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Hemel Hempstead Town
Bognor Regis Town
Full time
J Muitt (33')
Tue 12 Sep 19:45 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Attendance 341

It never rains, but it pours as Rocks lose to Hemel

Stormy times for the Rocks?

Bognor were left to reflect on a fifth defeat in six games - and a third in a row - when Jimmy Muitt's penalty proved insufficient to secure any return from their visit to Hemel Hempstead.

The 3-1 defeat leaves them 18th in National League South and it's now four weeks since their last win, the 6-2 triumph over Whitehawk. Hemel started the stronger and created an early chance for Alex Osborn, who drove wide when he should have got his effort on target. Then Sami El-Abd slipped and handed a chance to Rowan Liburd, who also spruned the opportunity given to him. Bognor had a chance to go ahead when Calvin Davies played in Ben Swallow, and his cross reached Chinedu McKenzie close to goal - but keeper Laurie Walker smothered it on the line.

A decent Rocks spell saw James Crane shoot from the edge of the box, Walker holding it well, and if anything the visitors looked the most likely to score. But on 20 minutes El-Abd conceded a free-kick just outside the area that earned him a booking and Jordan Parkes stepped up to fire home a fine free-kick. It was almost a carbon copy of the goal that had put Wealdstone ahead against the Rocks on Saturday. Justin Amaluzor had a powerful shot kept out by Dan Lincoln, and then seemed certain to go one better and score, only to shoot wide.

But Bognor levelled on 33 minutes when Harvey Whyte's superb run into the box ended in a foul and Muitt stepped to slam home the spot kick. Hemel threatened within 30 seconds of the restart, believing they should have had a penalty of their own, but the referee waved play on when a forward went to ground.

The second half saw Bognor with a strong wind at their backs and they began it well enough with Swallow seeing plenty of the ball down the right but the Rocks unable to carve out decent chances. And nine minutes into the half Hemel were ahead again when Liburd was able to waltz through the hesitant defence and tap into an empty net. The hosts' tails were up and they had several chances to add to their tally. Lincoln made one good double save from Liburd and the goal led a charmed life as cross after cross caused havoc, with two efforts hacked off the line.

The Rocks' fate was sealed ten minutes from the end when Charlie Sheringham had the simple task of heading in a corner from close range. It left the travelling Green Army to negotiate a long journey home through the wind and rain and wonder where their next win would come from.

The FA Cup brings Bognor's next challenge, with Weston super Mare visiting Nyewood Lane in the second qualifying round on Saturday, and all will hope a change in competition will bring a change in fortune. Meanwhile efforts to strengthen the squad will continue, and fans will hope a knock picked up by Muitt, which saw him subbed in the second half, does not prove serious.

Rocks: Lincoln, Whyte, Crane, Tuck, El-Abd, Field, Muitt (Parsons 79), Beck, McKenzie (Pearce 62), Davies (Wild 83), Swallow. Subs not used: Suraci, Lea.

Key moments

33:00
Goal James Muitt scores for Bognor Regis Town

Highlights

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83:00 Sub On
James Wild is substituted on for Bognor Regis Town
83:00 Sub Off
Calvin Davies is substituted off for Bognor Regis Town
79:00 Sub On
Alexander Parsons is substituted on for Bognor Regis Town
79:00 Sub Off
James Muitt is substituted off for Bognor Regis Town
62:00 Sub Off
Chinedu McKenzie is substituted off for Bognor Regis Town
62:00 Sub On
Oliver Pearce is substituted on for Bognor Regis Town
End of period 1
33:00 Goal 0 - 1
James Muitt scores for Bognor Regis Town
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As it happened

  • Hemel Hempstead Town
  • Bognor Regis Town
  • 0
  • James Muitt Goal 33:00'
  • Chinedu McKenzie Sub Off 62:00'
  • Oliver Pearce Sub On 62:00'
  • Alexander Parsons Sub On 79:00'
  • James Muitt Sub Off 79:00'
  • James Wild Sub On 83:00'
  • Calvin Davies Sub Off 83:00'

Team selection

Lincoln, Daniel Lincoln, Daniel
Crane, James Crane, James
Davies, Calvin Davies, Calvin
El-Abd, Sami El-Abd, Sami
Field, Chad Field, Chad
Whyte, Harvey Whyte, Harvey
Swallow, Benjamin Swallow, Benjamin
Beck, Daniel Beck, Daniel
Tuck, Douglas Tuck, Douglas
Muitt, James Muitt, James
McKenzie, Chinedu McKenzie, Chinedu

League round up

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# Team Pl Pts
16. Gloucester City 18 22
17. Hungerford Town FC 19 19
18. Concord Rangers 19 17
19. Poole Town 19 17
20. Oxford City 17 16
21. Bognor Regis Town 18 15
22. Whitehawk 19 4

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