Rocks have mountain to climb as Grimsby draw first blood

Bognor striker Jason Prior, right, clashed with Grimsby defender Danny East    Picture: Tim Hale

Bognor striker Jason Prior, right, clashed with Grimsby defender Danny East Picture: Tim Hale

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Bognor have a huge mountain to climb in next week’s FA Trophy semi-final second leg at Grimsby after going down 1-0 to the Mariners in the first game at a packed Nyewood Lane.

The hosts put up a good fight before coming unstuck 15 minutes from time as their higher-tier opponents drew first blood through Nathan Arnold’s goal.

Gosport Borough’s National League South promotion hopes suffered a dent at Privett Park today as they conceded a last-minute goal to lose 3-2 to Concord Rangers.

An entertaining game saw Borough in front when Dan Wooden broke the deadlock just after the half-hour mark.

Steve Cawley and John Easterford’s goals turned the game on its head before Gosport looked to have salvaged a share of the spoils with Brett Poate’s late equaliser.

Incredibly, though, Concord stole all three points in stoppage-time as Steve King bundled home from a goalmouth scramble.

The spoils were shared as Basingstoke Town and the Hawks fought out a 1-1 draw in their relegation battle at the Camrose Ground.

Ben Swallow put the Hawks in front on the stroke of half-time, only for Reece Connolly to equalise midway through the second half.

Arlesey Town became only the third side to do the double over Petersfield this season in Southern League division one central after the Rams’ poor performance on the road this afternoon saw them lose 1-0.

Other results:

Wessex League Cup: Moneyfields 1 Portland 2

Wessex League premier division: Cowes Sports 1 AFC Portchester 0; Lymington Town 1 Horndean 3

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