Dalry Thistle football club have slammed hooligans who set a dugout at the club's home park on fire.

Thistle's manager Chris Wilson took to social media to call out those who were responsible for causing the damage.

The incident took place yesterday evening, Thursday April 14, and saw one of the dugouts at Merksworth Park set alight.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) confirmed that they had to head to the club's ground to extinguish the blaze.

A SFRS spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 7.59 pm on Thursday, April 13 to reports of a fire in the open at Merksworth Park, Vennel Street, Dalry.

“Operations Control mobilised two fire appliances and firefighters extinguished a fire affecting the dugout area within a football park.

“There were no reported casualties and crews left after ensuring the area was made safe.”

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Two fire appliances had to attend the scene to deal with the blaze.Two fire appliances had to attend the scene to deal with the blaze. (Image: Submitted)

And in light of the incident, the club's manager took to Twitter to slam those who allegedly started the fire.

Chris Wilson said: "Honestly what is the point? Do these idiots not know what damage they are doing?

"I urge anyone who knows who is involved to pass names on as this has to stop!"

His associates from other West of Scotland Football League club's were also quick to condemn the acts.

Former Ashfield manager Paul Maxwell commented: "Wow. This is absolutely disgusting. Not deserved at any club but knowing the great work that Chris and his team are trying to build this is truly gutting to see."

While a representative of Kello Rovers FC added: "A lot of work goes in to these local teams, keeping the grounds and facilities up to scratch.

"Mindless behaviour undoes all the hard work people do. We send best wishes to Dalry Thistle in the hopes the culprits are caught."

Ardeer Thistle manager Sean Kenney also commented, saying: "What is wrong with people? Absolute shambles.

"These idiots should be taking pride in the work Chris and the committee are doing instead of this carry on."

And locals also weighed in on the situation, with one commenting: "Absolute disgrace! It is as if they dont want us to have a team to be proud of!"

While another added: "Wasting fire service's time and damaging property that’s been a part of Dalry for years - get it sorted!"