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Bognor Regis Town
Whitehawk
Mon 22 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 467

Rocks Draw Wth Local Rivals Whitehawk

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Rocks stay 12th In The league.

Bognor and Whitehawk played out an entertaining goalless draw in Nyewood Lane's final home game of the season.

The result meant little for the Rocks, who are finishing in the middle of the Bositk premier table, but the point could yet be valuable to Whitehawk as they fight to stay up.

The game marked the return to action of top Rocks scorer Jimmy Muitt and he looked sharp – good news for the Sussex Senior Cup final against Burgess Hill on May 7.

It was a shame the Rocks couldn't sign off their home campaign with a victory but their fans gave them a good reception at the end of the game, recognising they had at least been unlucky not to win this one.

It was a Sussex derby but one that had much more riding on it for the visitors than for Bognor.

Whitehawk needed a win to scramble clear of the bottom three in the Bostik premier division, but the Rocks are not going up or down this year – a poor run of form over the past couple of months having left them suspended in mid-table, their play-off hopes having died a couple of games ago.

There was a big boost for Bognor fans ahead of kick-off as striker Jimmy Muitt – out for two months with a knee injury, and how much he has been missed – was fit enough to be named among the subs.

In a fairly uneventful first half Whitehawk went close a couple of times, hitting the post from a Henry Muggeridge corner and late striking Dan Lincoln's bar after Nathaniel Pinney's run at goal led to the ball running loose to Lucas Santos Rodrigues.

For the Rocks, Mason Walsh was at the centre of much of the attacking play – and was close early in the game when he cut inside and fired an effort into the side netting.

As the half wore on Bognor began to do most of the attacking with Walsh causing the Hawks defence a few problems and Harvey Whyte and Reece Meekums both getting into the box for efforts the Whitehawk defence blocked.

In an unusal move, Bognor played Joe Tomlinson – previously only seen at left-back – in midfield, with Keaton Wood on the left of the back four.

There was very nearly an opening goal in the first minute of the second half as Tomlinson sent Jimmy Wild through one-on-one with the keeper – but Wild took too long with the chance and keeper James Broadbent saved.

The Hawks missed a great opportunity to go ahead on 52 minutes when Rodrigues ran through as Bognor appealed for an offisde that was not given. Lincoln stood firm and saved the shot with his legs.

Immediately Walsh went through again at the other end but was denied by a defender just as he went to shoot. The corner was headed wide by Wood.

It was a lively opening to the second half and Wood weaved his way into the six-yard box in another Rocks attack but it went out for a goal-kick before he could get a shot goalwards.

Then Meekums seemed to be bundled over in the area but the referee ignored the penalty claims.

A double change by the Rocks brought the introduction of Muitt and young midfielder Emmett Dunn in place of Meekums and Wood – with Tomlinson reverting to his familiar spot at left-back.

Muitt almost made an instant impact, going on a mazy run that took him past two defenders and sending a low ball across the face of goal that Wild couldn't quite touch in.

A Whithawk change resulted in Kyjuon-Jaeger Marsh-Brown replacing Yannis Ambroisine, who had picked up an injury.

Walsh brought a superb diving save from Broadbent with a fierce shot from 15 yards that looked bound for the top corner.

Rodrigues got away from the home defence again on 76 minutes but was denied by an excellent Lincoln double save.

Ex-Rocks man James Fraser came on for Whitehawk, replacing Pinney with 13 minutes left.

Richard Gilot was replaced by Tommy Scutt in Bognor's final change and no sooner had he come on than he saw Walsh curl a lovely free-kick only inches high and wide.

Five minutes were left when Rodrigues crossed for what looked like a Whitehawk winner – only for Marsh-Brown to blaze the chance over the bar.

At the other end Scutt shot from a tight angle but it was over the bar.

Both sides were going for it in the dying stages and Muitt and Tomlinson both tested the Whitehawk keeper but couldn't find a way past him.

Then Wild's cross was headed out from beneath the bar by Aaron Goode.

Muitt was booked in five added minutes for arguing with an offside decision that stopped him in his tracks.

Whitehawk were so close to a vital winner when Fraser was denied by Lincoln and then Goode's bicycle kick crashed back off the bar.

That was their last chance and in truth a point apiece was probably fair at the end of an entertaining if goalless afternoon.

Match Report by Liam Goodley

Report courtesy of the Bognor Regis Observer

Highlights

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90:00 Yellow Card
James Muitt is yellow carded for Bognor Regis Town
79:00 Sub Off
Richard Gilot is substituted off for Bognor Regis Town
79:00 Sub On
Thomas Scutt is substituted on for Bognor Regis Town
77:00 Sub Off
Substitution off for Whitehawk
77:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Whitehawk
68:00 Sub Off
Substitution off for Whitehawk
68:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Whitehawk
64:00 Sub On
James Muitt is substituted on for Bognor Regis Town
64:00 Sub Off
Reece Myles-Meekums is substituted off for Bognor Regis Town
64:00 Sub On
Emmett Dunn is substituted on for Bognor Regis Town
64:00 Sub Off
Keaton Wood is substituted off for Bognor Regis Town
50:00 Yellow Card
Joshua McCormick is yellow carded for Bognor Regis Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bognor Regis Town
  • Whitehawk
  • 0
  • Joshua McCormick Yellow Card 50:00'
  • James Muitt Sub On 64:00'
  • Reece Myles-Meekums Sub Off 64:00'
  • Emmett Dunn Sub On 64:00'
  • Keaton Wood Sub Off 64:00'
  • Sub On 68:00'
  • Sub Off 68:00'
  • Sub On 77:00'
  • Sub Off 77:00'
  • Thomas Scutt Sub On 79:00'
  • Richard Gilot Sub Off 79:00'
  • James Muitt Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Lincoln, Daniel Lincoln, Daniel
McCormick, Joshua McCormick, Joshua
Wood, Keaton Wood, Keaton
Wild, Jimmy Wild, Jimmy
Tomlinson, Joe Tomlinson, Joe
Field, Chad Field, Chad
Sanders, Ed Sanders, Ed
Gilot, Richard Gilot, Richard
Myles-Meekums ,    Reece Myles-Meekums , Reece
Walsh, Mason Walsh, Mason
Whyte, Harvey Whyte, Harvey

League round up

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AFC Hornchurch
3
0
Bishop's Stortford
3
2
Burgess Hill Town
1
1
Lewes
Corinthian-Casuals
1
1
Worthing
Haringey Borough
1
2
Wingate & Finchley
Leatherhead
0
3
Dorking Wanderers
Margate
0
3
Folkestone Invicta
Merstham
2
0
1
0
Carshalton Athletic

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# Team Pl Pts
12. Margate 42 59
13. Brightlingsea Regent 42 59
14. Bognor Regis Town 42 57
15. AFC Hornchurch 42 50
16. Potters Bar Town 42 49
17. Corinthian-Casuals 42 47
18. Kingstonian 42 45

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