Kettering Town have said they will not be playing any further matches this season until a resolution is reached over the current funding situation for clubs.
With continued support while spectators are absent now set to be in the form of loans instead of grants, numerous clubs have felt unable to carry on with the season, with the perils of taking on debt often cited. National League North Kettering have said as part of a statement: “The original concept of the grant system was to ensure that clubs could survive these unusual circumstances, with the clear aim of ensuring that no club should be financially impacted by starting the season.
“The introduction of a loan scheme means that every club who takes one will be impacted, potentially for the next 20 years. The board has worked hard over the past five years to get the club’s finances into a better position and we do not want to return to the days that risked the club’s existence.
“If we had known at the start of the season that there would be a backtrack on promises made, then we would not have started it, and would have taken the consequences.”
The club go on to add: “The board have therefore reluctantly made the decision that we will NOT participate in any future matches until this situation is resolved, either with the grants we need being made available, or the gates re-opening to fans. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and we genuinely hope that this matter can be resolved quickly.”