are up there with Luton’s. They take a good crowd away and get behind their team.”

Town boss Gary Brabin, meanwhile, believes his side are definitely in with a shout of causing what technically would be an upset at the weekend.

He added: “It’s a bit of a local derby, a good game and a good draw and certainly one that will get a bit of a crowd in on the day. I am very traditional and I do like the FA Cup.

“When we play to our maximum and we’ve got a full strength side out and are playing to the best of our ability, I think a lot of games are certainly winable. They’re up there, got a good manager, who wants a bit of time to put his stamp on things.”

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