Rocks Review: Wingate and Finchley 1 Rocks 3

BOGNOR ran out deserved winners at Wingate & Finchley after thoroughly dominating the second half - but suffered a new injury nightmare.

The Rocks dominated the opening stages but suffered yet another major injury blow when captain Ben Andrews’ knee - which had been giving cause for concern in recent weeks - seemed to give out and he was forced off as a result.

Andrews is the third key player injured in three weeks after serious knocks picked up by Ashley Robinson and Ben Johnson.

The Rocks weathered early pressure from the hosts and then gradually began to take control of the match.

The visitors forced a corner on 19 minutes and a clever overhead kick from forward Omar Folkes went just over the bar.

Wingate and Finchley rarely threatened in front of goal.

But on 41 minutes, a chance fell to David Laird when a wayward kick from Rocks keeper Craig Stoner saw the striker fire a first-time effort. Stoner made amends, though, by saving well.

On 56 minutes Terry Dodd put the visitors ahead with a superb 20-yard shot.

Bognor were totally dominant and it was no surprise when, in the 73rd minute, the visitors went two goals up.

The ever-present Folkes nicked the ball following a defensive error, ran in and passed superbly to Mu Maan, who sidefooted the ball into the net.

Wingate & Finchley’s top scorer, Leon Smith, got a goal back.

This did not deter the Rocks and they kept pressing and thoroughly netted a deserved third goal when Foulkes found Doug Tuck free on the left and he fired home.

The victory, the second away win in the league for Jamie Howell’s team, left them in a healthy seventh place in the Ryman premier table.

They return to FA Cup action next week with a second qualifying round tie at Conference South outfit Maidenhead.

BOGNOR: Stoner, Marzetti, Folkes, Kempson, Axten, Andrews, Harper, Wills, Maan, Dodd, Stockford. Subs: Killpartrick, Tuck, Cody, Walshe, Boyle.