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Carl Meek (Player/Manager)
Ricky Ramshaw (Captain)
At the weekend, pre-season preparations continued with 2 more fixtures.
Our development side welcomed Fakenham A and came out on the wrong side of a 3-2 score line. Hayden Neave and Jack Blake with the goals. Despite the result there were plenty of positives to take from the game and the boys are in good spirits and looking forward to their next game.
The first team travelled to Longham and were 4-2 victors in a game that was soured by a serious injury to Sean Leys. Goals from Brad Durham, Liam Spooner and James Boyden (2), who got his first goals for the club.
All eyes are now on this evenings fixture where our Reserve side host Swaffham A.
On Saturday we hosted 2 pre season friendlies at Bradmere Lane.
The reserves welcomed AFC Emneth Reserves and were punished for a slow start and went into half time 4-0 down. The second half was much improved and the score line was pulled back to 4-2 through goals from Arron Raven and Tom Hawkins. Docking will feel disappointed that they didn't add to those goals after creating numerous chances to score. Emneth then hit Docking with a sucker punch to make it 5-2 in the last few moments.
It was a similar story for our development who went 4-0 down by half time against a strong Longham side. A much improved second half performance saw the game finish at 4-0, with Docking have the better of the chances in the second half. Not a bad performance for the development in their first pre-season game against an experienced side 2 divisions above.
Tomorrow we welcome 2 sides to Bradmere Lane, both games with a 2:30pm kick off.
Reserves vs AFC Emneth Reserves
Development vs Longham.
Weather is going to be great so if you’re free please come down and support the teams
Pre-season preparations are going well so far, with friendly games now coming in thick and fast.
We are happy to be in a position to provide a Management Team update for the coming season:
Docking first team will continue to be managed by Barry Chilvers
Reserve team will be managed by James Knucksucow Davies, who will be a key addition to the management team and his experience and quality will prove invaluable to our reserves side.
Our Development side will continue in the very capable hands of Mr Docking himself, Carl Meek.
Our Development side were involved in another thriller at the Lane, this time going down to West Winch Reserves 3-4.
Three times Docking took the lead, three times West Winch equalised and then scored a late penalty to sn**ch the points when a draw probably would have been a fair result.
Docking’s goals came from Jack Matkin (2) and Seth Meek.
Pick of the performances was Chris Freeman in a more defensive role than usual.
A big thanks to @Brancaster Oysters for their match ball sponsorship and all at the club wish the West Winch player who sustained a serious injury a speedy recovery.
Our Development side were involved in another 9 goal thriller, this time coming out on the losing side to Marshland Reserves 5-4 in the Division Three Knockout Cup. It was one of those games that could have gone either way with us hitting the woodwork twice and having a late late penalty saved.
Docking went behind very early but were soon back on level terms when Seth Meek found the top corner from the edge of the box. Marshland took the lead again, but Jack Matkin latched onto a Leon Enefer through ball to equalise. A measured Seth Meek pass put Leon Enefer through who finished calmly to give Docking a half time lead.
Marshland came out determined in the second half and scored two quick goals to take the lead and then added a fifth. Docking pulled a goal back when a determined run by Gavin Hawes was finished with a through pass to set up Jack Matkin to find the bottom corner. Late drama saw us have a penalty well saved with only minutes remaining.
Some good performances in very difficult conditions with Leon Enefer and Bernie Woolsey putting good shifts in.
Best of luck to Marshland in the next round.
Our Development side gained back to back wins coming out on top in a nine goal thriller at Runcton Holme.
Docking started well and took an early lead when James Durham scored after closing down the Runcton keeper.
Jack Matkin doubled the visitors lead and the same player added a third to continue his recent goal scoring form. Runcton pulled a goal back before half time and a good save by William Fowle ensured the visitors two goal advantage remained intact.
Docking took the initiative early in the second half when Carl Meek scored with a long range effort from just shy of the half way line. The same player added a fifth with a solo run either side of Runcton getting a third. Runcton scored with virtually the last kick of the game but Docking thoroughly deserved their 5-4 win and even had the luxury of a penalty being saved by the Runcton keeper
A good all round team performance with Bernie Woolsey, Carl Howe, Gavin Hawes and Seth Meek deserving a mention.
Also a big thank you to Darren Astle for stepping in and taking the whistle.
Our Development side came away from their trip to Weeting with a very good 7-2 win. A Hatrick from Jack Matkin and a brace from Carl Meek saw the visitors leading 5-2 after a frantic first 25 minutes. In the second half man of the match Jack Matkin added his fourth and Leon Enefer completed the scoring. A very good performance also from Clinton Coffill at Centre back.
Our Development side came out second best to a well drilled and determined Ingoldisthorpe on Saturday. We improved second half and positives to take from that. Our man of the match was Jak Hindley but also a good performance from John Pike. Our consolation strike was a well taken Seth Meek penalty who sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot.
We go again on Saturday when we make the trip to Weeting Saxon Reserves.
Thank you once again to our Match ball sponsors Brancaster Oysters 🦪
After the game getting abandoned last week, we welcome Tacolneston again to Bradmere Lane in a Cup Replay, 1:15 kick off!
All teams in action today!
First team in the cup Vs tacolneston (Home 1:15 kick off)
Reserves Vs Watlington Res (Home 2pm kick off)
Development Vs Upwell Res (Away 2pm Kick off)
Come down and support the Kings!
Our Development side are in action today at home against Upwell Town Reserves. Kicking off at Bradmere Lane at 2pm. Come down and support the Kings!
Our Development Side gained their first three points of the season in a very impressive display against a sporting Weeting Saxon side.
Docking were at it from the first whistle and took a deserved lead when Jack Matkin cut the ball back for Liam Spooner to sweep home. Docking scored a second that was almost a carbon copy of the first this time Carl Meek setting up Liam Spooner for his second. A third goal arrived soon after when a Carl Meek through ball sent Jack Matkin away to calmly round the keeper and score. Weeting got on the score sheet when they got behind the Docking defence and the cross was clinically despatched by their striker. Jack Matkin restored the Development sides three goal advantage with an early contender for goal of the season finding the top corner with a 25 yard free kick.
The second half started as the first finished, with the hosts very much on top. A fifth goal came when good footwork by Seth Meek in the box saw him smash his shot against the underside of the crossbar but the ever alert Tom McDowell was on hand to score his first goal of the season from close range. James Stokes scored his first goal for the club with a good volley after his initial shot had come back off the cross bar. An unfortunate Weeting own goal and a delicate Seth Meek through ball which was finished off by Carl Meek completed the scoring.
Overall a very good team performance and plenty of contenders for man of the match, but this week it was Seth Meek who continuously drove the home side forward.
Once again a big thank you to Brancaster Oysters for their matchball sponsorship 👏🏻
On Saturday our Development side welcomed Terrington Reserves to the Lane. In a closely contested affair it was the visitors who scored the only goal of the game with 10 minutes remaining. The whole side put in a real shift in what was undoubtedly the pick of our performances this year. Several possibilities for man of the match mostly defending players, James Stokes was immense at Centre Back but man of the match was William Fowle with several quality saves to keep the score as close as it was.
Onwards to tomorrow when we host at Weeting Saxon Reserves hoping for a similar performance.
First team and Development sides are in action today, come down and support the lads!
Little message from our new chairman
It’s a great honour for me to be taking on the role of chairman at this fantastic, community club, which i love dearly.
Many of you may know me, I have been a committed Docking Rangers player for 10 years, and in all that time have never considered joining another club. There’s something about this club that is really special and that’s why we are one of longest, consecutively serving clubs in the North West Norfolk League, a feat we should be proud of and look to continue.
I’ve seen the club grow from strength to strength in recent years and the men’s side have gone from 1 side, to 3 sides across the 3 divisions and I’m very excited to see the progression and what subsequent success comes our way. I am also very keen to see our youngsters in the Under 9’s side develop, and hopefully we can add more youth teams in the future.
I look forward to working with the brilliant infrastructure here in place, something I have benefited from for many years as a player and I hope to continue the legacy of my predecessor, Ricky Ramshaw, someone I have great respect for.
Up The Kings!
Our Development side went down 4-1 at West Winch Reserves on Saturday. As we continue to give youth a chance 5 of the starting 11 we’re playing in last years under 16’s. After going behind within the first minute Docking got back on level terms despite not playing their best football when a Carl Meek flick on was despatched by Jack Matkin to ensure scores were level at half time. The second half looked as though it was going to remain level until three late goals for the hosts put a flattering touch to the score line but no doubting West Winch deserved the points.
Man of the Match was Bernie Woolsey with an almost faultless display.
All 3 Docking teams are in action this weekend! Fixtures are as follows:
League (A) First Team vs Heacham Reserves - 2:30pm Kick Off
Primary Cup (H) Reserves vs Litcham Youth - 2:30pm Kick Off
League (A) Development vs West Winch Reserves - 2:30pm Kick Off
Make sure to come and support the lads!
Our Reserves are the only team in action this weekend playing away to Ingoldsthorpe, 2:30pm kick off!
Our Development side came out the wrong side of an 11 goal thriller at the Lane on Saturday. After going 1-0 down we got back on level terms when Jack Matkin sent Carl Meek away to calmly finish past the keeper. The same player added a second after lobbing the keeper, George Smith providing the assist. Either side of this Runcton Holme had scored twice, a third equaliser came when a long Carl Meek pass sent Jack Matkin racing away and he scored with a low drive that went back in off the post for his first goal in senior football and a third equaliser. Runcton Holme added two more before a Jack Matkin cross was diverted home at the far post by George Smith to reduce the arrears and ensure Docking trailed by a single goal going into the break.
Runcton Holme scored a sixth early on in the second half but from there on in it was Docking who dominated and continuously peppered the Holme goal. It was with 10 minutes remaining that their efforts were rewarded, Jack Matkin laid off to Seth Meek to strike home from outside the box and score his first goal in senior football. Docking huffed and puffed but just could not get the equaliser that they thoroughly deserved and a late penalty shout was turned away to their disappointment. Some good performances, along with a debut for Gavin Hawes joining from Watlington, but man of the match was Jack Matkin.
A big thank you to Brancaster Oysters for their match ball sponsorship.
On Saturday our Reserves welcomed Castle Rising to Docking after picking a point up in the opening fixture last week.
After going a goal down, the Kings got back into the match courtesy of a Leon Enefer free kick. Capitalising on the momentum another breakaway goal soon followed with Danny Smee applying the finish. Rising instantly capitalised from kick off and another goal made it a close affair at half time with Castle Rising going in 3-2 up.
Unfortunately with tiring legs throughout the second half the game got away from us, ultimately finishing the game 6-2 down. That being said there were a few first half positives to look back on to take into next week!
We go into this Saturday with another home game, welcoming Dersingham Development to Bradmere Lane.
Man of the match: Mike Mulready for his constant work rate throughout the game.
Thank you to Deepdale Café for sponsoring the match balls.
Also, we are still on the looking for 3 or 4 players to bolster our reserve and development side, so if you are interested in playing for a friendly club that will make you feel very welcome please get in touch.
On Saturday our First Team welcomed Snettisham to Bradmere Lane, looking to build upon the point they gained last week.
After surviving an early scare, Docking controlled possession and didn’t concede many clear opportunities however didn’t create many of their own. As the half went on, the boys cranked the pressure up, forcing a few good saves from the Snettisham keeper and hitting the bar. 0-0 half time.
The second half was a dominant display of passing and possession from The Kings with Snettisham now camped at the edge of their box, seemingly happy with a point and defending superbly. They blocked shot after shot and again, the keeper made some good saves to keep the score level.
A breakthrough was finally found with less than 10 minutes to go, a Ryan Mellor free kick from 20 yards finding the corner of the net. 1-0.
All eyes now on Saturday as we travel to Dersingham Reserves.
Man of the match: Tristan Guy for his tireless work up and down the right flank
Thank you to The Rathskeller for Matchball Sponsorship.
On Saturday our Development side played in their first ever competitive fixture, with six sixteen year olds making their debuts. It was a tough afternoon against a very well drilled AFC Lynn side who came out 9-2 winners. The game was lost in the first 45 minutes but a much improved second half performance saw us dig in and become more expansive in the last 20 minutes creating 5/6 good chances. We got on the score sheet through an own goal and when George Smith was the first to react with header from a Seth Meek corner that had come back off the cross bar. Our motm was William Fowle, making some good saves and with some really good handling on a difficult surface.