THIEVES have spoiled the pre-season plans of young footballers in Easthouses. Sections of seven-a-side goalposts were taken recently from a metal container in the local park.
The theft comes only weeks before the start of the soccer sevens season and Easthouses FC officials are racing against time to secure replacement goals. Around 30 children in the five to 12-year age range could be deprived of their favourite sport.
Club chairman Stuart Maclean said: “The padlock on our container was totally smashed and the corner flags flung into the hedges.
“The aluminium crossbars were taken, but, strangely, the posts were left.”
Replacement goals could cost between £500 and £800, and Mr Maclean hopes that local businesses may step forward to make donations. Mr Maclean said: “This is going to cause us a major problem so close to the start of the season. We have three soccer sevens teams and they play two home games on a Sunday.
“If we can’t get temporary replacement goals, we’re going to have to see if the fixture list can be changed.”