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J Tomlinson (68', 74'), E Sanders (85' Sent Off)
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Wed 26 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 731

Joe Tomlinson Scores Two For the Rocks.

Boxing Day Sussex Derby

Joe Tomlinson's first two Bognor goals earned the Rocks a point in a pulsating Boxing Day Sussex derby at Nyewood Lane – but they had mixed feelings about the result.

They trailed 1-0 after a below-par first half but went 2-1 up after the Rooks had been reduced to ten men when Dayshonne Golding saw red for a stamp.

But ex-Pagham and Horsham midfielder Kieron Pamment pounced for an equaliser to leave Jack Pearce and Robbie Blake's team having to settle for one point instead of three.

Bognor Regis Town Vs Lewes 26/12/2018(1)
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It gives Bognor a return of four points from six from their two Christmas-week games – something most would have settled for beforehand.

They're tenth in the Bostik premier table going into the new year, which they start with a January 1 visit to Whitehawk.

Bognor made a bright start and forced the early pace, with Mason Walsh marking his late call into the starting line-up in place of Gary Charman – injured in the warm-up - with a shot that went high and wide after he cut in from the left.

Lewes had a dangerous early attack of their own but Bognor got back in numbers to thwart the visitors.

The Rocks robbed Lewes of possession in the ninth minute and Walsh played in Jimmy Muitt, whose low effort from the edge of the box took a slight deflection and went narrowly wide. The corner ended up with Brad Lethbridge but his shot from 25 yards was ambitious.

Lewes took an 11th-minute lead in fortunate circumstances as a move down the left led by Michael Demi-Bonwin ended in Golding hitting a shot wildly off-target – but it struck Theo Widdrington and flew past Dan Lincoln.

That seemed to take the confidence out of the home team for a while but on 19 minutes Lethbridge curled a perfect ball into the box for Dan Smith, whose firm header was well kept out by keeper Lewis Carey.

Muitt's trickery played Smith in on goal but he was denied from short range by Carey.

Lewes threatened a second with an attack on 25 minutes that required some desperate defending – a passage of play that ended with Muitt limping after a block tackle.

Omarr Lawson got away from Chad Field and had only Lincoln to get past but Harvey Whyte saved the day with a well-timed tackle.

There was an odd moment on 33 minutes when Widdrington's well-struck free-kick was saved by Carey with a move that wouldn't have been out of place on the volleyball court.

A quick move down the right gave Muitt an opening and although his shot was cleanly hit it went across the face of goal and wide.

A goalbound Lewes shot hit one of their own players just in front of the goal-line to leave the Rocks breathing a sigh of relief.

HT 0-1

Harry Reed replaced Demi-Bonwin after the break and Lewes had an early second-half opportunity but Stacey Freeman curled a shot over the crossbar.

Bognor started pressing again and Lethbridge surged into the box and saw his ball across the face of goal half-cleared, before Muitt followed up with a shot that was blocked.

Ten minutes into the second half Lewes had Golding sent off for a challenge to which the linesmen alerted the referee.

There was a hold-up when Lewes forward Jonte Smith needed treatment.

Ed Sanders went into the book for fouling his man 25 yards from goal and James Hammond sent the free-kick only just wide of Lincoln's right-hand post.

Widdrington sent a long-range free-kick inches wide as Bognor tried to make use of the one-man advantage.

On 68 minutes the Rocks got the equaliser most would have felt they deserved. Widdrington had the ball 30 yards out and played a clever ball into the box where the unlikely figure of Tomlinson took a touch and smashed the ball into the roof of the net past the advancing Carey.

He was mobbed by team-mates as he celebrated his first Bognor goal with fans in front of the clubhouse.

That gave the hosts an extra spring in their step. Whyte's cross should have been put away by Smith at the near post but a defender hacked it away, then Walsh burst through only to be crowded out.

All the momentum was with the Rocks and they took the lead just six minutes after the equaliser – and it was Tomlinson again who lashed another fine finish past Carey, this time with his left foot, after Smith cleverly chested Lethbridge's cross into his path.

Just as it looked like the Rocks might go on to win with a bit to spare Lewes levelled from nowhere as Pamment converted from close in.
Bognor attacked again but Smith mis-hit a close-range effort into the ground from a Muitt cross.

Tommy Scutt replaced Walsh on 84 minutes.

There was more drama a minute later when Sanders was sent off after picking up a second yellow when Jonte Smith raced through in a Lewes counter attack. From the free-kick Lews forced a goalmouth scramble from which one effort struck Lincoln's bar, but Bognor cleared.

Still Bognor kept pressing for the winner.

Lethbridge was crowded out as he tried to shoot – then Smith glanced a header wide.

Tomlinson was named man of the match, hardly surprising after his double.

A stoppage-time foul on Whyte a yard outside the area gave Bognor one last chance to win but Tomlinson, eyeing a hat-trick, sent it over the bar.

Captain Frankie Chappell earned another Lewes yellow card in the excitement and Henri Wilder followed him into the book for a foul on Muitt.

The free-kick was sent into the box by Widdrington but when a header was claimed by Carey, it proved the last action and both sides had to settle for a point.

Rocks: Lincoln, Sanders, Tomlinson, Tuck, Field, Whyte, Widdrington, Smith, Muitt, Lethbridge, Walsh. Subs: Scutt, Wild, Osborne.

Lewes: Carey, Day, Wilder, Demi-Bonwin, Chappell, Freeman, Pamment, Hammond, Smith, Lawson, Golding. Subs: Wilson, Reed, Elliott, Blewdon, Redwood.

Ref: James Robinson

Match report by Steve Bone

Courtesy of the Bognor Regis Observer.

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Key moments

Goal Goal for Lewes
Red Card A player is sent off for Lewes
Goal Joe Tomlinson scores for Bognor Regis Town
Goal Joe Tomlinson scores for Bognor Regis Town
Goal Goal for Lewes
Red Card Ed Sanders is sent off for Bognor Regis Town

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Bognor Regis Town Vs Lewes 26/12/2018(1)
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90:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Lewes
90:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Lewes
85:00 Red Card 2 - 2
Ed Sanders is sent off for Bognor Regis Town
84:00 Yellow Card
Ed Sanders is yellow carded for Bognor Regis Town
83:00 Sub Off
Mason Walsh is substituted off for Bognor Regis Town
83:00 Sub On
Thomas Scutt is substituted on for Bognor Regis Town
78:00 Goal 2 - 2
Goal for Lewes
74:00 Goal 2 - 1
Joe Tomlinson scores for Bognor Regis Town
68:00 Goal 1 - 1
Joe Tomlinson scores for Bognor Regis Town
63:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Lewes
54:00 Red Card 0 - 1
A player is sent off for Lewes
45:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Lewes
45:00 Sub Off
Substitution off for Lewes
End of period 1
11:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Lewes
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bognor Regis Town
  • Lewes
  • 0
  • Goal 11:00'
  • Sub On 45:00'
  • Sub Off 45:00'
  • Red Card 54:00'
  • Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Joe Tomlinson Goal 68:00'
  • Joe Tomlinson Goal 74:00'
  • Goal 78:00'
  • Thomas Scutt Sub On 83:00'
  • Mason Walsh Sub Off 83:00'
  • Ed Sanders Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Ed Sanders Red Card 85:00'
  • Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Lincoln, Daniel Lincoln, Daniel
Sanders, Ed Sanders, Ed
Tomlinson, Joe Tomlinson, Joe
Muitt, James Muitt, James
Tuck, Douglas Tuck, Douglas
Field, Chad Field, Chad
Walsh, Mason Walsh, Mason
Widdrington, Theo Widdrington, Theo
Smith, Dan Smith, Dan
Lethbridge, Bradley Lethbridge, Bradley
Whyte, Harvey Whyte, Harvey

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Haringey Borough 26 52
2. Dorking Wanderers 25 47
3. Lewes 25 44
4. Kingstonian 26 41
5. Merstham 25 41
6. Bognor Regis Town 26 40
7. Folkestone Invicta 26 39

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