BOGNOR’S winning home form returned after a couple of frustrating draws thanks to goalscoring partners in crime Jason Prior and Ollie Pearce as Harrow were beaten 2-0.
A goal in each half was enough to secure the Rocks’ first home win in three run-outs and keep the play-offs a possibility.
It was Prior and Pearce on the scoresheet as Bognor made it five games unbeaten to move up to 11th in the Ryman premier table.
The victory was a relief for home fans, who had seen Bury Town and Billericay both escape from the Lane with 1-1 draws in recent weeks after a fine run of wins had marked out the weeks leading up to the New Year.
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It was a soggy Nyewood Lane that Harrow arrived at in third-from-bottom place and fans’ favourite Terry Dodd returned to the Bognor bench – his first time in the squad since he left Nyewood Lane at the end of last season.
Newly-signed loan striker Callum Overton, from AFC Wimbledon, joined Dodd on the bench.
Early pressure from Bognor saw James Crane win a corner on the left. Pearce took it and it was headed on by Prior to Crane but was deflected for another corner. Ryan Woodford powered a header well over the bar from the second corner.
Sam Whiting slid in late on Alex Parsons and received a yellow card on nine minutes.
Harvey Whyte played the ball forward for Pearce, who tried a first-time chip over the keeper from 35 yards. The ball flew over the bar.
Play was held up on 21 minutes when Michael Peacock required treatment after going to ground. He soon returned.
Trickery from Pearce on the left saw him beat his marker and play a low cross in for Doug Tuck, who struck it first time but it was deflected away.
But Bognor’s dominance paid off on 26 minutes when a deep cross from the right found
Pearce on the back post. Pearce played it back inside heart of the penalty area and Prior was there to tap home from close range.
Pearce’s free-kick from the left on 33 minutes found Woodford unmarked on the back post but the defender struck his effort well over.
Craig Robson was spoken to by the referee after a challenge on Marc Charles-Smith. Ryan Hope took the free-kick but it was cleared.
A Bognor counter-attack saw Whyte make good ground up the field to pass to Parsons, but his ambitious effort flew well off target.
On 43 minutes, Michael Bryan beat Crane to get a cross in from the right. It was palmed over by Chris Winterton, who then had to punch clear another swirling cross as the visitors began to gain momentum.
The second half saw an early chance for the visitors. Dan Moody found Carl McCluskey in the box with a curling cross but the forward’s header was easily gathered by Winterton.
Parsons let fly with a fierce shot on 50 minutes. Keeper Nick Jupp pulled off a decent save.
On 56 minutes Charlie Oatway replaced Crane.
Winterton had to pull off a fine diving save to deny Bryan seconds later before the keeper had to punch clear a corner.
Soon, Pearce sped down the left to get a cross in but the ball flew over the bar with Prior lurking on the back post on 62 minutes.
Jake Thomson tried his luck from 25 yards out. He spotted Jupp off his line and was unfortunate not to see the ball dip below the bar.
Fans’ favourite Dodd came on to replace Parsons on 70 minutes, sparking cheers from the home support.
Pearce’s corner on 73 minutes was cleared after being flicked on by a Harrow defender.
Pearce ran from halfway before shooting low and forcing an instinctive save from Jupp on 78 minutes.
For the visitors, Peacock smashed wide from long distance.
The Rocks wrapped up the match on 80 minutes when Prior did well to win the ball before squaring the ball to Pearce in the box.
Pearce composed himself before slotting low into the bottom corner.
Prior smashed a long-range effort high and wide.
Omarr Lawson replaced Stuart Green on 87 minutes. Green was named man of the match for a hardworking performance.
Lawson smashed an effort at goal from outside the box but it was well stopped by Jupp.
Rocks: Winterton, Whyte, Crane (Oatway 56), Tuck, Woodford, Robson, Green (Lawson 87), Thomson, Prior, Pearce, Parsons (Dodd 70). Unused subs: Sackman, Overton.