A FOOTBALL club has had to abandon one of their pitches this weekend after "idiotic vandals" tore down the field's goalposts and destroyed the ground.

Pictures show rubble piled up on the grounds as the goal posts have been torn from the ground overnight.

Laurel Park Football Club chairman Ian Jobson said in a Facebook post to fans and club members: "Unfortunately over night some very sensible folks have decided to destroy the goals on one of our 11-a-side pitches.

ALSO READ: Ascot Grill CLOSED after 10 years of serving community

"This may have an impact on fixtures and timings of games this weekend so please look out for updates from managers if you were due to be playing.

"If anyone has any information about the damage we would be interested to hear it."

The club, which formed 23 years ago in 1996, is an FA Charter Standard Club in Lower Earley, Reading.

The club currently has 10 girls' teams and 17 boys' teams from under 7s up to under 18s.

ALSO READ: Everyman Cinema is opening in Wokingham in December

The club also posted on twitter saying: "When you are fighting the weather to get #grassroots games on, the last thing you need is idiotic vandals destroying your pitches,

"Unfortunately 11-a-side pitch 1 at Laurel will be out of action this weekend as someone has decided to pull the goalposts down."

Mr Jobson went further into detail, he said: "Unfortunately, in this case they have pulled the socket out of the ground as they've pulled the goal down, so the socket will need digging out and cementing back in and possibly replacing as it has probably been bent.

ALSO READ: Bracknell house prices increased more than average across the South East in September

"The only solution is to remove the goal posts before and after every matchday, but we have no way of storing them, despite asking the council a number of times to help us solve that problem."

Residents in the nearby area expressed their anger on social media, with one commenter saying: "Mindless morons ruining the fun the youngsters have been looking forward to all week."

Another frustrated local added: "Mindless and disgusting."

It comes just months after vandals struck the park earlier on this year in August, when an unwitting family of three found the children's slide to be defaced with a phallic symbol, causing further frustration for local residents.