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‘The physicality is a surprise’

HALFWAY through the Rocks’ return to the National South and what have we learned?

 

For any Bognor fan thinking step two would be a walk in the park, the first 20-or-so games have been a bit of a wake up call.

 

Jack Pearce’s side sit second bottom – but the veteran manager is not downbeat about how his side have performed so far this term.

 

He said: “It’s always been a very competitive league. The physicality has been a surprise as teams seem to be able to find physical players with strength which are in short supply in our area. But the challenge is half the fun. I’m enjoying it and so should the players.”

 

One thing that has been a constant of the Bognor’s season is selection problems. And they have another one ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Bath with four players unavailable.

 

There is a positive, though, and that’s the news that skipper Sami El-Abd will only miss one match rather than the initial three after being dismissed against Hemel Hempstead in the FA Trophy replay win.

 

Pearce said: “We have to get on with that and, whoever comes in, it is up to them to claim the shirt. We will be working hard to make sure they are well prepared and do their best for the supporters and themselves.”

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