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Party time as Rocks hit seven

Bognor’s players got the party started early on Saturday when they bashed Cray Wanderers 7-2 at Nyewood Lane.


Just hours before their Christmas do, they cut loose with doubles for Dan Smith and Doug Tuck, plus an own goal and efforts from Ashton Leigh and Tommy Leigh putting them in a festive spirit.


The win catapulted the Rocks up to seventh in BetVictor Isthmian Premier.


Ashton Leigh opened the scoring after 23 minutes from a James Crane delivery.


Jay Leader put through his own net six minutes later from a Tuck cross and Smith added the third on 32 minutes.


Tuck slotted in the fourth five minutes after the restart but the visitors replied before Tommy Leigh hooked home on 74 minutes.


Tuck produced a cool finish two minutes later but Cray replied again before Smith wrapped up the win after he had been played in by substitute Arron Hopkinson.


Boss Jack Pearce insisted Bognor are still light up front despite the goal-fest as Brad Lethbridge and Mason Walsh are still out injured.


Pearce also saw the funny side so soon after calling for more firepower but said: “I know we scored a lot but we only have one recognised striker in the squad, and that’s Dan Smith who was man of the match. He’s the only one, though.


“Up until the game, they were one of the three teams which had only lost on three occasions, so it was a very good win.


“They are a very good team and they have some very good players.


“Once the third goal had gone in they had to then start committing players forward.


“Once that happens, if you play sensibly, then you will continue to create chances. We took our chances after that.”


He added: “The players had their Christmas party, so hopefully they enjoyed that.”

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