Poppies claim they are making “progress”

John Beck
John Beck

Kettering Town say they are making “progress” in the latest attempts to stave off another financial crisis.

The club released a statement ahead of today’s 1-1 draw with Banbury United in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division, which was watched by just 526 people.

The club says an offer to purchase Nene Park is being considered while the search for new investment continues.

The statement said: “The club has made progress, including facilitating an offer to purchase Nene Park, which is currently under consideration.

“The club is also close to securing short term investment, whilst several long-term expressions of interest and consortium talks are being negotiated.”

The statement also included a copy of a letter sent by majority shareholder Imraan Ladak to Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust chairman Mark Severn ahead of the Trust making their own statement in the last couple of days in which they said they would no longer be donating any funds to the club.

The full letter includes Ladak’s thoughts on the current situation at Nene Park and is at great length. You can view it by visiting www.ketteringtownfc.co.uk

On the pitch, meanwhile, it was a poor first half but it still produced two goals.

The Poppies, who included a new face in Dalton Harris in their squad, opened the scoring on 17 minutes when Ed Palmer’s header was handled by Ricky Johnson in the penalty area and Warren Byerley stepped up to score his second goal in as many games.

Little had been seen of Banbury as Kettering enjoyed the majority of the possession but they grabbed an equaliser just past the half-hour mark when Ade Talabi latched onto a ball over the top and turned inside before firing home from 10 yards.

There were few other chances for either side and it stayed like that in the early part of the second half before Kettering were unlucky not to regain the lead.

Omar Beckles’ forced Matt Finlay into a good save and David Mayo’s follow-up was blocked in front of goal.

But that was as close as either side came as the Poppies finished with 10 men as Matt Langston was carried off after all three substitutions had been made.

Poppies (4-4-2): Gathercole; Burns, Palmer, Langston, Radford; Ifil, Beckles, Hervel (sub Harris, 48 mins), Bonnett-Johnson (sub McCrae, 67 mins); Mayo, Byerley (sub Blazio, 75 mins). Subs not used: Gerring, Walker.

Banbury (4-4-2): Finlay; Gray, Dolman, Austin, Lee; Confue, Kingston (sub Cole, 82 mins), Polk, Woodley; Johnson, Talabi (sub Lorraine, 67 mins). Subs not ued: Da Costa, O’Grady, Howell.

Referee: Adrian Gillet.

Goals: Byerley pen (17 mins, 1-0), Talabi (31 mins, 1-1).

Bookings: Confue, Beckles, Austin, Ifil (all fouls).

Attendance: 526.