THE chairman of an amateur football club has blasted mindless vandals after they caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to their pitch.

Jim Hastie, the Bowhill Rovers chief, was devastated when a friend text him to say there had been damage at their Wallsgreen Park pitch in Cardenden last week.

After surveying dozens of patches of turf which had been ripped from the ground, Jim concluded that this was a deliberate act given where the divots were.

Speaking to the Times about his disappointment, Jim said: “Someone posted pictures of the damage on Facebook and then a friend has seen it and phoned me to tell me.

“There was around 25 to 30 divots. It was not random, they were targeted on the penalty spots, along the halfway line, on the corners and up the side-lines.

“I phoned the police and they are looking into it.”

The pitch Bowhill play on is a council-owned park and after alerting Fife Council to the damage, Jim said they have sent a team round to replace the missing turf, a job he said he’ll happily help them with.

It comes just weeks after a pitch in Lochgelly was also vandalised and Jim said it’s hugely disappointing considering the amount of work and money they put into the place.

“We have raised a lot of funds to do everything ourselves. We spend hundreds of pounds getting the pitch sorted and in a good condition.

“I was seething when I saw it. All that hard work. It is sickening. Everything that is going on with Covid and this doesn’t make it any better.

“We just want people to respect what the guys do to keep this a good park. It’s absolutely ridiculous and makes my blood boil.”

Police Scotland confirmed to the Times that they are aware of the damage and that their enquiries are continuing.