Rocks aim to bounce back

Pompey youngster Perry Ryan, who is on loan at Bognor

Pompey youngster Perry Ryan, who is on loan at Bognor

James Hayter. Picture: Mick Young

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Bognor welcome the league leaders to Nyewood Lane tomorrow and are determined to prove their nightmare midweek defeat at Faversham was a one-off.

The Rocks lost 4-0 in Kent after having defender Perry Ryan controversially sent off in the third minute.

But they are determined to put it behind them with a positive display at home to Ryman League division one south pacesetters Met Police.

Tuesday night’s defeat was Bognor’s first in the league in three months.

Darin Killpartrick and Jamie Howell must lift their players in time for tomorrow’s tussle with the leaders, who have lost only twice in the league this season.

Howell said: ‘Our approach will be the same as always.

‘We know Met Police are a very good side who, like us, try to play with wingers and attack on the floor but we will try to dictate the play.

‘There’s no reason why one defeat should put us off-course.

‘We’ve lost other games this season and come back well.

‘We have to keep believing in ourselves and show we can bounce back.’

The hammering meant the Rocks’ goal difference for the past two weeks was zero – for it came just three days after they’d dished out a thrashing of their own, winning 5-1 at Whyteleafe.

Midfield maestro James Fraser – out since suffering a knee injury at Whitehawk three weeks ago – will face a late fitness test.

And the Rocks are hoping for a 400-plus crowd at Nyewood Lane.

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