Rocks League Slump Continues.
Still No Win In 2018
Wealdstone travelled to the south coast to face Bognor who were looking for their first home win since August.
The away side were without a win since mid-December but came up trumps the last time the two teams played, winning comfortably 3-0.
The home side were struggling to string passes together early on and keep control of the ball making for a fairly open game with play moving end to end but with few clear cut chances.
Wealdstone had the first clear chance on goal as the ball was sent up field to David Pratt, but his shot was well saved by Dan Lincoln.
The visitors kept the pressure on and almost broke the deadlock after eight minutes, with two corners in quick concession resulting in one hitting the post- a let off for Bognor.
Shortly after it was the Rocks on the attack and had their first real chance of the match, but Ibra Sekajji’s dragged his effort wide.
Moments later it looked as though Bognor had won a penalty as Calvin Davies was bundled over in the box, but the referee waved play on causing anger amongst the home fans.
The game was all Bognor now and tried to create chances but the end product just wasn’t there, Harvey White had a good chance after beating two players but his shot just flew over the bar.
It was Wealdstone who eventually took the lead. A free kick was whipped in by Daniel Green and it was Bognor striker Tommy Scutt who unfortunately headed it into his own net as he went to clear the ball.
Instantly from the kick off the Rocks were back on the attack to find an equaliser. Davies had a good chance after cutting in from the wing but his effort was easily gathered.
The half ended with Bognor having most of the possession but not taking their chances.
Almost straight from kick off Wealdstone nearly doubled their lead as Doug Tuck lost the ball on the half way line and Pratt broke free but his effort was shot wide.
Harvey Whyte almost levelled things up when his sumptuous volley was heading into the top corner but Wealdstone keeper’ Jonathan North made a great save to keep the ball out.
El-Abd was then forced off through injury and replaced by Charman.
Eventually Wealdstone doubled their lead. A corner flown in by Green somehow found Ian Gayle in the box and managed to tap the ball home from 6 yards out after Bognor failed to clear their lines.
Soon Wealdstone were reduced to ten men as Ricky Wellard was sent off.
Davies then came so close to scoring. Muitt crossed the ball in and Davies header looked to be going in but North made another great save.
15 minutes before the end Abobaker added a third. He managed to turn in the box and smash the ball into the top corner.
The performance compared to last week’s match against Leyton Orient now seems a distant memory.
Report Courtesy of the Bognor Regis Observer