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No slips as Rocks win in cup

Jack Pearce utilised his squad as holders Bognor eased past Horsham YMCA 3-0 to in the Sussex Senior Cup.


A Dan Smith double and goal from defender Joe Cook saw the BetVictor Premier side overcome their Southern Combination League guests to book a spot in the quarter-finals of the competition which ends at Brighton’s Amex stadium.


Jack Frankland hit the bar for YMCA as they made the brighter start at Nyewood Lane in difficult conditions for both teams to master.


Victor Hensel had an effort cleared off the line for Rocks before the hosts took a 23rd-minute lead when Cook headed home from Tommy Scutt’s corner.


Bognor’s top scorer Smith made it 2-0 just before the hour mark.


Having been denied by a last-ditch challenge minutes before, there was no stopping Smith when he was played in by Arron Hopkinson.


Matt Daniel forced Rocks keeper Amadou Tanagra into a save before Bognor sealed the win.


Leading scorer Smith again was on target after he tucked away a cross from Harvey Whyte.


It was a case of job done for manager Pearce and the players.


He told The Post: “It was a foul night.


“It was raining and also blowing a howling gale.


“These games are always a potential banana skin so it was good that we did not make any slip-ups.”


The likes of Hopkinson, Ben Mendoza, Hensel and Eddie Wakley all started for Rocks to please Pearce.


He said: “All my squad players got a good run-out, we kept a clean sheet and we scored three goals so, although it was not a classic, we did OK.


“All those players who have not been regularly starting got at least an hour, so that is important.”


Meanwhile, in-form goalkeeper Tangara scooped the Player of the Month award for November.

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