JAMIE Howell’s Rocks rocketed into the top four of the Ryman Premier with a deserved 2-0 victory over Merstham at Nyewood Lane on Tuesday.
James Fraser’s eighth goal of the campaign sealed the triumph late on after Ollie Pearce handed the home side a 1-0 advantage on 55 minutes.
He pounced to prod home following good work from ever-improving striker Jimmy Wild. Both players were clinical in front of goal just three days previously as well when they each scored in the 3-1 win at Dulwich Hamlet.
Now the Rocks face another home game when they host AFC Sudbury tomorrow (Saturday) as they bid to maintain their lofty spot in the league table. It’s a position which not too many would have predicted when the Rocks lost a clutch of leading players over the summer.
Three points were collected after a thrilling win at Dulwich last Saturday in front of more than 2,200 fans.
The home side exuded power and strength but were masterly out-footballed by Howell’s pass-masters. A goal from Fraser deservedly put the Rocks ahead after 18 minutes before Ibra Sekajja equalised.
Pearce handed Bognor the lead again on 30 minutes and substitute James Crane made sure the victory at the close with a well-taken strike. It was a winning debut for new keeper Dan Lincoln.
The ex-Reading custodian has been signed to replace Billy Granger and fans and critics have been impressed so far with his commanding authority between the sticks when called upon.
Elsewhere, certain senior figures at the club predict great things of Jimmy Muitt, who came on as a second-half substitute in the win over Merstham. Muitt, who failed to make the grade as a teenager at Brighton, was signed by Howell in the summer from Lewes and is slowly but surely winning his battle back to fitness after a serious knee injury.
Watch this space.