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Relegation-bound Bognor want to avoid a rock bottom finish

Bognor boss Jack Pearce says the aim is for the Rocks to avoid finishing rock bottom in the National South.


With five games still to go and 13 points separating them from safety, the Nyewood Lane outfit are all but set for a swift return to step three.


A 3-2 defeat away at Goucester City on Saturday near enough confirmed relegation for the Rocks.


But there was some cheer when home fans were treated to just the second win at home in the league since August when goals from Ibra Sekajja and Tommy Scutt sealed a 2-1 win against play off-chasing St Albans City.


Those three points also lifted Bognor off the bottom. With a home match against Hemel Hempstead tomorrow (3pm) followed by a trip to fellow strugglers Concord Rangers on Tuesday (7.45pm), Pearce has now tasked his players with making sure the Rocks do not fill 24th spot come the end of April.


He said: “We have a very loyal bunch of supporters and we have a duty to give them the best we can every week.


“We will continue to gain as many points as we can and the challenge is not to come bottom of the league. If we come any higher than that, we will be very pleased.”


As with much of the rest of the season, it could very easily have been different week for the Rocks if things had gone their way.


A poor first 85 minutes at Gloucester saw Bognor slip to 3-0 down. Late goals from Sekajja and Keaton Wood reduced the deficit and Rocks almost escaped with a draw through Sami El-Abd.


On Tuesday, an excellent first half display put Bognor two up through Sekajja and Scutt.


In the second period, Saints were much better and in injury time Harvey Bradbury, son of Havant & Waterlooville boss Lee, got one back for the visitors.


Then the Hertfordshire side were awarded a contested penalty for an apparent off-the-ball foul by Rocks’ keeper Dan Lincoln.


Skipper El-Abd was sent off in the aftermath. But Lincoln made amends, saving the penalty and sealing the first win in seven for Pearce’s side.


The drama did not stop then as players and officials from both teams clashed on the final whistle.


Pearce said: “Like most games this year, the match against Gloucester could have gone either way if our final pass into the box or final touch was better.


“Against St Albans we got them right. It could have been four by half time with a bit more care.


“The win gives the players confidence but they are hard games. Hemel will be a tough match. The dividing line between success and defeat in this league is very slim.”

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