Rocks have no moans after defeat by Stones

Scorer Terry Dodd on the ball for the Rocks against Wealdstone  Picture by Tommy McMillan
Scorer Terry Dodd on the ball for the Rocks against Wealdstone Picture by Tommy McMillan

IT was another disappointing result for Bognor - but the blow of a third defeat in four games was softened by the knowledge they had been beatne by a side who must be hot favourites to take the title.

Ollie Pearce dropped to the bench and Scott Chamberlain was promoted to the starting line-up.

Tom Pett then hit a right-footed shot wide from outside the box while ex-Premier League winger Glenn Little’s pass through defence went astray.

Good work from the Rocks down the right saw Arron Hopkinson and Shep Murombedzi combine and the latter won a corner. The kick from Kane Wills found Stuart Axten but his header swerved wide.

Chamberlain played a wonderful ball in for James Crane on the left. His cross was into Terry Dodd’s path but his attempt bounced agonisingly wide.

Craig Robson volleyed one corner goalwards but it was blocked, then Doug Tuck’s attempt from another was deflected wide.

Murombedzi appeared to be shoved in the box but the referee ignored the penalty claims on 15 minutes.

The first goal came on 18 minutes for Wealdstone. Chamberlain lost the ball in his own half and Little, after rounding Axten, placed the ball neatly beyond Mark Zawadski in goal.

A long through-ball from the visitors from Little saw Pett use his pace to beat the Rocks defence before rounding Zawadski, who had raced out of his goal, to slot home the second on 29 minutes.

Murombedzi’s efforts to set up Hopkinson down the right came to nothing as the latter’s cross was cleared.

A cross from the right appeared to be put out for a corner but to the bemusement of the home players and fans, the referee gave a goal kick in Wealdstone’s favour.

Hopkinson struck from long distance but the ball was always rising over the bar.

Jonathan Wright blasted wide after Bognor failed to hold on to the ball again in their own half with three minutes left of the first half.

Little combined with a team-mate to shoot but Zawadski saved as Bognor maintained the deficit.

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A minute after the restart, Hopkinson won a corner on the right. Wills’ corner was cleared to Chamberlain, who smashed a shot from outside the box - but it was well saved by Ruiz.

Chamberlain was replaced by Pearce on 55 minutes but Wealdstone went further ahead on 61 minutes. A simple ball split defence and with acres of space, Wright sped through to slot beyond Zawadski.

Hopkinson was replaced by Ben Godfrey on 63 minutes.

With three strikers on, goals had to come from somewhere - but Bognor rarely threatened.

Wealdstone’s best player Little was replaced on 66 minutes by Peter Dean to big applause from the travelling support.

Dodd almost got on the end of a cross from Crane but failed to beat Ruiz as the goalkeeper punched clear amd Murombedzi failed to capitalise on the rebound. Robson then fired well over to add to the woes.

Godfrey shot from a tight angle on 72 minutes but it was off-target.

A quick free-kick saw Pett run down the left but his cross was well stopped by Zawadski.

Shouts for a handball after a cross was deflected into the path of Ruiz were ignored by the referee on 80 minutes but Dodd pulled a goal back on 84 minutes. Wills played the ball in for the striker, who ran into the box before scooping the ball home.

Tuck’s pass to Crane inside the box led to the full-back firing low but wide of the post as Bognor’s last hope of a second goal came and went.

Rocks: Zawadski, Hinshelwood, Crane, Tuck, Axten, Robson, Hopkinson, Wills, Dodd, Murombedzi, Chamberlain. Subs: Pearce, Godfrey, Sackman, Kempson.

The Rocks are back in action next Saturday away to Grays.

LIA M GOODLEY