KIDDERMINSTER Harriers’ board of directors have come under fire from angry fans as frustration at the club’s financial problems boiled over.

A small section of supporters unfurled a banner during Monday’s 3-0 home defeat to Bristol Rovers asking chairman Ken Rae ‘where’s the money gone?’

The event came after The Shuttle revealed the club had paid employees a third of their wages last week.

Director John Davies confirmed the Reds had reimbursed all staff in full after Monday’s game, which boasted an attendance of 4,229, Kidderminster’s biggest crowd of the season.

Harriers have been plagued by cashflow issues all year as they struggle to pay their hefty wage bill and have relied on benefactors Kath and Ernie Lane.

The backers have so far paid an estimated £130,000 to the club since the summer, thought to be more than the figure they had been contractually obliged to put in.

Harriers insist the benefactors had agreed to pay the shortfall until the end of the season, while Mr Lane told The Shuttle he’d given the club advance notice that they would not be able to help last month.

Kidderminster were hoping to arrange a meeting between Mr Lane, the players and Rae for this morning, after a similar showdown fell through last week.

Directors have also been criticised by supporters for not paying the mandatory £10,000 each season. Harriers say payment can be in money or the equivalent in terms of time volunteered or funds raised.

Wayne Allen is believed to have put in the cash, while Geoff Coles and Dave Williams represent fans trust KHIST, which raises funds through the 2020 Lottery scheme.

Rae volunteers his engineering expertise and spare hours, while Davies sponsors the club through firm Hire It and splits his time between his business and the club. Gino Ruffinato has raised funds through boxing evenings.

“I spoke to the protesters and they were very young,” said Davies.

“They wanted to know why we’d wasted money but I explained that we had made mistakes and apologised at the fans’ forum. This has been a very stressful season and none of us want Harriers to be in this situation.

“We’ve all got jobs but we devote a lot of time working for Harriers.”

Harriers also apologised to season ticket holders, who were moved from their usual their seats in the East Stand to accommodate some of the 2,669 strong Rovers contingent for security reasons.

Meanwhile, midfielder Aman Verma is set to miss the rest of the season with a broken bone in his foot.

With Jack Byrne also suffering from a hamstring problem, Harriers are lacking experience in midfielder with Callum Gittings their only senior player.

Academy starlets Luke Maxwell and Kennedy Digie played over the Bank Holiday weekend, while on-loan Birmingham rookie James Fry also deputised in midfield.

The Reds go to relegation battling Welling on Saturday (3pm ko) aiming to keep blooding the club’s youngsters as manager Gary Whild prepares for next season.

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