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Rocks’ squad all set for tests

Bognor’s small squad is set to be tested in the coming days as the Rocks face two tough tests in three days.

 

First up for Jamie Howell’s side is a trip to Surrey to take on Met Police tomorrow (3pm).

 

Then, comes a local derby in the form of a trip to Worthing on Monday (3pm) in a match fans are dubbing “El Classicoast”.

 

With a smaller squad than most in the Ryman Premier, Howell knows that he will be needing every single member to be ready to step up when called upon as the games come thick and fast in the festive period.

 

His task has been made easier in recent weeks with the return of a number of players  to the first team fold.

 

Harvey Whyte is back in contention for a starting place while Jimmy Wild has recovered from a facial injury suffered in training.

 

There is also a boost with Gary Charman looking fit again after nine weeks out with a leg injury.

 

All three got some match action in Bognor’s 3-0 win against Horsham in the Sussex Senior Cup.

 

Speaking to the Post, Howell said: “We have some big games coming up, some tough, tough games against Met Police and Worthing.

 

“I need to make sure that the players we put out there are ready both physically and mentally.”

 

The match against Met Police tomorrow will certainly be a test, despite the Imber Court side sitting fourth bottom.

 

The Surrey side have lost just once in seven games in all competitions, that defeat coming last time out to local rivals Leatherhead.

 

Among the stand out performances during that time was a 2-0 win against Leiston, who are one of a number of teams who are pushing Bognor at the top end of the table.

 

Worthing are also on a good run of form, having won six in a row in all competitions.

 

This includes two succesive wins over Burgess Hill Town and a 4-0 thrashing of Lowestoft, a side that beat Bognor just a few months ago.

 

That good run has lifted the Rebels to tenth, a position they will want to hold on to after securing promotion from Ryman South last year.

 

With a decent Nyewood following set to make the short trip to Woodside Road, the stage is set for a cracking game to kickstart 2017 for Rocks’ fans.

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