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Five-star Bognor smoke Mackerels

THIS seaside derby has become known as “El Classicoast” — and coast it the Rocks did, with a fabulous 5-0 thumping of woeful Worthing. They’ve got bundles of cash thanks to the generosity of owner George Dowell, but couldn’t buy a goal at the Nye Camp on Bank Holiday Monday. James Fraser went into the game having grabbed a double in the 2-0 win at Billericay on Saturday. And he was in sizzling form once more and bagged a brace after Thomas Byrne handed the Rebels-rousing Rocks a 1-0 advantage on quarter of an hour. Ollie Pearce made it 2-0 just before the interval and following Fraser’s double Dylan Barnett made it high fives all round. His second goal was exquisite — ax rasping volley after a clever dink from Walter Figueira set him up. Jason Prior? Alfie Rutherford? Never heard of them! That’s what the Green Army must have been saying as the intelligent football flowed, an abundance of chances were created and, crucially, the net it did bulge. Five times. Worthing are said to have adopted the mantle the Mackerels as a nickname and they lived up to it by stinking out the ground to the dismay of their travelling supporters, among the attendance of 1,006. They chanted, they set off a smoke bomb and they displayed banners decrying the Rocks. And yet it was they who must have been flagging come the end of this totally convincing rout. Bit like their players, including former Bognor midfielder Kane Wills. But this wasn’t about Worthing. This was more about Jamie Howell and Darin Kilpatrick and the backroom team and, of course, the players. To a man they were superb. Could it get any better? Yes. The victory sent Rocks to fifth in the table. One place above, ahem, Worthing. Mackerels? Well, they were the catch of the day for the Rocks, that is for sure. Yes, Howeller had ’em hooked!

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