Bognor determined to stop run of form side

Sami El-Abd. Picture: Tim Hale
Sami El-Abd. Picture: Tim Hale
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When you have lost five out of the last six games, the last thing you need is to face the most in-form team in your league.

But that’s what the Rocks have to face on Saturday when they host Hampton & Richmond at Nyewood Lane.

The visitors have not lost in their past 11 league games and have won their last four, beating Whitehawk, St Albans, Bath City and Chippenham Town.

Bognor boss Jack Pearce said: ‘They are the most in-form team in the league and are unbeaten in 11 so it’s a big challenge but we are looking forward to it because that’s what we should do.

‘Hopefully the players will give our superb supporters something to shout about.’

Bognor were beaten 3-0 by Braintree in their last match after conceding only 25 seconds into the match.

But Pearce was pleased with how his side reacted.

He said: ‘To be fair to the players, their response from there was good and they played the better football of the two teams and we had a large amount of possession and territorial advantage in the first half.

‘Unfortunately the most important thing is making sure that possession results in making shots at their goal.

‘We didn’t do very well in that department and overall they deserved it, so no arguments there.’

And Pearce knows what his players have to focus on.

He added: ‘I was pleased with the attitude of the players, I was pleased with their passing but we have got to work harder in the last third to turn possession into chances and we certainly have got to work harder in stopping the opposition from scoring goals.

‘If you are conceding two goals on average each game that means you have got to be scoring three to win and that’s not going to happen.

‘It’s a big challenge for us.’

The Rocks have been hit by two pieces of bad news with James Crane needing an operation on his shoulder and an FA charge over the use of flares by their fans at an away game.

But Sami El-Abd could start on Saturday after being named as a substitute against Braintree.