FOLLOWING the recent destruction of a grassroots football club, Reading FC have stepped in to help.

Rotherfield United, which is based in Bishopswood Sports Ground, was targeted by an unknown vandal/vandals when a car was driven over the pitches.

Goal posts were left 'trashed' and a burnt and presumably stolen car was left in nearby woods.

The club's Facebook page shared images of the destroyed facilities on April 9, stating: "Anybody recognise this car?

"Obviously stolen.

"The pitches have been driven over and will need money and work to get back."

Speaking to The Chronicle, club chairman Andy Tidswell said the damages would cost an estimated £4,000 to repair.

He said: ""We have two pitches that are now unusable because the ground has been damaged."

The club is run solely by volunteers who organise their own fundraising, and is used by members every weekend.

After hearing the news, Reading FC have kindly offered to help the club.

They will be hosting a Club Day for the team on the last game of the season, Sunday, May 5, when they are playing against Birmingham at 12.30pm.

They have offered a special ticket price for the club, and 50 per cent of the sales will be donated back to the Rotherfield United.

The club announced the happy news on the their Facebook page, and thanked Reading FC.

A post read: "We have a really great fundraising opportunity for you all with huge thanks to Jess HC [group ticketing administrator at Reading FC] for organising - a Club day at Reading Football Club!

"Support Reading FC and Rotherfield FC at the same time."

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise money to repair the damage.

To donate, visit the page here.