Date: 12th July 2008 at 2:42pm
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ACCRINGTON Stanley’s assistant gaffer Jimmy Bell has admitted that the 30 points deduction imposed on Luton Town is a major help to Stanley who once again aim up the league.

Bell admitted that the Play-Offs are the main aim for the Fraser Eagle Stadium outfit, but is happy that the southerners will have to face the deduction as it will help out if things should go wrong.

Bell told the Lancashire Telegraph: “It`s nice to get an edge on them, but our aim is to get into the play-offs as it always has been.

“However, if we find ourselves struggling like we have in past seasons, it`s good to have a cushion at the bottom.

Luton will start next season with a handicap of -30 points, which could see them in non league football this time next year, which would be a very harsh fait considering that just three seasons ago they were at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship for most of the season.

The club failed to agree a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) to exit administration and the Kenilworth Road club have been hit hard.

A 10 points deduction by Football Association chiefs was put in place last month for breaching regulations over payments to agents, so the further 20 points leaves them fighting for their lives.