Rocks First Home Win Of The Year
Takes Us Up To 6th
Goals from Mason Walsh and Jimmy Muitt in both halves of the game saw them win comfortably at home to Carshalton Athletic at Nyewood Lane.
Bognor were without their Pompey loanees Bradley Lethbridge and Dan Smith as they were called up by their team to take on Norwich in the FA Cup.
So Joshua McCormick and Jimmy Wild therefore got starts as the game kicked off.
Walsh, after weaving his way through Robins players, got a shot away from outside the box unfortunately high and wide on just three minutes.
Jimmy Muitt passed back to Theo Widdrington who chipped the ball towards the box where Harvey Whyte was under pressure from a defender he couldn’t get to it as the ball bounced through to the goalkeeper Billy Bishop.
Bognor took the lead on just 10 minutes as Bishop's goal kick fell nicely for Walsh who worked the ball inside before shooting low from the edge of the box and whilst it took a deflection the shot had beaten the goalkeeper before flying low into the net.
Harry Ottoway's chipped cross was headed away by McCormick as Bognor had to hold onto this early lead.
Tommy Bradford received another right sided cross before spinning a header at goal. Dan Lincoln pushed that over the bar one handed. But the linesman had his flag up for offside so the goal wouldn’t have counted.
Widdrington got in the way of the freekick and therefore got a yellow card on 22 minutes. Needless really as it was on the halfway line.
Olawale Sogbamnu got on the end of a cross by Kalvin McGrath-Gibbs but after gaining control he stubbed his shot into the turf which was easily saved by Lincoln.
Bradford beat the offside trap to latch onto a long ball before shooting towards the right far post but Lincoln got down to tip that around the post on 28 minutes. Lincoln dealt with a deflected low shot soon after which was hit low.
On 30 minutes Muitt received a forward pass before finding Walsh on the left and he took a few steps before curling a dipping shot at goal which was agonisingly wide of the goal.
Following a short corner to Whyte he played it back out to Muitt who hit it from way outside the box and from an angle his shot bounced freakishly and almost beat Bishop but he did enough to push it back out again.
Great passing play followed out on the left with Doug Tuck, Walsh and finally Widdrington who smashed the ball over the bar following a poor clearance.
Then McCormick did well on the right before crossing it and Wild seemed to be pushed in the area but the referee ignored the penalty claims.
Whyte and Tuck combined again on 38 minutes before Tuck picked out Muitt all on his own but his first time shot spun high and wide.
There was a mix up as Tuck looked to be fouled and Charman was beaten with a pass before Pattison won a corner. Pattison took it which was punched out by Lincoln on 50 minutes before Bradford’s header on the rebound went wide.
Muitt passed out to the left and he found Tomlinson who ran inside before shooting. His strike was good but was well stopped by Bishop on 54 minutes.
Wild did well with the ball before passing to Muitt who hit it sweetly into the left side of the net on 55 minutes to give Bognor a healthier lead.
Walsh was clearly fouled outside the box with Paris Hamilton-Downes going into the book. Widdrington hit it with his signature driven freekick that was pushed away by Bishop. Walsh went close soon after on his second attempt, committing Bishop into a diving save, pushing the ball out again.
Bognor failed to clear their lines on 61 minutes before Robins player-manager Adam Adeniyi hit it early but high and wide.
Jordan Cheadle's freekick saw him win a corner before Tommy Scutt replaced Charman on 66 minutes.
Walsh won a freekick down the other end. Walsh's low pass to Wild was miscued before Chad Field was blocked off immediately with his attempt by a defender on the line on 69 minutes. Then Tomlinson on the rebound smacked a dipping effort just over the bar.
Another forward curling freekick into the area went out of play and the offside flag was up anyway so it wouldn't have counted from Carshalton.
Corey Heath returned from injury to replace Walsh who was struggling with cramp on 79 minutes.
The game fizzled out towards the end. McCormick picked up a yellow card and then Adeniyi combined with Jacob Mendy being he was stopped in his tracks.
Cheadle's late long range freekick forced Lincoln into a save pushing the ball over the bar and then Bognor defended the ball off the line seconds later as the final whistle went at Nyewood Lane.
Rocks extended their unbeaten run to four games.
Attendance - 401
Match report by Liam Goodley
Courtesy of the Bognor Regis Observer.