Bognor will give some of their youngsters another chance to shine in the FA Trophy tomorrow – whether they want to or not.
It’s been an injury-hit start to the season for the men from Nyewood Lane.
The latest blow for the club was the news winger Ben Johnson is out for nine months with a cruciate ligament rupture.
The Rocks lost striker Ashley Robinson and skipper Ben Andrews in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, left-back Daryl Wollers needs to have an operation on a hernia.
A crop of new faces – largely youngsters – have been doing well, stepping into the side.
Teenage Crawley defender Louis John is the latest recruit, while former Pompey Academy striker Carl Walshe and midfielder Dan Kempson are also likely to get further chances.
Howell is warning against complacency when Ryman division one north strugglers Ilford arrive at the Lane in the Trophy.
He said: ‘I want Bognor to become a team who are known for doing well in cup competitions again – not always going out at the first hurdle.
‘There’s a much-needed financial reward if we get through.’