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Saturday`s Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division match between Kettering Town and Bideford has been called off…..

….because the electricity at the home side’s Nene Park ground has been cut off.

Kettering would have been unlikely to fulfil the fixture in any case as they are reported to have only seven players available.
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A statement from the Southern League said: “The league has been informed by Kettering Town that due to a dispute with their energy supplier there will be no electricity at the ground to be able to stage their fixture on Saturday, therefore there is no alternative other than to accept that the match is postponed.”

Kettering’s financial crisis has put them on the brink of being wound up.

With the current squad not being paid, the league has enforced a transfer embargo, which means no new players can be signed to boost their dwindling numbers.

Kettering could field only ten players in last Saturday’s match against Bashley, which they lost 7-0.

Their Tuesday night game at Leamington was postponed because of a lack of players.

The club had hoped to hire a generator for Saturday’s game but that will not now happen.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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