Bognor RFC’s title hopes remain intact but they look set to tackle a large part of their campaign without scrum half Paul Briant after he suffered a horrific leg injury.
The Purple and Greens registered their seventh win from eight in dispatching
Eastleigh IIs 48-5 at Hampshire Avenue last weekend.
Next up for third-place Bognor is a trip to third-bottom Tottonians IIs tomorrow (2pm) with a win a must if they are to stay in touch with leaders Basingstoke, who are ten points clear at the summit.
The Purple and Greens will take comfort from the win against Eastleigh’s second string which came in challenging conditions.
Joshua Burgess was the first to score for the home side after a dominant Bognor scrum led by Chris Webb, Darren Bidwell and Harry Stubbs. 7-0.
A second followed shortly after when Nathan Archer fed flyer Sam Newcombe who touched down to make it 12-0.
Another Bognor scrum this time on their own five metre line saw a turnover for the home side and a gorgeous 70 metre break from the impressive Briant and Burgess.
It was shortly after this attack that the scrum half suffered he injury which left him being taken to St Richards.
Bognor continued to pour forward and captain Burgess charged off the back of a scrum to cross and make it 19-0.
Further tries followed from Webb and flanker George Castleton before Burgess rounded off his hat trick moments later.
He then added a fourth to make it 43-0 before the number 8 left the field to a big ovation from the home faithful.
What followed was the only slip up from the home side all day. Eastleigh broke well through the back line and finished in style.
But Bognor hit back and expert finisher Paddy Burnett sprinted past his opposite man after some lovely hands in the midfield to complete the scoring.