It's 300 up for Bognor's pass-master

Doug Tuck receives his award from Simon Cook
Doug Tuck receives his award from Simon Cook

Bognor skipper Harvey Whyte has paid tribute to team-mate Doug Tuck after the long-serving midfielder notched up his 300th appearance for the Rocks.

Pass-master Tuck was handed a bottle of bubbly by club secretary Simon Cook before the game against Haringey Borough at Nyewood Lane. And although it was a landmark for Tuck he couldn't help Jack Pearce's outfit repel the visitors, who romped to 4-0 win in the Bostik Premier division.

The defeat to second-placed Borough meant that the home side slipped from fifth position in the table to seventh and suffered a big blow in their bid to make the play-offs come the end of the campaign.

But Whyte says the club are fortunate to be able to have such a talented schemer in the ranks. He said of the former Brighton youngster: "For Doug to make his 300th appearance for the club is a fantastic achievement. He is a very talented player and we are very lucky to have him hear at Nyewood Lane."

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And despite the loss, Whyte wants the Rocks to rally ahead of the crucial Sussex derby clash at home to Worthing on Saturday. He added: "As a group we are determined to do something this season and the team spirit within the group is good. We now have a lot of competition for places in the teams and that's exactly what we need at this vital stage of the season."