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‘Rocks cannot afford complacency’

THERE is a buzz around Nyewood Lane, one that is getting louder every week as the Rocks promotion march rolls on.


As the season moves beyond the congestion of Christmas and past the halfway point, Bognor are still sitting pretty at the top of the Ryman Premier.


As most fixtures were called off last weekend due to the freezing weather, Jamie Howell’s side had the chance to give themselves some breathing room.


Swapping the seaside of Sussex for the coast of Canvey Island, the Rocks downed the Gulls 5-0, returning home from Essex with a four point lead at the top of the table.


The challengers are getting their act together. Both Havant and Leiston have games in hand and the quality to string a series of results together.


But points in the bag do matter at this stage of the season.


As Bognor know all too well from last season, when the fixtures start coming thick and fast, it’s hard to keep the consistency.


The C-word is something Howell’s side are not struggling with at the moment.


Since being outplayed away at Tonbridge Angels at the start of December, the Rocks have been on a heavenly run and are undefeated in 11 in all competitions.


With two games against sides languishing towards the bottom of the league to come this week, some may be thinking that six points must follow in the next four days.


But Howell knows the Rocks must keep their focus.


He said: “There’s a chance for complacency  but it’s my job to make sure that’s not the case.


“I’ll be reminding the players that we got beat at home by Hendon, who have struggled this year. I also know that Grays have beaten Worthing at home, too, which is no easy feat.


“We would be foolish to take things lightly.”

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