Rocks on the road at Ramsgate

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bOGNOR hope to leave a few recent jitters at Nyewood Lane when they set off for Ramsgate tomorrow.

The Ryman one south leaders have drawn their past three at home – including last week’s tussle with Corinthian Casuals, who escaped with a point thanks to a 93rd-minute equaliser.

On the road, the Rocks have been in winning form of late.

They hope to continue that tomorrow – although Ramsgate are one of the sides who have held them at home in recent weeks.

Joint-boss Jamie Howell said he expected a tight game between sides who knew each other well from their 1-1 draw just 17 days ago.

But he said: ‘We will go with the same mentality.

‘We will aim not to lose – and if we can win – it will be a bonus.

‘The issue at the moment is about learning to deal with the pressure that being top can bring, and you can’t learn it overnight – only through experience.’

Skipper Michael Birmingham came off with illness in the Corinthian Casuals draw but is set to return for tomorrow’s tough trip.

Howell watched dual-registration trio Matt Wood, Phil Turner and Charlie Marshall play in Tuesday’s Pagham-Wick Sussex League game but doesn’t expect too many changes from the side who started last weekend.

Top-scorer Jason Prior has been working in Scotland but will be keen to add to his 25-goal tally.

Prior is the division’s second top scorer – while Luke Nightingale sits in third.


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