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Howell on look out for players

Rocks boss Jamie Howell admits he is on the look out for new signings despite his side riding high in the Ryman Premier.


The Rocks’ 2-0 win in midweek against Kingstonian propelled them back to the top of the table, two points clear of Havant in second.


With other sides around them having deeper pockets and more players to pick from, it is a remarkable start to the year for a youthful and spirited Rocks side.


But with injuries and potential suspensions starting to mount up, Howell knows that a few extra numbers could make all the difference come the end of the season.


Speaking to the Post, Howell said: “It is difficult  – I tried to bring in three players for the game against Kingstonian but unfortunately none of them came off.


“But we have Chad Field back in the squad for Saturday, and Jimmy Wild should also be fit.”


Four players will miss tomorrow’s trip to Tonbridge Angels – the suspended Calvin Davies and injured trio of Dan Beck, Alex Parsons (knee) and Jimmy Muitt (hamstring).


The good news is that Harvey Whyte is back in training and in contention for a start after returning to the bench for the defeat against Hendon.


Tommy Fraser, brother of James Fraser and University of Chichester student Ifeanyi Onwuachu also featured as substitutes in that game to give Howell options.


The Bognor boss admitted that the return of Sami El-Abd in the heart of defence on Tuesday, along with Darren Budd after suspension, made a difference against Kingstonian.


He said: “We can only do what we can with our squad. If we can keep our squad fit and suspension free then we can do really well. But if we get a few niggles then it’s difficult.


“I know that the lads all get on really well and they will all work really hard, so whatever team I put out there will fight and do well for each other.


He added: “It’s a long way to go though and we are far more advanced than I thought we would be. You always want to go into Christmas in the mix, up amongst the playoff places, and we’re far above that at the moment.”

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