BOGNOR RFC The Green and Purples have started the Hampshire One season well, winning three of their first five matches.
The latest was a 43-7 victory over fourth-place Fordingbridge which consolidates third position ahead of a bye-week for the cup.
Things did not start all that well for the Hampshire Avenue side with the visitors crossing the line for a try straight from the kick-off. Thankfully for Bognor, from that point on it was all one-way traffic – and it was captain Shane Stevens who set the ball rolling, crossing for a try after mistakes from two Fordingbridge players.
It was the skipper again who triggered the move that took Bognor into the lead, the lanky winger showing some excellent footwork before dotting down. The conversion was good to make it 12-7.
The Green and Purples’ forwards then started to have an impact with James Barlow and Thomas James showing some powerful rucking before prop Chris Webb went over for his first score of the season.
Full back Pat Gibbs then got in on the action scoring a quick brace – the second of which saw him step his opposite number from a standing start and beat him for pace before beating two further defenders before crossing the line.
Bognor’s sixth came after some great work from their big men.
Webb ran the ball 40 metres before being stopped by two defenders. Then flanker Darren Bidwell carried hard from a driving maul and scored in the corner to the delight of the Bognor crowd.
With fly half David Sweeney adding his fourth conversion, the score was extended to 38-7. But there was still time for the home side’s subs to have an impact.
After being reduced to 14, with Tom James sent to the bin for a high tackle, Bognor defended magnificently and turned the ball over. Flanker Nathan Archer found himself in the clear and free to score his maiden try of the season to seal an impressive win for the green and purples.
Lock James Barlow summed up the match in a few words: “It was a good win for Bognor.”
With this weekend off, Bognor return to action on October 21 with a trip to Ellingham & Ringwood.