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It’s a must-win for Rocks says manager Jack

Jack Pearce admits tomorrow’s home clash with high-flying Folkestone Invicta is a must-win for both sides.


The Bognor manager is not downplaying the significance of the Nyewood Lane showdown for two sides with promotion aspirations from BetVictor Premier.


Rocks reignited their play-off hopes with a 2-1 win at Leatherhead last weekend, while Folkestone were knocked off the top of the table after they drew 1-1 at home to Haringey Borough and closest rivals Worthing mashed up Merstham 6-1 at Woodside Road.


Rocks and Folkestone had been due to meet in Kent on Tuesday night in the Velocity Trophy (League Cup) but that was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Invicta have slipped two points behind Worthing, while Rocks are in tenth but just six points from the last play-off place.


Pearce said: “It is obviously a big game for us.


“It is one of those games where it is vital for both clubs.


“If we want to stay in contact with the play-offs, then we need three points.


“If they want to continue being up the league, then they need the three points.


“I am sure it will be an entertaining game for those who attend.”


Last Saturday’s win at the Tanners was a timely boost after back-to-back defeats.


Rocks handed a debut to Matt Casey, who has joined the club on a youth loan from Portsmouth for a month.


The 6ft 6in defender impressed on his opening appearance, having not even trained with his team-mates before being thrown straight in.


Pearce said: “He played very well in his first game and we shall have another look at him tomorrow and see where we go from there.


“He’s 6ft 6in but sometimes the tallest players are not the best headers of the ball. Sometimes the tallest people are much better on the ground than what people give them credit for.


“To be fair to him, he is very accomplished on the floor but he can also head the ball, so he’s been beneficial already.


“If we can build on that performance, that would be good.”


Ashton Leigh remains on the injury list while there are unlikely to be any more new arrivals.


The Velocity Trophy game with Folkestone has been rearranged for next Tuesday.

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