Vandal yobs jeopardise start of Cheddar Valley Juniors' football season
YOBS have dealt a vicious blow to Cheddar Valley Juniors Football Club – jeopardising the start of the new season.
Sometime before the weekend persons unknown used Cheddar Cricket Club’s moveable screen to ram an expensive goal post, buckling and bending it out of shape.
Andy Wallis, chairman of Cheddar Valley Juniors FC, said: “I’m very disappointed that someone in our community could do something as mindless as this.
“We bought two sets of goalposts last season and they should last five to ten years. They benefit not only the junior club but also the senior club and Dad’s Army.
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“They are over £1,000 per set and we did a lot of fundraising together with the generosity from the Rotary Club and the Lions replaced the old ones which were becoming unsafe.
“I’m worried that the damage will be irreparable and we’ll have to buy a new set and I don’t think that we’ll get them in time for the season to start.
“With six junior teams plus the other teams that use Sharpham, we’ll be down to two pitches and that’s not viable.”
The goal posts had been taken down for the summer so the goal mouths can recover and also to allow the cricket club to play at Sharpham Road playing fields.
With only two weeks until the new football season starts this leaves a number of fixtures in doubt.
Fortunately help was at hand from Cheddar FC players Adam Jones, his dad and brother Sam, current top scorer for the Cheesemen this season. The family, who work for South West Steel Fabrication, fixed up the goalposts as best they could so they are playable in the short term.
Anyone knowing anything about this incident should contact Cheddar police on 101.