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Pearce pleas for fan patience over Rocks’ winless streak

Bognor boss Jack Pearce has urged supporters to be ‘realistic’ as the Rocks extended their winless streak to five.


With injuries stretching the squad to near-breaking point, followers of the Nyewood Lane side have not experienced that winning feeling for close to a month.


But, with key players returning to fitness, the Rocks will look to rediscover top form when they make the trip to north-west London to play third-bottom Wealdstone tomorrow (3pm).


That’s followed by a Tuesday night trip to face Hemel Hempstead Town on Tuesday night (7.45pm).


Officials at Nyewood Lane believe both games will be tough tests and be yet further proof that there are no easy games in National League South.


Speaking to the Post, Pearce said: “I go back to what I said at the start of the season, that this is a difficult league and there will not be too much in terms of quality between the team that finishes third bottom and the team that finishes in seventh in the play-offs.


“I can understand supporters getting upset when they are so used to success. But they do have to get in realistic world that this is a  league that is a lot harder.


“At this moment in time, we do not have a strong enough squad to stay very competitive when we have injuries.”


The Rocks showed plenty of fighting spirit last weekend when they visited league leaders Chelmsford City and returned with a point.


However, that good feeling quickly turned to frustration when Bognor were unable to defeat a managerless Hungerford Town team on Tuesday night.


The visitors bagged two second half goals with their first shots on target. Despite Jimmy Muitt scoring with 15 minutes to go, Bognor were unable to get back on equal terms with Sami El-Abd having a goal ruled out.


Despite losing a match they could have very easily won, Pearce said there was no rollicking handed out the players afterwards.


He said: “I actually thought is was one of worst performances of the season. We improved in the last 20 minutes but by that point consolation was all we could take from the game.


“It’s fair to say the players were disappointed, the supporters disappointed and I was disappointed. Given Hungerford’s league position they are the sort of games that we should be looking to claim three points from.”


Both Ollie Pearce and Doug Tuck are set to return to action tomorrow against two big physical and powerful sides.


Pearce said: “The physicality of this league has perhaps affected us. But if we get back to full strength and play our football I have every confidence in what we can do.”

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