Bognor stalemate as City draw third successive Twerton Park blank

City were held to a third successive Twerton Park goalless draw against Bognor Regis Town this afternoon. In complete contrast to the action-packed FA Trophy clash with Margate in the week this game was a largely forgettable affair, with neither side able to create more than the occasional sight of goal. The Rocks came into the match just one place off the foot of the Vanarama National League South table but enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes. However, for all the neat approach play their final pass or cross let them down and when they did fashion an opening they failed to trouble Luke Southwood. City were equally poor in the final third of the pitch and it was no surprise the game was still deadlocked at the interval. City introduced Frankie Artus at half-time for Andy Watkins, which allowed them to press Bognor higher up the pitch and stop them playing it out from the back. This largely neutralised them as an attacking threat but for all City’s extra possession a breakthrough still looked unlikely. In the final 15 minutes they at last got a couple of efforts on target, but headers from Nat Jarvis and Dan Ball were easily saved by Rocks keeper Lincoln. However, in stoppage time they finally created a real opening when Marvin Morgan burst clear only to see Lincoln block his low shot and, with that, ensure the game would remain goalless.