AFC Fylde believe their pitch has been deliberately sabotaged, after discovering a brick wrapped in cloth in their drainage system.

The Coasters, who reached the National League play-off final and won the FA Trophy last season, have revealed the details today, stating: “The club believe that only someone with a working knowledge of the pitch here at Mill Farm would have been able to do this.”

Head groundsman Ian Forshaw explained his account of events, having uncovered the brick: “Since being here it’s been the case that the pitch has been wet, and it should have drained much better than it has been doing.

“We applied some wetters which would drag the water through, but nothing was happening – so we investigated the drainage. On one side it was draining okay, but the pitch was still wet through – so we looked on the pitch side drain, and that’s when we found a brick covered in a cloth lodged deep in the drainage pipe.

“Why this was in there, I don’t know, but since removing the brick we noticed it’s now draining better – but recovery at this stage of the year is going to be slow.”

The Lancashire club are urging anyone with any information to come forward.