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Blake calls on Rocks to kick on after wins

Rocks coach Robbie Blake has challenged his side to stay unbeaten for a “long time” after chalking up back-to-back wins for the first time this season.


Bognor had suffered a stuttering start to their season, picking up four points from their opening seven matches in the Isthmian Premier.


It was not the form expected for a side who believed they would be challenging for a top six spot.


But Rocks turned their season around in the last week, picking up two vital wins to kick start their season.


First was a 2-0 win against promotion chasing Haringey Borough, as Tommy Leigh and Jimmy Muitt scored goals in each half.


That was followed by a 5-1 dismantling of Leatherhead in midweek as Muitt’s opener was followed by four for striker Dan Smith.


The six points sealed in four days has lifted Bognor up to 12th and back within touching distance of the playoff spots.


With a week off ahead of the next match against Potters Bar Town, Blake said he was keen to make sure his side keep on “ticking over” so they capitalise on the upturn in form.


Speaking after the midweek win, he said: “We are delighted certainly with the first half performance.


“The lads played on the front foot, were brave in possession and created so many chances.


“I have told the players we have set targets now and I want us to remain unbeaten for a long time.


“With these group of players, we have a lot of quality in the squad and we will keep trying to add those extra little bits.”


It was the Haringey win which pleased Blake and manager Jack Pearce the most.


A rampant Rocks side overwhelmed the Londoners with free-flowing football, creating plenty of chances and notching up 17 shots on goal in the first-half alone.


Tommy Leigh opened the scoring before the break and Jimmy Muitt made it 2-0 in the second half following dazzling skills on the flank from Dan Smith to set up the chance.


Speaking after that win, Blake said: “To play so well against a side that were organised and who will be up there come the end of the season was very pleasing, no question.


“We need to keep our feet firmly on the ground and not get carried away too much.


“But it was fantastic to see just how good our general play was as well as our fitness levels.”

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