Swaffham Town officials lament latest damage to pitch
As grassroots football begins to count the cost of the second coronavirus lockdown, one club has suffered another blow after vandals damaged their pitch.
Officials from Swaffham Town Football Club are hopeful the problems can be fixed ahead of the hoped-for resumption of action next month.
But they have also urged families in the town to talk to their youngsters about its role following the incident.
A club spokesman said: “Why do so much damage to a key part of the field when there is so much field that can be accessed without the use of a vehicle?
“Please speak to your sons, daughters, nieces and nephews and remind them that the facilities are for their benefit and any detrimental actions will affect a large part of the community.”
The incident happened on Thursday evening, when it is believed that a vehicle was driven onto part of the Myers Playing Field on Shoemakers Lane at speed before the occupants got out and let off some fireworks. The vehicle was then driven away.
The club has thanked neighbouring residents who alerted them to the damage.
Officials say they hope the damage sustained can be fixed before fixtures are scheduled to resume in early December.
But they warned the area affected would need “careful attention” in the weeks ahead.
The damage happened less than 24 hours after the Pedlars' first team completed their final match before lockdown, slipping to a 3-1 defeat at Mildenhall Town in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.
Nick Castellan scored the Pedlars' goal with a late free kick.
Swaffham's next scheduled first team match is currently on December 12.