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Rocks look to take three more points from long trip to Suffolk

It’s FIRST versus third tomorrow as Bognor travel north to Suffolk to take on surprise promotion package Needham Market.

 

The Rocks are currently four points clear at the top of the Ryman Premier, with their hosts six points behind.

 

Bognor know a win over the Marketmen tomorrow (3pm) will maintain their stranglehold on the automatic promotion place as the end of the season nears.

 

The Rocks will be boosted after an excellent 2-0 win against Wingate & Finchley last weekend coincided with defeats to Needham and fellow promotion contenders Leiston.

 

And, despite a semi-final cup exit to Crawley in midweek, Bognor boss Jamie Howell says everyone in the Rocks camp is confident his side can check out of Suffolk with all three points.

 

Speaking to the Post, Howell said: “The mood in the camp is good.

 

“There was disappointment after the cup loss but we have got a good team spirit and I have been pleased with that.

 

“Needham have lost a couple in recent weeks but then you look at who they are playing in Dulwich and Billericay and I think anyone could lose to them at the moment.

 

“The danger is that we start thinking they are not a threat and may be that pressure lifts off them and they start playing.

 

“We need to make sure that we are ready and prepared.”

 

Unlike in previous seasons, Howell has plenty of options to call on for the season run-in. This means he has had the luxury to tinker with his starting XI in recent weeks as he looks to keep the Rocks’ fine form going.

 

Against Wingate, James Crane and Dan Beck started, with Jimmy Muitt and Calvin Davies moved to the subs bench.

 

After a quiet first half, Chad Field broke the deadlock, slotting home after the Wingate goalkeeper failed to gather a Dylan Barnett cross.

 

The victory was sealed when Crane glanced a wonderful left-sided corner into the bottom right corner of the net.

 

Three points on the road against a top six side – Howell will settle for that again tomorrow.

 

He said: “I’ve got a few ideas which may be different from week to week. It’s good to have them up my sleeve and make a decision based on the side that we will be lining up against.

 

“We need to do that this stage of the season. We need to make sure we manage the injuries and we adapt our tactics for the next game.”

 

Howell has plenty of options for the trip to Needham tomorrow with Alex Parsons (foot)  the only injury concern.

 

Everyone at Nyewood will be hoping for a repeat of the two sides’ last meeting, when the Rocks came out 2-1 winners last month.

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