BOGNOR boss Jack Pearce vows National South safety remains the main goal this season – though he admits a decent cup run could help the Rocks pull themselves clear from trouble.
With half the campaign gone, the Nyewood Lane side sit second bottom of the very competitive National League South.
After picking up a point on the road at Bath City last time out, Pearce’s charges are four points from safety with 21 games gone.
While performances have picked up in recent weeks, Bognor are still missing the crucial element of goals, meaning they have not always got their just desserts.
Tomorrow brings a chance to change that, with the Rocks heading to Somerset to face Southern South side Taunton Town in the first round of the FA Trophy (3pm).
While the game against a team two levels below will be far from easy, the Rocks boss believes it could be beneficial for the club’s future hopes.
Speaking to the Post, Pearce said: “The league is what it is all about and that’s where we want to be next season. That’s everything to us at this time.
“The trophy run is important from a point of view of giving the lads confidence as it gives us the opportunity to earn some money and a bit of a break from the pressure of wining points.
“From that respect it’s a good game to have. I just hope the weather is OK and we don’t have to go down there in midweek for a rematch.”
Bognor return to the west country after securing a very good point away at Bath City last time out.
The Rocks dominated for large periods but could not get the breakthrough, and had keeper Dan Lincoln to thank for the 0-0 draw.
Pearce said: “I think when you are second to bottom in the league any away point is welcomed. Even if you are up the top, you are happy with point away from home.
“Bath are a good team, they are a big football club. They have not lost in six so I’m delighted with a point there.”
Next up is Taunton Town, a team the Rocks are familiar with after defeating them 4-1 two seasons ago in the qualifying rounds of the same competition.
On that day only one division separated the two teams. Now, the gap is two rungs. But the Somerset side are performing extremely well, sitting 13 points clear at the top of their league. The Peacocks defeated National South side Concord Rangers 3-2 in the last round.
Pearce said: “They are top of a league and have won a few games to give them a good winning mentality. They are very confident in what they are doing.
“But I am confident we will give them a very good game of football and pretty confident we will have chances to win the game. You don’t win games of football unless you score goals.”