Jack Pearce believes he will know much more about how realistic Bognor’s promotion aspirations are for the season after the next two matches.
The Rocks go to Hornchurch tomorrow, who are fourth in the Isthmian Premier, and then host Enfield Town on Tuesday (7.45pm), who sit just outside the play-off places and currently five points ahead of the ninth-placed Nyewood Lane club.
Pearce sees the matches as pivotal as they bid to bounce back from their narrow FA Trophy defeat to Tonbridge Angels last Saturday which ended an eight-match winning streak.
But he has selection headaches with Pompey loanees Joe Dandy, Josh Flint and Bradley Lethbridge, who is also injured, recalled.
Pearce said: “The next four days are big days for us because we are playing two of the teams in the top six. We’ve got one away and one at home and they come on the back of a defeat.
“We shall see where we are after them and unfortunately we start tomorrow with three players unavailable with Lethbridge injured, and the two other boys recalled, so we shall where that takes us.
“It is one of the weaknesses we have and not an easy conundrum but you just make the best use of what you have. But by this time on Wednesday we shall a much better idea of how our season will pan out.
“I am just looking for performances. If we can keep building on performances, then the results will come.”
Bognor have boosted their squad with the versatile Ross Edwards becoming the second player to make the switch from Worthing this week following midfielder Ben Mendoza’s arrival.The duo’s arrival helps cope with the problem of relying on loan players.
Pearce said: “Ross has a lot more physicality about him but also he is local. He is our player not a loan player.”
Lethbridge has a hamstring injury and Pearce and coach Robbie Blake are resigned to losing his services for some time.
Pearce claimed: “He will miss all the big games we have coming up. It’s a blow because he is a goal scorer and goals win you games. It’s up to the others now to step up to the mark.”
Pearce confirmed Bognor have made Tonbridge aware of an alleged incident in which an object was thrown at keeper Amadou Tangara and have left them to make their own enquiries.