The ROCKS haven’t rediscovered the winning formula just yet but there are few concerns as the club test their pre-season readiness against higher calibre opposition.
Bognor Regis Town are drawing on the positives of their first outing of the season – a 3-1 defeat to Havant and Waterlooville on Tuesday night.
Coach Robbie Blake said the club was excited about the start of the new season with new signings already in place and more additions to follow as the friendly capped the end of the first week back at training.
The game came just 63 days after the culmination of a 2018/19 season to forget for Bognor including a miserable run of one win in 12 league games to suck the life out of any play-off aspirations.
Fans will probably have to wait a little longer to see a return to winning ways as the club face a Portsmouth side this Tuesday who thrashed them 5-1 at this stage of summer last season and who came so close to promotion to the Championship last season.
After last year’s defeat to Pompey, the Rocks did not taste defeat again for another two months and will be hoping for a similar start to this season.
Tuesday night’s loss to different Hampshire visitors saw new faces in the starting line-up for Bognor for fans to run the rule over, including keeper Charlie Searle, a potential replacement for crowd favourite Dan Lincoln, who has not confirmed his return for the new season as yet, and Joby Griggs.
Facing a higher ranked side further along in their preparations, almost inevitably the Rocks found themselves behind as Havant bagged two before half-time and another shortly after the restart.
Another new face, trialist Tommy Leigh, did his chances of an extended stay the world of good by bagging a consolation for the Rocks with the game already lost within minutes of coming in.
Tuesday night’s game will kick-off at 7.45pm with tickets £10 for adults and £3 concessions for under-18s.
The season will also see Bognor step back in time to reunite an old partnership.
The Rocks have confirmed that Reynolds Furniture Store will have their name splashed across the team’s strips this year, just as they did a quarter of a century ago.