It was men against boys, says Poppies boss Doyle

Alan Doyle
Alan Doyle

Alan Doyle struggled to find any positives as Kettering Town were soundly beaten 3-0 at Arlesey Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

A week that had seen Doyle’s new-look squad put up good fights against Redditch United and Leamington ended with an emphatic defeat as former Poppies striker Drew Roberts scored twice for the hosts.

The defeat now sees Kettering a massive 19 points from safety with relegation look a near-on certainty even though it is not even December yet.

But the bigger picture remains the future of the club itself with everyone still awaiting news of a proposed takeover by a consortium that have been in discussions with majority shareholder Imraan Ladak for a number of weeks now.

Doyle is unsure of where the Poppies will play their ‘home’ game with Bedworth next weekend, although the Northamptonshire Telegraph undersands that a deal could be completed with Corby Town for the game to be played on Sunday next week with the Steelmen hosting Hayes & Yeading United in the FA Carlsberg Trophy on Saturday.

For the time being, Doyle has been reflecting on a bad day at Arlesey and a game he described as “men against boys”.

“It was disappointing this time,” the Kettering manager said.

“It was probably a game too far for the kids and it was a case of men against boys out there.

“We never really created anything throughout the game and their team was a who’s who of some of the best players in the division.

“They have also signed Jemal Johnson who was at MK Dons and it just shows you the difference between the two clubs.

“We didn’t defend well just before half-time when they took the lead and that was disappointing because it was something we had talked about and worked on.

“But we can’t have any arguments. I thought 3-0 was a fair scoreline. We were very poor in certain areas.

“I feel sorry for the fans because they travelled to watch us and we gave nothing back. They don’t want to see us having to trial players in league matches.

“But that is the situation we find ourselves in. We will dust ourselves down and carry on doing the best we can.”

The Poppies are due to make the short trip to play Wellingborough Town in the quarter-finals of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup at the Dog & Duck on Tuesday night.