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Poppies crisis runs deep as just 10 players turn up for 7-0 defeat

Poppies Defeat: Irthlingborough, Nene Park, Kettering Town FC Vs Concord Rangers FA Trophy first round.  
Newest manager Alan Doyle takes to the dug out after the sudden departure of John Beck 
Saturday  29th  September 2012

Poppies Defeat: Irthlingborough, Nene Park, Kettering Town FC Vs Concord Rangers FA Trophy first round. Newest manager Alan Doyle takes to the dug out after the sudden departure of John Beck Saturday 29th September 2012

The end appears to be nigh for Kettering Town.

Just when Poppies fans thought they had seen it all, they were met with unprecedented scenes ahead of the 7-0 home defeat to Bashley as their club were only able to name 10 players.

Caretaker-manager Alan Doyle confirmed before the game that he was struggling to get 11 players together after he claimed a new transfer embargo was placed on the club on Thursday.

In the end, he was able to field just the 10 with goalkeeper Ben Gathercole being named on the team sheet, although he failed to turn up.

It meant Doyle had to send his team out in a 4-4-1 formation with striker Will Muzvimbiri playing at right-back while Matt Bamber, who featured in the NFA Hillier Cup win over Peterborough Northern Star in midweek, started at centre-half.

The incredible situation comes during another financial crisis for the Poppies.

Again, the players were not paid on Friday, which was due to be their payday while the majority shareholder is still claiming to be trying to offload the club to a mystery consortium.

But with the latest issue being not being able to raise a team, it now looks like a matter of time until the Poppies cease to exist. They are due to play again at Leamington on Tuesday.

As you would expect, it was the visitors who dominated possession and Charlie Knight fired a free-kick wide while Laurie Walker saved well from Josh Casey’s deflected effort.

However, despite the best efforts of Kettering 10, Bashley did take the lead on the half-hour when James Stokoe stabbed home from close-range from Casey’s inswinging free-kick.

The remainder of the half was competitive if nothing else but the visitors all-but killed the game off four minutes into the second half when Stokoe turned and fired home just moments after Carl Foster had hit the bar from close-range.

And that proved to be the beginning of the end as far as the contest was concerned.

Foster made it 3-0 three minutes later when he scored from a couple of yards after good work from Stokoe and the substitute added his second two minutes later after he was set up by Tom Hill.

Pacome Gele forced visiting goalkeeper Stewart Kearn into his first save with a low shot but that was a rare move into the visitors’ half.

Walker brilliantly tipped Charlie Knight’s free-kick onto the crossbar but it was 5-0 just a couple of minutes later when substitute Pearce Farren slid in to finish off a low cross.

Bashley were in no mood to show any mercy and they grabbed their sixth on 82 minutes when Matt Vokes fired home and it was the same player who made it seven towards the end with a fine strike.

Gele struck the post late on but nothing could be taken away from the 10 players who tried so hard and deserve credit just for turning up.

Whether they will be willing to do it again on Tuesday is another matter entirely.

Kettering Town, as a club, looks finished unless something drastic happens.

Poppies (4-4-1): Walker; Muzvimbiri, Ifil, Bamber, Burns; Bonnett-Johnson, King, Farrell, Gele; Byerley.

Bashley (4-1-4-1): Kearn; Strickland, Middleton, Richardson, Oliver; Finlay (sub Foster, 31 mins); Hill, Jenkinson (sub Vokes, 74 mins), Casey, Knight (sub Farren, 71 mins); Stokoe. Subs not used: Gazzard, Lompato-Pires.

Referee: Ben James.

Goals: Stokoe (30 mins, 0-1), Stokoe (49 mins, 0-2), Foster (52 mins, 0-3), Foster (54 mins, 0-4), Farren (72 mins, 0-5), Vokes (82 mins, 0-6), Vokes (89 mins, 0-7).

Bookings: Foster, Farrell (both fouls).

Attendance: 304.

 

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