Rocks to face Godalming in play-off

Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson
Rowan Vine. Picture: Keith Woodland

Vine calling for Gosport to fight to the finish

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Bognor are hoping to avoid a repeat of last season’s play-off heartache after they finished their season with a 4-2 Ryman one south win at Maidstone United.

The Rocks face a home play-off tussle with Godalming Town tomorrow night after securing second place in the table.

It’s the second successive season the Rocks have missed out on automatic promotion after leading the division for most of the season.

The damage was done last weekend by a disappointing home draw with Walton & Hersham, allowing Sussex rivals Whitehawk to take pole position.

Last season they failed in the play-offs but can go into them in upbeat mood this time around.

At Maidstone, the Rocks produced a sensational second half fightback.

They trailed 2-0 at half-time in the wind and the rain but stormed back in style.

Terry Dodd began the recovery early in the second period before Ben Johnson equalised with a delightful strike from outside the area.

Dodd struck again on 71 minutes and Steve Harper completed the turnaround 11 minutes from time, rifling in a loose ball at a corner.

The Rocks have already beaten play-off opponents Godalming Town twice this season including a 6-0 win at Nyewood Lane.

Joint-managers Jamie Howell and Darin Killpartrick know those wins, however, will count for little in the play-off situation.

Dulwich Hamlet host Folkestone Invicta in the other play-off semi-final.