Doyle so despondent as Poppies are well beaten

Alan Doyle
Alan Doyle

“I’m feeling despondent”.

That was the reaction of Kettering Town manager Alan Doyle after seeing his team beaten 4-1 by Bedworth United at Corby Town’s Steel Park stadium.

The Poppies started the game well with new loan signing Lewis Wilson putting them in front early on.

But the visitors fought back and eventually ran out comfortable winners while Kettering were reduced to 10 men late on when Will Muzvimbiri saw red.

The Poppies remain 19 points adrift of safety in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division ahead of Tuesday’s long trip to Bideford, although that game is already in doubt after the Devon side had a game called off due to the bad weather at the weekend.

In the meantime, talk of mystery investors still being in discussions with majority shareholder Imraan Ladak seems to have quietened with Ladak maintaining a silence for the time being.

On the pitch, problems remain as Doyle tries to keep a team going on no budget and with young players while Ritchie Jeune and his band of volunteers continue to keep the club alive.

But despite the adversity in front of him, Doyle was feeling downbeat following a fourth successive league defeat.

“We started well and for the first 25 minutes things were looking good, I thought we would kick on and get more goals,” he said.

“But I am dealing with a lot of young players and they are prone to silly mistakes, no matter what is said to them.

“The difference between having experienced players in your team and not was there for all to see. In the end I was feeling a bit embarrassed to be honest.

“I just feel sorry for the fans and I have to apologise to them. Everyone knows about the uncertainty at the club but fans still want to see their team picking up points and winning matches.

“The average age of our team was 19.6 years old and that is the youngest I have every had to deal with in men’s football.

“I am extremely despondent at the moment. I woke up in the morning feeling full of excitement and now I feel a embarrassed.

“The fans know what I am having to work with and I know they are behind me. But I want to give something back to them and it’s hard because at the moment I am unable to.”

Among the crowd of 406 at Steel Park were former Poppies manager Mark Cooper and ex-director Lee Thorn while former Kettering players Jean-Paul Marna and Patrick Noubissie were also in the stands.