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Blake hails ‘finisher’ Mitford

It was something that the Bognor coaching team had seen glimpses of in training.


But when a Rocks’ new boy cut in off the left wing into a shooting position, few expected what would happen next.


With the side trailing 1-0 to Sussex rivals and the minutes counting down, Tyrell Mitford launched a curling right-footed shot into the far corner of the Horsham goal, bringing Bognor level and ensuring the club registered its first point of the season.


Few people in the ground knew much about the 22-year-old before he made his Nye Camp bow.


But that bit of magic has meant that the former Queens Park Rangers and Winchester City forward has made a real impression on Rocks fans – with supporters hoping he can keep on firing for the club moving forward.


Blake said:


“It was nice for Tyrell to come on and take that goal as he did because it was a fantastic finish. We have seen it sporadically that he can finish and think he will be a good addition.”


Another player who impressed for the Rocks in midweek was 17-year-old central defender Ben Clark-Eden.


After his calm composed performance against Horsham earned him the man of the match, Rocks confirmed the Brighton & Hove Albion player will join on loan until January.


He follows in the footsteps of Lewis Dunk, Joel Lynch and Gary Elphick in making the move along the south coast.


Blake also confirmed that Petar Durin, the keeper on-loan from Portsmouth, will remain at Nyewood Lane – despite a shaky performance in the 3-1 loss at Bishop’s Stortford last weekend.


Blake said:


“I feel sorry for him as a young kid learning the trade, you know that if you make a mistake the buck stops with you.


“We want him to be with us as a learning curve – that may see him left out and us giving him kick up that he needs.


“We want to keep him here, on-side and keep the competition as no doubt he will come back stronger than he is now.”

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