He may only be 20 years old. But it looks like Rocks promotion hopes will have much to do with the striking talents of Dan Smith.
With the departure of Jimmy Muitt to Dorking and Bradley Lethbridge not available for every match, the former Portsmouth striker is the main man when it comes to Bognor’s frontline.
A sweetly-struck right footed shot from outside the area against Bowers & Pitsea was Smith’s ninth goal of the season.
But coach Robbie Blake believes there’s still plenty that the young player he fondly calls Smudger can bring to the table.
Blake, who knows a thing or two about scoring goals from his time with Bradford and Bolton, said:
“It was a great finish. We know he’s got that in the bag and he shows great composure.
“There was one before then when played Tommy Scutt back in when it was on his left foot.
“He is capable of doing it with his left so I said to him strike it.”
With just three months of the season gone, Smith is close to matching last season’s tally of 13 goals in the Isthmian Premier.
But Blake was clear that the club’s recent run of form, which has seen six wins in seven matches in all competitions, has been a team effort – particularly when you consider the first team is down to 12 fit players.
The coach believed that has pulled the squad closer together as they look to compete against the odds.
But with another double header coming in the next week- the Rocks third in a row – Blake knows that his young squad needs reinforcements if it is to keep up a run of good form.
The former Portsmouth coach said:
“Everyone has been colossal over the last few weeks.
“Everyone has knuckled in, the staff, players, supporters and there’s a bit more harmony in the football club and we are starting to get the feeling of heading in the right direction.
“If we bring a couple more in we will be so much better for it.”