Rocks Draw after Six Goal Thriller @ Enfield
By David Seabourne
Rocks Drop to 9th
Bognor lost the lead twice in a windswept game way to playoff chasers Enfield with a late goal that went in from Kezie Ibe after apparently crossing the line cancelling out Mason Walsh's wonder strike.
Petar Durin – a young loanee from Portsmouth got the call up to represent Bognor in goal in their visit to the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium to take on Enfield.
Gary Charman, Calvin Davies, Doug Tuck, Joe Tomlinson and Jimmy Muitt were all missing. Dan Lincoln was also absent from the side after picking up a leg injury.
Matthew Johnson's long range throw found Joseph Payne but his glancing header bounced wide with Durin diving to his right.
Bradley Lethbridge skied his chance in response following a fast break from Bognor. Lewis Taafe's corner was inswinging to Kezie Ibe and he slid the ball wide at full stretch.
On 8 minutes it was Taafe who took a freekick from 35 yards out and it dipped, assisted by the wind into the net beyond a diving Durin. This freekick was awarded after Harvey Whyte appeared to be fouled but the referee gave it the other way.
Whyte's freekick found Widdrington who hit it first time and won a corner. But Whyte won a freekick again in the same place and his pass to Widdrington on the edge of the box found him in space. The midfielder hit it low into the net on 14 minutes to draw level.
A long ball forward by Harvey Read was searching for Whyte before Taafe's corner to the back post was headed inside by Ibe before Marc Weatherstone headed wide on the follow up.
Taafe's cross was looking for Billy Bricknell who totally missed his chance on 29 minutes, failing to get any contact with the ball.
Johnson went into the book after sliding in late on Mason Walsh on the turn.
Durin got down well to divert Taafe's shot away on the overlap as he was fed the ball by Johnson. The goalkeeper managed to push the ball away down to his right on 41 minutes.
Taafe found Ibe who turned his marker before smashing it high and wide from deep inside the area with seconds left of the first half.
Durin had to dive to his right to stop Johnson’s low strike when he received the ball from the right for Enfield in the early going.
James Mulley set up Ryan Blackman but he struck it well over following good work from midfield.
Walsh did well to win a corner for Bognor on the left. Widdrington over hit the corner and it flew out of play though.
Widdrington slipped as he hit another long range freekick into the area with Lethbridge lurking at the back post but he won a corner.
Bricknell was blocked by a Bognor defender following a low cross by Taafe. The goalkeeper had to gather another forward pass by Whyte as Lethbridge was in pursuit.
Bricknell ran through following a driven pass but his forward ball inside the area saw Ibe there again but Durin did enough to divert it away.
Blackman got a yellow card for a challenge on Leon Maloney just inside but Widdrington blasted it wide though with the freekick.
Jay Porter smashed it wide when Mulley was also blocked off by the brave Bognor defence.
Maloney found Lethbridge with a pass on the right and the latter ran inside before passing square to Widdrington who hit it from around 35 yards. It took flight in the wind, dipping under the crossbar where it struck the underside before bouncing off the goalkeeper and out.
Aaron Greene was leaning back when he smashed it over the bar. But Bognor pounced on the counter as Walsh found Lethbridge who turned his marker before slotting it in on 74 minutes giving the Rocks fans behind the goal another goal to cheer.
Walsh went into the book for pulling a shirt on the far side. But Bognor could not hold onto the lead as a cross in saw Ed Sanders slip up before Sam Chaney bundled it in on 79 minutes.
Jimmy Wild replaced Maloney on 81 minutes to Bognor in a straight like for like change.
Whyte's corner found Chad Field and his header was cleared off the line by a defender on the near post.
But Bognor spectacularly went into the lead for the final time when Walsh got hold of it on the corner of the box before he curled it over the goalkeeper and into the net on 82 minutes.
Keaton Wood cleared another Bricknell chance off the line seconds later before another Bognor chance flew wide from Widdrington soon after.
But it wasn’t over as Wood's clearance off the line was deemed over the line when Chaney's corner was diverted up high at goal by Ibe on 87 minutes. The linesman gave the goal a Bognor players argued against it crossing the line.
Walsh's cross was punched away giving Rocks a late corner but it was cleared and then Ibe was denied with a last ditch sliding tackle from Widdrington down the other end.
Bognor did manage to get the point but the result didn’t help either team in their attempts to get to the play-offs.
Bognor next welcome Brighton & Hove Albion in the Sussex Senior Cup Semi Final at Nyewood Lane on Tuesday 19 March at 7.45pm.
Attendance - 418
Match Report by Liam Goodley
Report courtesy of the Bognor Regis Observer