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Blake hints at clear out to get Rocks on track

Rocks first team coach Robbie Blake has called on his squad to step up to the challenge – or risk being ditched for next season.

 

A 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened Harlow Town appears to be the final straw for the former Burnley and Bradford striker who is disappointed at the inconsistency showed from the young squad in recent months.

 

That point – which was only won thanks to a late Jimmy Wild header – keeps Rocks in 11th, eight points behind the playoff spots with just three matches remaining.

 

Two of those come in the next four days with a trip to champions Dorking Wanderers tomorrow (3pm) followed by a home match against Sussex rivals Whitehawk on Easter Monday (3pm).

 

For Blake, though, thoughts are already turning to next season, as he hinted that a number of players in the current squad were in danger of being shipped out in the post-season.

 

Speaking to Rocks Radio, Blake said: “I’ve never been in football and not celebrated a goal scored right at the end and that’s because I’m that frustrated.

 

“I said to the players ‘what’s the point?’ There’s not enough players out there who I trust. There are too many players who are not giving enough and that needs to be sorted out.”

 

A bigger question posed by Blake during an emotional post-match interview is whether he himself will be on the sidelines at Nyewood Lane next season.

 

He said: “I have been here a short time, I love the club and supporters have been great to me. My ambition eventually is I want to be a manager.

 

“I love working with Jack and enjoying learning from him but when you are a coach or manager you have to trust players.

 

“There’s too many who I do not trust and that has to be addressed with our recruitment.”

 

The search for new players is already underway it seems, with manager Jack Pearce missing the Harlow match as he was scouting for new recruits.

 

In the more immediate future, the management team will need to replace midfielder Theo Widdrington, who is out for the season with a wrist injury.

 

First, though, are two big matches over the Easter period – with consistency key for Blake.

 

He said: “You just don’t know what you’re going to get as sometimes we’re really good away and then next match at home we are a shadow of the side.”

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