A football club in Lincolnshire has been forced to cancel at least two weeks of sessions after it discovered tyre marks all over its pitches. General manager of Fishtoft Football Club in Boston, Glenn Hislop, discovered the tyre marks on the morning of Thursday, October 12, after dog walkers alerted him to the damage.
Due to the extent of the damage, the football club has had to cancel all youth and development sessions whilst emergency repairs take place. It has also said football cannot be played on the main pitch for at least two weeks to allow for the recovery process.
Mr Hislop said: “We are just frustrated. It’s extra work that we didn’t need. We are a grassroots football club and it’s all volunteer work that goes on here.
“Everyone is fed up with this petty damage. We have never had this happen before in the many years I have been here, fingers crossed it’s a one-off. We are annoyed that people are going to miss two weeks of football because the pitch is unplayable.”
He added: “We have a lot of work now to fill in the damage and we put a request out for help if anyone is available. We’ve had over 20 people come and help us and do the repairs.”
The football club shared information about the incident on its Facebook page on Thursday, October 12. It reads: “We unfortunately had a visitor last night at the Toft pitches not only the main pitch but pitch two as well, as if our Grass root volunteers didn’t have enough to do.
“If anyone has any information please get in touch.” Lincolnshire Police said it encourages people to report crimes to the force so that it can investigate the issue.