Doyle happy with an improvement despite another Poppies defeat

Nabil Shariff has left Kettering Town after just one game

Nabil Shariff has left Kettering Town after just one game

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Alan Doyle was pleased with an improvement from Kettering Town, despite them slipping to another defeat at Chippenham Town.

The Poppies were beaten 3-0 in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division to make it nine successive defeats and six in a row since the club began playing again after a month without any action.

Doyle again had to rely on a young squad to take on Chippenham and they were eventually well beaten but the Poppies boss insisted it was not without a fight.

“It has been a tough week and we have covered around 1,000 miles including the trip to Bideford on Tuesday night,” he said.

“I knew it was going to be hard at Chippenham because they are always a top five or six side and they have some very good players.

“We went there and played a man holding in front of the back four and we looked more solid than we did on midweek.

“It was an improvement but the fact is we are using young players in a man’s league and it is always going to be difficult.

“But I can’t have any complaints about the effort that has been put in. The lads are trying very hard for the club.

“Yet again we were trying to bring one or two players in on the morning of the game but that didn’t really come off for us.

“But it won’t stop us from trying to add players where we can.”

Nabil Shariff has left Kettering after just one game and the long-term future of the club still remains in doubt with majority shareholder Imraan Ladak still maintaining a silence on any potential new investment.

The Poppies are back in action on Sunday when they take on Chesham United at Corby Town’s Steel Park stadium.