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Howell praises brilliant fans as Rocks edge closer to title

Bognor’s march to the Ryman Premier title continues – and manager Jamie Howell believes he has hundreds of people to thank for making the dream a near-reality.


Two home wins in the space of a few days have kept the Rocks top of the Ryman Premier.


With just five games to go, the gap between Bognor and their nearest challengers Havant in second is four points with both now having played the same number of matches.


Key to that has been an unerring level of consistency which has seen the Rocks lose just three times at home and three times away in the league all season.


And Howell believes the excellent support the club has had from the loyal fans both at Nyewood Lane and on the road have cheered his tight-knit squad on.


Speaking to the Post, Howell said: “The support has been superb. We had a good crowd on Tuesday against Leiston which was great considering it was midweek.


“But the support all season both home and away has been brilliant and much appreciated.


“When there are 150 to 200 people behind the goal that can make the difference.


“We are hoping for another good crowd again at Enfield and we hope we can give them another great performance and a decent result to send the fans home with a smile on their face.”


Bognor have hit form just at the right time.


Last Saturday saw the Rocks defeat in-form Canvey Island 4-0 with James Fraser (3) and Jimmy Muitt scoring the goals.


Then on Tuesday, Bognor despatched play-off contenders Leiston 1-0 as a sparking Jimmy Wild effort and some excellent defensive play secured all three points.


Those two victories mean that Bognor’s unbeaten league run now stands at 11 games, with the Rocks losing just once since the start of the year.


Howell said: “Leiston was a difficult game. It went how I thought. We were excellent in the first half, playing as well as we’ve played for some time.


“But when we didn’t get the second I knew it was always going to be difficult and to be fair to Leiston they changed a few things and we held on.”


Next up for the Rocks is a trip to perennial play-off contenders Enfield Town, a place where Bognor have struggled over the years.


Howell will have to do so with a few players missing. Dan Beck is awaiting a scan (hip) while striker Charlie Moone has been released. However Chad Field is back from suspension and dual-signing Lorenzo Dolcetti is set to be available.


Howell said: “Things have just clicked. Sometimes it goes like that. We just need to keep doing what we are doing and focus on what will be a difficult match.”

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