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Rocks will focus on their own game ahead of Howell return

Bognor boss Jack Pearce believes his Rocks squad will be unfazed by the return of former manager Jamie Howell to the Nye Camp.


Howell stepped down from the top job to take up the reigns at Eastbourne Borough just a few days after Bognor secured promotion to the National League South.


With the season less than a month old, the former Rocks skipper will bring his new side to Nyewood Lane on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm).


Before then, Pearce will take his unbeaten Rocks side to the familiar surroundings of East Thurrock United tomorrow (3pm).


But he insists that, despite the history and the happy memories of Howell’s time at the helm, there will be no time for sentiment when the two Sussex sides meet.


Pearce said: “It doesn’t affect us at all. I’m sure he will want to do well but we want to do well too.


“I’m sure that it will be the first of many times he comes back to Nyewood Lane and we wish him well in his new role at a new club.


“They will want to beat us But we will be doing what we always try to do and that’s pass the ball better than the opposition and eventually win the game.”


The Rocks go into this round of fixtures in sixth position after winning two and drawing three of their matches so far. The latest match was a 1-1 draw against Weston-Super-Mare on Saturday.


After falling behind to an early goal, Dan Beck’s second half header drew Bognor level.


But, despite the Rocks being the highest scorers in the league, they were unable to convert one of a number of chances to seal the victory against a side who are in the relegation zone and who played an hour of the match reduced to ten.


Pearce said: “It’s fair to say that we dropped two points when you consider that after they went down to ten men we created more than enough chances.


“We were only looking for one. I thought we had five or six really good opportunities and didn’t really finish.


“It’s disappointing but these things happen and in the half hour when they had 11 players they were more than useful.


“If you look at their position in league it shows how strong the league is. There’s no easy games out there.”


Bognor look sure to be tested in the coming days. East Thurrock United are currently third having won three of their five matches so far.


Having netted 14 in those games, only Bognor have scored more so far this campaign.


Then it is on Eastbourne Borough who are 16th in the 22-team division but go into the match off the back of an impressive 1-0 win away at Truro City last weekend.

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