Jack Pearce admits Bognor’s squad is being stretched to the limit by injuries as they bid to get back on track tomorrow when Bishop’s Stortford visit.
The Rocks went down 2-0 at Enfield Town last Saturday, while storm damage at Nyewood Lane meant Tuesday night’s Sussex Senior Cup quarter-final against Brighton and Hove Albion was postponed until next Wednesday (7.45pm).
Although disappointed to lose at Enfield, manager Pearce felt there were extenuating circumstances.
pearce said: “From the start of the previous week, we had five players who either couldn’t play, didn’t play, came off early or are out now for a while.
“That’s half a team and unfortunately Bognor cannot lose half a team and expect to go away from home and do well against teams in the top third of the league.”
Coach Robbie Blake was highly critical of the performance but Pearce struck a more even note.
Harvey Whyte was ruled out through suspension but is available tomorrow.
Arron Hopkinson has now left the club to seek “pastures new” revealed Pearce while centre-half Joe Cook (knee) is out indefinitely.
Doug Tuck and Jake Flannigan both came off in the first half at Enfield while Mason Walsh is also sidelined.
Pearce said: “I shall be surprised if any of them are playing in the next couple of weeks.
“We shall get our squad players in and see what they can do.
“Or try and sign new players – and that is not easy. Although, I am sure there are plenty of my supporters who think miracles are not difficult to achieve.”
He added: “We’re still just six points off the play-offs.
“The top two will be either Worthing, Folkestone or Hornchurch in my opinion.
“They will be there, then there is about another eight or nine clubs who could all be fancying themselves to get the other two positions. And we are one of them.
“There’s Carshalton, Cray, Horsham, Leatherhead, Kingstonian, us, Enfield and East Thurrock all in it.
“There are seven clubs fighting for two positions – and we are still one of them.”
Rocks were counting the cost of the storm which ripped down a canopy at the club.
Pearce said: “We have quite a bit of damage. We need a clear- up, secure everything and then we go again.”