The phrase “ always someone worse off than yourself” can often be hard to reconcile when you’re an Imp but in Kettering’s case they are. One of the few sides below City, fourth from bottom, the Poppies are in a precarious position. This can be said in the case of their finances too.
Whereas our much maligned Chairman, together with other board members, to coin a phrase much used by fans “put his hand in his pocket” Kettering continue to wallow in financial uncertainty. That’s not to say that the Imps are exactly out of the woods yet but the fans have been digesting and speculating on this weeks news that the club and in particular said chairman believe a move away from Sincil Bank is the way to permanently sort out City’s traditional Achilles heel, finance.
Back to Kettering for a moment, they moved grounds themselves,to the rather splendid Nene Park, which many Imps will remember as a very pleasant environment, particularly the night when City were huffing and puffing against Rushden and Diamonds, to not much effect, when a certain Mr Drewe Broughton engineered a sending off for himself. City then went on to win.
Kettering’s move was not the sort of orderly relocation to a much more business friendly environment envisaged by City and their financial situation seems to the outsider, if anything worse than it was before.
After a dreadful Christmas and early new year City treated what few fans who could be bothered to turn up to a considerably improved performance against Southport running out two-nil winners, Richard Pacquette netting yet again, in spectacular fashion. With the defence holding water for a change, Gowling and Williams doing well in the middle and Anyon in sparkling form between the sticks, a rare clean sheet to savour too, fans will be hoping for a repeat at leafy Irthlingborough.
It’s not all good news, City’s horrendous injury problems continue, particularly up front with Sam Smith, only just back, in a plaster cast and he is not expected to feature again this season. On the plus side Danny Lloyd gave us an all action display that will endear him to the supporters. He’s not exactly Lionel Messi but his pace and industry will surely unsettle many a defender at this level.
It’s been a season of ups and downs so far, so some consistency would go a long way to settling the nerves and with some much more winnable games coming up City will be hoping for a better win ratio from the remaining fixtures. To see Sincil Bank as empty as it was on Tuesday night is dispiriting for the players, fans and of course the board of directors who can see the playing budget being drained still further unless interest in the team picks up. A nice away win would help.