Bognor make it four wins in a row - and it's another triumph for a 13-man matchday squad

Dan Smith strikes Bognor's opener / Picture: Tommy McMillan
Dan Smith strikes Bognor's opener / Picture: Tommy McMillan

Bognor are on a roll. They won a fourth away game in 11 days when goals from Dan Smith and Tommy Leigh earned a 2-1 win at the home of Bowers and Pitsea.

It's the second time in a week they've travelled with a depleted squad and won despite being able to name just two subs.

As against Kingstonian last week the Rocks were without their Pompey youngsters - recalled for a Blues reserve game - but as against Ks, the low numbers didn't prevent another three-point haul.

Smith gave the Rocks the lead on 25 minutes but it was cancelled out by Lewis Manor on 63 minutes for the Essex hosts.

But Leigh struck the winner 14 minutes from time for three points which put the Rocks up to tenth in the table. It's an identical result at Bowers that Chichester City recorded last week to reach the first round of the FA Cup.

Added to the successes at Folkestone (2-1 in the league) and Uxbridge (3-1 in the FA Trophy) it gives Jack Pearce and Robbie Blake and their troops four away wins in a week and a half. They've now won six out of seven since late September - their record in that period spoiled only by the 4-0 home loss to Potters Bar.

Tommy Leigh celebrates the Rocks winner / Picture: Tommy McMillan

Tommy Leigh celebrates the Rocks winner / Picture: Tommy McMillan

Bognor host Enfield on Saturday, which coincidentally is another fixture Chi overcame in their FA Cup qualifying campaign.

At Bowers, the hosts won a free-kick two minutes in, with Bradley Warner striking the ball around the wall and forcing Amadou Tangara into a parried save. A nice spell of possession from Bognor almost ended in Tommy Scutt, getting a rare start in the side, in on goal after Doug Tuck and Ashton Leigh combined on the left. Tuck did well to hold the ball up before passing it square to Scutt who ran across a defender before belting it wide of the right post.

Harvey Whyte swung a ball in but Callum Coulter did well to cut it out. Bowers' Ben Sartain was fed the ball in the middle just outside the box but curled his right-footed strike wide. Keaton Wood found Ashton Leigh and he cut the ball across the box which only just missed an advancing Smith, and Joe Dandy couldn’t quite follow it up.

Bognor took the lead on 25 minutes as a square pass from Ashton Leigh, who combined with Scutt, found Smith outside the box and he let fly with a rocket of a right-footed strike into the top corner. Sartain curled another chance at goal from distance but Tangara saved.

Wood gave the ball away as Warner pounced but James Crane was back to clear. Jamie Dicks’ corner had to be pushed over the crossbar by Tangara. Whyte dug out a cross for Ashton Leigh who hit it first time with his left boot but the ball span wide. Joe Gardner and Tommy Leigh clashed off the ball and the latter needed treatment.

A short corner along the deck to Tommy Leigh was played on to Whyte who curled it at goal from the edge of the box forcing Coulter into a fine save. HT 0-1

Tuck's corner was headed out at the near post before falling to Tommy Leigh, who belted it over on the volley. Then a swift move down the middle saw Smith pick out Scutt with a run and he hit the side netting and outside of the post.

Tangara raced out to clear one Bowers attack before Warner hit a free-kick into the wall then followed it up with another strike off the inside of the post. The ball was swung back in and Tangara flapped at it, meaning Crane had to head the ball out.

Tom Stephen did well to speed down the left before crossing it but it was too much for Lewis Manor and Thomas’s pass back inside was cleared by the Bognor defence. But Manor headed Bowers and Pitsea's equaliser beyond a diving Tangara following a forward ball into the box on 63 minutes.

Tommy Leigh tried to surge through the middle before firing the ball to Scutt but the defence got in the way. Confusion at the back saw Whyte lose the ball before Manor diverted a strike off the post and into a grateful Tangara's arms. A handball was called for by the hosts after a swift Stephen cross from the left but the referee ignored the claims as Bognor struggled to contend with the Pitsea attack.

Dicks had a go from long distance but his shot flew over the crossbar. Then against the run of play Bognor found the net again. Ashton Leigh did well to run on to an incisive pass by Tuck to cross the ball to Smith, who volleyed it on to the bar. The rebound fell to Tommy Leigh who prodded it in from close range on 75 minutes.

Tommy Leigh picked up a loose ball before firing it only just wide. A long bouncing pass had Bognor on the back foot before Warner got beyond them, lofting the ball over Tangara but wide.

Wood failed to clear the ball from a left sided cross before Thomas scuffed a strike over the bar when he really should have got it on target.

Smith went into the book for complaining to the referee after Scutt had been deemed offside in four minutes of stoppage time. But Bognor did well to hold o nto the lead and see out their fourth consecutive win on the road.

Rocks: Tangara, Dandy, Crane, Tuck, Cook, Wood, Whyte, T Leigh, Smith, Scutt, A Leigh. Subs not used: Wakley, Baker.

Attendance - 99