Rocks Review: Rocks 2 Havant & Waterlooville 5 ... Cherries to visit Nyewood Lane

Harvey Whyte fires home Bognor's opener against Havant Picture by Tommy McMillan
Harvey Whyte fires home Bognor's opener against Havant Picture by Tommy McMillan

HAVANT proved just too strong for Rocks in an entertaining match full of goals in which Bognor were very impressive in spells.

The Rocks’ fourth pre-season friendly saw Havant goalkeeper Charlie Searle play for the hosts to make up for positional absentees, while Charlie Oatway also featured for Bognor in the starting XI.

Bognor took the lead on 21 minutes.

Kane Wills, fresh from his Crawley trial, set the move going, passing forward to Terry Dodd, whose perfectly-weighted knock-on to Harvey Whyte allowed the winger plenty of time to hit a low shot beyond the outstretched hands of Scott Bevan and into the bottom right corner of the net.

Daniel Blanchett hit a long-range effort but this time it was struck along the floor – well wide of the right post – as the Hawks tried in vain to respond.

Oatway failed to deal with a pass which let Ollie Palmer through on goal to hit a shot, but Searle saved brilliantly.

Seconds later, a right-sided cross found Ryan Woodford, who clipped the bar with his header.

Hawks did equalise on 43 minutes as Searle blocked a shot, which fell to Palmer who rolled the ball home.

Hawks took the lead on 50 minutes as Jesse Kewley-Graham’s free kick found substitute Christian Nanetti who slammed home from just inside the box.

Havant extended their lead on 72 minutes as Sahr Kabba, smashed low into the bottom left corner.

Rocks pulled one back as Ollie Pearce nipped in and hit a shot that curled neatly over the goalkeeper and into the net on 79 minutes.

But any hopes of a draw were dashed when Rocks failed to clear their lines and Palmer capitalised by pouncing on the ball to shoot into the net off the left post.

Havant extended their lead and ended the goal fest when Pedro Monteiro tapped in after a corner.

ROCKS: Searle, Marzetti,

Wollers, Hopkinson, Sackman, Robson, Whyte, Wills, Dodd, Oatway, Tuck.Subs: Pearce (Oatway 45), Heath (Dodd 69), Evans (Wollers 53), Morey (Wills 60), Barrett, Van Driel.

LIAM GOODLEY

* THE Rocks’ under-18s’ manager Dan Cox has persuaded AFC Bournemouth to bring their youth team to Nyewood Lane for a friendly against the Pebbles next Tuesday, August 6 (7.30pm).

Cox said: “With the majority of last season’s players still available, and with the addition of a number of new exciting prospects we are really looking forward to having the opportunity of testing ourselves against the youth team of a club who have just been promoted to the Championship.

“Having finished the season strongly last season, I feel we can really challenge for the league title this season.

“Having a decent attendance adds atmosphere and really lifts the young lads. We have seen Ollie Pearce and Dan Kempson graduate last season to become key members of the first team, and lads like Johan Van Driel, Ryan Morey and Corey Heath have already performed impressively for the first team in friendlies.”

The bar will be open and admission will be £3 for adults and £1 for under-16s.