Pearce rescues point in rare home Rocks draw

Ollie Pearce was Bognor's scorer against Hornchurch  Picture by Chris Hatton
Ollie Pearce was Bognor's scorer against Hornchurch Picture by Chris Hatton

Ollie Pearce netted a second-half goal to earn Bognor a point against play-off rivals AFC Hornchurch at Nyewood Lane.

Remarkably it was their first home draw of the season.

The point means Bognor are still sixth, but they have games in hands over four of the five sides ahead of them.

The Rocks got off to the worst possible when they fell behind in only the second minute. George Purcell raced through to knock the ball over the advancing Grant Smith.

Midway through the first half, the visitors went close again but Smith pulled off a fine stop to deny Phil Starkey.

Five minutes before the break, Bognor’s best chance of the half fell nicely for in-form top scorer Terry Dodd, but the striker’s goal-bound effort was deflected wide.

Hornchurch almost made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time when Stefan Payne rounded Smith and squared the ball to Joe May but his effort was headed off the line by Stuart Axten.

Early in the second half a flowing move saw Pearce fire against the post.

However, on 64 minutes, Pearce levelled the scores when he rolled home the ball from Dodd’s pass.

Both sides had chances to win it but had to settle for a point apiece.

BOGNOR: Smith, Hinshelwood, Crane, Awford, Sackman, Axten, Robson, Wills, Dodd, Pearce, Godfrey. Subs: Kempson, Thompson, Whyte, Wollers.

ROB GARFORTH

In the Sussex League, Pagham, Chichester and Selsey were all hammered in division one.

Pagham lost 6-1 at Hassocks - Josh Clack’s goal their only bright spot - while City went down 4-0 at Hailsham and Selsey lost 5-0 at St Francis Rangers.

In division two, Midhurst went down 2-0 at Little Common, while in division three, Sidlesham drew 1-1 at home to Southwick, Barry McCoy their scorer.

In the West Sussex League premier division, Bosham drew 1-1 with West Chiltington while Lavant won 2-1 at home to Hunston Community Club.

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