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Robbie warns Tanners will be tough test

Robbie Blake is steeling Bognor for another stern test at Leatherhead as they bid to bounce back from back-to-back defeats.


The Rocks followed the New Year’s Day home loss to Worthing with a last-gasp 2-1 defeat to Margate last Saturday.


Gate avenged a 6-1 defeat from earlier in the season when Keiron Monlouis scored in the third minute of added time after the Rocks failed to clear the ball following a corner.


His goal came just two minutes after Rocks sub Arron Hopkinson had a shot cleared off the line before Mason Walsh saw a follow-up effort hit the bar.


Margate had led through a 50th-minute Roman Campbell finish after he was sent through and clipped the ball past the advancing Amadou Tangara.


That advantage was short-lived as skipper Harvey Whyte tucked home from close range after a low corner had caused problems for the Gate defence just two minutes later.


Next up is the Tanners, who are eighth in the table.


Coach Blake said: “We have a game at Leatherhead, and they are flying at the minute so that is obviously going to be a very difficult game.


“We beat them 5-1 here but they were a real handful at times and they probably didn’t deserve that scoreline. We know it’s going to be a difficult game, every game is difficult, and we just have to pick ourselves up.”


Defeat left Rocks in tenth spot in BetVictor Premier and a candid Blake admitted at present they do not deserve be in a play-off position, citing “frailties” in the side.


Boss Jack Pearce felt the loss at Nyewood Lane was “cruel” and skipper Harvey Whyte was left scratching his head after the hosts were left empty-handed.


Bognor are trying to add to their squad but did one bit of good business this week when they tied down goalkeeper Tangara on a new deal.


The popular stopper has signed up until the end of next season.


Boss Pearce said: “Amadou is a fine keeper and has become a very popular figure at the club for both his performances on the pitch and his affable manner.


“We are delighted to get this commitment from him as we try to build as a team and a club.


“We’re constantly trying to improve the squad within the financial parameters we have in place and this won’t change as we try to push once more for a play-off place as the remainder of the season unfolds.”

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