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Bognor Colts spell double trouble as they put on their Sunday best

Bognor fielded two Colts Academy sides at home for the first time ever.


Bognor Purples battled to a 36-24 victory over Fareham Heathens Colts as they preserved their unbeaten record.


Fierce Fareham pressure was repelled early on and excellent defence from Ben Brandon and Piotr Nowakowski turned the ball over to allow fly half Ben Woolnough to set up full back Owen Henton to go over for a try converted by James Billingham.


Fareham replied immediately as their huge ball carriers crashed through to level the scores.


Man of the match Charlie Jays instigated Purples’ try of the game with a line break before Ollie Page fed Billingham to speed over and then convert his own try.


Second row Harvey Henson barrelled over after he was released by scrum half Nathan Chitty and the metronome boot of Billingham extended Bognor’s lead.


Fareham responded with a try to close the half-time gap and added another after the break.


Bognor wrestled back the initiative after Woolnough’s crosskick ended with a swallow dive finish from Page after good work by debutant Ben Tilley and Sam Towler.


Again the Heathens hit back but Arthur Wright moved the ball into space and Harry Smith dived over in a corner following Bognor skipper Oscar Henson’s break.


From the kick off, Josh Galea’s catch and drive forward was given added momentum by Stanley Wright and Jack Robinson before Jays picked up and crashed over to seal the bonus-point win.


The Greens were 41-24 victors over Farnborough Colts.


Lewis Decarteret dotted down for an unconverted try after good work from Bradley Smith and Jamie Foote straight from kick-off.


Farnborough hit back with a converted try but winger Woody Gilbert-Jones crossed as Greens replied with one of their own.


The visitors responded with two well-worked tries to lead 21-12 at half-time.


Bognor made changes and were back in the game after a Tyrone Makasi break led to a try but Farnborough added a penalty to go 24-17 up.


Bognor dug deep to turn the game. A second Decarteret score,converted by Kerr 24-24, was followed by a penalty from Kerr. With 11 minutes to play, Bognor pulled away with tries from Alfie Spurle and Morgan Thomas, both converted by Kerr, for a final scoreline that flattered the winners.

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