Rocks come from behind twice.
By Ian Guppy
Rocks up to 4th after 4-2 win
Bognor got back to winning ways but only after coming from behind twice to take a confident victory and move to fourth place in the Bostik Premier.
There was good news ahead of kick off as Dan Smith and Bradley Lethbridge returned to the starting line up for Bognor and it would help the team to victory in the end. Early on Calvin Davies fed Dan Smith the ball and he beat the defence before unleashing a fierce strike agonisingly wide with the goalkeeper stranded. But Bognor conceded on just seven minutes. Charlie Cole ran through and following a through ball slotted it low into the bottom right corner beating a diving Dan Lincoln.
Lethbridge, returning from Pompey, sped down the left but unfortunately his cross was deflected out for a corner on 10 minutes when he worked his way down the flank. Then Mason Walsh threaded the ball through to Lethbridge again moments later but with the ball bouncing he could only smash his chance over the bar. Goalkeeper Shane Gore did well to run out and intercept the ball with Lethbridge in pursuit soon after following a neat chipped pass from midfield.
Jimmy Muitt was set on his way with a through ball and he shot it at goal and forced a decent save from the goalkeeper - winning a corner.
The short corner saw Lethbridge whip the ball in and at the back post it was Smith who headed the ball in unmarked into the bottom left corner on 15 minutes. Lethbridge was deemed to have tripped Luke Ifil in Bognor’s half and a stoppage in play ensued as the player received treatment. Davies did well to win the ball back just outside the opposing half. And soon after this meant Bognor won the corner before Lethbridge struck wide of the far post on 22 minutes.
Ifil was injured and had to be replaced by Isaac Ebelebe on 23 minutes for the visitors.
Reece Beccles-Richards ran on the counter with Charlie Ruff on the overlap but the winger decided to cross it but the defence managed to head the ball out. Joe Tomlinson did well on the left, running down the wing before crossing towards Smith. The ball was headed back out by a defender to Muitt who scuffed it wide on the rise with his first touch on 31 minutes.
Walsh did well to cut inside from the right flank before unleashing it left-footed and forcing Gore into a diving save, pushing the ball wide of the left post on 37 minutes. Lincoln pushed Beccles-Richards' cross away ahead of Cole in the air on 42 minutes.
Smith did well to run down the right looking for Lethbridge at the far post with his cross. But Ebelebe got in the way to divert it just beyond the right post on 43 minutes.
Smith was replaced by Tommy Scutt on 44 minutes. The player was apparently not injured but not at 100% fitness.
Lethbridge's corner flashed across the area and was headed out of play for another corner. Though following this Davies chipped the ball towards the back post from midfield but Lethbridge headed over the bar.
Reece Mitchell replaced Chance O'Neill at the break for the visitors in their second change.
But after dealing with two corners it was Bognor that went behind again on 51 minutes. A cross from the right picked out Robert Laney who headed it low beyond a standing Lincoln as he leapt highest to beat the Rocks defence in the air to dispatch it.
Though Bognor didn’t look out of it and equalised on 55 minutes. Following the cross from the left and a flick on by Lethbridge the ball fell to Muitt in front of goal and he stabbed it home confidently. Then Walsh drove the ball in and it was Muitt who headed it back inside for Lethbridge but on the turn he hit the ball early but it rolled harmlessly to Shane Gore in goal.
Walsh was again the provider soon after. But Lethbridge on the turn again, struck wide with a deflection and then the resulting short corner found Muitt who hit it along the deck. Gore dived down well for it to push the ball back away. Tomlinson struck high and wide soon after.
Tomlinson did really well deep on the left and got the cross in but Lethbridge nodded it over after getting there first on 62 minutes.
Cole capitalised on the defence sitting back before firing with his left foot but despite catching Davies off guard he struck wide.
Doug Tuck passed the ball on to Lethbridge who again turned quickly before hitting the ball on the rise but well over on 65 minutes.
Calls for a handball were ignored with Bognor on the attack and it was Walsh who forced the error before chipping the ball coolly beyond Gore and into the net on 67 minutes.
Tommy Block sent the ball down the left and it was Walsh who did well to keep the ball in play before crossing it in low for Scutt. The sub hit it low and forced Gore into another diving save. But Bognor had scored another on 81 minutes. It was Scutt who eventually stabbed home from close range following a corner from the left by Walsh.Brilliant build up play ended when Davies found Lethbridge and he spun the ball towards goal but Gore was well placed to save on 85 minutes.
It was all Bognor at the end as they ended the game confidently ahead as they got back into a play-off position. They entertain Three Bridges next at Nyewood Lane in the 3rd Round of the Sussex Senior Cup on Saturday 24th November, with kick off at 3pm.
Rocks: Lincoln, Davies, Tomlinson, Tuck, Field, Block, Whyte (c), Muitt (Wild 81), Smith (Scutt 44), Lethbridge, Walsh (McCormick 89)
Subs not Used: Osborne, Carroll