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Forget form as Rocks prepare to host Rebels

Bognor boss Jack Pearce says form will go out of the window when they clash with Worthing on New Year’s Day.


Rocks were due to be in action yesterday for the Boxing Day clash at Lewes – weather permitting – after last Saturday’s Velocity Trophy knockout stage clash with Folkestone Invicta was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Worthing and Rocks have been the form teams in BetVictor Isthmian Premier.


They went into the Boxing Day fixtures with the Rebels top of that table over the course of the past six matches and Bognor second.


The places were reversed stretching back over the past ten matches.


But Pearce admits that once it gets down to derby days then all that can go out of the window.


He told The Post ahead of the eagerly-awaited Nyewood Lane showdown: “It is always a big game whenever we play them.


“It does not matter where we are in the league, or where they are in the league, but at the moment they are in the top two and we are in the top eight [before Boxing Day fixtures] so it will have even a bit more spice added than usual.”


He continued: “Like everything, though, when it’s these games the league form tends not to be so important.


“It’s a local derby and sometimes they are humdingers, and sometimes they are not. You never know.


“But we are looking forward to it and it is a big game.


“They are doing ever so well, and full marks to Adam Hinshelwood he has done well there, and we are on a good run too, so it should be a good game for everybody.


“We are looking forward to a big crowd, so let’s hope all this rain that we have been having eases off.”


Rocks have added to their squad with the signing of Portsmouth youngster Harry Kavanagh, who comes in as cover for Joe Dandy.


Pearce said: “He’s only 17 years old and he is a good prospect, so we’re pleased with that.”


Injured attacking duo Brad Lethbridge and Mason Walsh could feature over the festive fixtures.


Pearce was disappointed the Folkestone game was washed out as that has now been rescheduled for a midweek fixture on Tuesday January 14.


That means the Brightlingsea Regent game that evening will be rearranged. The league trip to Corinthian-Casuals will take place on Tuesday January 28.

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