‘The amount of money is a lot for us’

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Budding footballers were shocked to turn up to their weekend match to find their store shed burnt to the ground.

Gomersal and Cleckheaton under-11s showed up for their match at their ground off Whitechapel Road on Sunday.

But the shed, which contained line markers, partitions and substitute kits, believed to be worth between £600-£700 in total, was nothing more than debris.

“We were devastated when we knew this had happened,” said team manager Colin Watson. “The amount of money everything was worth is a lot for a club of our size.”

Having no substitute kits was a problem during the match. Colin said: “The kids had to hand their shirts over when they got substituted, so I think they got a bit cold.”

Police are now investigating the fire.

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Officers were informed at 9.10pm on Wednesday November 6 of a fire in the school playing fields that was believed to be suspicious.

“The shed was completely destroyed in the fire, which is believed to have been started sometime between 8.30pm and 9pm.”

But the boys put the trauma behind them, and rose from the ashes, hammering Brighouse under-11s 6-3.

Manager Colin Watson said: “I am so pleased that they got the result.”