BOGNOR RFC will hope to find their sea legs as they cross the Solent looking for their fourth win in a row.
The Purple and Greens sit third in Hampshire One, just one point off top spot after a 33-21 home win over Fareham Heathens.
It was far from a convincing show for Billy Toone and Lee Balchin’s side with a series of defensive errors making the score closer than perhaps it should have been.
They will be looking to rectify that tomorrow when they visit bottom-side Ventnor in the league (2.30pm).
Bognor started the match against their near neighbours well, flying full back Pat Gains crossing for a score.
The home side’s pack then started to dominate and after a big gain from Number 8 Joshua Burgess, Joshua Riggall comfortably crossed the whitewash for 14-0.
Fareham did come back into it but Burgess released skipper Shane Stevens who touched down to restore the 14-point lead.
But the visitors from across the county boundary began to take advantage of some sloppy defensive play, drawing level after two scores of their own.
It took a little bit of magic from winger Jack Hornibrook to break the deadlock, evading his opposite number to put the Purple and Green five points in front.
Then the diminutive flyer added a second shortly after with fly half Dave Sweeney adding the extras to seal the 33-21 victory.
Toone said after the match: “There’s a lot to work on and we need to improve if we’re going to be successful this season.”
*A benefit dinner takes place tonight (Friday) at Hampshire Avenue to raise money for Paul Curtis.
Last year saw Paul, who joined the club in the 1970s, suffered a life-changing injury as a result of a mountain bike accident.
A fundraising appeal for £50,000 is well underway for the former Bishop Luffa pupil who played for Harlequins and England under-19s.
About 150 people will attend tonight’s fundraising dinner, including several ex-England internationals such as Micky Skinner, Peter Winterbottom, Mike Teague and Paul Ackford.
This follows a sponsored cycle ride for Paul in September which took place from the club.