Rock006After a pre-season of dominant displays and a glut of goals scored (and conceded) It was on to the ‘real stuff ’ and a tough opener with Rock Ferry at Levers.

Manager McGraa had tough decisions to make as he selected the side for the first game of the season. With players absent or still recovering from injury and new signings still bedding in, this is far from a settled side and players left out of the starting line up should still feel confident of playing their way into the team. With mid-week games and Saturday commitments, McGraa will need everyone at his disposal and then it is up to the individual to stake his claim.

Jamie Kenyon found himself a marked man as his former team mates paid him close attention with a couple of heavy tackles. This was no more than he expected and he gave the perfect reply in opening the scoring with a sweetly controlled strike from the edge of the area (pictured above). It was indeed ‘ Unbelievable Tekkers’ from Kenyon and he showed respect to his former team with his muted celebration or maybe it was because he could do nothing about it because straight away he was mobbed by his delighted team mates!

Javier Head made it 2.0 with close range finish (pictured below) and although taking a two goal lead, Dock never had it all their own way as Rock Ferry went close on a couple of occasions and hit the bar with a shot that rebounded to safety off the Dock Keeper Aaron Kinnear.

Just before the half, Dock conceded from a towering header from ex-player Robbie Stewart and went into the break 2.1 up.

The second half was a scrappy affair and Dock where made to work hard to protect their lead with Rock Ferry again hitting the bar. As the final whistle blew it was three points won without hitting the heights of previous games and these three points could prove vital at the end of the season.

Just a line about the already Gayboy of the year, sorry, ‘player of the year’ Ian Brunt, that turn inside and stroked pass to a team mate in the first half…….pure class mate, pure class !

Man of the match…..Ian Brunt.


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Report by: Mike Stevens
Photos by: Chris Stading