Rocks are Bury-ed

Ollie Pearce and Terry Dodd had a blank day at Bury  Picture by Chris Hatton
Ollie Pearce and Terry Dodd had a blank day at Bury Picture by Chris Hatton

Bognor were comfortably beaten by mid-table Bury Town as their Ryman premier promotion ambitions took a dent at Ram Meadow.

Bury had the better of the first half and created more chances on a rather awkward, bobbling pitch.

In the ninth minute, the hosts’ Liam Wales saw his header bounce back off the bottom of the post before it was scrambled to safety.

Moments later, Wales again tried a low drive but this time the ball was gathered by Grant Smith.

The Rocks’ first chance came when Ollie Pearce created an opening down the right wing, but his cross was too high for Terry Dodd, who was playing after surviving an injury scare in the week, in which it was feared he had broken his toe.

On the half-hour mark, a goalmouth melee resulted in Stuart Axten laying on top of Bury striker Nnamdi Nwachuku, leading to a controversial penalty.

Nwachuku duly picked himself up to despatch the spot-kick.

Bury looked to extend their lead as they dominated the first period, with the Rocks struggling to combat the difficult pitch conditions.

The game was effectively over on the 54th minute as Daniel Cunningham slid the ball into Jordan Patrick, who extended the home side’s lead.

With Bognor struggling to get a foothold in the game and efforts few and far between, Dodd and Pompey loanee Ashley Harris were replaced.

The introduction of fresh players seemed to breathe life into the visitors, with Craig Robson an immediate threat going forward.

Indeed, with 20 minutes to go, Robson was causing problems in the Bury defence but he couldn’t find a shot to trouble the hosts.

The Rocks were taking the game to Bury in a final flutter but unfortunately there was no end product.

In the 75th minute, Bury thought they had secured the win with a third goal but Nwachuku was ruled offside.

It was a disappointing result but it’s still only the Rocks’ second defeat since December 14.

They remain in fourth place, but they’re just two points ahead of sixth-placed Kingstonian, who visit Nyewood Lane on Tuesday night.

BOGNOR: Smith, Hinshelwood, Crane, Tuck, Axten, Hopkinson, Chamberlain, Dodd, Pearce, Harris, Whyte. Subs: Sackman, Morey, Van Driel, Robson.