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Bognor Regis Town
Leiston
Tue 28 Mar 19:45 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 667

Bognor Regis Town 1 Blues 0

Blues narrowly defeated by the leaders on the Sussex coast

The Blues first ever appearance in the end of season play off’s is very much in their own hands despite their midweek defeat at leaders Bognor Regis Town on Tuesday night. Glenn Driver’s side probably need four wins from their remaining seven League games to be absolutely certain after their narrow defeat at Nyewood Lane. An 18th minute goal from James Wild was all that separated the sides in West Sussex, the Rocks striker breaking the Blues hearts for the second time in 17 days after his 95th minute equaliser at Victory Road in the reverse fixture. Certainly Leiston deserved something from the game on their second half showing as they forced the hosts to defend in numbers and for long spells as they laid siege in the final third. Manager Glenn Driver stated after the final whistle that he was proud of the players efforts and the display would stand the side in good stead for the remaining seven games and hopefully, into the play off’s.

The leaders started strongly and were soon into their stride forcing the Blues back. Striker James Wild was soon in the thick of the action as he twice blazed over after creating space for his shots. Blues keeper Ashlee Jones did well to keep out a stinging effort from Bognor right back Harvey Whyte on nine minutes but nine minutes later he could do nothing about the tall home striker James Wild’s effort who cut inside Joe Jefford before unleashing an arrowed effort into the far corner, a great strike. In a half dominated by Bognor they only real sight of goal for the visitors was Conor Hubble’s as he was inches from connecting with Adeyinka Cole’s cross in the opening stages.

But after the interval Leiston looked a great deal more threatening and early in the half Seb Dunbar saw an effort deflect agonisingly wide and minutes later Adeyinka Cole fired over the top as the visitors grew in confidence. Just after the hour came the best chance so far for an equaliser but Niko Muir-Merchant was unable to direct his header goalwards from strike partner Matt Blake’s cross, his header instead clearing the bar. The Blues made a double substitution with Jack Ainsley and Joe Francis replacing Adeyinka Cole and Jake Hutchings and the double switch began to make a difference as suddenly the impetus was with the Blues. Gareth Heath saw his effort sail just wide and while Bognor were still a threat on the counter attack, the next effort came from Conor Hubble whose effort was cleared off the line. Bognor were now defending in numbers to protect their slender lead and they held out to remain four points clear at the top of the table and seventeen clear of Glenn Driver’s side.

FT – Bognor Regis Town 1 Blues 0

Bognor Regis Town – Lincoln, Whyte, Crane, Tuck, El-Abd, Charman , Fraser (Haynes-Brown 81 mins0, Budd (Davies 59 mins), Wild, Pearce, Muitt (Parsons 67 mins). Subs not used – Dolcetti and Block.

Blues – Jones, Brown (Pelling 83 mins), Dunbar, Cole (Ainsley 63 mins), Hutchings (Francis 63 mins), Jefford, Bullard, Cole (Ainsley 63 mins), Heath, Blake, Muir-Merchant, Hubble. Subs not used – Schaar and Beckwith.

Man of the Match Gareth Heath

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Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Gareth Heath is awarded player of the match for Leiston
89:00 Yellow Card
Gareth Heath is yellow carded for Leiston
88:00 Yellow Card
Niko Muir-Merchant is yellow carded for Leiston
83:00 Sub On
Regan Pelling is substituted on for Leiston
83:00 Sub Off
Oliver Brown is substituted off for Leiston
63:00 Sub On
Jack Ainsley is substituted on for Leiston
63:00 Sub Off
Adeyinka Cole is substituted off for Leiston
63:00 Sub On
Joe Francis is substituted on for Leiston
63:00 Sub Off
Jake Hutchings is substituted off for Leiston
54:00 Yellow Card
Jake Hutchings is yellow carded for Leiston
52:00 Yellow Card
Sebastian Dunbar is yellow carded for Leiston
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As it happened

  • Bognor Regis Town
  • Leiston
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  • Sebastian Dunbar Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Jake Hutchings Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Jack Ainsley Sub On 63:00'
  • Adeyinka Cole Sub Off 63:00'
  • Joe Francis Sub On 63:00'
  • Jake Hutchings Sub Off 63:00'
  • Regan Pelling Sub On 83:00'
  • Oliver Brown Sub Off 83:00'
  • Niko Muir-Merchant Yellow Card 88:00'
  • Gareth Heath Yellow Card 89:00'
  • Gareth Heath Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

Jones, Ashlee Jones, Ashlee
Jefford, Joe Jefford, Joe
Bullard, Tom Bullard, Tom
Hutchings, Jake Hutchings, Jake
Brown, Oliver Brown, Oliver
Dunbar, Sebastian Dunbar, Sebastian
Hubble, Conor Hubble, Conor
Cole, Adeyinka Cole, Adeyinka
Heath, Gareth Heath, Gareth
Blake, Matt Blake, Matt
Muir-Merchant, Niko Muir-Merchant, Niko

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Havant & Waterlooville 46 94
2. Bognor Regis Town 46 92
3. Dulwich Hamlet 46 80
4. Enfield Town 46 76
5. Wingate & Finchley 46 75
6. Tonbridge Angels 46 74
7. Leiston 46 73

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