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Silverware the aim as Rocks keep winning

Rocks coach Robbie Blake has fired up his squad to go all out and get a repeat taste of silverware this season.


After a slow start to the campaign, Bognor are starting to find their form.


A midweek 4-1 victory over SCFL Division One side Storrington in the Sussex Senior Cup made it seven wins in eight for the Isthmian Premier side.


That victory puts Rocks one step closer to a return visit to The Amex in May as they look to defend their county cup crown.


But Blake has his attention on a more imminent challenge – with a home match against league rivals East Thurrock United tomorrow (3pm) in the FA Trophy.


Tenth place Rocks will then head to 11th-placed Margate on Tuesday (7.45pm) as they look to close the gap on the playoff places.


On East Thurrock, Blake said: “We know it will be a tough game and another cup game but with the form we’re in at the moment we are probably wishing it was a league game.


“We want to try and get into the next round of the FA Trophy as we want a good run in that cup.


“We tasted silverware last season and we want some more.


“It will be a tough game but we’re in good form with seven out of eight we have won in all competitions.


“We need to keep on the bandwagon, keep rolling, keep doing what we doing.”


“We are playing with confidence at the moment and we have to keep playing that way, on the front foot and cause East Thurrock problems.”


Rocks took their time to see off a spirited Storrington side, whose aim was to make things tough for their high ranked opponents.


An early Tommy Scutt goal was cancelled out by a wonderful long range effort from Swans’ Josh Clarke.


Bognor only sealed the win with 15 minutes to go thanks to two late Dan Smith strikes and an own goal.


Rocks’ ranks were also boosted with the return of Aaron Hopkinson, who joined after a spell as player-manager at SCFL Premier side Eastbourne


Blake said: “It was frustrating at times as they made it difficult. They worked hard as a team and sat in as a team and asked us to break them down which we couldn’t do for long periods. But we got the job done in the end.


“East Thurrock will be completely different game. But it is nice to win the game and move on.”

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