Petersfield Town face a massive rebuilding job after storms ravaged their Love Lane ground.
In a devastating start to the new year, the Southern League club discovered their newly erected stand had been torn from its fittings by the high winds.
Ian Saunders could not believe what he saw when he arrived at the ground for the clash with Godalming Town on Saturday.
‘I turned up expecting to find a wet pitch but also found our new stand upside down and about 15 feet from its concrete base,’ said the boss.
‘It is a heavy structure, so the wind must have been unbelievable to get underneath it and rip out the fixtures.
‘Some of the roof and the frame panels are bent and will need repairing.
‘We got a hardy group of 15 people together and managed to dismantle it.
‘Now it is a question of repairing and rebuilding the structure.
‘We are not an affluent club and will have to do most of it ourselves.
‘A few people have already offered to help and any further help would be gratefully received.
‘Hopefully the Southern League will give us a bit of time to get the work done.
‘We also have a few small bits and pieces to complete for this year’s ground grading.’
The game against Godalming was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
At the half-way stage of the season, the Rams sit in 13th place in division one central.
‘This setback has come at a time when we are establishing ourselves and are on a decent run of form,’ said Saunders.
‘We are getting to where we want to be.
‘That is why it is disappointing to lose the two home games to the rain.
‘At the moment the rain is unrelenting and our home game against Potters Bar Town on Wednesday must also be under threat.’
The club will be interested to hear from any individuals or firms who feel they might be able to offer assistance with their ground problems.
If you feel you can help the Rams, call Ian Saunders on 07500 705486.