IMG_3057After being without a fixture since the 21st of November, Dock lined up for a league game against old adversaries Bidston at a cold and windswept Valley Road. No less than a victory would be acceptable to keep in touch with the leaders as The Dock lay in 3rd place, albeit with two games in hand, this was a must win game.

Colin O’Hanlon pulled up in the warm up and this led to a change of plan with Brunty partnering Tony Sample in the heart of the defence. Whilst I do not want to point to this change as the root cause to the disastrous start we had, you have to say that being 2.0 down after 5 minutes there must be someone to blame !

Brunty was pathetic ….. For the first goal, he was showing the Bidston players his new tattoo on his arm when Gully fired in with a spectacular overhead kick to make it 1.0 after a minute. The second came as Brunty was adjusting his Snood around his neck and the Bidston lad slotted home from 10 yards. 2.0 down after 5 minutes ! Then he starts doing Cruyff turns in his own box sending McGraa into meltdown on the touchline.

It wasn’t until the 15th minute that we had our first shot in anger when Griffiths shot wide from distance. Two minutes later Shaun Holmes produced a nice turn and drilled the ball home from the right hand side of the box to get us back in the game at 1.2. We started to get a bit of a grip now in difficult conditions and on 21 minutes Mark Head shot over the bar after good work down the left by Griffo. The equalizer came in the 26th minute when a Head cross was nodded down at the far post by Griffo to be slammed home by Reayman for his first of the day.

Straight after the re-start a Shaun Holmes cross was mis-hit by Josh Dures and the ball bounced harmlessly into the keepers arms. The Bidston still had time to trouble the Dock defence and Liam Simon had to be alert to cover the back four on a couple of occasions. Just after the half hour mark Reayman shot against the keeper after a good ball by ‘Six fingers’ and just on the half time whistle, Griffo shot over from 25 yards.

The second half was a cagy affair and The Goose had to tip over as ‘The Wardrobe’ was dispossessed on the edge of his area. Tony was reduced to being a ‘Bedside Cabinet’ as a consequence of playing alongside Brunty, although to be fair he had ,by now, bucked his idea’s up.

Hammond had to clear a dangerous cross to the Dock’s far post on the hour mark and this served as a marker because 2 minutes later Bidston made it 3.2 as Gully slotted past the Goose’s dive for a well taken goal.

Saunders replaced the injured Griffiths on 66 minutes and it was a Saunders cross that the keeper spilled to the feet of Reayman, the master marksman, who duly tucked it home to make it 3.3 with 15 minutes to go.

On 80 minutes, Dock were awarded a free kick 40-50 yards out and virtually on the touchline. Lee Hammond drilled it into the box, low and rising, just under the wind and had the words ‘’head me into the goal’’ written all over it. Josh Dures did just that to cap a fine performance to make it 4.3.

There was enough time for Reayman to get his hat-trick when he pounced on a loose ball six yards out and slotted past the keeper to make it 5.3.

A win is a win and after being 2.0 down after five minutes away at The Bidston you would of took a point. A bit of character was shown and that puts us in a handy position for the run in and we still have a game in hand.

Finally…..Brunty not only resembles Boris Johnson…. he also plays like him!

Man of the Match : Boris Johnson. Mentions for Griffiths ,Dures, Simon and Holmes. Oh, nearly forgot The Reayman !Dock

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