Football ruined by quad bikes racing over team pitches

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Football is being ruined for members of Scots FC whose pitches have been damaged by quad bikers.

The ground in Newton Road, Bletchley, is home to ten teams whose matches at the weekend would have been cancelled if not for the quick actions of one of the club’s managers.

Secretary, Sarah Shipwright, said: “This has only happened a couple of times but last week was particularly bad. On Friday one of the managers went down to mark out the pitch and found it in a mess. Had he not gone when he did then it could have been much worse.”

Managers spent two hours flattening divets in the pitch using a tool usually used for flattening concrete. However, despite being playable Sarah said the pitch will still need re-seeding and rolling to get it back to normal.

She said: “It’s going to be more expense for people because we run solely on subs but there’s not a lot more we can do.”

The Newton Road ground is home to ten teams ranging from the Mini Kickers – aged four to six – right up to the adults team. They are now trying to arrange a number of fundraising initiatives to raise money to repair the pitch, and for a gate to keep the quad bikers out.

She added: “These people aren’t causing trouble but they have made a mess of the pitch. In the warmer weather that will crack and become more dangerous for kids playing there.

It’s sad when the kids ask us what has happened to their pitch.”