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Howell praises second half spirit as Bognor shoot for 13 unbeaten

Rocks boss Jamie Howell insists there’s no secret to his side’s second half spirit.


Bognor extended their unbeaten run to 11 last weekend, comprehensively beating Canvey Island 5-0 in chilly surroundings at the aptly named Frost Financial Stadium.


That was despite Howell admitting that the side didn’t fully click until after the break.


It is the fifth game in a row where the top of the table Rocks have picked up the pace in the second period. But Howell insists it’s nothing to do with the words he utters to the team in the dressing room.


Speaking to the Post, he said: “I don’t think there’s a secret. Just some times that’s the way the game works out. It gives you a chance to  have a look at opponents and then have a think about how to break them down.


“Our fitness has been impressive, though, and it’s been pleasing to see how we keep going for the full 90 minutes.”


The 5-0 win against Canvey saw James Fraser and Jimmy Muitt grab goals. That was followed by on-loan striker Elijah Adebayo netting his first hat-trick for the Rocks. Howell said he is still not sure if Fulham youngster’s initial one- month loan period will be extended.


He said: “I don’t know, to be honest. We have got another two weeks to go and then after that I will speak to them and we’ll see what happens.


“He’s been great for us and it looks like he’s really enjoying his football.”


The Rocks return to action tomorrow, welcoming bottom side Grays Athletic to Nyewood Lane (3pm). Then it’s on the road for a Tuesday night trip to Sussex rivals Burgess Hill Town (7.30pm).


Bognor have already recorded 1-1 draws against both sides earlier in the season.


But with Grays and Burgess Hill deep in the bottom half of the Ryman Premier, hopes are high that the Rocks can extend their lengthy unbeaten run.


If there is a negative during that time, it’s that Bognor have only kept one clean sheet in the last six matches.


Howell said: “We’re not really looking at the back, to be honest. A lot of the work is done in pre-season in terms of structure and we then we give a few gentle reminders in the week.


“I think overall we have got the best defensive record in the league, alongside Havant.


“That’s a credit to the whole defence, and especially Dan Lincoln in goal. Since he’s come in, he has been exceptional.”


Striker Jimmy Wild is still a doubt as he battles back from a knee injury while Lorenzo Dolcetti and Ed Sanders may be made available again to SCFL Premier side Chichester City

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