BOGNOR boss Jack Pearce has hailed the impact of his young guns as the Rocks brought a winless league run of 13 games to an end.
Players like Tommy Block (17), Calvin Davies (20) and Kristian Campbell (21) have had a baptism of fire in National League South as the Nyewood Lane side have struggled to fund their feet at a higher level.
But four points in six in the past week have given Rocks fans new belief they can lift themselves out of the dropzone where they currently reside.
First, though, Bognor must travel to fellow National South side Hemel Hempstead for an FA Trophy clash tomorrow (3pm).
Speaking to the Post, Pearce said he has happy with the effort from his team in the first four months of the season.
However, he was very clear on why the results have not followed, saying: “The missing ingredient is turning possession into goals.”
He said: “There’s lots of improvement I have noticed. The squad is fitter than they have ever been, that has stepped up to the level that we need and we have also got some experience back into the team.
“For a few weeks, of the four or five experienced players that we have – Dan Beck, Sami [El-Abd], James Crane, Ben Swallow and Dan Lincoln – of those five we only had two playing. Having four of those in now has made a difference to the whole squad.
“Having said that, with the youngsters that we have, if we can get through this year the learning curve will be tremendous and that can only be good for Bognor Football Club.”
The Rocks had a youngster and the foot of a more experienced head to thank for ending their winless run last weekend at St Albans City. Campbell, who returned on a month’s loan from National
League side Bromley, headed Bognor into an early lead, nodding in Swallow’s corner.
After the home side equalised, 34-year-old Dan Beck sealed the winner just before half time, slamming home a shot through a crowded area which ended up in the goal.
Those three points were followed up by another at home against FA Cup giantkillers Oxford City.
Despite dominating possession, the Rocks failed to create any clear-cut chances and were perhaps lucky to escape with a 0-0 draw after the visitors hit the post and forced Lincoln into two fine saves late on.
Pearce said: “What we have got is we are a very young team. So, with good training sessions, we will get better the more we play.
“I always say the biggest talent any player can have is the ability to work hard.
“If we work hard as a group and do the right things often enough, the results will come whoever the manager is and whatever level a team is playing at.”