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Jack looks for fringe benefits in Trophy tie

Fringe players have a chance to stake a claim tomorrow when Bognor head to Folkestone Invicta in the Velocity Trophy.

 

Nobody at the Rocks has made a secret of where the priority lies this term as the Nyewood Lane club plots a path back to the next level.

 

But the Velocity Trophy, as the league cup is currently known, can serve a useful purpose for boss Jack Pearce and coach Robbie Blake.

 

Pearce told The Post: “It’s a way of playing the squad players .

 

“And it is a way of giving players the chance to impress me really when you look at the bigger picture.

 

“That is what I will use it for.”

 

The Rocks will certainly have to be on their mettle as Folkestone are currently top of the BetVictor Isthmian Premier, nine points clear of their guests having played a game more.

 

Tuesday night’s league trip to Corinthian-Casuals was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Pearce fears tomorrow’s game in Kent could also fall foul of the weather.

 

He admitted: “I think, with this rain, it could be doubtful.

 

“It’s not the best out there so you have to be honest.

 

“We shall have to wait and see but it could be a wait until Boxing Day.

 

“But if not, we shall go there and give it our best shot.”

 

Should the game be called off, Rocks’ next outing will be at the Dripping Pan against Lewes on Boxing Day.

 

Despite last Saturday’s crushing of Cray Wanderers, Pearce says the hunt for more firepower will continue.

 

However, he was hoping to know more about when he might see the likes of attacking threats Mason Walsh and Bradley Lethbridge back from injuries this week.

 

He said: “We’re still not there yet on anyone and we are just waiting to see how the injuries go.

 

“I should get a better idea after we train (Thursday).

 

“We shall review it and see where we are.”

 

Pearce would dearly love to wrap up a couple of wins as the Christmas fixtures come into view.

 

He added: “It’s Christmas and we have two local derbies coming up. Let’s hope we have a nice enjoyable Christmas with our families and our points tally!”

 

Holders Bognor will meet either Brighton and Hove Albion or Burgess Hill in the Sussex Senior Cup quarter-finals. The game is still to be completed.

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