Bognor are an excellent side in possession. Their players are comfortable interchanging and switched the play from flank to flank really nicely. A joy to watch.
We were really under the cosh in the first ten minutes, but Marcel's strike - lovely clean hit that took the slightest nick on its way past Dan Lincoln - settled us down and we did our best to give as good as we got.
Although Bognor should have gone in ahead - their number 9 hitting the post from two yards with the goal gaping - Hendon had three efforts from close range in the second half... One off the post, one brilliantly saved and the other cleared off the line by a superb lunging clearance. 30 seconds later came the sucker punch and 2-1 down.
We could have folded after that, but didn't. We kept battling and got our rewards when a low cross from a short corner was returned to sender and sender, Keagan, thumped it back off the underside of the bar and over the line.
The last few minutes were frantic but neither side could produce the winner. A really good watch and a very well earned point.
It's the first time I've seen some of the new faces. I like the goalkeeper, he has really good hands. couple of potentially awkward shots bouncing in front of him were nicely gathered. Matt Ball looks good with the ball at his feet and uses it intelligently. Early days but he could prove to be an upgrade on McCall. And. is a pacy threat as well. Lovely strike for the goal and when moved to right back late on, went on a lung busting 80 yard run but was unable to pick anyone out with his cross. His first thought when the keeper cleared was to tear back to his right back berth. I like that.
Kudos as well to Murphy, who did a fair job of snuffing out the threat of their right winger and got forward well, Kezie who looks back to the beast of 2014/5 holding the ball up and bringing others into play, and Stanislaus who never stopped working the flanks all evening. Up and down, not without threat.
A lot in there to give us encouragement. Two performances in a row now. That is even more encouraging. Let's go Saturday and get something again!
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