Troubled Poppies hit for four in Devon

Alan Doyle
Alan Doyle

Kettering Town endured a nightmare trip to north Devon as their long trek to Bideford ended in a 4-0 defeat.

The Poppies were stuck in traffic on the M25 for a long spell of their journey and didn’t arrive at the ground until 7.35pm with the kick-off being put back to 8pm.

And once the game started, the problems continued for Alan Doyle’s team that continues to be shuffled about due to the uncertain financial times.

Nathan Fox, who has signed on loan from Corby Town and former Rushden & Diamonds and Tamworth striker Nabil Shariff, who was most recently with Blue Square Bet North side Oxford City, who has signed on non-contract terms, were both added to the squad.

But Kettering still suffered a fifth successive defeat and conceded four goals for the second game in a row.

They fell behind on 22 minutes as Matt Andrew put the hosts in front and Sean Downing doubled the advantage just past the half-hour.

The Poppies did improve after the break with Troy Johnston having a header cleared off the line while Lewis Wilson had a header saved.

But an error by Aidan Da Rosa handed Downing his second of the night and the Poppies defender was immediately substituted following the goal.

And Bideford rounded off a good night for them in the final minute when Kevin Squire made it 4-0.

The result leaves the Poppies a massive 20 points from safety as they now look ahead to Saturday’s trip to Chippenham Town.

There is also still no further news on any takeover of the club with majority shareholder Imraan Ladak maintaining a silence ever since he revealed discussions were taking place with a potential mystery investor.

Find all the latest Poppies news in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph