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Purple and Greens left battered and bruised after battle with Heathens

Bognor took a big step forward in their pursuit of a top two finish as they won a battle of a match with Fareham Heathens.

 

In a game where neither side game gave a quarter, it was the Purple and Greens who lasted the pace to chalk up a memorable 34-10 victory.

 

It was a return to happy memories for Bognor who defeated near neighbours Fareham to seal promotion into London Three South West two seasons ago.

 

With just four matches remaining, the Hampshire Avenue side sit fourth, ten points behind league leaders United Services but with an eight point gap to Millbrook in third.

 

With a week off, Bognor can reflect and rest after what was a bruising encounter up the A27. They got off to a strong start, two penalties giving them a 6-0 lead.

 

Fareham hit back, scoring ten points of their own to go into the lead. But then Bognor took charge in the second half. Centre pairings Joshua Riggall and Sam Newcombe showed excellent hands at the start of the second half, with the former finishing over the white wash in style to make the score 10-13.

 

Adam Knight then finished off a rolling maul before a penalty try all but sealed the win. A bonus point followed as rookie winger Danny Greenslade scored after some brutal running and determination

 

* After ten away fixtures, Bognor under 16’s played their first game at the fortress Hampshire Avenue since mid-October.

 

A resolute defensive performance alongside some effective attack gave the home side a comprehensive 87-0 victory over Crawley.

 

The Bognor forwards, led by inspirational skipper Harry Joyce, dominated scrum and lineout and allowed the Bognor back row to run riot on the front foot – number 8 Tommy Galpin and flanker

 

Bradley Smith both scored hat tricks while George Orchard sprinted in from half-way.

 

Bognor half backs Luke Spurle and Ethan Clark varied their options to keep Crawley guessing as Cellan Robinson grabbed a brace of tries and winger Lewis Decarteret, back from illness, bagged his 20th try of the season. Other scores from Bradley Corbould, Jack Trodd and Misho Atanasov reinforced Bognor’s dominance. Clark added eight conversions and Trodd three to keep the scoreboard flowing.

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