Penalty storm as Bognor suffer rare defeat
RYMAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Saturday March 22 2014
Bury Town 2 Nwachuku pen 29, Patrick 58
Bognor Regis Town 0
Bognor’s promotion ambitions took a dent as they were comfortably beaten by mid-table Bury Town at Ram Meadow.
A controversial penalty awarded against Stuart Axten saw Nnamdi Nwachuku open the scoring on the half hour mark.
Jordan Patrick doubled the home side’s lead early in the second half and Bognor failed to recover as they slumped to only their second league defeat in three months.
The Rocks had been given a boost before kick-off when Terry Dodd, who was feared earlier in the week to have broken his toe, was cleared to play.
The hosts had the better of the first half and created more chances on a rather awkward, bobbling pitch.
Bury’s Liam Wales saw his header bounce back off the bottom of the post and later had a low drive gathered by the Rocks’ on-loan Brighton keeper Grant Smith.
The game’s major talking point came during a goalmouth melee when Axten ended up laying on top of Bury striker Nwachuku and the referee awarded a penalty.
Nwachuku duly picked himself up to despatch the spot-kick.
The game was effectively over on the 54th minute as Daniel Cunningham slid the ball into former Cambridge winger Patrick, who extended the lead.
With Bognor struggling to get a foothold in the game and efforts few and far between, Dodd and Pompey loanee Ashley Harris were replaced.
The introduction of fresh players seemed to breathe life into the visitors, with Craig Robson an immediate threat going forward.
Indeed, with 20 minutes to go, Robson was causing problems in the Bury defence but he couldn’t find a shot to trouble the hosts.
The Rocks were taking the game to Bury in a final flutter but unfortunately there was no end product.
In the 75th minute, Bury thought they had secured the win with a third goal but Nwachuku was ruled offside.
The defeat leaves Bognor in fourth but cuts the advantage to sixth-placed Kingstonian to just two points ahead of the meeting between the two sides at Nyewood Lane on Tuesday.
BURY TOWN: 1 Marcus Garnham; 2 Miles Smith, 3 Seb Dunbar, 4 John Kennedy, 5 Billy Roast, 6 Tom Bullard, 7 Liam Wales, 8 Ross Bailey, 9 Nnamdi Nwachuku (sub 14 Anthony Roulston, 90), 10 Daniel Cunningham (sub 12 Callum Bennett, 79), 11 Jordan Patrick.
Subs not used: 15 Alfie Bedingham, 16 Ryan Jolland, 17 Jake Hayhoe.
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN: 1 Grant Smith; 2 Paul Hinshelwood, 3 James Crane, 4 Doug Tuck, 5 Stuart Axten, 6 Craig Robson, 7 Arron Hopkinson, 8 Scott Chamberlain, 9 Terry Dodd, 10 Ollie Pearce, 11 Ashley Harris.
Subs not used: 12 Harvey Whyte, 14 Dan Sackman, 15 Ryan Morey, 16 Johan van Driel.
Attendance: 410 // Referee: Unknown.