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Waiting game for midfielder

Jake Flannigan should be fit for tomorrow’s clash with Corinthian-Casuals in BetVictor Premier.

 

That is the hope of manager Jack Pearce after he came off with a hamstring strain against Horsham in the 2-0 midweek win.

 

The prognosis for influential midfielder Doug Tuck is not so good, though.

 

Tuck has not featured in the league since February 8 when he came off in a costly defeat at Enfield Town.

 

Pearce said: “Doug remains out with a heel injury which is one of them where he either needs an operation or a long rest.

 

“At the moment, we are trying a long rest.”

 

First team coach Robbie Blake felt last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at relegation battling Merstham was a lesson for Rocks that must be continued to be heeded for the rest of the campaign.

 

He said: “It was frustrating and disappointing. We started so poorly for the first 20 minutes and if you do that and don’t impose your style on them, and let them impose their style on you, then you are going to struggle.

 

“We struggled in that first 20 minutes with their physicality and their strength.”

 

He added: “We lacked the desire and mentality to impose ourselves in the first 20 minutes and that is what cost us.”

 

Merstham struck after 17 minutes when Bobby Mills turned his marker from a cross by Calvin Ekpiteta to fire home.

 

On 38 minutes the lead was extended by the Moatsiders as Ekpiteta’s corner was headed home by Mitchal Gough.

 

Bognor got a goal back on the stroke of half time. Harvey Whyte’s ball over the top picked out Smith, who peeled off his marker before turning and firing in a low effort.

 

Bognor got the equaliser when a long ball over the top by Tommy Leigh was smashed home on the volley by brother Ashton on 68 minutes.

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