Jack Pearce says it is going to be an “interesting” end to the season after Bognor got their play-off push back on track.
The Rocks saw off Brightlingsea Regent 3-2 at Nyewood Lane on Tuesday night in BetVictor Premier.
The win took Bognor into seventh and just three points off the top five ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Enfield, who are one of the sides in the pack chasing top-two Worthing and Folkestone.
Dan Smith’s first-half double and a Mason Walsh strike earned what turned into a nervous win.
Smith fired home from 20 yards for a fifth-minute opener but Jake Turner levelled three minutes later when a long throw caused mayhem in the Rocks defence.
Superb wing work by Bradley Lethbridge set up Smith to head home Bognor’s second after 18 minutes.
And Walsh poked home from a corner two minutes later.
Rocks spurned too many chances to catalogue after that before Regent replied through Lewis Byrne-Hewitt to set up the anxious finale.
Pearce told The Post: “The score flattered them slightly.
“In the second half we were 3-1 up, were totally dominant and had about five chances to go 4-1 up and missed the lot of them.
“They only had one attack in the second half and scored and then you start to think ‘Blimey, there’s three minutes to go and injury time, is it going to be one of those nights?’
“So the most important thing was we got the three points.
“We’ve had three games and in two-and-a-half of them we’ve dominated proceedings and should have an extra two points really.
“We are pleased with it and we are getting close to the play-offs. We just have to keep going and picking up the points.
“It’s going to be an interesting finish to the season because there is hardly a hair’s breadth between eight clubs behind Worthing and Folkestone.
“Enfield are in there, Hornchurch, Leatherhead – even Kingstonian, with their games in hand – could be in there.”
Rocks are waiting to learn how long Joe Cook will be out for with knee ligament damage. Harvey Whyte is banned tomorrow.
Holders Bognor host Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday in their Sussex Senior Cup quarter-final.
Pearce said: “We knocked them out last year so I am sure they will want to avenge that.
“It will be a young side but it will be a quality team.”