Calls of foul play after dog mess left on pitch

An angry football coach has today hit out at dog owners who let their pets foul on the pitch.

Adrian Manford said the problem has become so bad that some of his juniors have had to leave a match because they got dog mess on their shirts.

Poulton Under 13s are sick of clearing dog poo off the pitch before games

Poulton Under 13s are sick of clearing dog poo off the pitch before games

He and his team, Poulton Under 13s, are sick of having to clear the playing fields at Cottam Hall every time there is a match or training session.

Mr Manford said: “It is getting beyond a joke.

“When you’re older you just get on with it but when there’s kids running about you have to say something.”

He has called for dog wardens to patrol the area more often and for signs warning pet owners.

Poulton Under 13s are sick of clearing dog poo off the pitch before games.

Poulton Under 13s are sick of clearing dog poo off the pitch before games.

He said: “You have to pick up the dirt before the kids’ matches.

“Last season kids had to take their shirts off because they fell in it.” Some of the children using the fields are as young as five.

Mr Manford has informed Wyre Council and an officer inspected the pitch at 7.45am on Saturday but found only one case where dog mess had been left on the field.

The officer told Mr Manford: “I have erected information signage in an attempt to discourage any possible offenders but the level of deposit does not warrant a significant number of patrols to be undertaken.”

Wyre Council has said the area will continue to be monitored on an ad hoc basis. A spokeswoman for Wyre council said: “We have also offered to meet Mr Manford at the playing fields to see if we can identify any problem spots.”

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