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Purple and Greens edged out in thriller

Bognor RFC have cup glory in their sights as the Purple and Greens eye up a semi-final place in the Junior Cup.

The Hampshire Avenue side head to Chipstead tomorrow (1.30pm) in the last eight of the regionalised competition.

With a number of fans expected to make the trip to Surrey to cheer on the side, Bognor make the journey full of hope.

But they will also be wary that they have lost their last two league matches on the bounce.

After a disappointing 18-17 reverse at Sandown & Shanklin, Bognor followed that up with an agonising 21-20 home defeat against league leaders United Services Portsmouth.

That loss means the Purple and Greens remain second in Hampshire One. But, crucially, they are now nine points off top spot.

With attention switching to the cup, all at Hampshire Avenue will be hoping Bognor find that winning feeling again soon to make sure the season does not peter out.

Elsewhere, Bognor’s youth set-up continues to thrive – with the addition of girl’s rugby on a Sunday morning.

In addition to a host of teams of boys from under-6s to colts level, the club are staging trial sessions for girls which are free throughout January.

Those behind the sessions hope they can use the success of Chichester-born Jess Breach, who is now playing for England, to inspire a new generation of rugby players.

More than a dozen girls have taken part in the training so far as Bognor look to form an under-13 side, open to girls in Year 8 or below, and an under-11 team.

The club said its qualified coaches work with all levels of ability to develop rugby skills, team-building and a create great social experience.

Training, which normally costs £2.50, takes place on Sundays from 10am to mid-day.

For more details email: or call Steve on 07443 003253.

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