Bognor boss hails ongoing partnership with Portsmouth

JACK PEARCE hailed Bognor's ongoing association with Pompey following their latest Fratton Park arrival.Â

Thursday, 11th October 2018, 3:31 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th October 2018, 4:34 pm
Joe Dandy has joined Bognor on loan. Picture: Colin Farmery

Blues Academy skipper Joe Dandy joined the Rocks on loan on Wednesday.

The Ascot-born defender is the third Pompey player to move to Nyewood Lane on a temporary deal this season.

First-year professional Dan Smith and second-year scholar Bradley Lethbridge are also at Bognor. The pair have been in rampant form, plundering 14 goals between them.

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Dandy will ease the Rocks'  injury crisis, following setbacks to Keaton Wood and Corey Heath.

The 17-year-old is expected to be involved in Bognor's Bostic League premier division trip to leaders Tonbridge Angels tomorrow.

Pearce is delighted to have signed Dandy on loan.

The boss said: '˜We've been ever so unlucky with injuries to both Keaton Wood and Corey Heath which has left us short.

'˜We have signed Joe from Portsmouth, on the same basis as Brad Lethbridge and Dan Smith. 

'˜We will look to partner him with Chad Field on Saturday at Tonbridge Angels and then, of course, we have a home game against Folkestone on Tuesday.

'˜Joe is a second-year scholar but we're told he has shown great promise even though is one of the younger members of Pompey's current crop of under-18s.

'˜As ever we are grateful to Pompey and we're delighted our association with them continues to flourish.

'˜Obviously, Robbie Blake has a good relationship with the management team at Fratton Park as well.'

Following the injuries to Wood and Heath, Pearce conceded Bognor's style of play may have been a contributing factor.

He added: '˜We encourage players to take lots of touches, not just whack it.

'˜That encourages contact and maybe leads to more injuries.'

Smith also misses the trip to Tonbridge.

The striker has been sidelined for at least four weeks with a hip flexor problem.