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Pearce urges Rocks to win Sussex Senior Cup as a thank you to fans

Bognor boss Jack Pearce is urging his side to win the Sussex Senior Cup as a thank you for the supporters.


The veteran manager admitted the club has had an “extremely disappointing” season after a 1-0 loss at Folkestone Invicta saw Rocks finish 14th in the Bostik Premier.


And while other clubs will be now focussing on the playoffs and possible promotion to National South, Bognor’s attention turns to the county cup – and the chance to lift silverware on Tuesday (7.45pm) at Brighton’s Amex stadium.


Standing in the way of Rocks lifting the trophy for the first time in more than 30 years are league rivals Burgess Hill Town, who finished second bottom.


Despite 20 points separating the two sides in the standings, Pearce has warned against any complacency.


He said: “We would like to win something for the fans. Our away form has been as good as anyone in the league but our home form has been terrible.


“We want to do something that shows how appreciative we are of their support.”


Rocks will be boosted in their pursuit of silverware with the return of on-loan Portsmouth striker Bradley Lethbridge and top scorer Jimmy Muitt. Mason Walsh and Doug Tuck could also feature.


But Reece Myles-Meekums, Ed Sanders and Joe Tomlinson are cup tied.


He added: “Looking at our form over the last nine games and we are the ones with relegation form.


“We are expecting a very hard game as they are a good team. But if we put in the same collective effort that we did against Folkestone then we will create chances. What I can’t promise is if we can take them.”


For Pearce, the competition is a chance to look back to the club’s glory years of the 1980s when they lifted the trophy in five consecutive seasons.


He said: “Back then there was a great deal of prestige around the competition.


“While some of that may have gone there’s no doubt that it is still important and we will be going all out to win it.”

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