John Beck believes the Kettering Town players were “a credit to themselves and the club” as a brave effort was not quite enough at Boston United in the FA Cup.
The troubled Poppies squad gave it a good go against the Blue Square Bet North side at York Street but were edged out by Ben Fairclough’s second-half goal.
And manager Beck was delighted with the performance of his side, who sit at the foot of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division and are still yet to receive their full wages for September.
“The boys were a credit to themselves and the club,” the Poppies boss said.
“They had a right go at it and the game could have gone either way.
“We had three or four good chances to score and they hit the bar as well. But I have nothing but good things to say about our lads.
“We were still without Omar Beckles and Jamie Griffiths had a groin strain so we didn’t have two key players.
“But I am delighted with the effort the boys put in.
“We got through a tricky tie against Wisbech and we have gone to Boston and given them a good game.
“I overheard their manager and coach talking to their players and they were just pleased to get through. We gave them plenty to think about, it is just a shame we couldn’t grab a goal.”
Beck chose not to comment on the off-field issues at Nene Park as the financial problems continue to build.
It is understood the squad are due to meet with majority shareholder Imraan Ladak tomorrow (Monday).