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Rocks boss urges side to end fans’ long wait for a home win

Bognor boss Jack Pearce has called on his side to put in a winning performance ahead of tomorrow’s ‘massive’ home match with Wealdstone.

The Rocks are second bottom of National South, six points from safety and without a win in all competitions since mid-December.

For a league win, Bognor fans must go back to the middle of November. And, for a home victory in National South, that last happened in the middle of August, some five months ago.

Given that run, Pearce says his team owe the Bognor faithful a victory – and he believes it could start tomorrow against a mid-table Wealdstone side who have won just once away from home in the league all term.

Pearce said: “It is a massive game for us. We have to start picking up some points and wins. The easiest place to do that is at home.

“The support has been magnificent for the team all season when you look at our position in the league.

“I’m sure if we work as hard as we have done in recent weeks then we will be difficult to beat and we will have plenty of possession. The question is whether or not we can score some goals.”

The Nye Camp faithful will be full of heart after seeing their side push National League opponents Leyton Orient all the way in the FA Trophy last weekend.

Despite being reduced to ten when debutant Richard Gilot was dismissed for a second yellow card, a late Jimmy Muitt 25-yard piledriver took the east London side to extra time.

Orient, though, who just a few seasons ago were on the verge of promotion to the Championship, found a winner, denying the Rocks a place in the next round.

Pearce said: “Given that they are an ex-football league club who are full-time and have got good players and, given that we had eight unavailable for selection due to one thing or another, I thought we gave a very good account for ourselves.

“I don’t think any manager could ask for any more. I was absolutely delighted with the performance but I’ve been like that for last six to seven matches.

“Unfortunately we are not winning games of football. In all my years, I’ve never known spirit and effort get so unrewarded and that’s becoming a problem.”

Bognor will be without the suspended Gilot and Ben Swallow, as well as injury absentees Corey Heath, Keaton Wood, Chad Field, Ollie Pearce and James Crane for tomorrow’s match. Even with 35 per cent of his squad missing, Pearce said his focus remained on bringing a striker in.

He said: “We know what we need but we can’t sort it. I understand why our supporters get frustrated. I’m convinced it will change but we just need to be patient.”


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