Mason Walsh Scores 90th Minute Winner.
Rocks Still Unbeaten In League.
Bognor secured their first win away as they notched three points away to top of the table Tonbridge at Longmead.
The goals came in the second half with Bradley Lethbridge and a wonder strike from Mason Walsh late on in a crucial win on Non-League Day.
Rocks first match in just under two weeks saw them travel to league leaders with a weakened side as Bognor were missing three key players in Dan Smith, Keaton Wood and Corey Heath and so new loaned signing from Portsmouth Joe Dandy featured.
The Angels had the first chance as James Folkes stole the ball and then he cut the ball back after a run on the right before he found Adem Ramadan who blasted over the bar.
Then Joe Turner combined with Ramadan who shot low and committed Dan Lincoln into a right footed save.
Jared Small then struck one from distance but wide of the left post for the hosts.
Bognor then had their first chance when Jimmy Muitt cut inside before passing to Calvin Davies who shot it at goal but it was well saved by the goalkeeper.
Then Muitt's corner picked out Mason Walsh but after peeling off his defender he managed to strike it high and wide on 8 minutes.
Then Bradley Lethbridge did all of the work when he beat the defence, cutting inside from the left but his curling strike flew wide of the far post, equalling the chances created by both sides.
Alex Read stole the ball from a back pass by Walsh and he combined with Tommy Whitnell but his pass back to the striker bounced through the box and out of play harmlessly.
Lethbridge did well to get the ball across to Muitt but he was leaning back when he struck it, sending the ball well over on 12 minutes.
Davies did well on the right before he found Muitt who then picked out Harvey Whyte who struck it first time but again over the bar on 16 minutes.
Muitt’s corner found Chad Field but he headed over and a goal wouldn’t have counted as the referee spotted a foul in the box during the chance anyway.
Doug Tuck chipped the ball over for Lethbridge who bounced it back inside the box but he couldn’t find Muitt and it went out of play.
A rather feeble effort by Joe Turner saw Lincoln save another chance along the deck soon after.
On the break Tonbridge attacked and from midfield it was Turner who cut the ball across the box and Read was there but all he could do was divert it wide of a rather open goal.
Whyte's chipped pass broke down when Tuck had made a good run down the middle and couldn’t hold onto it.
Small caught Lincoln well outside of his area as the goalkeeper tried to shield the opposing player. From the left he curled the ball agonisingly wide with the goalkeeper stranded on the edge of his area on 32 minutes.
Walsh stole the ball deep inside Tonbridge’s half but after passing to Whyte he struck the ball low and wide across the face of the goal in a great chance for the Rocks.
Lethbridge received a yellow card for holding up play when Henly tried to kick the ball up-field and then the same player struck wide moments later after a chipped pass.
Whitnell fired another chance wide when perhaps he had better options with him in the penalty area. Following this Turner did all the work before scuffing the ball along the deck and again Lincoln was easily the gatherer as the first half came to a close.
Early on in the second half Henly did well enough to get to the long ball from defence but Lethbridge couldn’t quite get there.
Then Lethbridge combined with Whyte but he struck it low but off a defender as it bounced harmlessly to Henly.
Then Folkes committed Lincoln into a save as he pushed it out to Read who on the turn hit the ball high and wide of the goal.
Then Tomlinson struck it at goal committing the opposing goalkeeper into a save comfortable save in the end.
Sonny Miles was to fault as Bognor sprung on the counter with Walsh’s run. He passed across the box for Lethbridge who neatly flicked the ball using quick feet to steer the ball into the bottom right corner on 51 minutes.
Lethbridge really should have done better when he received the ball inside the box from Davies and it was on the deck but he scuffed the ball wide when everyone thought he would score.
Ramadan then did well to cut across the defence before clipping the left post on 58 minutes in response from the edge of the box with his low attempt.
Muitt and Walsh were both up ahead of Lethbridge when e decided to strike it himself but from 25 yards he hit it wide of the left post on 64 minutes.
Davies was then denied with his dipping strike soon after. He received the ball from Walsh on the left before shooting on 66 minutes.
But on 67 minutes the Angels had equalised. Good work from Ramadan saw him pass it across the box to Read who had beaten his marker before coolly slotting the ball beyond an outstretched Lincoln.
Block was replaced by Tommy Scutt on 71 minutes as the holding midfielder looked as though he had taken a knock.
Walsh's cross from the left and he found Scutt who on the turn hit the ball high and wide.
Whyte slid in following a ball in from Davies and he collided with the goalkeeper.
The challenge was punished with a yellow card to Whyte following the challenge and the goalkeeper had to be stretchered off and replaced by Stewart Copeland who was also doubling up as goalkeeping coach for the hosts.
Copeland then confidently saved from a Lethbridge strike just inside the box following good work on the right by Davies and Lethbridge.
But it was nowhere near over as Walsh netted Bognor’s second on 92 minutes out of defence with a long pass finding Walsh before he slotted it in.
Bognor held on for the remainder of the eight minutes of additional time to the home their first away win of the season and keep up their unbeaten run.
They take on Folkestone Invicta next at Nyewood Lane when they welcome them on Tuesday 16th October with a 7.45pm kick off.
Attendance - 814
Match Report by Liam Goodley.
Courtesy of the Bognor Regis Observer.