A SECOND group of young footballers was the victim of foul play by thieves - days after another junior club’s goalposts were stolen.
Stafford Rangers Under 11s were upset to find their net had been stolen less than an hour before kick off, in a home match against Birmingham’s Shelfield United on Sunday morning.
But another team stepped in with a replacement net at the eleventh hour and the Rangers lads played on, achieving a 4-2 victory.
Last week the Newsletter reported that Eccleshall Eagles’ goalposts had been stolen from their Pershall Park ground.
Rangers U11s team manager Tim Turner said it was a growing problem facing junior football.
“Following the training session on Saturday morning we decided to leave one goal net up to save our parents time on Sunday morning,” he said.
“The school was locked up but we opened up on Sunday to find that it had been stolen.” Kick-off was postponed until Penkridge Juniors U14s manager Peter Spillard came to the rescue.