Goalkeeper Walker devastated as the end draws closer for Poppies

Action from Kettering Town's 7-0 defeat to Bashley. Pictures by Steven Prouse
Action from Kettering Town's 7-0 defeat to Bashley. Pictures by Steven Prouse

Kettering Town goalkeeper Laurie Walker says his confidence has “gone through the floor” after a devastating day for the club ended in a 7-0 home defeat to Bashley.

The Poppies were able to put only 10 players on the pitch for the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division clash after the club was hit by another Football Association transfer embargo last Thursday.

Action from Kettering Town's 7-0 defeat to Bashley. Pictures by Steven Prouse

Action from Kettering Town's 7-0 defeat to Bashley. Pictures by Steven Prouse

The controversial day was seen by many as the final act for the club, whose existence has been hanging by a thread for sometime.

Players are still owed money from last month and no-one was paid anything on their latest payday on Friday.

That came at the end of a week in which it was revealed the club has now missed payments on its Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) while it is believed that other bills, including the electricity at Nene Park, are now stacking up.

Majority shareholder Imraan Ladak has claimed to be in talks with potential investors but time is now running short as the Poppies are due to play again on Tuesday night at Leamington.

And goalkeeper Walker, who went through not being paid last season as well, has described the behaviour of those at the top of the club as “outrageous” although he was full of praise for the 304 fans who turned up for the game and made plenty of noise for what many believe was the club’s last-ever game.

Walker said: “We haven’t been told anything. No-one is answering their phone as per usual.

“We are being kept in the dark and those people don’t seem to realise they are messing with peoples’ livelihoods.

“I am lost for words to be honest. Full credit to the lads because we did all we could.

“For me, getting bopped 7-0 has put my confidence through the floor and it is very difficult to swallow when nobody seems to care.

“I think the fact they are taking the you know what out of the lads with us still turning up without giving anything back is outrageous.

“The support we received was frightening to be honest.

“How those fans have watched us get torn apart 7-0 and still managed to sing like that was unbelievable. And the round of applause at the end, it gave me goose bumps.

“It is sad because they are the best set of fans I have seen and they are just devastated that their club is going.

“For however long this show goes on for, we would appreciate as many of them to come out as possible.

“The lads are trying and we gave it our all for the club. The players can’t thank the fans enough.”

Walker, meanwhile, says he will be at Leamington on Tuesday should the game go ahead, although he is uncertain of how he will get there.

It is understood the club will be speaking to the FA and the Southern League over the next few hours to discuss the situation.

“I will be there on Tuesday, it’s all self-pride for me,” Walker added.

“How I am going to get there is a different question. It means I will be dipping into my own pocket.

“Us players who actually care for the club are trying to keep it afloat because we know it would just cause more problems if we don’t turn out a team.

“I am stuck for ideas of how I will get there but somehow I will be.”