Royce steers Rocks closer to title

Dan Royce scored the Bognor winner
Dan Royce scored the Bognor winner
Theo Lewis scored for the Hawks in the 38th minute at Wealdstone. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Good show on the road as Hawks impress to beat Wealdstone

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Dan Royce moved Bognor a step nearer to the Ryman League division one south title and, with it, promotion by scoring the only goal in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Whyteleafe at Nyewood Lane.

Substitute Royce struck the decisive blow on 56 minutes when he latched on to a Ben Johnson cross.

‘It was a tough game against very young and energetic opponents,’ said Rocks joint-manager Darin Killpatrick. ‘Although it wasn’t one of our better performances at this stage, the most important thing is the three points

‘The run-in will be difficult because everyone will be looking to knock us off the top.

‘We have to patch up our walking wounded up and keep going to the end.’

Luke Nightingale had a second effort disallowed for offside before Craig Stoner rescued the Rocks late on with a finger-tip save to deny Whyteleafe an equaliser.