Rocks Get A Good Point At Harlow
Jimmy Muitt Scores From The Spot
Bognor got a point away at Harlow Town thanks to a ninth minute penalty from Jimmy Muitt which was cancelled out by an Emile Acquah equaliser in the 26th minute.
The Rocks headed to the wet and windy the McCullochs Arena for this Bostik Premier League game as Rocks were looking to continue on from their previous Wingate & Finchley win at Nyewood Lane.
Dan Smith was straight into the line up as Rocks welcomed back Gary Charman and Bradley Lethbridge to the to team as they took to the field.
Charman got in the way of Tony Adaje when he worked through the defence with a one-to move but his sliding challenge stopped the advance.
A short corner from Jimmy Muitt saw him pass to Harvey Whyte and his knock on fell to Lethbridge who smashed it high and over the bar.
Whyte was taken to the ground and was awarded a penalty when he was tripped. It looked to be just outside the box but the referee pointed straight to the spot.
Up stepped Muitt who smashed it beyond the outstretched Josh Bexon to give Rocks the lead.
Then Smith hit one on the rise but he was denied by a decent save. Then Lethbridge hit a cross straight to Smith in the area and managed to force a tipped save from Bexon who pushed it over the bar.
Bexon saved Lethbridge's attempt from outside the box on 17 minutes when he struck it early.
Smith set Muitt through with a neat chip but he was stopped in his advance when the ball bounced up on him and struck his hand and the referee gave a freekick.
Davies got the ball out to Whyte who hit it low from distance and forced a diving save from Bexon moments later.
Lethbridge pulled up following a diagonal ball from Davies and had to be replaced by Walsh. Apparently the injury occurred when his ankle went the opposite way as he controlled the gallon the harsh 3G surface.
Then Harlow equalised on 26 minutes soon after when a quick low ball in from the left was deflected in by Acquah who was first at the near post.
Unfortunately during this incident it was Dan Lincoln who had to receive treatment and a lengthy hold up in play ensued.
Tomlinson’s ball to Smith saw him flick the ball towards goal. But Harlow sprang on the attack and Adaje was denied with his low ball along the area with four Rocks defenders in the way.
Davies combined with Muitt before the latter hit to Smith but he was blocked with his first chance and then he hit his second chance wide with his left foot.
Muitt did all the hard work before finding Walsh on the run and his cross whizzed across the frame of goal and bounced out of play.
Tomlinson did well to get the cross in from the byline from the left but Smith wasn’t up in line with play and the ball flew through the box again.
Charman ducked a last minute cross and Lincoln didn’t read it but Bognor's defence dealt with the danger before the half time whistle went.
Davies worked well with Smith and it was the striker who turned inside before shooting low and forcing an easy save for Bexon.
A Walsh cross from the left bounced out of play following a corner with a similar outcome.
Lincoln then went to ground on his own in a worrying moment as Rocks tried to weather the attack from Harlow but he did return to play. It looked like he was suffering from double vision following his earlier incident.
Kissi's corner had to be punched away by Lincoln soon after before Tomlinson had to pick the ball up near the back post before clearing it.
Taylor Hastings's long ball into the area hit the top netting but bizarrely the referee gave a corner. But then Harlow failed to capitalise on this a the ball was cleared to safety.
Acquah had another chance easily saved by Lincoln soon after as Harlow picked up some momentum.
Walsh was replaced by Tommy Scutt as he also looked injured on 69 minutes.
Straight from a Davies short freekick, it was Harlow who had another chance when Paul Rodgers pounced down the right before getting a neat cross in for Scales.
The substitute diverted the ball at goal but it was well saved by an instinctive stop from Lincoln. Acquah stabbed well over the bar on the rebound.
Tomlinson picked out Scutt with a wonderful pinpoint cross into the area and his first time volley came off the bar in Bognor's best chance of the half in a neat move.
Bognor had to deal with the pace and crossing from Harlow as the game drew to a close and in a stalemate.
Bognor will feel that they might have lost this game but a point was the final result.
They welcome Enfield Town for more home action this Tuesday 4 December, with a 7.45pm kick off.
Match Report by Liam Goodly.
Courtesy of the Bognor Regis Observer.