By Jack Hornibrook
A fired-up Bognor beat Eastleigh II 24-12 in what could be the last fixture of their Hampshire Premier campaign due to the spread of Coronavirus.
From their own kick-off Bognor kept possession to score within the first five minutes after Lee Balchin dotted down (5-0).
Eastleigh replied with an unconverted try but Bognor hit back after a series of silky offloads between Shane Stevens and Connor Herrington found Josh Burgess, who scored after some skilful footwork. Conversion missed (12-5).
Eastleigh held out despite bulldozing runs from Chris Webb and George Castleton, good positional kicks from Jeremy Newton Young and Freddie Hayes’ flair out wide until just before the break when Burgess darted over. Newton Young converted (17-5 half-time).
Bognor lost hooker Marc Voigt to the sin bin after the restart and Adam Groome came into the front row.
Eastleigh added a second try (17-12) and turned up the pressure.
Adam Knight, Balchin and Webb worked tirelessly to drive Eastleigh back while Newton Young and Sam Newcombe scrambled effectively to shut down threats out wide.
The bonus point try came from late pressure as Stevens was fed thanks to swift hands from Newton Young.
Bognor’s man of the match was Lee Balchin.
Squad: 1. C. Webb, 2. M. Voigt, 3. J. Benjamin, 4. S. Stevens, 5. A. Knight, 6. L. Balchin, 7. G. Castleton, 8. J. Burgess (C), 9. S. Newcombe, 10. J. Newton Young, 11. C. Hay, 12. E. Millen, 13. P.
Burnett, 14. F. Hayes, 15. C. Herrington, 16. A. Groome, 17. J. Foote, 18. H. Southern.
Bognor Colts beat Surrey Colts Shield champions Cranleigh 41-7 at their Hampshire Avenue fortress on Sunday.
Bognor’s Benjamin Barker worked hard to secure clean ball while Matthew Norrell got over the gain line with every carry.
Skipper Alfie Spurle’s cut out pass found Charlie Jays and his around the back offload put Benjamin Woolnough over.
Coach Tom Spurle predicted Tyrone Makasi would score a hat-trick and the twinkle-toed centre cut a superb line to score.
Cranleigh responded well but a powerful surge from Charles Weller set up Andrew Fadera to score. Woolnough converted.
Full back James Billingham had an assured game and his electric break set up good field position.
From there, Woolnough found Makasi and the centre sped through for his second try on half-time.
Winger Ben Tilley got into the action early in the second half with a scorching run. Nathan Chitty moved the ball wide to Fadera, who threw a series of outrageous dummies on his way to the try line. Harrison Southern converted.
The visitors responded with a fine try but Bognor hit back as Benn Brandon’s mazy run ended with Makasi completing his hat-trick. Fadera converted.
Harrison Southern and Jack Trenham stretched the visitors’ defence and Dylan Collier stepped inside his opposite man and accelerated away for a magical score.
Makasi finished the game off as he glided through after great work by Harvey Henson for his fourth try converted by James Billingham.
Squad: Jack Trenham, Ethan Teasdale, Charlie Weller, Luiz, Harvey Henson, Matthew Norrell, Ben Barker, Charlie Jays, Ben Brandon, Andrew Fadera, Alfie Spurle (captain), Ben Woolnough, Ben Tilley, Harrison Southern, Tyrone Makasi, Dylan Collier, Nathan Chitty, James Billingham.