The Rocks Lose To 2nd Place Braintree.
Rocks in Bottom Three.
Due to a coach breakdown we did not arrive until 40 minutes into the game!
Bognor started November with a 3-0 loss despite a strong first half.
An early goal and some well taken finishes from the second placed Braintree saw the play-off hopefuls win here.
Braintree took an early lead after only 21 seconds when Darnell Wynter struck it in from the edge of the box with a fine strike but Bognor came back into the game later on in the half.
But Phil Roberts hit the side netting as he darted in from the left after a quick attack from the hosts.
A forward ball into the area was searching for Harvey Whyte but Nathan McDonald gathered it.
Then Dan Lincoln picked out a cross before Ollie Pearce sped on the counter and his cross was knocked clear for a corner.
Pearce's corner floated kindly for Chad Field but he glanced his header wide.
Ben Swallow got into the attack and Doug Tuck's forward ball was knocked on by Ibra Sekajja who found Swallow again and his cross was somehow belted away.
Calvin Davies chipped the ball forward to Pearce who did well to get to the byline and force the goalkeeper into a parried save over the bar. The corner by Pearce was nodded well over by Field.
Ben Wyatt won a throw in on the left and eventually Samir Bihmoutine's cross found Roberts but he headed it straight at Lincoln.
Then Billy Crook smacked an attempt straight over the bar from outside the box as Braintree enjoyed early second half pressure.
Davies lofted the ball down the right for Pearce and he won a freekick. Swallow's freekick was curled in and Sekajja was in there but the ball bounced out to Pearce who hit a shot that was deflected away.
Bihmoutine's neat cross picked out Karl Oliyide who slid in and despite Lincoln's dive couldn't stop the ball going in off the right post to give the hosts a two-goal lead.
After the goal Lincoln required treatment after taking a knock to the head as he tried to stop it from going in.
Archie Edwards's cross after a quick run down the left was headed away soon after.
Edwards then got booked for a high boot into the chest of his opponent as Bognor were having to defend some swift passing from the hosts. Mark Okoye was on the back post but headed the ball wide from the freekick.
Davies's ball down the right saw Sekajja run to catch up with the ball before hitting it low into the box but Nathan McDonald gathered it after being well positioned.
Wyatt was also on the floor holding his head and the referee halted play but he soon returned to his feet and was back in the action.
Wyatt spotted the gap in between Whyte and Davies before gifting Bihmoutine but his shot which forced Lincoln into a save was called offside.
Jimmy Muitt replaced Edwards in the 63rd minute.
Swallow forced McDonald into a save with his dipping cross. The goalkeeper had to push the ball over the bar at his near post. Pearce's corner was overhit.
Substitute Tyler Campbell had a shot blocked before Tommy Block was booked for an earlier challenge when play was waved on.
Pearce came off for Connor Tighe for Bognor and Oliyide was replaced by Marcel Barrington for the hosts.
Barrington was soon in the thick of the action as he pounced on a forward pass before cutting inside and shooting well wide of the left post.
Field slipped over allowing Barrington in and with only Lincoln to beat it was the goalkeeper who was able to divert his low effort away and then stop the follow up.
Lincoln stopped a dipping chance before Sekajja was closed down as Rocks were trying to walk the ball into the net instead of taking a chance at goal.
Muitt sped down the right but his cross was hit behind Tighe who slipped up. Then Swallow looked like he was brought down by Odoye but the referee ignored the claims.
Roberts was replaced by Matt Baxter as Bognor were struggling to create chances.
Baxter hit one soon after coming on of which Lincoln stopped, before Sekajja's quick turn and shot was saved by McDonald down the other end.
Sekajja gave the goalkeeper a comfortable save to make before seven minutes was announced as added on time.
A chipped ball over the top saw Barrington in again but Lincoln cut out the ball and deflected it away for a corner.
Barrington sent the home fans into celebratory mode as he sped through following a through ball and blasted an unstoppable shot straight into the net deep into stoppage time to secure the win.
Bognor now look ahead to next Saturday 11th November where they welcome Hampton & Richmond Borough, kicking off at 3.00pm.
Attendance - 497
Match report by Liam Goodley
Report Courtesy of the Bognor Regis Observer