Kettering Town's David Bridges praises fans' support

David Bridges
Bridges has scored two goals for the Poppies in 2011-12

Kettering Town midfielder David Bridges has thanked the club's fans for their support during a tumultuous period.

A transfer embargo, a player exodus and non-payment of wages have contributed to eight league games without a win.

Bridges told BBC Radio Northampton: "They've been unbelievable and it definitely gives us a lift.

"We are in this situation through some fault of our own, although obviously we haven't been helped along the way. But you have to stand up and be counted."

The Poppies recovered from a 7-0 thrashing at York City to hold Darlington to 0-0 at Nene Park.

"There's got to be a bit of personal pride that comes into play, and everyone addressed that and moved on from it," added Bridges.

"There's a lot of doom and gloom at the moment but you've got a hardcore of around 1,000 [fans] who will sing their hearts for you."

Speaking after that draw, manager Mark Stimson re-iterated those thanks to the Poppies fans.

"It's times like now you don't only find out about your players, but also supporters," he said. "Results haven't been brilliant but they've come in and backed the players."

And the former Stevenage and Gillingham boss is hopeful that talk by chairman Imraan Ladak of two interested parties in a takeover results in an improved financial situation for the club imminently.

Goalkeeper Aldi Haxhia is the latest player to have left the club, having featured four times for the Poppies during Laurie Walker's suspension.

"Hopefully somebody comes in and makes it more attractive for players to come here and give me the tools to push up the league a little bit," added Stimson.

Making light of the financial issues affecting the club, players and staff selected stadium music for the visit of the Quakers which including Abba's 'Money, Money, Money', Jessie J's 'Price Tag' and Simply Red's 'Money's Too Tight To Mention'.

"We put that together over last couple of days and we were enjoying it," said Bridges.

"You've got to find a light side of things and that was our little way."

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