Davies will make ‘harsh decisions’ to keep Foundrymen alive

Irchester United boss Steve Sargent leads his team against ON Chenecks tomorrow
Irchester United boss Steve Sargent leads his team against ON Chenecks tomorrow

Stewarts & Lloyds chairman John Davies says he’s ready to “make harsh decisions” to keep the club alive.

The Foundrymen entertain high-flying Northampton Spencer tomorrow (Saturday), still looking for their first points of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One season after they were sent to a 22nd defeat in as many matches when they lost 7-1 at Rushden & Higham on Tuesday.

New boss Andy Norman has been in charge for the past three defeats and Davies admits that, without a budget to pay players, the rest of the season will be tough.

Davies, who is also the club’s secretary, kit man and groundsman, said: “We have lost every game this season but the main focus is making the club survive.

“We have to decide how we are going to run it and there will have to be big, big changes.

“We have some harsh decisions to make in the next couple of months.

“People in the town have pointed the finger at me but they don’t realise that I’m the one keeping the club going.

“I love the club and I wouldn’t put in so much money and effort if I didn’t.

“We are getting on top of our bills and are in a stronger position than we were this time last year.

“But we lose money every home game. It costs £120 to pay the officials for a UCL game and we get crowds of around 15.”

Davies says the “worst thing that happened to the club” was winning the Premier Division in 2009.

He said: “It cost the club £20,000 in players’ wages to win the league.

“For two years after that I bankrolled the players so they stayed but when the money ran out, they all left.

“There are Combination teams who are paying players who would rather play at a lower level than support their local club.

“We can’t afford to pay players, so we have to find a manager who can bring in ones who will be loyal to him.

“We have to get through to the end of the season and see what happens after that.”

Elsewhere this weekend, Rothwell Corinthians host Blackstones having held leaders Lutterworth Athletic to a 0-0 draw in midweek.

Raunds Town lost 4-1 at Potton on Tuesday and will aim to bounce back against Olney Town at Kiln Park while Potton are the visitors to Burton Park Wanderers, who were beaten 1-0 at home by Bourne in midweek.

Irchester United, meanwhile, take on in-form ON Chenecks at Alfred Street.