Kettering expect to put out side for Darlington game

Mark Stimson
Stimson has been in charge of Kettering since early September

Kettering Town are confident they can field a side against Darlington on Tuesday, but doubts remain over Saturday's fixture at Gateshead.

The crisis club, who are under a transfer embargo, named just two substitutes for Saturday's 7-0 thrashing at York City.

Boss Mark Stimson told BBC Radio Northampton: "One or two will have fitness tests.

"If they're fit we may even have two substitutes again."

Stimson also confirmed the players had not received their wages this month, after they were paid just a percentage of their salaries last month.

The Poppies have already lost defender Ellis Deeney since the defeat by the Minstermen - the former Aston Villa player has joined Hinckley - and Stimson is looking to bolster his squad with youth-team players Mark Pryor, Robbie Dance, Ollie Jones and Jordan Cross.

But with Moses Swaibu, Kiernan Hughes-Mason and Stephen O'Leary on non-contract terms, more departures could occur before the weekend.

"We won't lose any more before Tuesday's game," Stimson explained. "After that, we may lose one or two non-contractors.

"O'Leary is out anyway with an ankle injury. But Hughes-Mason and Swaibu could possibly go."

Five members of Stimson's squad left the club prior to the loan deadline 11 days ago.

The former Gillingham manager was unable to strengthen because of the embargo which was put on the club as a result of failing to pay players' wages in full.

On top of that, defender Nathan Koo-Boothe left Nene Park after asking to be de-registered and midfielder Steven Meechan was unavailable to face York as he was working in Scotland to earn extra money.

Chairman Imraan Ladak has stated he would be willing to sell the club, and Stimson hopes the issue is resolved swiftly.

"I just hope for everyone's sake the club gets sorted out," added Stimson. "At the moment everyone's looking around for answers and there's nobody there to give them."