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Purple and Greens face Fareham as they keep up race for second place

BOGNOR RFC remain in the hunt for a top two spot as they march into the business end of the season.

 

The Purple and Greens have been extremely competitive all season and head into the last two months of the season sitting second in Hampshire One.

 

Their hold on that position was cemented last weekend with a convincing 76-0 over Ellingham & Ringwood. But, with third-place Millbrook just three points behind them with a game in hand, Bognor can afford no slip-ups when they travel along the coast to Fareham Heathens tomorrow (2pm).

 

After being called off the previous week, the Bognor boys were hungry to return to action against Ellingham.

 

With a home crowd egging them on at Hampshire Avenue, they started off extremely well with three quick-fire tries.

 

Chris Webb and Joshua Burgess dominated in the loose after a quick ball allowing veteran George Castleton to cross.

 

That was followed by prop Chris Webb pouncing on a scrappy ball and centre Sam Newcombe scything through the E&R defence.

 

Despite the visitors working hard at the break down, Bognor were in no mood to let up. Winger Danny Greenslade stepped two defenders to score his first senior try.

 

Further tries from Paddy Burnett, Jonny Lang, Chris Webb and George Castleton made it 50-0 at the break. In the second period, Bognor’s scoring slowed off a little. Good lineout play followed by a solid drive fed Burnett to cross for his second.

 

Full-back Pat Gibbs then got in on the action before fly-half Dave Sweeney rounded off the scoring after selling a dummy and strolling through a big gap in the centre of the pitch.

 

* Chichester RFC return to action tomorrow eager to keep hold of fourth place in the London Division One South. The Blues have had a tough start to 2018, losing four of the five matches since the turn of the year.

 

With that slump in part because of a raft of injuries, coach Scott Ashley is hoping the time off will have allowed his side to regroup and get his experienced players back to full fitness.

 

Tomorrow they welcome fifth-place Chobham to Oaklands Park (2pm) looking to return to winning ways and seal their hold on fourth place.

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