ROCKS sharpshooter Ollie Pearce has revealed the secret to his deadly form – the support of his team-mates and a gruelling fitness regime.
The striker continued his fine spell last weekend, netting a brace in the 2-0 FA Cup third preliminary round win against Eastbourne Borough.
That took Pearce’s tally to seven in 11 matches so far – but the son of former Rocks’ legend Robbie says he has his teammates to thank for his blistering start to life in National League South.
With a tricky match against fifth-placed Dartford to come tomorrow, the striker hopes the Rocks can use the momentum in the cup to come good after a run of eight league games without a win.
Speaking to the Post, Pearce said: “We got off to a good start but the last few weeks has been more difficult. We knew it wasn’t all going to be plain sailing but we’ve had a good result in the FA Cup and now we’re looking to kick on up the table.”
The Rocks’ dip in form coincided with injuries to Pearce and a number of other first-team players.
That saw Bognor slip from fifth to their current spot of 18th, just two places about the relegation zone.
But, with those players now returning to full fitness, Pearce hopes to carry on his impressive goal-scoring form – something he unselfishly puts down to his team-mates.
He said: “As a team, we are a lot fitter this year than last, which means we are creating more chances through a lot of different channels. If we are getting five chances a game then I am more likely to score.
“At the same time we have come up against some big teams this year who go forward early and are very clinical. So, even if we go two up, we know they will put pressure on us.”
As if to prove how fit he and the rest of the team are, Pearce marked his return to the starting line-up against Gloucester City by lifting up his top to reveal the results of the hard work.
He joked: “That was a little bit of banter with Dabba [coach Darin Killpartrick] after I was out for a few weeks!”
Pearce will be hoping to take that goal-scoring form into tomorrow’s match against Dartford, a team who have netted the most and have the biggest goal difference of any side in the National South. Then next Saturday it is on to a tie against league rivals Oxford City in the FA Cup where a victory would take the Rocks into the first round proper.
Pearce said: “The draw could have been lot worse as they [Oxford] are a team very similar to us in terms of league position at this stage of the season. But the match at Dartford is very much our focus. We will all be concentrating on that and then we will think about the cup.”