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Rocks need a break to get year on track

Rocks coach Robbie Blake believes his side can cause even the best teams in the Isthmian Premier trouble this year – providing they cut out the mistakes.


After two games of the new campaign Bognor have picked up just one point from six after a 3-1 loss at Bishop’s Stortford was followed by a 1-1 home draw against Sussex rivals Horsham.


With a tough trip to Wingate & Finchley to come tomorrow (3pm) before a Bank Holiday clash with Worthing, Rocks’ promotion hopes could be dented before August is out.


But Blake believes he has seen enough from the first couple of games to give him belief the side is heading in the right direction.


Speaking after the Horsham draw in midweek, he said: “Sometimes football is about momentum and getting a break.


“We played quite well at Bishop’s Stortford. They didn’t string two passes together and we were three down due to mistakes.


“We want to play football but by no means does that mean suicide football. We can’t keep giving teams a leg up.


He added:


“This team is a confidence team and if we do get a goal first then it will change the whole complexion of the game.”


Blake will want to see more of the spirit and creativity shown by the Rocks in the second half against Horsham.


After falling behind just before the break, Bognor came out firing and spurned a number of chances before debutant Tyrell Mitford scored an equaliser.


Blake said:


“I thought we were Harlem Globetrotters in the first half. We had 11 players who looked like they’d never done training together.


“We told them at half time we wanted to see more passing and for us to move the ball as we can do.


Thankfully, they listened and we played with high intensity.


“I felt they couldn’t handle us at times. If we play like, that we’re going to cause problems to other teams. On another day we could have won 5-1.”


One player who will available is Doug Tuck, who missed the Horsham game for personal commitments.


Blake said:


“He’s very important to us and gives us composure and a split second of play. He opens little corridors of play and plays one twos round. We struggled against Horsham with that.


“We have a tough game at Wingate to come, the pitch will be great and hopefully it will be a good footballing game and one where we can get our noses in front and see where we go.”

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