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Pearce: We need no incentive to bounce back against Rebels

BOGNOR boss Jack Pearce said he needs to find no words to ensure his side are raring to go for tomorrow’s crunch local derby with Worthing.


Rocks suffered their worst defeat of the season last time our, falling to a 4-0 home loss to second-place Haringey Borough.


That result saw Bognor slip out of the playoff spots and sitting in seventh, level on points with Enfield in sixth.


Tomorrow they will have the chance to get this promotion push back on track, when fourth-place Worthing visit Nyewood Lane (3pm).


Pearce said: “I don’t think I will need to pick them up as anyone worth their salt will be up for a local derby with Worthing.


“I won’t need to do that and Adam [Hinshelwood] won’t need to do that either.”


Rocks produced one of their best performances of the season in the reverse match of the season just before Christmas.


Goals from Dan Smith and Mason Walsh secured a 2-0 win in front of a bumper crowd at Woodside Road.


But the Rocks hierarchy denied that result over the Rebels would have much of a bearing on tomorrow’s contest.


Pearce said: “I think what we’ll see is a tight match between two evenly matched sides.


“I see no difference than 99 per cent of other matches in this level and it will all come down to chances. If we take ours then that will give us a lift and hopefully see us on to a win.”


Rocks fans will hope that there is not a repeat of the disappointing home defeat to Haringey.


Despite dominating play early on, Bognor’s front line were unable to convert and then Boro took charge, hitting Rocks on the counter to take a 1-0 lead at the break.


A further goal from a corner and a disputed penalty added to the Haringey tally before a fourth was added late on.


Pearce said: “We had our strongest squad available all season and we suffered the biggest home defeat. Those two things don’t go together.


“For the first 18 minutes we played as well as we have done all season. We created three really good chances but unfortunately we failed to force a save. If we scored then, then that whole game would have been different.”


Another area of concern is that some media have linked first team coach Robbie Blake to the vacant Bradford City managerial role.


Pearce laughed off the rumours, adding: “Someone ought to tell them that he’s stopped playing as they need players being second bottom of the league!”


–Rocks confirmed this week that the Sussex Senior Cup semi-final against Brighton & Hove Albion under 23s will be played at Nyewood Lane on Tuesday, March 19 (7.45pm). Adults £10, under 65s £5, and under 16s £3.

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