Bognor boss Jack Pearce vows his team will keep on fighting until the end of the campaign – although he said the Rocks’ lack of luck means he will not be placing bets any time soon.
The Nyewood Road faithful’s wait for a home league win rolls on after their side were defeated 2-0 at home to Truro City.
In a match that was dominated by an injury to goalkeeper Dan Lincoln during the Cornish side’s opener, Bognor were unlucky to lose a close encounter by what appeared to be a convincing margin.
The woes were heightened when new central striker Stefan Ljubicic was sent off just an hour into his debut for the club – which means he misses the next three matches.
As Pearce told the Post: “I’m definitely not going to any casinos at the moment.”
It is a rare moment of light relief in a serious situation. And Pearce is well aware that being unlucky is not much help in a relegation fight.
The defeat means the Rocks are now seven points adrift from safety.
With a crucial trip to fourth bottom Chippenham Town coming tomorrow (3pm), followed by a midweek home match against Welling United on Tuesday (7.45pm), the time is right for the Rocks to start picking up points. Pearce, though, is refusing to set his side a target in terms of results.
He said: “We will continue to try and win every game – that’s all we can do.
“We have drawn 12 matches and no one can argue that we did not deserve to win more than half of those.
“If we would have done that,then the club’s situation would not be as bad. That’s how tight this division is.
“Most games are tight so we will keep fighting, working hard and trying to improve until it’s mathematically impossible for us to stay in the league.”
Bognor’s unlucky streak has been in part because of the number of players missing due to injury. Corey Heath, Chad Field, James Crane and Ollie Pearce remain absentees from the next two matches. The absence of Ljubicic for a suspension is also a blow – given that Pearce spent four months trying to add a towering central striker to lead the line, only for him to be suspended within an hour.
Pearce said he’s tried to sign three players this week as a replacement but none have committed. If there’s a bright spot it’s the immediate return of Lincoln, which will save defender Gary Charman from revising his role against Truro between the sticks.
Pearce said: “They are all big games when you’re second bottom of the league. I’m confident we will give a good account of ourselves. You cannot blame the players as they are working as hard as they can. And it doesn’t matter who we have in charge of the club as we just can’t get the players in.”