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Rocks boss is pleased with Shield workout

It was not a performance to savour. But the Bognor boss is pleased that his young team did enough to secure an early piece of silverware for the Rocks.


A first half strike from Dan Smith was enough to seal victory for the men in green and white over near neighbours Chichester City in the Sussex Community Shield in midweek.


With less than a fortnight to go before the Isthmian Premier season gets underway, Pearce was pleased with how his side ground out the victory.


But he believes there is still work to do, particularly up front where the running theme of ‘not taking chances’ appears to be affecting Bognor once again.


With one more pre-season match – a trip to Gosport Borough tonight (7.45pm) –


Speaking to the Post after the match, Pearce said: “The most important thing in a football team is winning.


“If I’m being honest I wasn’t absolutely enamoured with the performance but you have to take into account the conditions – the wind was blowing, the pitch was slow. But from with the personal pride bit I was delighted to get a 1-0 win.”


The match against last season’s SCFL Premier champions was a good workout for Rocks, who still looked to be lacking a bit of cohesion in parts of the pitch.


Pearce was full of praise for young defender Joe Dandy, who has returned to the club on loan from Portsmouth.


The 18-year-old looked comfortable on the ball at the back and started a number of Rocks attacks after the ball was rolled out to his feet.


But the manager was less than happy with his side’s inability to take their chances, something which he warned on another day could have cost them silverware.


He said: “In the first half, if we had taken our chances, we would have been comfortably in front as we played some really good approach football.


“They had a couple of chances but, with no disrespect to them, I  thought they were down to a bit of poor play on our part.


“At the end of the day, we got the result and bragging rights but Chi were excellent, which meant it was a good workout for both sides.”


Pearce’s focus is now on making sure his side are ready for the big kick off at Bishop’s Stortford in just over a week’s time.


He remains on the lookout for new players to add to the squad but he admits that the likelihood of finding available players at this stage is small.

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