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Blake urges Rocks to keep on rolling on after Hawks victory

Bognor coach Robbie Blake is urging to keep the momentum going after the Rocks sealed seven points from nine over a tricky festive period.

 

The majority at Nyewood Lane will be delighted with the return from the holiday season which has seen their team go toe-to-toe with three Sussex rivals.

 

A 4-1 away win at Whitehawk on New Year’s Day, combined with a win away at Worthing and 2-2 draw with Lewes, ensured a successful end to 2018 for the Rocks.

 

The upturn in form has lifted Jack Pearce’s side to ninth in the Bostik Premier, just four points behind Lewes in fifth.

 

But coach Blake is urging the side to kick on in the coming weeks – starting this week with a home match against mid-table Carshalton Athletic tomorrow (3pm) before a long midweek trip to in-form Brightlingsea on Tuesday (7.45pm).

 

Speaking to Rocks Radio after the Whitehawk victory, the former Bolton striker said: “The aim is to build that momentum from the start of the season.

 

“That’s three unbeaten now with two wins and a draw. We have Carshalton and Brightlingsea next – two big games that we can look forward to.

 

“We only focus on the next match but we’re on a good run at the moment. We have to take that forward and keep on pushing and trying to get as high as we can.

 

“We certainly have the ability and players in the dressing room so hopefully we can start peaking at the right time.”

 

The Rocks victory at Whitehawk looks more convincing on paper than it was in reality.

 

A mixed first half saw Bognor go in at the break 2-0 up thanks to a brace from Jimmy Muitt.

 

But Blake admitted he was far from happy with the performance as he felt the Rocks allowed the home side too much time on the ball and far too many chances.

 

It was a different story in the second period with Harvey Whyte and Dan Smith scoring before a late consolation for the Hawks.

 

Blake said he had words at the break, adding: “I don’t want to come in and keep on moaning. I just want to get things better and want us to be really really good.

 

“Going up that hill and with tired legs after a busy festive period, I thought we dominated the match in the second half.”

 

Blake added: “We have to try and keep a clean sheet, that breeds confidence and gets togetherness for the back four and keeper.”

 

Rocks are without any new injury concerns for the Carshalton match, with Gary Charman likely to be fit after being withdrawn early against the Hawks. Corey Heath is close to a return but fellow long-term absentee Keaton Wood is out until the end of January.

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