Difficult week for Rocks

Action from Bognor's game with Tonbridge Angels on Saturday
Action from Bognor's game with Tonbridge Angels on Saturday

ROCKS boss Jamie Howell looked ahead to Saturday’s home clash with Billericay Town and said: “Let’s make up for our last home showing.”

It’s been a tough week for Bognor as they fell to their first Ryman Premier defeats of the campaign.

Last Saturday saw them slip to a 5-0 home loss at the hands of Tonbridge Angels.

The match proved to be a really tricky one, with Rocks four goals and a man down at the break.

It did not improve in the second as Craig Robson received his marching 
orders and Bognor conceded once again.

Howell’s side then travelled to Metropolitan Police in the league on Tuesday evening.

A 1-0 reverse meant they suffered a first away loss to make it two straight defeats in the Ryman League.

The Angels humiliation left a bitter taste in Howell’s mouth and he wants a reaction at home on Saturday.

He said: “The performance against Tonbridge was simply just not good enough.

“Everything that we did in the game just seemed to go wrong for some reason.

“In football you get 
matches like that and you just have to bounce back from it.

“But it is important that we react in the right way this Saturday.

“Fans come to the game 
to be entertained and they did not get that in our last home game.

“But we have a chance against Billericay to make up for what everyone 
saw last time we were at Nyewood Lane.

“The fans have every right to be upset with what they saw last time out.

“But in fairness to them, they stuck with the team in what was a difficult afternoon.

“If I’m honest, I would probably have left before the end as a fan.

“It’s a big chance for us on Saturday to give something back to the supporters for the last home game.”

A difficult week for Bognor was rounded off as they suffered a second league loss at Met Police on Tuesday.

Despite the defeat, Howell was pleased to see a reaction from his side.

He added: “I know we lost the game, but the players showed a little improvement.

“We were so bad on Saturday and it was important I got something back from the team.

“As a side, I thought we did okay without really threatening in the final third of the pitch.

“The amount of times we were in good positions but failed to shoot or get a cross in was a bit disappointing.

“But we showed signs 
of improvement and we 
just need to take that 
forward now.”

Two poor results for 
Rocks have dampened spirits at the club after a solid 
start to the campaign.

They kicked off the season with two wins and a draw from their opening three matches.

But the past week has been a disappointment for the side.

However, Howell is confident his side can turn it around in the upcoming matches.

He said: “We started the season really well.

“That was something I wanted to do after poor starts in previous seasons.

“I know we were winning matches but we still did 
not have the starting team that I would like.

“In the next few weeks we have got a few players returning to the team.

“So as we get those back, we will start to be somewhere near what I feel is my strongest starting team.

“I know the past couple 
of results have not been 
the best but our start overall has been okay.

“After picking up a good few points in the first few games, it leaves us in the pack and quite well placed.It’s not all doom and gloom, a couple of defeats have set us back a bit, but I’m sure we can bounce back in the games we have coming up.”

James Crane and Craig Robson will both serve suspensions following the red cards they received against Tonbridge Angels.

Crane, who was given his marching orders in the first half last Saturday, will serve a three-match ban, while Robson will face two games out following his red for foul and abusive language.

The suspensions will come into action on September 5, meaning both will miss home league games with Enfield and Metropolitan Police.

Crane will also miss his side’s Emirates FA Cup tie with Merstham.

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