St Austell Rugby Football Club have been the victim of vandalism after one of their training pitches was entirely wrecked by tyre marks.
The Cornish club who play in the Tribute Western Counties West have been in sterling form this season are shocked at the damage done to their ground.
Darren Thompson, General Manager at St Austell RFC, was “disappointed” upon discovering the vandalism last Sunday after the Beast from the East had subsided.
He said: “We do consider ourselves more of a community centre rather than just a rugby club and it hurts to think that someone could do this.”
The cost of the damage has undone the hard work and dedication that the grounds people have put in at Tregorrick Park and the cost of repair is as high as £500.
But it is not just financially that the club has been affected, training for their youth teams and senior teams have had to have been relocated to a nearby playing field, which for a team in such great form with 17 victories from 22 games is a set-back that could not have come at a worse time.
The police have been informed and are “pursuing leads”, said Thompson.