ELDERLY sportsmen bravely fought back when up to 40 yobs laid siege to their bowling green.
One of the youngsters tried to head-butt an 87-year-old bowler, who was forced to punch him in self-defence.
The yobs also rode their bikes across the carefully maintained green at Whitby Sports & Social Club, threw bottles at patrons and attacked a coach full of visiting pensioners in the car park.
This was just the latest in a long line of attacks on members of the Dunkirk Lane club. But they are angry at the lack of police response to this particular incident.
One bowler, who refused to be named for fear of reprisals, said the club team had been enjoying a quiet game with the Stanney Lane bowling club when trouble broke out at 6pm on Wednesday.
He said: 'The youths who congregate in the football huts took it upon themselves to cause mayhem. They are nothing but scum.
'Some bowlers had turned up for their game only to find a number of youths riding their bikes across the green. When asked to leave, they rode straight towards the elderly men, hurling abuse in the process.
'One of these youths rode up to a man of 87 and was about to head-butt him when the yob received a right hook from the frail gentleman in self-defence.
'The youth then shouted 'that's assault'. It makes you want to throw up. They come the big I am and when they meet their match they cry wolf.'
The players immediately called the police. But the man said it took almost an hour before a lone officer arrived.
He said: 'After she left the youths returned in larger numbers. There was 30 to 40 of them, and they started throwing bottles at the play-ers.
'Then they went into the car park and were smashing the sides of a coach full of visitors with what looked like bars. It was awful.
'But I was also disgusted by the police response, having to wait almost an hour for them. The WPC didn't even approach the pensioners involved to find out exactly what went on.'
Club manager Joe Quinn said: 'We've had new gates by the car park to make it more secure but now we catch youngsters going through the club itself to get to the green.'
Sgt Steve Bailey, of Ellesmere Port police, said: 'As part of Operation Skilful our officers, working with the Community Safety Partnership, are patrolling specific areas and the club is one of them.
'We went up there on Friday and moved youths on, and are now looking at problem-solving solutions with the club committee.'