HE’S NOT one for Christmas is the Rocks’ manager Jack Pearce.
But even he would have been a happy and content man this week when the draw for the second round of the FA Trophy was made.
Bognor’s reward for beating Southern South side Taunton Town 4-1 away is a home game against Leyton Orient. That’s the same Leyton Orient who until very recently were pushing for promotion to the Championship and talking about making the Olympic Stadium their home.
The match on January 13 is sure to be a busy one, with at least 300 or so visiting fans expected. That will boost the Rocks’ coffers at a crucial time.
But, before then, Pearce knows his Bognor side have a lot to do on the league front, beginning tomorrow with Poole Town and then on Boxing Day at Havant.
Pearce told the Post: “I’m well pleased with the draw. They are one of those side who going through the sides left in the tournament I would have been picking out as a good tie.
“The only thing is Portsmouth are at home that day but we should still get a good crowd.
“In the immediate term it doesn’t change anything – we will continue to train, work hard and hope to get a good result on the day.”