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Young charges keep on firing

Bognor RFC Academy made it three wins in a row at Winchester last weekend in a seven try display – but the message from coach Tom James was there is still plenty for his young charges to work on.


The young side bounced back from a difficult start to eventually seal a 39-12 win on the road in Hampshire.


The hosts started brightly putting together a 20 phase passage of play which saw their strong running 8 crash over for a converted try.


Bognor came back, moving the ball wide to the impressive Cellan Robinson on the wing who was dragged down short of the line. Scrum half Alfie Spurle used his bulk to touch down.


With Charlie Weller, Ethan Teasdale and Jack Trenham securing good scrum ball, fly half Elvis Millen orchestrated the Bognor backs who began to stretch the Winchester defence.


Tyrone Masaki, in at centre, cut through and rounded the last defender to score. Jack Hickman converted.


Bognor continued to defend well around the ruck with Thompson and Norrell putting in the hits.


Gus Haplik and Hickman also contained the hosts’ centres with some fine tackling.


Bradley Smith got Bognor over the gainline and skipper Harrison Southern was on hand to score.


Bognor extended their lead just before half time as Norrell used his long levers to smash over.


Bognor rang the changes at half time. Owen Thomas rose like the wind in the lineout and Giles powered through as the backs moved the ball wide to Ben Woolnough and Edward Gilbert-Jones who always made ground.


Winchester infringed and a quick tap penalty saw Brad Smith step over, Jack Hickman converted.


Oscar Henson added some feistiness to proceedings and a planned lineout move saw Harrison Southern scorch over for his second try.


Another perfectly executed catch and drive ended with debutant Foote crashing over.

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