Beckwith wants shirt back

FIT-AGAIN defender Dean Beckwith is hoping he will finally be able to stake a claim for a place in Town’s defence after putting a calf injury behind him, writes Mark Wood.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 17th February 2012, 8:00 am

Having injured the soleus during training he has been a frustrated bystander ever since.

But he impressed in last Tuesday’s 2-1 FA Trophy victory over Kidderminster, getting 90 minutes under his belt, as he now looks to put pressure on the successful centre-half pairing of George Pilkington and Janos Kovacs.

The 28-year-old defender said: “I hadn’t played a competitive game for quite a few months. It was great to get a game under my belt and play a full 90 minutes.

“I had been out for five to six weeks with a calf injury which was annoying. I tried to come back and train after two to three weeks and it didn’t feel right and kept niggling me. It was a good competitive game to come back to. It was good to get 90 minutes and through to the next round.”

This weekend Luton travel to Tamworth and Beckwith is hoping to be in the reckoning.

He said: “Hopefully I will be in and around the team and I’ve trained well the last couple of weeks. We’ll see what happens at the weekend and take it from there.

“There was really no reason for the manager to change things. They’ve been keeping clean sheets and winning games.

“In training I’ve been doing well over the last two to three weeks I’ve been back.

“Hopefully I can get back in the team and it’s then up to me to keep my place.”

And he believes the FA Trophy not only provides a great opportunity of getting to Wembley but also a great chance for everyone to play competitive games.

He added: “I did OK the other night in Kidderminster. It was a good game to play in.

“It’s a home draw against Gateshead. Then the semi and if we get through next it’s Wembley.

“It’s a great opportunity for players to get games, especially players like myself that haven’t played that much.

“It’s going to be another good game against another good team in our division and at home as well.

“It’s not a trophy going nowhere, the final is at Wembley. No-one wants to be dropped.

“The final being at Wembley, everyone wants the opportunity to play there.”