Same again for Doyle as Poppies prepare for tough trip

Alan Doyle
Alan Doyle

It will be the same again for Kettering Town when they head to unbeaten Leamington in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division tonight.

The Poppies returned to action at the weekend as they were beaten 1-0 by Redditch United at Corby Town’s Steel Park home.

Manager Alan Doyle threw together a new-look squad after a month that had seen the crisis-stricken club play no games due to severe financial problems and the electricity being cut off at Nene Park.

Ritchie Jeune, who completed a one-off deal with Steelmen chairman Kevin Ingram for the Poppies to play at Corby, has confirmed that payments were made to players yesterday as part of the conditions that were needed to satisfy the Southern League Board that Kettering could continue their season.

However, it remains unclear who made the payments as majority shareholder Imraan Ladak apparently continues to hold talks with potential new investors who want to take over the club.

In the meantime, Doyle is just concentrating on a tough test for his side this evening. And he has admitted it is tough trying to convince other players to come and join the new-look squad.

“It looks like we will go with the same starting 11, although we may look at tweaking the system,” Doyle said.

“I am looking forward to it. It is nice to be able to focus on football for a bit, even though there are always other things going on.

“But I must say, it is proving to be more difficult than I envisaged when it comes to bringing more players in.

“I have spoken to a couple of strikers from the United Counties League and they are on more than we expect to pay in expenses over the next couple of weeks.

“That makes it hard and I am afraid the club’s name has been tarnished by everything that has gone on recently.

“But myself and Thomas Baillie (assistant-manager) will carry on looking around to see what we can get. And, in the meantime, we will stick with the lads who did so well for us at the weekend.”

The Poppies released a statement on the current situation at the club late last night.

The statement said: “Kettering Town FC would like to thank everyone that assisted in returning the club to a position where it could once again fulfil a competitive fixture.

“The football club can confirm that payments due today for all players settlement agreements have been processed.

“The consortium planning a takeover of the club are awaiting the outcome of final discussions this week in relation to the lease at Nene Park. The club will provide a further update on this and other matters shortly.”