Bognor enjoy Vase victory in Surrey

Woking and Bognor contest a lineout
Woking and Bognor contest a lineout

Bognor are through to the third round of the Junior Vase after an excellent 38-18 win at Woking.

Woking, from Surrey League division four, were out for a upset with home advantage and started strongly.

But Bognor started with a resolve that carried on where they’d left off the previous week and moved the large Woking forwards around the park with quick ball through the hands.

This resulted in three phases across the Woking defence which ended with a crash ball over from No8 Page converted by Shergold.

Five minutes later, a clearance from the Woking full-back fell nicely to ever-present hooker Calleja’s hands and he sprinted through the defensive line with a 40m run that came to a end with a tackle from the Woking centre.

An offload to flanker Tomkins saw a well-deserved try, again converted by Shergold. It was 14-0 and Bognor looked comfortable.

Woking hit back from the restart to keep the Bognor forwards busy for a while but no real ground was made. A clearance kick from the Bognor scrum-half Newcombe resulted in a lineout back in the Woking half.

Jacob Masters and Tomkins stole most and won all of the lineouts. From one, the ball was released to scrum-half Newcombe. hergold popped it on the run to centre Burgess, who made 20m and a ruck and quick ball from Newcombe allowed Masters to crash over for a well-worked try. This was followed by a penalty to Woking to make it 21-6 at the break.

The second half was scrappy for 15 minutes until a breakthrough from Bognor that involved forwards and backs and ended with winger Chris Clare going over in the corner.

Woking kept going and from some loose play by Bognor, they drove over in the corner. It took the referee an age to award a try, which was converted for a 26-13 scoreline.

The ball was gathered by Bognor’s South African prop Amandus Morgan, who burst through to offload to winger Clare to score his second.

Woking took advantage of slack play from Bognor to set up a driving maul ten metres out and scored a well-worked try.

With two minutes left, ever-present hooker Calleja started and finished a move that saw a well-deserved score under the posts, converted to give Bognor a deserved 38-18 win.

Coach Martin Broome said the result was key.

“We need to win games where we don’t necessarily play well,” he said. “The will was there and the flair will come – we had a hard game that we will learn from.”

This Saturday, Bognor go to Alton in the league.