Rocks earn stalemate at league leaders
Resolute defence as Rocks draw with Chelmsford
Chelmsford City 0 Rocks 0
Match report by Liam Goodley
Rocks battled hard and earned a point at a difficult game in high temperatures against Chelmsford City.
Rocks were back in Essex to take on Chelmsford City who were top of the league before kick off.
The Clarets were in fine form leading up to this match, with Rocks on a two game losing run.
It was sunny weather at an impressive Melbourne Park stadium as the Rocks faithful filed in before kick off.
Jimmy Muitt was a late change, getting a place on the bench with Doug Tuck and new loan signing, Chinedu McKenzie getting a start.
Good play down the right saw Ben Swallow make headway down the right and his cross had rolled over the line before he hit it, with Joe Lea working hard in the build up.
Daniel Green crossed a low one into the box but Sami El-Abd stubbed it high and out for a corner. Michael West took the corner with Chris Dickson at the near post but it went out for a goal kick.
Green received the ball on the right again on 8 minutes. His neat cross picked out Lee Barnard but he headed it over the crossbar.
Lea lofted a ball over with Alex Parsons in pursuit but it bounced straight to the goalkeeper.
Chad Field nodded out another high cross from Green on 9 minutes, before James Crane swung the ball in but the goalkeeper gathered it.
Ben Swallow cut the ball inside the area and Lea rushed in and went to ground but claims for a penalty were ignored, during an open first fifteen minutes.
Another Green cross from the right had to be headed out by Calvin Davies. Following the corner Michael Spillane hit a low attempt at goal but El-Abd deflected it away from the goalmouth. Spillane had to be stretchered off after an injury on 17 minutes.
Ashley Miller came on for Spillane who had to be replaced for the hosts.
Dickson got on the end of the second attempt at a cross by West and his deflected header won another corner of which Mark Haines nodded over.
A Swallow forward freekick into the box was pulled back for offside on 21 minutes with El-Abd and Crane lurking.
Dan Lincoln spilled the ball slightly following a highly overhead ball forward but gathered it again with Dickson putting him under pressure.
Swallow curled a freekick in and dipped nicely for Parsons who nodded it over after diving at it in the heart of the box on 31 minutes.
Parsons laid the ball off for Swallow but his shot flew well wide of the right post on 34 minutes.
West spun his marker before shooting at goal. His deflected attempt only just bounced wide of the goal. Green's corner saw El-Abd divert it away.
Swallow was looking for Parsons with a neat cross past the face of goal but it was cleared for a corner.
Matthew Johnson's cross was headed out for yet another corner on 44 minutes. Green's corner was nodded away confidently by Crane.
A chipped cross by Swallow almost found Parsons inside stoppage time but the ball bounced harmlessly off for a goal kick.
A long throw by Johnson saw Haines head it well wide of the goal just after.
A ball forward saw Rocks have to concede another corner. West's corner was headed out by Dan Beck.
Johnson's long throw bounced out to West who had a shot blocked by Tuck before trying again but he placed it wide.
West curled a freekick inside the box and Lincoln only just got in front of him to punch it out for a corner.
Bognor's cross came to nothing before the Clarets went on the attack. Dickson found Johnson with a square pass but he smashed it over the bar.
On 54 minutes McKenzie's debut came to an end as he was replaced by Muitt.
West spun a ball into the box and it bounced awkwardly for Barnard but Lincoln was there to gather rushing out of his goal to deny any chance of The Clarets taking the lead.
A through ball almost saw Parsons find it inside the box but the Clarets were forced to kick it out. But Swallow's corner kick was headed away.
West's freekick was headed out for a corner on 59 minutes. Lincoln had to punch clear West's cross. Then shortly after Dickson headed it over from a cross on the right.
Dickson slid in following yet another corner but couldn't get anything to it.
Barnard headed another cross over the bar after El-Abd and Muitt went for the same ball on a clearance.
Craig Barrett's chipped cross fell to the right foot of West who smashed it on the volley back across goal on 66 minutes and only just wide of the left post.
Barnard was replaced by Kudos Oyenuga on 67 minutes.
Field brought Dickson down on the left winning the freekick for the hosts. West's short pass inside with the freekick saw substitute Aaron Greene blast well wide of the goal on 69 minutes.
A long ball forward saw Swallow leave it for Muitt who got beyond his marker before firing it and forcing a decent save from Sam Beasant. Swallow's corner was headed out again by Dickson. And then another cross followed. This time El-Abd headed it high and into the stoppers arms.
Shortly after Dickson stubbed it wide from the back post and Muitt received a booking for tussling with the goalkeeper in the build up.
Lincoln pulled a fantastic save to deny Dickson from point blank range as Bognor continued to hold on.
The goalkeeper's clearance fell straight to Swallow who smashed it well wide from distance.
Parsons came off for Jimmy Wild 78 minutes.
A long throw in by Johnson saw Oyenuga deflect the ball wide of the left post.
Beck pulled Oyenuga down and received a yellow card on 82 minutes.
A good passage of play led to Swallow crossing it but the goalkeeper gathered it easily on 84 minutes.
Substitute Greene hit yet another ball into the area but straight at Lincoln inside stoppage time.
Lincoln had to re-gather a forward ball pumped into the box shortly after as time was running out for the hosts.
Swallow's late corner was touched and Wild held up play near the corner flag to run down the clock. When the ball was thrown forward by the hosts the referee blew the whistle for full time to the delight of the travelling Rocks contingent in attendance.
A good point for Bognor who will welcome Hungerford Town to Nyewood Lane on Tuesday with a 7.45pm kick off.
Attendance - 898
Rocks: Lincoln, Davies, Crane, Tuck, El-Abd, Field, Lea, Beck, McKenzie (Muitt 54), Parsons (Wild 78), Swallow
Subs not Used: Whyte, Suraci, Boughton (G/K)