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Bognor ready for derby day at the Rebels

Rocks first team coach Robbie Blake has warned his side that the form book will go out the window as Bognor make the short trip to Worthing for El Classicoast.


The mood at the Nye Camp has been lifted before the Bank Holiday Monday derby at Woodside Road (3pm) thanks to a 5-0 dismantling of Wingate & Finchley last time out.


A brace from Dan Smith, a Tommy Leigh free kick, a Tyrell Mitford strike and fine Jimmy Muitt finish sealed the rout for the Rocks as they netted a quintet of goals in just 37 second half minutes.


With Worthing losing 6-0 at home to AFC Hornchurch, the near neighbours head into the match in a very different mindset.


But Blake warned that he expects those results to be put to one side for the eagerly-anticipated derby.


Speaking to Rocks Radio, he said:


“In a derby games form goes out of the window and I’m pretty sure their manager will have them up for the game. It will be completely different to a 6-0.


“Since I have been here, we have had some joy [against Worthing] and let’s hope that continues.


“We know it will be a hard game. We have to make sure we stick to the basics as we are a good side.


“We try and promote attacking football to give fans something to enjoy. Even when we’re getting beat or drawing we really appreciate the supporters and are really proud of them and all the support we get.”


The derby at Worthing is set to draw in a big crowd, with close to 2,000 attending the same game last season.


Second half strikes from Dan Smith and Mason Walsh sealed a 2-0 win for Rocks in that match. That was followed by a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture.


With former Bognor players including Ollie Pearce and Alex Parsons in the Rebels line up it will prove to be a feisty encounter.


Blake though wants to make sure the Rocks still to their strengths – believing that if they can keep things tight at the back, they can get goals to win.


Speaking after the Wingate win, he said: “We are three games in now and there has to be learning curves about how we play the game. We can’t play the game like we did in the first half against Horsham


“I’m always happy with our team when it’s 0-0 at half time as I always feel that the way we play football, the way we take control of games in the second half when players get tired, then I’m confident we can go on and win the game.”

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