Kettering 0-0 Darlington

Crisis club Kettering held on for an unlikely draw with Darlington.

The Poppies, with only two substitutes on the bench, came into the game on the back of a 7-0 defeat by York but denied the Quakers and could even have won.

Kiernan Hughes-Mason squandered their best chance, blazing over the crossbar after outpacing Paul Arnison and Robbie Dance also fired a shot over.

But Darlington could have picked up the points when Graeme Lee's header was cleared off the line by Sol Davis.

On Monday there had been fears as to whether Kettering would be able to field a team, and there are still doubts over Saturday's game with Gateshead.

The Poppies, who have not paid their players this month and are under a transfer embargo, have lost seven of their playing staff in the past two weeks and they have three more on non-contract terms that could leave.

VIEWS FROM THE GROUND

Kettering Town manager Mark Stimson told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Mark Stimson was proud of his players.

"Preparation yesterday [Monday] wasn't ideal with six players training.

"Today we had a kid who'd been at school all day doing exams turning up to be on the bench - and a lad who was at work all day yesterday and today and didn't arrive at the ground until 6.30pm.

"The other boys who played on Saturday came in again and put in a performance to be proud of."

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