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Wanted: Rocks home league win – last seen six months ago

The ROCKS will be out to give their home fans their first taste of league victory for six months at home to Truro City tomorrow.

 

Regulars to Nyewood Lane will need no reminding of Bognor’s failure to turn possession into goals – and ultimately points – this campaign.

 

With three months of the season to go, the Rocks’ supporters have celebrated three points at home just twice all campaign – and both of those were back in August.

 

The mood was not lifted last weekend when Bognor could only muster a draw away at Hungerford Town.

 

With seventh-place Truro City making the long-trek to Nyewood Lane tomorrow (3pm), the second-bottom Rocks know they are fast running out of chances to pull themselves clear of danger in National South.

 

But they could make a big step towards closing the six-point gap to safety by chalking up a rare victory in front of their home crowd.

 

Manager Jack Pearce has been very clear he understands the fans’ frustrations.

 

He said: “Our supporters have been fantastic this year, especially when you consider how little we have given them to celebrate, particularly at home.”

 

When the Post asked if Pearce could recall the last time his side had won at home in the league,he said: “I know – it’s August, it’s been far too long.”

 

Those wins against Bath City on the opening day and Whitehawk on August 15 may seem like a long way away.

 

As if they need any reminder of the Rocks’ plight, the away draw at Hungerford on a damp boggy pitch means they have now not won in ten in the National South

 

But the mood of some of the Nyewood faithful will have been picked up with the news of the capture of Icelandic striker Stefan Ljubicic from Brighton & Hove Albion on loan until the end of the season.

 

Some Rocks fans may have lifted their eyebrows when Pearce claimed his side would be in the top six if they had a good central striker.

 

And it does seem odd to place such hopes on an 18-year-old who has had little experience of English football.

 

But Pearce, who has nearly five decades at the club, has been looking for a tall, powerful central striker to play up front for the past five months.

 

The hope is that Ljubicic strikes up a good relationship with the Rocks’ other frontmen, such as Jimmy Muitt, who scored at Hungerford, Ben Swallow and Ibra Sekajja.

 

Anthony Nelson, a 20-year-old wide player from the Cayman Islands, has also been added to the squad after a spell playing for Valparaiso University in the top division of the US Colleges League.

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