Bognor gave a large crowd plenty to cheer as they beat Millbrook 35-5 in Hampshire Premier.
The club produced a hat-trick of wins at Hampshire Avenue with three teams at home and numbers swelled by the first league luncheon of 2020.
Coming out the blocks eagerly, Bognor applied pressure instantly from the deep kick-off and it was not long before Jeremy Newton Young scored the first points of the game, slotting a penalty in front of the posts.
From the restart, Chris Webb was fed the ball and he went on his first destructive run of the day – one of many from the fastest prop in the league.
The foundation was set for a clearance kick and Millbrook found themselves in possession in their own half. Unable to penetrate the Bognor defence, Millbrook opted for a wide attack out of desperation and the cunning Paddy Burnett intercepted a midfield pass and raced downfield to score for a converted try (10-0).
Bognor again attacked well from the kick-off.
Whippersnapper Freddie Hayes flew down the touchline before narrowly missing the bounce after a clever kick over his opposite man.
Hayes’ consolation was driving the sweeping Millbrook 15 into touch with the help of his supporting players.
From the resulting lineout, Bognor orchestrated some productive set plays with the forwards, led by Shane Stevens and Josh Burgess, charging through.
Sam Newcombe, controlling the game, fed the ball to Newton Young and his delayed pass allowed Webb to stroll through the gap and around the final defender for another try under the posts and conversion (17-0).
Millbrook opted to kick deeper from their restart and their pressure saw the departure of centre Burnett due to a head injury after his defensive heroics on the goal-line.
An over eager Tom Parsons, a terror for Millbrook at the breakdown, was penalised and received a yellow card. Millbrook opted for a five-metre scrum, which was driven over (17-5).
On the stroke of half-time, a kick from Millbrook landed in the arms of Hayes and an awkward collision resulted in the Bognor winger’s exit from the field.
With two backs leaving the field, a reshuffle was in order and captain Burgess moved to the centres, Connor Herrington was introduced at full back and Jamie Foote, a colt debutant, came into the back row.
It was not long before Foote stamped his authority on the game with a bulldozing run through several Millbrook tacklers.
It set the tone for the half and encouraged his colts team-mates, Brad Smith, debutant, and Nathan Thompson, to follow suit with ball in hand.
Smith also a constant nuisance in and around the ruck area.
From a Millbrook clearance, Herrington capitalised on space to the left and burned his opposition on the outside before he provided Chris Hay with the pass that would put the winger in for his first of the day. The conversion was missed (22-5).
Newton Young punished another Millbrook infringement with a penalty (25-5).
The next score came after an attacking scrum for Bognor. Lee Mason, Joe Benjamin and company dug in to secure the ball and an opportunistic Newcombe darted from the back of the scrum on the blind side and his arced line interested the last defender before he gave the scoring pass to Hay (30-5).
The final try came after Robinson attacked in the centre of the park. The forwards, with Marc Voigt on for Mason, increased the momentum with fast carries around the fringes and eventually Herrington was provided with the ball out wide.
he glided down the wing at pace, passed several would be tacklers before a silky back-handed offload found Freddie Burgess to score (35-5).
In the other matches, the Royals won 47-5 against the Isle of Wight and the third side triumphed 59-0 against Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents.
Bognor are in action tomorrow at New Milton and District in the league.
Bognor 1st XV: C. Webb, J. Benjamin, L. Mason, S. Stevens, N. Thompson, B. Smith, T. Parsons, J. Burgess, S. Newcombe, J. Newton Young, F. Burgess, D. Robinson, P. Burnett, C. Hay, F. Hayes.
Replacements: M. Voigt, J. Foote, C. Herrington.