Venue: Whitby Social Club. K.o: 6.45p.m.

The Dock stepped up their pre-season preparation by taking a large squad up to the former Shell Sports Club to take on West Cheshire outfit, Ellesmere Port managed by Polly Fearon. The large numbers enabled Mr.McGraa to field different sides for each half and everyone got decent minutes under their belts.

Just as the first half got under way, the heavens opened. This made for an entertaining half of fast and at times, slick football. I didn’t get the scorers as I was busy signing autographs for the fans who massed into the Main stand as the rain toppled down. On making enquires, it emerged that Gary Reay had netted and I think, Mark Head, along with an own goal. Dock went 2.0 up but were pegged back to 2-2 before taking a 3-2 lead and then conceding with the last kick of the first half!

The second half was played under similar conditions with water now pooling on the pitch. Charlie, Alan Mac and Javier Mascherano registered for the Dock and they ran out 6-4 winners in an entertaining game played in difficult conditions.

There were violent scenes at the end of the game as the players made their way to the dressing rooms. It emerged that Directors and the Chief Executive of The Swinging Arm F.C had approached Gary Reay and Ian Brunt with large wads of cash and five year contracts. Punches were alleged to have been thrown as McGraa and Packenham moved in. The Dock may struggle to keep Reay and Brunt now that The Arm have been purchased by The Abu Dabi Group for a reported fee of £9.00. Mick Saunders is another who is being targeted by The Arm and he is uncontactable at the moment despite text messages and voicemails being left on his mobile to discuss his future.

Match Report by Mike Stevens