THE community rallied around its local football club earlier this week - after recent storms caused significant damage.

Storms Ciara and Dennis “battered” the Ray Mac over the past two weeks, and left sections of Salisbury FC’s stadium worse for wear, including entire sections of the outer fencing knocked over.

With upcoming home Southern League fixtures to fulfill, the club needed to work overtime to get the pitch and stadium “fit for football”, and called on the help of volunteers.

In a post on its website, the club asked if anyone was able to help with the recovery work, such as erecting temporary fencing: “Storms Ciara and Dennis have battered the Ray Mac and caused quite a lot of damage.

“With a bit of work, it shouldn’t stop us getting Tuesday evening’s match on.”

A statement added: “Our usual crew of volunteers will be doing all they can to put things back together.

“It’s a mammoth task for our usual number of staff though.

“So, as many hands make light work, if anyone is available to assist on Monday or Tuesday we would be hugely grateful for any assistance clearing up and erecting some temporary fencing.

“If anyone does want to come and help, it’s advised that they wear sturdy shoes and clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty.”

Those who got their hands dirty included chairman Ian Hammond, Trevor Purse, Beverley Ellis, John Harper, Tracy Jackson, Roger Elliot, Alun, Rhiannon, Keith Quaintance, Andy Peak, Roland White, Ray Doolan, Pete Robinson, Jim Ayres, and Si Tovey.

The club said: “Thanks to the volunteers that came today and got loads done around the stadium.

“It’s hugely appreciated.”

The pitch passed an inspection so Tuesday night’s game against Truro City was able to go ahead.