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Dejected Rocks must improve to end two month wait for win

A DEJECTED Rocks side much “dust themselves down” and go again – that’s the message from coach Robbie Blake as Bognor look to revive their fast fading playoff hopes.


A depleted Nyewood Lane side produced one of their worst performances in recent memory last weekend when they were defeated 4-0 to Leatherhead.


A trip to fourth-bottom Wingate & Finchley tomorrow (3pm) is perhaps on paper the ideal test for the Rocks to bounce back and end a run of six league matches without a win.


But the North London side have found their form in recent weeks, defeating Harlow Town 7-2 then winning 4-2 at home to Potter’s Bar.


This cruel coincidence was not lost on the affable Blake, who shrugged off any suggestion it would be an easy match.


The Rocks coach said: “It’s not when we’ve conceded seven in two and they’ve scored 11 in two. It will be a tough game. Every game in this league is tough, it doesn’t matter if you’re playing the side who are top of the league or the bottom of the league. We have to dust ourselves down and see what happens.”


There were very few plus points to take from the 4-0 thrashing to the Tanners.


A long range shot gave the visitors the lead halfway through the first half before a second was added just before the beak when Rocks could not clear the ball from the box.


It stayed that way until the 77th minute when Keaton Wood slipped to allow the Tanners in for a third. A fourth was added late on, dropping Bognor to 11th, eight points off Worthing in the final playoff spot.


Blake said: “We’re a dejected, feeling-sorry-for- ourselves team and a shadow of the team we were early on.


“We have lost a lot of players, such as the likes of Jimmy Muitt and Dan Smith and when you take 40 goals out your team, I don’t care what level you’re at, you’ll be weakened.


“If you look at since they [Muitt and Smith] have gone, we haven’t won a game.”


Rocks will have some selection dilemmas for the trip to Wingate.


On-loan Portsmouth keeper Petar Durin and regular stopper Dan Lincoln will be fighting it out for the number one shirt.


Striker Reece Myles-Meekums, who is on loan from National League Bromley,and promising left-back Ashton Leigh, who signed from Wessex Premier’s Baffins Milton Rovers, are also both set to feature after starting against the Tanners.


Blake praised their effort but added: “How many of our players do I trust out there? There are not enough at the moment. Our injuries are nothing short of ridiculous and when you are bringing players in at short notice it’s tough to get that cohesion,that’s just facts.”

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