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Senior Cup last eight for Bognor

Bognor cruised into the quarter final of the Sussex Senior Cup with a 3-0 win over Ryman South side Horsham.

 

With one eye on the Boxing Day clash with Havant & Waterlooville, Rocks boss Jamie Howell made four changes to the side that started the 2-1 win against Folkestone on Saturday.

 

But his charges convincingly dispatched the lower league opponents on Tuesday night, thanks to goals from Ed Sanders, James Crane, and an Ashley Jones own goal.

 

Howell was pleased with the win, but also pleased it allowed Gary Charman and Chad Field, who are both returning from injuries, to get some match practice.

 

He said: “We have got three difficult games coming up over the Christmas period and we need to make sure we have players we can trust physically.

 

“Hand on heart, every season we try to win every competition we go into. Sometimes it’s difficult to know which battles to fight but at the moment this is a good opportunity for the club.”

 

The Rocks’ reward is a trip to SCFL Premier leaders Shoreham. A win will put them in with a chance of a return to the American Express Community Stadium for the final in May.

 

The Rocks have done that twice in recent years, but on both occasions came up short against Brighton and Hove Albion and Peacehaven respectively.

 

Meanwhile Pagham will have to wait until the new year for their last 16 clash with Brighton and Hove Albion’s development squad.

 

The game was planned for January 4 at Nyetimber Lane, but has been rescheduled for the following week (7.30pm) as the Albion have an under-23s Premier League game planned for the same date.

 

All at Pagham hope there will be a bumper crowd for the match, which could see some future Premier League stars playing for the Seagulls.

 

If the Lions overcome Albion, they will have another home tie against Crowborough Athletic in the next round.

 

Elsewhere, Eastbourne Borough, who overcame Chichester City in the last 16, will play Worthing in a repeat of last year’s final while Whitehawk will travel to Crawley Town.

 

All quarter final ties will be played on or before Wednesday, January 18.

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