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Pearce: Bognor’s fortunes will not change with new manager

BOGNOR boss Jack Pearce believes there’s no quick fix to reverse the fortunes of the relegation-threatened Rocks.


In an era when the easy option for clubs higher up the football pyramid is to change the man at the top, the long-serving stalwart vowed to keep on calling the shots at Nyewood Lane.


It comes as Bognor suffered another home defeat last weekend, this time a 3-0 loss to ten-man Wealdstone.


It means the Rocks, who have not won at home in the league since August, remain second bottom of National South.


They travel to Hungerford Town tomorrow (3pm) in desperate need of three points if they are to drag themselves clear of the drop.


Pearce, who has been involved in the running of the club for nearly 50 years, said: “The only way to change a bad run like this is by having a group of players in good spirits, who don’t fear failure and want to work hard.


“I don’t think anyone can say they are not trying. I have been here 48 years and they have been working as hard as any side I’ve had.


“We do need someone who’s a good central striker but there’s no escaping that this is a very difficult league”


As if to highlight Bognor’s predicament, Pearce said that Saturday’s victors had a budget that was more than twice that of his own side.


While the Rocks have been looking in every corner of the country for a striker to lead the line, Wealdstone boasted a number nine who reportedly cost £17,000 when he moved to the west London side.


But Pearce said the search went on – as does the need to keep on building on a run of performances which have seen the Rocks dominate possession but not score the goals that perhaps their performances have deserved.


Pearce said: “We have to keep going and have faith in the players we have while looking to strengthen where we can. Whether it’s with me as a manger or another one in charge, the problems with getting players will not change.


“It’s always been a problem to find not only the quality but also those available with the budget that we have and the location that we are in.”


The Rocks will make the trip to Berkshire with a number of key players still missing.


Ollie Pearce, James Crane, Corey Heath, Chad Field and Keaton Wood remain on the treatment table while Ben Swallow and young French midfielder Richard Gilot were suspended for the Wealdstone match.


Hungerford sit 14th in the 22-team division and are in good form winning three of their past four in the league. Former Reading striker Nick Bignall is a threat while Louie Soares keeps Town’s midfield ticking.

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