Bognor RFC’s spell on the sidelines will extend to nearly a month as the Purple and Greens promotion push continues.
Because of a mixture of bad weather and bye weeks, the Hampshire Avenue side have not played in Hampshire One since the middle of February.
With another weekend off to come, second-place Bognor will be interested spectators as their closest rivals are in action.
With four games of the season left, the Purple and Greens know that they are firm outsiders to close the ten-point gap on league leaders United Services Portsmouth.
But ,with just six points between them and Millbrook in third, Bognor know they can afford few slip ups in the run-in, which will start at home to Ventnor next Saturday.
*Bognor under-16s lost out in the cruelest manor possible to local rivals Worthing by28-27 points.
It what was an absolute classic of a match at Hampshire Avenue, the Purple and Greens outscored the young Raiders five tries to four but were out-kicked to lose by a solitary point.
Bognor started brightly from the kick off and after shifting the ball wide skipper George Orchard touched down in the corner.
Gus Haplik and Bradley Corbould then combined in the centre to release powerhouse winger Cellan Robinson. He needed only a snifter and outpaced the cover to score under the posts – Ethan Clark converted.
Worthing hit back and managed to score two converted tries to go in 14-12 up at the break.
Bognor started the second half as they did the first, Haplik crashing over in the corner.
Then, slick hands from Arthur Wright saw Robinson scamper over for this second try. Back came Worthing who scored down the blindside.
Bognor’s number 8 Tommy Galpin put the home side back in the lead. But Worthing scored again and nailed the touchline conversion to seal the win.