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Trophy win sees Rocks raring to go for crucial festive time

BOGNOR boss Jack Pearce believes his side can take six points from six over the Christmas period – although he vows he is not setting points targets as the Rocks embark on a crucial few days.

 

There has been Christmas cheer aplenty in recent days around Nyewood Lane.

 

An excellent second half showing saw the Rocks secure a 4-1 win away at Southern South side Taunton Town last weekend.

 

Then, the mood was lifted further, when the draw for the second round handed Bognor a home match against National League giants Leyton Orient.

 

Before then, though, the Rocks – who are second bottom – have two crucial matches in the National South.

 

The first is at home against Poole Town, the side directly above them. Then it is a Boxing Day derby at Havant & Waterlooville (3pm).

 

Pearce admitted the Poole game was ‘massive’ – but he drew a line at setting his side a target in terms of points.

 

He said: “At the end of the day. they all carry the same number of points. There is no target – we just want to get as many points as we can.

 

“We could go and win but it may not make a difference in league position as everyone else wins too. All we can do is prepare each player and the team to try and win every game.

 

“We are very confident we can beat anyone home or away. We know we are capable of beating anyone as we have good players and good spirit.”

 

Bognor had to come from behind at the Viridor Stadium to beat Taunton Town.

 

After going in at the break 1-0 down, the Rocks found a clinical streak in the second period. Ben Swallow netted two goals, his first for the club, while Ibra Sekajja and Doug Tuck also netted at the end to secure a comfortable win.

 

It matched their victory against the same opponents in 2015. Pearce said: “It was not a lot different from how we’ve been playing for the last month.

 

“We played OK for the first half, with lots of ball and good play but, as has been the case in recent weeks, the final ball in was not good enough. The only thing that changed after the break was we managed to get the final pass in and the finishing was good.

 

“We didn’t play any better than we have done in recent weeks but the result tells everything.

 

“The boys worked hard which they’ve been doing for the last month or six weeks. Converting possession to goals has been a problem, though. But scoring four away makes a five-hour coach ride back a lot nicer.”

 

The Rocks were without Keaton Wood for the Taunton trip due to his broken nose. But Pearce expects him to be back in the squad for tomorrow. Ollie Pearce is also on his way back to fitness while Corey Heath awaits a scan.

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