When you open the kit bag and find a dog has done a poo and wee over your newly washed kit, you just know it’s not going to be your day. That’s exactly what happened to Dock before their FA Sunday Cup game against West Riding County Champions, Thornhill Lees FC, lucky enough Heswall FC had a spare kit on-site which Dock were kindly allowed to borrow.

Both teams started well but it was the visitors who had the first opportunity to score after only 5 minutes, but fortunately for Dock Matty Carlin was able to clear off the line at the expense of a corner. The visitors did put the ball in the net from the corner but the goal was disallowed for a push in the area. At the other end Gary Reay was making a nuisance of himself for Dock, and, after 17 minutes he was brought down in Thornhill’s penalty area and was awarded a spot kick. Gary picked himself up and converted the penalty to put Dock 1-0 up. As we see happen so many times in both the professional and amateur game, the visitors went straight on the attack from the re-start and brought the game level within one minute of Dock taking the lead. Both teams continued to give a good account of themselves throughout the game, but through poor finishing and good defending the scores were still 1-1 after 90 minutes. About 2 minutes into extra time Dock found themselves down to 10 men when the referee deemed a foul on the edge of Dock’s penalty area was a red card offence. Although Dock continued to press and had chances to score, it was the 11 men of Thornhill who were unlucky not to take the lead 11 minutes into extra time when they were denied by the crossbar. However, Dock’s luck ran out 7 minutes later when Thornhill took a 2-1 lead, which they were able to hold on to until the end of the game to ensure they will be the ones in the hat for tomorrow’s draw.

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