Kettering Town have released details of how they will stage Monday’s Calor League Division One Central play-off final with Slough Town at Latimer Park.
A bumper crowd – larger than the 1,446 that watched the semi-final success over Daventry Town on Tuesday night – is expected for the 3pm kick-off as the Poppies and the Rebels battle for promotion to the Premier Division.
Kettering have been told that between 250 and 300 fans are expected to travel up from Slough for the clash and they have responded by confirming that turnstiles will open at 1.30pm and that they could even be closed if it is believed there is a danger to the supporters inside the ground.
They have also revealed that segregation could be imposed if necessary.
A statement from the club said: “Monday’s game at Latimer Park provides a logistical challenge for the officials of Kettering Town.
“A large crowd is expected, with Slough advising that they expect 250-300 travelling fans. We hope all spectators will have an enjoyable and safe afternoon.
“Turnstiles are scheduled to open at 1.30pm. At any time afterwards, should the club safety officer or directors feel that there is any danger to supporters inside the ground, due to numbers, the turnstiles may be closed and spectators could be turned away. We hope this will not be necessary.
“There is no segregation planned at present, but the Safety Officer may have to impose segregation or restrict spectator movement within the ground if deemed necessary.
“We would ask all spectators to be understanding and to help make the day run smoothly, and to adhere to instructions given by the stewards.”
With parking at Latimer Park limited, the club have confirmed that nearby Weetabix are opening up between 120 and 150 spaces in their car park, off Station Road and they will be available from midday.
Morrisons are also making 56 spaces available for home supporters only from 2pm until 6pm with a charge of £1, which will be donated to the Sue Ryder charity.
The clubhouse will be open from midday and numbers may be restricted if capacity is reached, although there will be space outside for fans to enjoy a pre and post-match drink.
In closing, the club added: “We would ask that fans respect our neighbours in Burton Latimer.
“Please do not make excessive noise outside of houses, park in front of,or restrict, driveways or leave any litter.”