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Make or break week ahead for battling Bognor

After nearly 50 games, it all comes down to this – two crunch games in the space of four days which could define the season.

 

Win both and Rocks will have a playoff spot in their sights and a cup final at a Premier League ground to look forward to.

 

Taste defeat and manager Jack Pearce will be drawing a line under the whole season, before setting his sights on improving on and off the pitch for the next campaign.

 

After starting the season so brightly, it seems strange for Rocks to be heading into this crucial stage of the year on such a downer.

 

Injuries to key personnel, the departure of on-loan striker Dan Smith and a poor run of form which saw the club go a month without a league win has seen Bognor fall down to ninth in the Bostik Premier.

 

By hook or by crook, a challenge for the top five is still possible – but they must start getting results at home, starting tomorrow when they welcome 14th-place Brightlingsea to Nyewood Lane.

 

Then it is on to the rearranged Sussex Senior Cup semi final against Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday with the winners facing Burgess Hill in the final at The Amex next month.

 

A victory last time out in north London ensures Rocks head into the week with confidence on the up.

 

It took a red card for the hosts, a determined defensive display and two second half Mason Walsh goals to seal the win.

 

But the result kept Rocks in touch with the race for the playoffs and, perhaps crucially, ended a run of six matches without a victory.

 

First team coach Robbie Blake said: “Anytime you get three points it is always a good performance whether you play good or play poor.

 

“[Winning] it’s the most important thing and we haven’t had that in the last six games.

 

“It’s nice just to get a win, I’m pleased for the boys, we made hard work of it but it’s three points.”

 

Blake was also full of praise for returning keeper, Dan Lincoln, who was injured in a challenge from the Wingate striker.

 

While the opponent saw red, the Rocks number one had crimson coming out of his nose.He battled on and helped the club to a first clean sheet in six weeks.

 

With Walsh keeping his cool at the other end, Bognor emerged worthy winners.

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