A Point Is A Good Point Away From Home
Jimmy Muitt Earns The Rocks A Point.
Rocks gained another point away from home after coming from behind with another Jimmy Muitt goal that upped the spirits of the Green Army.
Many of the fans got to the ground on Colston Avenue mere minutes before kick off as the coach broke down on a hill near Betchworth.
Rocks travelled to the War Memorial Ground to take on a defensively sound Carshalton Athletic who had the best defensive record to date in the Bostik Premier League.
Bradley Lethbridge broke on the attack for Bognor but he miscued his strike early on.
Then Michael Dixon tried to get beyond Keaton Wood but he did his best to keep him out with his defending.
Bognor then had a good chance when Tommy Block played in Joe Tomlinson on the left and his low cross was good and searching for Muitt but the goalkeeper Billy Bishop intervened.
Dixon then won a corner with a strike against a Bognor player but Lethbridge headed the corner away.
Then Calvin Davies's low freekick found Doug Tuck but he scuffed the ball wide with his left foot along the deck soon after in a let off for Carshalton.
A freekick by Davies into the area had to be dealt with as Muitt stood over the ball but it was headed away.
Dixon went to ground under a Chad Field challenge but the referee waved away claims for a penalty.
But Carshalton would take the lead on 27 minutes as Jordan Cheadle pounced on the loose ball before hitting it first time and the strike beat a diving Dan Lincoln who seemed as though he had it covered and was disappointed after letting that go in.
Tommy Bradford replaced Rio Davidson Phipps on 28 minutes for the hosts.
Muitt's corner on the right bounced out to Wood who hit the ball on the rise but over the bar on 30 minutes.
Ricky Karboa then struck an attempt from around 25 yards out as the ball flew well wide of the left post.
But Bognor equalised on the stroke of half time when a through ball from an impressive Mason Walsh saw Muitt use his pace to beat his marker before bouncing it over the goalkeeper and into an empty net.
Bishop came rushing out to deny him but failed in doing so, meaning Rocks were level at the break.
Tomlinson swung the ball into the area but Walsh's header fell to Lethbridge but he miscued his strike before Davies won a freekick on the right. His low ball into Muitt saw the striker blocked off.
Then Davies's low square pass along the edge of the box fell to Field but he completely missed his attempt and the Robins managed to clear the danger.
Good work from Block saw him find Lethbridge with a forward pass but his strike was high and narrowly wide of the goal from some distance on 50 minutes.
Lincoln gathered a driven right sided cross soon after when Karboa used his pace to get in a decent position on the right to drive the ball across the area.
Jerson Dos Santos received a booking for dissent after a foul on Davies on 52 minutes.
Dos Santos was soon replaced by Raheem Sterling-Parker soon after in a clever replacement by the Robins management, who played it safe by bringing the player off.
Then Davies received the ball from Lethbridge before crossing for Muitt but his strike was hacked off the line.
Sterling-Parker made his way through the defence but his final run was cut out by Lincoln who was the last man to stop him.
A long ball forward by Field saw Muitt bring the ball down for Lethbridge but he failed to control the spinning ball before smashing it high and wide.
Tommy Scutt came on for Walsh who had enjoyed an eventful match on 68 minutes.
Bradford hit one from distance but his chance bounced wide of the left post. Before Dixon ran across defence and he unleashed a low shot which rolled narrowly wide.
Bradford was sliding in on the back post but Lincoln did enough to shield the ball off and put Bradford off.
Block was in the way to divert the ball out from a cross by Sterling-Parker before some pressure from Bognor with Davies and Lethbridge combining causing problems for the hosts, though on many occasions the chances broke down in the final third.
Karboa cut the ball in from the right for Bobby Price who smashed his chance over the bar from outside the area.
Marley Ridge replaced Field on 82 minutes after he gave away a needless freekick on the left. Cheadle's cross failed to find a fellow player though soon after.
The Robins were after the win when Cheadle's corner found Paris Hamilton Downes but his header flew just over the bar.
Peter Adeniyi's trickery and flick over defence paid off before Bradford made his way into the box and shooting.
Lincoln got there to save it before stopping another chance from Bradford again soon after.
Bognor held on though at the end to defend a Cheadle strike from outside the box to salvage another valuable point away from home.
The Rocks now look ahead to welcoming Whitehawk to Nyewood Lane as they compete in the Velocity Cup, on Tuesday 18th September with a 7.45pm kick off.
Match Report by Liam Goodley
Report Courtesy of the Bognor Regis Observer