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‘Focus must be on defence’

“No one is more disappointed than me” – those were the words of Rocks boss Jack Pearce after his young charges slumped to their second defeat in the space of five days.


In both games the Rocks had the better part of large portions of the matches.


Yet a failure to take chances meant that come the final whistle Bognor had fallen to a 3-0 loss at Worthing and 2-0 defeat to Carshalton Athletic.


It’s clear that things need to improve, at both ends of the pitch.


The return of Bradley Lethbridge to fitness will no doubt improve the Rocks’ attacking prowess.


But it is at the other end of the pitch where Pearce and coach Robbie Blake will probably want to spend more of their time.


Of last season’s starting back five, four are currently unavailable for the club, with only Keaton Wood the mainstay from the Sussex Senior Cup win.


With former skipper Gary Charman leaving the club this week, that leaves James Crane and Wood as the only two fit experienced defenders on the books.


Pearce said:


“There were only two teams in the Isthmian Premier League who lost more games than us last season – that was the champions, Dorking, and Merstham, who made the playoffs.


“The reason for that is we didn’t score.


“Our forward line of Dan Smith, Brad Lethbridge and Jimmy Muitt is as good as any in the league but after March we never got them back together on the pitch at the same time.


“We seem to have righted that problem by getting them back together again so that’s an encouragement.”


At the other end of the pitch, Pearce is calling for patience.


He said:


“We have lost four of the five who were in our defence last season. When you have only one left, getting that consistency will not happen overnight


“The players are learning and coming together. We shall see, We may be not good enough in that department and we need to sign more players.”

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