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Injuries continue to put paid to Bognor’s fading playoff hopes

Bognor boss Jack Pearce has hit back at fans who believe the management could be doing more to revive the club’s fading playoff hopes.


The injury-ravaged Rocks are now without a win in four in the Bostik Premier after a 1-0 reverse away at Margate last weekend.


That result has seen Bognor fall to ninth, three points behind fifth-placed Enfield Town, who are occupying the last of the playoff spots


All is not lost though with Bognor making the trip to the north London side tomorrow (3pm) looking to spring a surprise against one of their bogey sides.


Despite nearly a full team of players out with injury, Pearce vows that he and the rest of the coaching staff will be going all out to try and claim one of the four spots for the end of season contest.


Speaking after the match to Rocks Radio, Pearce said: “I would love to get in the playoffs.


“But if we go up then unless there are drastic changes in the club in terms of finance, unless we extremely lucky with injuries and players who do not lose form, with the players available and money we have we would be struggling in the bottom third of the National South.


“That’s the reality. But we will battle along and try and get the team out.


“I cannot fault the effort and we lost by an odd goal with four minutes to go so we must move on.”


Rocks went into the match at Margate without seven first team players, including top scorer Jimmy Muitt, influential midfielder Doug Tuck and right back Calvin Davies.


A switch to three at the back seemed to improve the Rocks’ solidity, even if chances were hard to come by.


The majority of the 80 or so fans who made the trip to the Kent coast thought a point was in their grasp until Margate struck a winner with just minutes to go.


Rocks now turn their attention to Enfield, a side who they have not beaten in the league since October, 2013.


Then there is the tricky Sussex Senior Cup semi final against Brighton & Hove Albion under 23s at Nyewood Lane on Tuesday (7.45pm).


But any hopes of having some of the injured seven back available for this crunch week look to have been dashed.


Pearce said: “There’s not much we can do about it, we just have to keep battling along.


“Every club goes through it at some point of the season. But when you have this many people missing it does make it hard to string together results.


“No one is more frustrated than the management team, we’re more devastated than anyone but where do fans want us to get the players from? We can’t produce what’s not there.”

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