Rocks halt slide as Woods impresses

Simon Woods in action for AFC Portchester. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122585-4)
Simon Woods in action for AFC Portchester. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122585-4)
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Bognor stopped the rot with a hard-fought Ryman premier win against Wingate & Finchley at Nyewood Lane.

A 27th-minute Terry Dodd strike proved enough to end the Rocks’ goal drought and secure them a first home league win since the beginning of the year.

The triumph – their only one in the past seven games – halted Bognor’s free-fall and lifted them up to 12th in the league.

AFC Portchester striker Simon Woods, who has dual-registration, made his debut in the success.

And the hitman acquitted himself well – despite not getting on the scoresheet.

‘Simon will have been pleased with his first game at this level,’ said AFC Portchester director of football Mick Jenkins.

‘He went close with a header that hit the top of the crossbar.

‘The lad is a Portchester player but after being a prolific scorer in Wessex League division one and the premier division for the last couple of years, he wants to try to step up.

‘He will come back to us for our game against Blackfield next weekend but will probably play for them again.

‘Simon has been a great asset for us but we won’t stand in the way of a player who wants to progress.’

‘He has indicated he remains committed to us and will play for Bognor when we don’t have a game.

‘If he does eventually get the chance of playing at a higher level he will go with our blessing.’

Dodd scored the decisive goal when he ran onto a Darryl Wollers ball down the left and curled a fantastic right-foot shot from the edge of the box in off the inside of the post.

The Rocks, who host Hampton & Richmond tomorrow, suffered a few nervy moments but held out for an important three points.