Dodd’s dreamland

Terry Dodd celebrates a goal v Margate - he has now scored 30 this season  Picture by Tommy McMillan
Terry Dodd celebrates a goal v Margate - he has now scored 30 this season Picture by Tommy McMillan

RAMPANT Rocks striker Terry Dodd has paid tribute to his team-mates for his prolific goalscoring form.

The in-form frontman is enduring the season of his career, but has been quick to heap praise on his fellow players, explaining that he wouldn’t be scoring without the efforts from the rest of the team.

The forward has racked up nine goals in the last five games which included a hat-trick in a 4-1 win against Lowestoft in January – his second treble this season, the only two in his two-and-a-half-year Bognor stint.

In total, the 24-year-old’s goal tally weighs in at 18 goals in the Ryman League Premier Division and 27 in all competitions so far this campaign.

As the former Worthing player’s goal count edges closer towards the 30 mark, he has described the team’s play as ‘unbelievable’ at the moment. They are enjoying a seven-game winning run and sit fifth in the league – just inside the play-off places with a narrow one-point advantage over Saturday’s visitors AFC Hornchurch, who have a game in hand.

Dodd said: “The team are playing so well at the moment.

“I think we’ve come off the back of seven wins in a row and we’re just unbelievable at the moment – we can’t stop scoring.

“I wouldn’t be scoring the number of goals I’m scoring without the midfield boys and defence serving me.

“Every goal, you get a buzz off. No matter if you score 50 or one, you get that buzz and same special feeling.”

The striker revealed that recent Ryman premier manager of the month for January – Jamie Howell – and head coach Darin Kilpartrick have been pushing the team to their limits in training.

Not only is Dodd scoring, but the midfielders and defenders have scored key goals – including James Crane, who has two goals in the previous two games.

Dodd added: “It’s been hard work on the training ground with Dabba and Jamie putting us through our paces.

“The whole team – through the back, the midfield and the strikers – have been just banging them in.

“The changing room has such good banter.

“It’s a great team to be a part of really and we 
are going places at the moment. We’re in the 
play-off places now.”

Dodd is set to lead the line at home to promotion rivals Hornhurch on Saturday then at Hendon on Monday – provided both games beat the weather.

And he may have a new team-mate joining him following the signing of 18-year-old central midfielder Nick Awford on a month’s loan from Pompey last Friday.

The son of ex-Rocks assistant manager Andy, Nick has already spent time on loan this season at Conference South sides Gosport and Chelmsford City.

He has appeared for Pompey, making his debut in a 3-0 win over Sheffield United at the end of last season, and has been an unused substitute on several occasions since.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Mark Zawadski has signed for Horsham after being released by the Rocks.

Last Saturday’s clash at Hampton & Richmond, postponed because of a waterlogged pitch, has been rearranged for Tuesday, April 15.

n Rocks faced Brighton & Hove Albion’s Development squad last night in the quarter-final of the Sussex Senior Cup.

Visit www.bognor.co.uk for a match report.