Game 7 at home in a row. And by now the Hawks have almost certainly forgotten what it is like to play on the road. But with it being on that home soil – where Whitehawk have been a machine in recent months – it is another opportunity for further success, as we welcome Bognor Regis Town to East Brighton Park.
Another Sussex derby at The Enclosed Ground, Robbie Blake’s ‘Rocks’ arrive slightly poleaxed following a hefty 4-1 defeat at league leaders Hornchurch on Saturday afternoon. Yet Whitehawk’s showing spotlighted the competitiveness of the division, as a late Imran Kayani strike snatched a point against lowly Dulwich Hamlet.
It’s 7th hosting 13th, where a victory for the Hawks could potentially send them 3rd come the end of this late October evening.
Perhaps a little disgruntled at their inconsistent start to the campaign, Bognor Regis are now in their sixth season in the Isthmian Premier, but have found themselves hovering in mid-table for much of that time.
With just the one away win all season – a 3-1 win at Canvey Island back in August – Bognor’s prowess has arrived chiefly at their home of Nyewood Lane, where they have yet to taste defeat in the league this season.
One to Watch | Alfie Rutherford: On loan from National League side Dorking Wanderers, the former Rock returned to Nyewood Lane at the end of September as he continues to recover from an injury.
The 25-year-old hasn’t played for his parent club since their 5-0 home defeat to Wrexham on September 3, 2022 when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, but when on the pitch the clinical forward poses a real threat.
Recent Form – L
21/10 | Hornchurch (A) | Lost 4-1
14/10 | Concord Rangers (H) | Won 2-0
7/10 | Hayes & Yeading (H) | Won 3-1 (FA Trophy)
30/9 | Potters Bar Town (A) | Drew 1-1
23/9 | Kingstonian (H) | Won 2-0
It doesn’t make great reading for Whitehawk fans, as Bognor have established themselves as the Hawks’ bogey side in recent years.
The last time the two sides met was back in April 2019, when Jude Macdonald’s doomed Hawks would earn a 0-0 draw at Nyewood lane, with the return fixture going in favour of the Rocks by a 4-1 scoreline.
The year prior, Bognor claimed an 8-0 Velocity Cup victory against the calamitous Hawks in what was one of the heaviest defeats for the club.
Since 2013, the two sides have met on eight occasions, with both sides winning three, and two draws.
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Under 13s free (must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Dogs welcome (must be on a lead at all times)