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Howell downplays home form fears as Invicta visit Nye Camp

Bognor boss Jamie Howell is urging his table-topping side to show the Rocks faithful they are ready for the promotion push.


The Nyewood Lane outfit host Folkestone  Invicta tomorrow (3pm) in need of three points to keep up their title ambitions.


Four points from two tough away fixtures have lifted Howell’s charges as just six weeks of the season remain.


But to lift the Ryman Premier Trophy, the manager knows his side must improve their performances in front of the home crowd.


The Rocks have won just three times in the league at the self-styled Nye Camp this season, something the Bognor boys will be keen to improve on tomorrow.
speaking to the Post, Howell said: “Our home form has not been as good as it should have been recently so we need to put in a performance.


“Folkestone will be tough. We had a hard game up there before Christmas but we were fortunate to come away with the points


“They have some good players so we need to be at our best.”


Bognor go into the match on a high. A late Jimmy Wild strike was enough to ensure ten-man Rocks returned from Leiston with a point.


That was followed by a convincing 3-1 win at Burgess Hill on Tuesday with James Fraser, Ollie Pearce and Chad Field getting the goals.


With second-place Havant getting beaten 2-1 away at Harrow on Tuesday, the Rocks are currently two points clear albeit having played one more game.


Howell said: “It’s been a good week. Saturday was good and Tuesday was even better


“Both sides were difficult in their own ways. Leiston is always a difficult place to go in terms of travel but also because they are a good team.


“Burgess Hill is difficult as a lot of the lads know each other and how they play so to to come away from four points is an added bonus.”


If there was a negative from the past week it was the suspension of Field, who starts a three match ban after being sent off at Leiston.


The referee claimed the dismissal was due to violent conduct, something those at Nyewood  Lane disagree strongly with.


However, Howell has been boosted with the return of Sami El-Abd and Ed Sanders. He is also happy to see goals coming from all areas of the pitch.


Howell said: “We’ve been working hard in training for some time now on our finishing.


“Sometimes the ball just doesn’t drop. The key thing is to keep doing what you’re doing. Thats been stressed to the players and it seems to be sinking in.


“Ollie has had four or five chances in recent weeks which he has not converted but he was superb on Tuesday. We need to relax and then we will be ruthless.”

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