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Purple and Greens make it 8 in a row

BOGNOR RFC can go a long way to sealing a top two finish as they prepare to welcome high-flying Millbrook to town.


It’s second versus third tomorrow as the Purple and Greens welcome the Southampton side to Hampshire Avenue (2.30pm).


With five points separating the top three, Bognor know they will need to be at their best if they are to hold on to second spot and keep up the pressure on Hampshire One league leaders United Services.


But the Purple and Greens head into the match after stretching their winning run to eight, after a battling victory over Isle of Wight.


Bognor were made to work for the succes against the islanders, overcoming a poor start to seal a 22-21 win which keeps them in touch at the top.


It was the hosts who were quicker out of the blocks, scoring two quick tries to head into a 14-0 lead.


Bognor hit back through full back Pat Gibbs, who got the ball out wide after pin-point passing from Sam Newcombe and Josh Burgess.


The Number 15 shimmied one way and then came back inside to finish perfectly over the whitewash to make the score 14-5.


The purple and greens continued the resurgence, the pack pushing over to score through Jonny Lang after excellent line-out work from Chris Webb and Number 8 Lee Balchin for 14-10


But it was the islanders who finished the half on top, crossing for their third try just before the half time break.


In the second period, Bognor knew they had to pull out all the stops. They did so through young guns Lang and Webb, who released winger Paddy Burnett and then slipped the ball to Alex Bosley for the score.


The win was then sealed by man of the match Webb, with the prop who fed on the pop-up ball from ten metres out to cross the line and clinch the win by the narrowest of margins.

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