Electricity cut off after Poppies fail to pay bill

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The power has been cut off at Nene Park after Kettering Town FC failed to pay its bill over a long period of time.

The club’s electricity provider EDF Energy has confirmed that the electricity supply has been cut off – adding that it tried to help the Poppies on numerous occasions.

An EDF spokesman said: “It is unfortunate that we have to take this action as a last resort, however we felt we were left with no choice.

“The club has been using electricity without paying for it for a considerable period. We did offer ways they could pay off the debt over time, but none were taken up.”

It is unclear just how much the club owes to the energy provider, with EDF unwilling to release the figures and no statement as yet from the Poppies.

This news comes after it was confirmed by the Evo-Stick Southern League that tonight’s clash at Leamington has been cancelled due to lack of player availability at the Poppies.

The troubled club is struggling to survive following a dramatic week where, on Saturday, the Poppies were able to field just 10 players in the 7-0 defeat to lowly Bashley.

The defeat came after caretaker-manager Alan Doyle revealed the club had been placed under another transfer embargo by the Football Association, preventing them from signing new players for the game.

The Poppies’ financial meltdown appeared to plunge deeper this week with players still not being paid and the fact that the club has now missed payments on its Company Voluntary Arrangement.

But for now, with no comment coming out of the club, the FA or the Evo-Stik Southern League, the very future of Kettering Town FC remains shrouded in darkness.

However, with no electricity at the stadium and not enough players for tonight’s game it appears that the lights are edging closer to finally going out for Kettering Town FC.