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Top of Bognor’s Christmas list: two derby day win out of two

Rocks fans will have just two things on his Christmas list this year.


After a promising start to life back in the Bostik Premier Bognor have stalled in recent weeks as injuries have taken their toll.


The Rocks have won just once in the league in the last two months, meaning they head into the busy Christmas period down in 14th, 13 points off top spot.


With back-to-back derby day matches at Worthing (tomorrow, 3pm) and at home to Lewes on Boxing Day (3pm), the Bognor management duo of Jack Pearce and Robbie Blake have made it clear they want improvements.


But they will need to be at their best if they are to deliver Rocks fans two wins from two as a Christmas present.


Pearce said: “I understand the frustration but nobody is more frustrated than me and Robbie. We’re constantly talking to players to try to improve our options and we are hopeful that we can bring in new players very soon.”


Bognor will need to make major improvements after perhaps their worst performance of the season in monsoon conditions at Kingstonian last weekend.


Dan Smith’s early goal was the only bright spot for the Rocks as the home side bagged four to send Pearce’s youngsters crashing to a third loss in a row.


Speaking after the match, Blake was clear he expected the players to improve – starting with the match tomorrow at Worthing.


The Rocks coach said: “We were miles off and I am really sorry for the supporters who came to watch us in the pouring rain. They are a credit and I would ask them to please stick with us.


“They have seen early on in the season that we are a good side and we will come good again.


“We understand the frustration but we need unity. I can guarantee you we will get it right, I am more determined that anyone to do that.


“Me and Jack know we have a few things wrong and we will address them. Yes, we have personnel out and we need a few players in and when we do that then there is long enough left in the season for us to turn it round.”


Rocks have added to their ranks in recent days, too, with defender Ed Sanders re-signing from Whitehawk.


Pearce has also signed 17-year-old midfielder Drew Richardson from League One Luton.


He is likely to take the place of Tommy Block in the squad after the teenager is on the verge of completing a move to Hibernian.


Pearce said: “We wish him [Tommy] the best of fortunes in this new chapter of his career and as a club we are proud to have played a part in his development.”

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