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Bognor
Basingstoke
Sat 15 Dec TBC - London & SE Division - Hampshire Premier Full time

Bognor vs Basingstoke

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15th December 2018 By Thomas James

Bognor vs Basingstoke
15th December 2018
By Thomas James

In the worst conditions possible, Basingstoke travelled to Hampshire Avenue in search of another win to continue their unbeaten run of form this season, Bognor however had other plans for the match and the two teams created an almighty spectacle for all that dared brave the weather.

Both teams started off in typical physical fashion, Joshua Burgess and Chris Webb as always carried hard into the opposition defence, gaining yards with every phase. It came as no surprise that Stoke’s number 8 and 5 would have an immediate impact, fierce carrying and strong defence meant that Tom Orchard and Adam Knight had to have their wits about them throughout the encounter.

Basingstoke were the first to score, immense Bognor guard from George Castleton, Nathan Archer and Adam Groome finally cracked as the away side slid through. 0-5.

It was end to end stuff as Billy Toone controlled the game immensely with his left boot considering the barrage of wind and rain. Sean Power and Dave Sweeney began to look dangerous in midfield and Stoke’s defence looked nervous. Unfortunately for Bognor a Tom James yellow card put more pressure on the home side but the Bognor contingent made it to half-time with the scores still 0-5.

The second half saw action throughout, Bognor came out flying and it came as no shock that loose head Webb was the first try scorer for the men in green. An image we’ve become so found of saw the giant prop carry himself and 3 defenders over the line with a brutal charge for the line, Sweeney converted to make the scores 7-5.

Paddy Burnett and Jeremy Newton-Young dealt with constant kicking pressure extremely well, the two proving their places in the squad are as solid as anyone’s. Vice-captain Shane Stevens looked magical with his footwork out wide and gave Bognor go forward ball time and time again.

Next came a grim moment for Bognor, stalwart and Bognor legend Castleton was forced off with a calf injury. Harry Stubbs was brought on to replace the number 6 and did enough in the breakdown to slow Stoke down.

Basingstoke then scored again with their second visit to the Bognor 5, consistent with the beginning of the contest it was their number 8 who carried and scored to make it 7-10 with 15 to go.

Mark Voigt and Dan Robinson were introduced and both got ball in hand soon after. Voigt turning the ball over magnificently in midfield to give Bognor a chance to pin Stoke back. To the dismay of the brave Bognor fans Stoke then struck immediately from a driving maul. 7-15.

The home side did not give up however, Orchard carried well and Bognor built a few solid phases in the forwards. Toone took a quick tap penalty and was chopped 30 metres out, Burgess picked quickly and fended the opposition 8 before popping to Burnett who finished with incredible calmness. 14-15.

The final moments were as dramatic as any the club has witnessed, Sweeney missed a penalty that was extremely difficult in the conditions to win the game; however it wasn’t over as the away side’s hooker knocked the ball on in front of their posts. Basingstoke had to defend against a Bognor 5m scrum in the last play of the game and they did so with extreme power and determination, the ball was cleared and the whistle went. A marvel of a match in such horrific weather saw Basingstoke take the glory but Bognor left the fields with their heads held high.

Line-up

1. Chris Webb
2. Adam Groome
3. Tom James
4. Tom Orchard
5. Adam Knight
6. George Castleton
7. Nathan Archer
8. Joshua Burgess
9. Billy Toone
10. Sean Power
11. Shane Stevens
12. David Sweeney
13. Sam Newcombe
14. Paddy Burnett
15. Jeremy Newton-Young
16. Dan Robinson
17. Mark Voigt
18. Harry Stubbs

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