Rocks Gain A Valuable Point On The Road.
Rocks Still Unbeaten .
Rocks remain unbeaten after securing a draw away to AFC Hornchurch thanks to a 37th minute goal from in-form Dan Smith.
Keaton Wood failed a late fitness test after he suffered a twinge in his hamstring and it was decided that he would miss this fixture. It is unlikely that he will feature at the Lewes Bank Holiday Monday game as well.
Corey Heath replaced the injured Wood to get his first start of the season.
A heavy downfall hit the Hornchurch Stadium just before kick off as Rocks ran onto the field.
Archie Edwards’s ball inside the box almost found Harvey Whyte but he couldn't quite get to it on 6 minutes as it was shut down by Alex Bentley.
Tommy Block's pass out to Calvin Davies also couldn’t be closed down as Bognor had to contend with the slippery conditions in the early stages.
Bradley Lethbridge pounced on the attack after Purcell lost the ball in a Hornchurch advance but his shot was closed down.
George Saunders whipped the ball towards goal but Davies managed to hook it away off the line on 12 minutes as the Urchins looked dangerous on the break.
Hornchurch headed out a Davies freekick with a header to flick it just out of Heath's reach.
George Saunders won a throw in wide on the right for the hosts. Bentley’s throw found Nathan Livings who in turn picked out Bentley but his cross attempt hit the side netting on 18 minutes.
Davies did well to get the cross in and it was Muitt who diverted it back out and Harvey Whyte latched onto it, rounded some players before shooting well wide of the left post soon after.
Sean Marks struck wide soon after as the Urchins sprung on the attack. The hosts enjoyed a decent passage of play in the build up to the chance.
Davies spun another cross high and wide from the right following good play from Whyte on 24 minutes for Bognor.
Livings smashed a chance on the volley straight from a header out from the Rocks defence but he failed to find the target on 26 minutes following Bentley’s cross.
Bognor were trying to play the forward pass but Whyte's chipped pass couldn’t find the onrushing Dan Smith on 32 minutes.
Bognor should have scored on 33 minutes when Block’s pass found Smith who rounded the goalkeeper before crossing the ball into the area but another Bognor player wasn't with him and it was headed away.
Neat play saw Muitt combine with Doug Tuck before he hooked the ball over again for Muitt but his fierce cross was steered away though by Nathan Cooper.
Smith committed Callum Chafer into a decent save soon after.
Whyte and Bradley Lethbridge combined before Smith got his shot away.
The resulting corner found Smith who headed it back inside and a mix up from the goalkeeper and Cooper saw the ball spilled and bounce in on 37 minutes.
Dan Lincoln almost made the same mistake moments later before Lethbridge smashed low and wide down the other end. Muitt also smashed another chance over the bar soon after.
Brad Warner smashed wide
when it seemed easier to get it on target before he committed Lincoln into a save at least but instead he struck it well wide.
The goalkeeper Chafer was doing well and he denied Smith his fierce shot from a Muitt pass before Lethbridge scuffed wide from a tight angle right at the end of the half.
Warner found Purcell with an early pass and he passed Chad Field before a composed shot towards goal on 47 minutes committed Lincoln into a fine save pushing the ball away.
Connor Hogan then smashed high and wide from the following corner.
Chafer denied Smith his chance following good work from Lethbridge and Whyte. His low strike was well stopped from the goalkeeper after his quick turn.
Warner's corner found the net when a melee in the box couldn't clear the ball out of the area and with Lincoln stranded the ball fell to Marks who rolled it over the line on 49 minutes.
Bognor responded well following a great spell from Hornchurch. Lethbridge, Tuck and Whyte all involved in a move before Muitt's shot was just wide on the turn.
Muitt found Lethbridge with a pass after doing the hard work before Lethbridge smashed it but luckily for Hornchurch, their defence bravely blocked it.
Livings went into the book for a late challenge on Davies as tempers flared soon after.
Mason Walsh replaced Lethbridge who wasn’t having the best of games on 67 minutes.
Heath was also replaced by Tommy Scutt on 70 minutes.
Then Muitt cut inside the box before firing over the bar soon after when perhaps he should have done better with his left footed strike.
Smith was in a good position to receive the ball but Muitt went for goal instead.
Marks was replaced by Leon McKenzie for the hosts on 74 minutes and also Purcell was replaced by Theo Fairweather-Johnson who won a corner straight after coming on.
Tuck did well on the left hand side before getting the ball across on the deck towards Walsh on the back post but Jay Porter did just enough to divert the ball away.
Lincoln punched away Saunders's corner on 82 minutes as the Bognor’s defence were stretched.
A neat pass from Scutt saw Smith turn and smack a shot at goal which bounced once forcing Chafer into a diving save. The goalkeeper managed to push the ball around the post.
The ball bounced over the defence and it was Fairweather-Johnson who had the last touch before Lincoln pounced out of his area to deny him. The ball bounced back out inadvertently off the striker and out of play in a brave piece of goalkeeping from the shot stopper.
Warner came on for Tobi Coker on 90 minutes for the hosts on a last bid to get a winner.
And Hornchurch could have scored right at the death when McKenzie beat Block and despite appearing to push the midfielder over, his strike was well stopped from Lincoln when he eventually made it into the area.
Bognor were playing with ten men for much of the closing minutes as Chad Field received treatment for a head injury off the pitch but the final whistle went after five minutes of stoppage time.
Manager Jack Pearce was clearly not happy with his team's performance following the game as the players sat on the pitch and received a heated reaction from the Bognor boss following the draw.
Bognor will hope for another draw at least as they travel to Lewes on Bank Holiday Monday at the Dripping Pan, with a 3pm kick off.
Match Report by Liam Goodley
Report Courtesy of the Bognor Regis Observer