Rocks perfectly placed after they are held by Police

Rocks boss Darin Killpartrick
Rocks boss Darin Killpartrick
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Bognor battled to a 1-1 draw in their crucial Ryman League division one south clash against Met Police at Imber Court.

Rocks joint-manager Darin Killpatrick was quick to praise his side after they bagged the point.

But he felt they should have netted all three from the top-of-the-table clash.

‘In the first half we were excellent but then we allowed them back into the game after the break,’ he said.

‘They put us under a bit of pressure, but until we gifted them their goal I couldn’t see them scoring.

‘My youngsters showed great maturity on a big occasion against far more experienced opponents, though. Our two experienced players, Luke Nightingale and Michael Birmingham, also stood out for us.

‘And again our large band of travelling fans got behind us and played an important part.’

Leading goalscorer Jason Prior put the Rocks ahead in the 32nd minute with a smart finish, before the Police nicked a draw with a 65th-minute equaliser.

The Rocks remain perfectly placed in the title race – just one point behind leaders Police with a game in hand.

But they face a tense final few weeks.

‘We have some tough games to end the season but we are mentally ready for them,’ said Killpartrick.

‘Hopefully, we will get that little bit of luck teams need in this situation.’

The Rocks face another big game tomorrow night when they welcome in-form Leatherhead to Nyewood.