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Blake salutes battling Bognor

By: Jordan Evans


Robbie Blake praised his players after a hard-fought 2-1 win away at play-off pushing Leatherhead on Saturday.


A week after losing 2-1 at home to Margate in stoppage time, the Rocks turned the tables to sink their hosts late on and record a first win in three matches.


The Tanners had the better form with four wins in their last six games compared to the Rocks’ three in the same period.


Leatherhead should have taken the lead inside the first five minutes when Travis Gregory’s corner was nodded over by Melford Simpson.


Rocks responded with a swift counter but Dan Smith’s shot was straight at Tanners keeper Zaki Oualah.


The Rocks took the lead after 11 minutes from another quick counter-attack when Doug Tuck found Bradley Lethbridge unmarked at the back post and he neatly cut inside and finished low into the bottom left corner past the despairing Oualah.


The Tanners had another chance to equalise when Gregory’s cross found Simpson but his header just went over the crossbar on 14 minutes.


The Rocks thought they had doubled their lead on 20 minutes when Mason Walsh picked out top scorer Smith to head in despite the best efforts by Oualah but the linesman spoiled the celebrations as he indicated Walsh was offside.


The Tanners equalised when top scorer Charlie Hester-Cook capitalised on the Rocks failing to clear and he fired low beyond keeper Amadou Tangara.


The hosts had chances to take all three points but failed to beat keeper Tangara with efforts from Will Seager, Zac Robinson and Craig McGee all at the keeper or wide.


Bognor grabbed the win when on-loan Portsmouth defender Harry Kavanagh’s cross found Tommy Leigh and he nodded in at the far post to send the 112 Bognor fans into delirium.


Coach Blake said: “It’s nice to be on the winning end of the scoreline. I am really pleased because the lads worked so hard.


“They showed great effort and determination, stuck at it, and we got the winner in the end.”

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