Bognor started strong at Hampshire Avenue in the last home game of the season for the men in green. Nathan Archer and Jacob Masters began brilliantly in the loose with some strong carrying and savage tackling.
The first try came from Uni student Jake Aldis-Hobbs who was put through a lovely hole by Dave Sweeney, playing in his 10,000th game for Bognor. 7-0 kick good.
Tom Orchard and James Barlow were paired together again in the second row and are improving each week, the two canal barges making inroads with ball in hand and hitting their fair share of rucks.
Try number two came from another lovely Archer break out wide, the 7 stepping his opposite man to feed shoreham by sea’s very own Chris Hay; the youngster then drew the man and gave it too Worzel Gummidge lookalike Dan Robinson who scored. 12-0.
Bognor were firing on all cylinders and the likes of Lee Mason and George Hutchinson were causing havoc at scrum time. The forwards lead by George Castleton were nothing but ferocious all game and looked ready for anything that was thrown at them.
Next up was the second best try of the game and a flash of brilliance from a future Bognor star. Connor Herrington starting at scrum half saw a tiny gap beside a ruck and decided to weave his way past 4 opposition men and dot down after a 50m sprint race; impressive stuff on debut from the youngster and the scores now 19-0.
The only part of the game Bognor were caught napping, Tottonians played a lovely kick through that was gathered well by their winger. 19-7 nice kick.
Another colt got on the score sheet for Bognor at the start of the second half, great build up play from Pat Gains and Alex Bosley saw the rapid winger Lewis Decarteret go over in the corner after a lovely step in the wide channel. Excellent kick from the touch line by Sweeney. 26-7.
Totts couldn’t handle the immense pressure put on them by Bognor’s forwards and the great hands on show from Sweeney and his backline. James Barlow was next to bag some meat as a pig flew over Bognor Regis, the rare occasion finished from close range. 31-7.
The home side were on fire and substitute Freddie Hayes was the kindling that kept it roaring, the footwork on display was Elliot Daly esque and the colt making his debut for the first team stepped 5 men and ran a score in from 80m. A bright future ahead for the Hampshire Avenue faithful, try of the season so far. 36-7.
Barlow then scored again from close range and looked delighted with his 10 point haul, immense work from the second row who was throwing in the line-out as well. 43-7.
Graham Broome was putting himself about and made a gorgeous tackle on the touchline, the ball was turned over by the immense Masters and spun out on the angle to Hayes again; the debutant feeding Chris Hay who finished for a well deserved try. 50-7.
Last but not least was a score from the very impressive and extremely humble Paddy Burnett, urged on by his try scoring role model Lee Balchin; the Irishman scored a naughty try after some perfect support running. The winger is currently tied with Balchin’s impressive & long standing record of 26 and will want to beat it next week at Milbrook. 57-7 after a Sweeney nudge.
All in all a wonderful day for the 1st team despite missing some vastly experienced and quality players.
1. George Hutchinson
2. Alex Bosley
3. Lee Mason
4. Tom Orchard
5. James Barlow
6. George Castleton
7. Nathan Archer
8. Jacob Masters
9. Connor Herrington
10. Dave Sweeney
11. Chris Hay
12. Jake Aldis-Hobbs
13. Pat Gains
14. Paddy Burnett
15. Dan Robinson
16. Graham Broome
17. Lewis Decarteret
18. Freddie Hayes