Rocks Review: Whitehawk 3 Rocks 0

BOGNOR were undone by one of their own former players as they lost 3-0 at Whitehawk - and suffered a new injury blow.

For the second time this season, the Rocks lost to the leaders, this time at a freezing Enclosed Ground in East Brighton.

Once again the Rocks were forced to change things around before the kick-off with Tom Boyle deputising in goal for Craig Stoner who was suffering with a bad toothache.

Dan Beck started the game having recovered from sickness and Dan Thompson started up front after returning from a trial at Stoke City.

The first stages were fairly even with Bognor giving as good as they got, but it was ex-Rock James Fraser who opened the scoring for the home side in the 12th minute, nodding home an easy header following a cross from the lively Charlie Henry from the left.

Fraser should have scored again for Whitehawk a few minutes later, but he failed to convert a superb ball from Danny Mills. By now the home side had a stranglehold on the game and it was no surprise that they extended their lead on 35 minutes when an unmarked Joe Keehan coolly headed into the visitors’ net following a corner.

Bognor could have reduced the arrears just on half-time when good link-up play between James Crane and Harvey Whyte resulted in a shot from Crane which Chris Winterton in the home goal did well to save.

The second half saw Bognor taking the game to the hosts and they forced several corners in quick succession which could not be converted.

Whitehawk weathered the storm and began exerting their own pressure and fierce shots from Henry went inches over the bar.

Then on 67 minutes Whitehawk made sure of all three points towards their promotion bid when Henry rolled the ball into the net from around 20 yards out with Boyle seeming to misjudge the flight of the ball.

To add insult to injury, Whyte had to come off on 68 minutes with a suspected fractured collarbone which was later confirmed, meaning he will miss the rest of the season.

The Rocks must now lift themselves for their next Sussex derby - Monday’s visit to Nyewood Lane by Lewes.

Rocks: Boyle, Stockford, Kempson, Crane, S Pearce, Warren, Beck, Wills, Thompson, O Pearce, Whyte. Subs: Marzetti, Woods, Dodd, Wollers, Tuck.

ROGER NASH