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Rocks Will Now Finish Bottom .

Rocks Were Playing Only For Pride.

Bognor's tough end to their relegation season continued when Chelmsford's play-off charge gathered pace with a 1-0 win at Nyewood Lane.

Another early goal conceded by the home team cost them the chance of any reward - and the loss means Bognor are unable to climb off the bottom of National League South with only one game to go.

It was a game in which the Rocks were playing only for pride - and perhaps an outside chance of finishing off the bottom of the table - but in which Chelmsford had a play-off place to fight for.

Bognor Regis Town Vs Chelmsford City 24/04/2018
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Bognor were hit by a lack of central defenders. With Sami El-Abd suspended and Gary Charman injured in Saturday's defeat at Oxford, midfielder Tommy Block was drafted in to partner Keaton Wood at the back.

For the umpteenth time this season the Rocks went behind early. Only four minutes had passed when Christopher Dickson ran on to Jonathan Giles' through-ball, drew Dan Lincoln and fired low past him for the opener.

It was a fairly-competitive game with clear chances at a premium but the Rocks had sight of goal on 15 minutes when a Clarets defender miskicked his attempt to clear Ollie Pearce's low ball in.

Justin Amaluzor almost pounced but another defender cleared. Pearce was giving Chelmsford a few problems down the left and found space for a nice left-footed cross that a defender had to head away from Jimmy Muitt at the far post.

Pearce was Bognor's busiest player in the first half - although when he did unleash the Rocks' first shot at goal it was well over the bar.

Amaluzor was fouled just as he shaped to shoot 25 yards from goal but the ball broke to Muitt, whose cross had too much on it. But it was at least an encouraging display from the home team.

Dickson had half a chance as the first half neared its end but hooked a shot high over the bar from ten yards. Block almost sliced a clearance past Lincoln with the Clarets doing all the attacking as the half ended - he was relieved to see it go out for a corner.

HT 0-1

It was a fairly even start to the second half and Tommy Scutt fired in an ambitious long-range shot that didn't trouble keeper Jake Jessup. Ibra Sekajja replaced Richard Gilot on 57 minutes.

The new man got his head on the end of a Calvin Davies free-kick within seconds of coming on but he directed it wide.

Chelmsford brought on Max Porter for Bagasan Graham and then replaced Scott Fenwick with Kudus Oyenuga. It was a rather fraught second half but there was little quality on show from either side.

All the time it remained 1-0 the Rocks were still in it but in truth there seemed little hint of an equaliser.

Ben Swallow replaced Amaluzor with 12 minutes left.

Bognor were incensed eight minutes from time when Whyte poked a pass through to Muitt just outside the area and he appeared to be fouled - but the referee gave nothing.

Shaun Batt came on for scorer Dickson in Chelmsford's final change.

The Rocks, to their credit, kept on going and Sekajja curled in a shot from long distance but it was just wide.

Match Report by Steve Bone

Report Courtesy of the Bognor Regis Observer

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Goal Goal for Chelmsford City

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83:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Chelmsford City
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Substitution off for Chelmsford City
77:00 Sub On
Benjamin Swallow is substituted on for Bognor Regis Town
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Justin Amalvzor is substituted off for Bognor Regis Town
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Substitution on for Chelmsford City
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Substitution off for Chelmsford City
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Substitution on for Chelmsford City
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57:00 Sub On
Ibra Sekajja is substituted on for Bognor Regis Town
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Richard Gilot, is substituted off for Bognor Regis Town
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4:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Chelmsford City
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As it happened

  • Bognor Regis Town
  • Chelmsford City
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  • Goal 4:00'
  • Ibra Sekajja Sub On 57:00'
  • Richard Gilot, Sub Off 57:00'
  • Sub On 59:00'
  • Sub Off 59:00'
  • Sub On 72:00'
  • Sub Off 72:00'
  • Benjamin Swallow Sub On 77:00'
  • Justin Amalvzor Sub Off 77:00'
  • Sub On 83:00'
  • Sub Off 83:00'

Team selection

Lincoln, Daniel Lincoln, Daniel
Whyte, Harvey Whyte, Harvey
Davies, Calvin Davies, Calvin
Pearce, Oliver Pearce, Oliver
Tuck, Douglas Tuck, Douglas
Block, Tommy Block, Tommy
Wood, Keaton Wood, Keaton
Gilot, , Richard Gilot, , Richard
Muitt, James Muitt, James
Amalvzor, Justin Amalvzor, Justin
Scutt, Thomas Scutt, Thomas
Bognor Regis Town

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
16. Oxford City 42 49
17. Concord Rangers 42 46
18. Eastbourne Borough 42 46
19. Hungerford Town FC 42 43
20. Poole Town 42 42
21. Whitehawk 42 34
22. Bognor Regis Town 42 27

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