Ebbsfleet United in kick-off switch after cable theft

Groundsman paints touchline at Ebbsfleet United ground
Image caption The cable theft was the second time the club has been targeted in nine days

Electrical-cable thieves have forced Conference Premier side Ebbsfleet United to bring forward the kick-off time of Saturday's match.

Two pieces of electrical cable the length of the pitch were stolen, putting two floodlights out of action.

Wednesday night's reserve game against Chelmsford City has been postponed.

And Southport's visit to Stonebridge Road on Saturday has been brought forward an hour to 2pm so it finishes in daylight.

Club officials hope repair work can be done in time for the club's next home game on 13 March.

'Irritates me'

The theft, which happened overnight on Sunday, saw one cable cut from the sub-station in Stonebridge Road which served served two of the floodlights.

The other stolen cable powered club buildings, including its main food outlets.

Director Jessica McQueen said: "We are making plans about how we are going to serve food in other areas.

"The thing that irritates me, apart from the people who took (the cables), is the people who buy it. If people stopped buying it, no-one would steal it."

Thieves also targeted the club's ground the previous weekend weekend, stealing tools and damaging a tractor.

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