Paul DaviesA fine performance from the Dock as they crossed the border into Wallasey. Gary Reay and Lee Hammond were playing on home turf and you could sense the extra spring in their step as the pair of them showed promise early on.

As early as the 10th minute Reay man forced a save from the keeper as he pushed over a drive from the reigning ‘Golden High Heel’ champion and he was involved in the build up for the first goal as Reay fed Mick Saunders who then danced past a couple of defenders and spotted the arriving Craig Donaghy who slotted left footed past the keeper for 1.0.

On 20 minutes Lee Hammond produced a superb penetrating run from left back, deep into the heart of Towers’ half that was only brought to a halt by a foul on the Wallasian right on the edge of the box. Donno’s resulting free kick was collected safely by the keeper. On the half hour mark Reay man forced another save from the keeper as he blocked with his legs after good link up play from the lively Billy Newman and current Ballon d’Or recipient Ivan Drago.

In the 33rd minute Hammond whipped in a magnificent cross to the far post for Mick Saunders to finish with aplomb and 2.0 it was. A great ball and smart finish…High Sixes all round. Saunders again was prominent as he slipped Reay man in only for the keeper to thwart him again with his legs. Half time and 2.0 it was and a fine half, full of running and excellent link up play.

The second half mirrored the first as Craig Johno struck the bar with the keeper routed to the spot but he made amends two minutes later as he curled one in with his left foot with fine approach play from Saunders and Reay, 3.0 with 52 minutes gone.

Just past the hour mark Billy Newman struck the post after a surging run down the right and two minutes later hit the bar with a scooped effort that deserved better. On the 70th minute Billy was involved in good interplay along with Dono and Johno which resulted in Newman pulling the ball back for Reay man who scuffed his shot past the keeper for 4.0. This sparked jubilant scenes as Reay scored on his return to his homeland for his 3rd goal of the season. I’m sure I spotted a tear in the master marksmans eye as he returned to his mark for the resulting kick off.

In the 75th minute The Goose entered the fray replacing Donno who was off for another 9 minutes on the sunbed at ‘Tantastic’. Goose played up front and showed some deft touches but turned like a double decker bus. The last of the action saw Brunty put the ball into the back of the net and wheel away with a finger raised in celebration only for the ref, the excellent ‘Rocket’ Ronny to disallow presumably for offside.

A word about debutant goalkeeper, Martin Stevenson, who showed good hands, kicked well and commanded his area with authority also Ian Irvine has settled nicely showing a calm neat and tidy approach to his football and are both welcome additions to the squad.

Man of the Match
Ian Brunt, closely followed by the excellent Billy Newman who caused havoc on both flanks.

Billy hitting the post (again)

Report: Mike Stephens
Photos: Chris Stading

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