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Pearce targets home clashes for max points

Jack Pearce has put the focus on back-to-back home games for Bognor after they missed a chance to significantly boost their play-off hopes.

 

They followed last Saturday’s 1-0 win over Potters Bar Town in BetVictor Premier with a 1-1 draw at relegation-battling Corinthian-Casuals on Tuesday night.

 

Despite a decent four-point haul, Rocks’ management, players and fans were left frustrated they could not clinch a second win which would have taken them closer to the spots.

 

Casuals took a shock 44th-minute lead when Keaton Wood headed into his own net from a free-kick needlessly given away by Joe Cook.

 

James Crane’s superb right foot strike in the 71st minute levelled but Rocks could not find a winner.

 

Mid-table Kingstonian visit tomorrow and then Brightlingsea Regent on Tuesday and boss Pearce said Rocks needed to get back on track quickly.

 

He said: “It’s hard to say if it is a point gained or two dropped.

 

“As I told the players before the game, the hardest thing when you are going for something is beating the teams down the bottom who are fighting for their lives.

 

“We needed to score first because once we do that, they then have to come out.

 

“Once they come out, then you get the space and we did have the opportunities in the first half but the selection of the passes or powder-puff shooting did not help.

 

“I am not going to moan at the lads, you see at all levels that you have certain evenings that you can have all the ball but can’t get it in the net.

 

“We have to learn from it and it is now important that we get two big results from our two home games.”

 

He added: “Kingstonian, despite their league position, are one of the best teams in the league.

 

“They are a really good footballing team. They are a top -six team in this league and it’s going to be a very hard game for us tomorrow and also a hard game on Tuesday.

 

“Hopefully, we put the same effort in and get a bit more quality in the final third and we get six points.”

 

Ten-man Rocks won on the road last Saturday after a single 50th-minute goal by Bradley Lethbridge sealed the three points at the Kapex Stadium.

 

Skipper Harvey Whyte was sent off in the 63rd minute for a sliding tackle that caught an opponent.

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