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No lack of spirit in cup defeat

Robbie Blake wants to replicate the same fighting spirit tomorrow at Potters Bar that saw Bognor only just lose to Folkestone on Tuesday night – to a 90th-minute goal.

 

The two sides met for the second time in three days after their league thriller but this time it was a Velocity Trophy clash.

 

And it was the Kent hosts who took the honours after Johan Ter Horst’s second goal of the game saw Invicta claim a 4-3 win this time with a last-gasp finish.

 

Coach Blake and boss Jack Pearce utilised their squad for the game and gave starts to Eddie Wakley, Ben Mendoza and Arron Hopkinson.

 

Mo Diallo also made his debut after recently dual-signing from Newhaven.

 

The changes looked to have backfired when the hosts led 3-0 after 55 minutes.

 

Ter Horst struck on 26 minutes before Ronnie Dolan made it 2-0 just after the break.

 

A third from Jerson Dos Santos seemed to have sealed it but Rocks fired back through Wakley on 58 minutes then James Crane added a 76th-minute second.

 

Dan Smith levelled on 85 minutes before the late agony.

 

Blake took the positives, though.

 

He said: “I have nothing but praise for the players, they were fantastic.

 

“They are a pleasure to work with. To come back from 3-0 down to 3-3 and then have a chance to make it 4-3 to us before eventually losing out shows just how much character we have in the side.

 

“Attitude, commitment and work rate will always be attributes that help and we have those in abundance – the spirit was incredible and we now need to harness those qualities for the game at Potters Bar on Saturday (tomorrow).

 

“If we can replicate those qualities and keep doing the right things, we have every right to have an eye on a play-off place. But we have reminded the players that the hard work and desire must continue, and we get the chance to go again at Potters Bar.”

 

Rocks go to Corinthian-Casuals next Tuesday.

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