‘Tis the season of goodwill and festive spirit. But Bognor showed no such generosity when they came toe-to-toe with a number of old friends during the first of two festive derbys.
The match at Worthing, played in front of a bumper crowd of nearly 2,000, saw a number of long-term Rocks line up against the white and greens.
Leading out the Rebels was Alex Parsons, who just two seasons ago was helping Bognor to the Ryman Premier crown.
But it was two other former Rocks who (in a tongue in cheek way) were singled out for the ‘special treatment’ by Bognor supporters.
James Crane and Ollie Pearce both left Nyewood Lane this summer to make the switch to Worthing – and they were rewarded with a chorus of boos from the Rocks faithful.
It was the former who perhaps had the best chance of the match for the Rebels as his close range shot was pushed away by Dan Lincoln’s feet in the first half.
Crane, who had spent more than a decade at the club, lined up on the left side of defence and earned himself a yellow card for a strong challenge on Ed Sanders. He, too, went close as a bullet header in the second half was turned round by Lincoln.