GALLERY: Pearce and Dodd doubles see Rocks hit five to go sixth

The rampant Rocks romped to their sixth straight Ryman premier-division win as doubles by Ollie Pearce and Terry Dodd saw off Enfield at Nyewood Lane.

It lifted them into the top six - and banished the blues they suffered in their unsavoury FA Cup exit to Weymouth in midweek.

Bognor began the afternoon unbeaten in the league since August 20 but looking to recover from that bruising Cup defeat - and they served up 90 minutes of entertainment that was the perfect pick-me-up.

The Rocks gave a debut to 22-year-old defender Michael Weir - signed yesterday. He filled in at left-back with Daryl Wollers still waiting for groin surgery.

Weir was on Southampton’s books as a youngster before trying his luck in Portugal and Cyprus - spending last season with Doxa Katopias in Cyprus’ top division.

The Rocks had the first sniff of a goal when Craig Robson’s downward header from Kane Wills’ sixth-minute corner had to be hacked off the line.

Dodd - making a rare start with Ben Godfrey away through family commitments - almost played strike partner Pearce in on goal on nine minutes, but a defender cleared.

Enfield’s first half-decent attack saw Adam Wallace played into a dangerous position down the right but the ball ran away from him and he could only screw a weak cross into Mark Zawadski’s hands.

It was a calm start - which was probably what the Rocks needed after the drama and controversy of Tuesday’s Cup defeat.

But the Rocks took the lead in spectacular fashion in the 14th minute. A right-sided corner by Wills was headed out by a defender then headed into the air by Doug Tuck. When it came down, Arron Hopkinson took a swing at it and with superb technique, sent a volley flying across a motionless keeper Noel Imber and into the far corner.

Enfield threatened two minutes later. Alex Malins was booked for fouling Corry Whitely on a run down the visitors’ left and when Lee Allen sent over an inswinging free-kick it came back off the crossbar.

Hopkinson caused Enfield more problems on 18 minutes with a vicious cross which Imber had to palm to safety from under his bar.

Imber was beaten on 21 minutes, though. A patient build-up ended with new man Weir sending in a dangerous low cross from the Rocks left and when the clearance was charged down by Hopkinson, Pearce was in the right place to head in from a couple of yards out.

Enfield were rocking and Hopkinson forced Imber into a sharp low save a minute later.

Enfield centre-half Chris Wild was booked on 24 minutes for a raised arm that smashed into Pearce’s face as the youngster tried to dance past him with the ball. It wasn’t the first time this week that Pearce had suffered heavy-handed tactics - he was on the end of some questionable Weymouth ‘challenges’ in the Cup game in midweek.

A long ball was just beyond Robson as he homed in on Imber in the Enfield box as the Rocks continued to dominate. But the home side had to be on their toes against a visiting side who were still keen to attack at pace.

The Rocks were rampant and Pearce netted his second on 27 minutes, his firm right-footed shot beating Imber at his near post and going in off the woodwork after a set-up by Hopkinson, who had done more than most to put Enfield so firmly on the back foot.

When Enfield did threaten to hit back, Zawadski was equal to Wallace in a one-on-one. Then Whitely attempted a shot from 35 yards but it ended up nearer the turnstile at the south-east corner of the ground than Zawadski’s goal.

The Rocks’ corners were troubling Enfield every time and another Wills kick on the right was headed only inches wide of the near post by Robson.

Hopkinson was next to shoot at goal, but a left-footed effort was high and wide after he cut in from the right to beat his marker.

Wallace was Enfield’s best player by some distance and he’d have been disappointed not to see a team-mate get on the end of a low ball across the six-yard box on 39 minutes.

Weir’s lively debut ended early when he went down with a leg injury four minutes before the break. He didn’t look badly injured but with James Crane on the bench, there was no need to take risks and off he came.

Hopkinson was almost unplayable at times and he forced Imber into a good take from a rising cross as the first half neared its end. Malins got forward for a rasping shot that Imber parried out for a corner in stoppage time.

HT 3-0

The Rocks were immediately back on the attack at the start of the second half, but couldn’t make their dominance count. Their first chance came when Johnson sprayed a lovely long ball out to Hopkinson on the right wing and he got to the byline and into the box before trying a shot that a defender blocked.

Pearce timed a pass perfectly to set Hopkinson off and running down the right but his cross was too close to the keeper - and then Enfield went down the other end and got one back. It was a great solo effort by Whitely, who ran at the defence before shooting low past Zawadski from 15 yards.

Johnson almost restored the three-goal advantage from 25 yards, his drive pushed away for a corner by Imber on 53 minutes.

Johnson almost cut the ball back to give Pearce an opening in the six-yard box - then Doug Tuck waltzed to the byline and sent a ball in which George McLuskie had to hoof off the line.

Enfield won a free-kick 25 yards out when Whitely was upended but Liam Hope curled a disappointing effort straight into Zawadski’s arms.

Whitely was through on goal just after the hour after hesitancy on the halfway from the Rocks back-line but Stuart Axten got back well to force him wide - and the striker slipped as he tried to cut the ball back past the defender.

Pearce was denied his hat-trick by a superb low save from Imber on 64 minutes, the striker shooting across the keeper after pouncing on a defender’s slip.

The Rocks got the fourth they’d been threatening in the 65th minute. A quick break through the centre saw Johnson play in Dodd down the inside left channel, and he drew the keeper before shooting high into the top corner.

The Rocks made a change with 19 minutes left. Scott Chamberlain replaced Pearce and immediately broke up an Enfield attack to set up a Rocks break. It eventually fell to Wills, who squared for Dodd, but his shot was well-saved by Imber.

Hope and Anton Olondo were replaced by Tyler Campbell and Joe Brien in a double Enfield change. But it did them no good as Chamberlain played a precise pass through to Dodd, who slotted easily past Imber for his second in ten minutes with a quarter of an hour to go.

It was almost six a minute later when Dodd ran on to a long ball only to be beaten to it by Imber. whose clearance hit Hopkinson and flew just over the unguarded net.

Johnson was replaced by Dan Kempson on 78 minutes.

Dodd fancied a hat-trick and walloped a free-kick a couple of feet wide after Hopkinson was caught in an Enfield defenders’ sandwich.

Enfield never gave up and almost got a second when a spot on pinball in the six-yard box left Zawadski wrong-footed and saw the ball loop just over the bar, but the points were in the bag for the Rocks long before this.

Dodd was again close to completing his treble in the final minute of the 90 when he ran on to a long pass down the centre, but his shot was marginally too high.

It was a fine afternoon’s work for the Rocks, who now don’t play again for a fortnight when they will host Thurrock in the FA Trophy. Next week’s scheduled opponents AFC Hornchurch - the Ryman premier leaders - are in FA Cup action.

Bognor: Zawadski, Malins, Weir, Tuck, Axten, Robson, Hopkinson, Wills, Dodd, Johnson, Pearce. Subs: Whyte, Kempson, Chamberlain, Crane, Sackman.

Enfield: Imber, Lockie, Stevens, McLuskie, Kirby, Wild, Allen, Olondo, Hope, Wallace, Whitely. Subs: Kendall, White, O’Brien, Campbell, Osei.

Ref: Mark Derrien (Dorchester)

Att: 407

by STEVE BONE

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