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Brad’s return gives Bognor scoring boost

Bognor boss Jack Pearce believes the club now have an attacking trio to fire the Rocks to success.


Supporters of the Nyewood Lane side will no doubt be disappointed with the club’s start to the Isthmian Premier campaign which has seen them pick up just four points from their opening five games.


The latest – a 2-0 defeat at home to promotion challengers Carshalton Athletic last weekend – leaves Rocks 18th after the first month of the season.


After falling behind to two first half goals, Pearce’s side did have their chances.


But despite racking up 11 corners and the visitors being reduced to ten men, Rocks were unable to find a way past their opponents.


There was some silver lining to the defeat, though, with on-loan Portsmouth attacker Bradley Lethbridge, pictured top left, making his first appearance of the season.


The 18-year-old, who scored ten goals while at the Nye Camp last term, teamed up again with Jimmy Muitt and Dan Smith to form a potentially potent attacking trio.


Pearce believes providing they stay fit then this could propel Bognor up the standings.


He told The Post:


“Getting Brad back is a massive lift for us.


“But we have to remember that he hasn’t kicked a ball either for us or Pompey since May.


“He’s been injured ever since the Sussex Senior Cup final and waiting to come back ever since.


“But once he gets games under his belt, if we can get him, Dan Smith and Jimmy Muitt all fit then those three will be as good as anyone else in the league.”


Rocks will take a temporary break from league action tomorrow when they welcome Isthmian South East side Sittingbourne to Nyewood Lane for the first qualifying round of the FA Cup tomorrow (3pm).


Victory would not only boost the confidence of the young side but also earn the club £4,000 in prize money.


Pearce said: “I know hardly anything about them. What I do know is that with our confidence at the moment any game will be difficult for us.


“We have trained well this week though and if we play to our full potential then we will be OK.


“When you keep losing games of football it affects people even when you have good players.


“We can’t dress it up. It was a disappointing week. We need to keep working hard and sticking together.”

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