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Pearce wants Rocks to tighten up at the back after good start

BOGNOR boss Jack Pearce admits he is delighted with how his side have started life back in National League South – although he admits the Rocks must do more to improve on their defensive record.

 

The Nyewood Lane side currently sit fifth in the division, after chalking up an excellent 3-3 draw at Welling United followed by a 6-2 hammering of Sussex rivals Whitehawk.

 

Those results mean free-scoring Bognor have scored 14 goals in their four games so far.

 

But it is at the other end where Pearce is focusing his efforts ahead of tomorrow’s home match with Weston-Super-Mare.

 

Speaking to the Post, Pearce said: “From the point of view of the players’ confidence and supporters enjoying a home game the start has been excellent.

 

“One of the main worries is playing four games and conceding nine goals.

 

“If any side needs to score three goals to win every game they will be in trouble as you will not always do that. We have got to try and get ourselves away from that situation.

 

“But it has been good entertainment. We realise we have got a lot of work to do to improve but overall it’s been a good start.”

 

A big part of Bognor’s good start has been the form of the front pairing of Jimmy Muitt and Ollie Pearce.

 

Both netted in the 3-3 draw away at recently-relegated Welling United on Saturday.

 

Pearce then followed that up with a brace and three assists in the hammering of Whitehawk, with Jimmy Wild, Alex Parsons and Pat Suraci (2) rounding off the scoring.

 

The Nyewood management admitted the form of both was excellent but said there were worries with Muitt being taken off after suffering a nasty leg injury on Tuesday.

 

With Dan Beck, Corey Heath, Harvey Whyte and Doug Tuck also doubts, Saturday’s home clash with Weston could see the Rocks’ small squad stretched to the limit.

 

Manager Jack Pearce said: “It’s feasible that we will have five missing. That would be a shame but it’s a great opportunity for the boys who so far have been disappointed to get the opportunity to show what they can do.

 

“It’s also a good test to see if we have the strength in depth to compete at this level. The 11 you pick are always happy but the hardest bit is managing those players who are not in the starting line-up.

 

“If you only have a first 11 you won’t win anything as you will get injuries, sickness, suspensions and loss of form so it’s important to have a squad of players to cope with that.”

 

Weston-Super-Mare are currently 18th in the 22-team division after winning only one of their four games so far.

 

Pearce said: “They play 4-2-4 and are a good young side so it should be good entertaining game for the supporters.”

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