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Look at what boy racers have done to our pitch
8:00pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Echo News
A YOUTH football club’s season has been thrown into turmoil after boy racers wrecked their home pitches.
Yobs broke through a locked gate to get on to pitches at Old Hall Farm in Stanford-le-Hope used by Corringham Athletic youth football club.
They raced about and skidded on the grass, cut- ting and tearing up the club’s playing surfaces.
Members of the club, which has teams for boys aged five up to 16, worked hard reseeding the field’s three pitches over the summer and in recent weeks opposing teams had commented on just how good the pitches were.
Paul Miles, 36, the Corringham Athletic Youth Football Club sec- retary, said: “I was gutted.
“It’s not the first time this has happened either. We put in so much time and effort over here. It’s disheartening, you end up thinking why do we both- er?”
The club’s teams even train on Woodbroke Way Park in Old Corringham and St Clere’s School in a bid to avoid cutting up their pitches, ensuring they are in the best condi- tion for matches.
On Saturday, Mr Miles went down to the pitches with a local farmer who used a tractor to roll the grass flat. Mr Miles said: “All the boys at the club were really disappointed. We want the pitches to be pristine so we can play good football on them.
“Two games went ahead on Sunday, but it was just embarrassing having to show the oppo- sition manager and con- vince him the pitches were playable.”
Mr Miles, who runs Corringham Athletic under 13s and has two boys playing at the club, added: “I could under- stand this happening if it was land open to the pub- lic, but it’s not. They cut through the lock with bolt croppers, so it’s like some- one has done it on pur- pose rather than on a whim.”
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