Rocks challenged to raise their game

rocks celebrating ben johnson's winner v met police. picture by chris hatton
rocks celebrating ben johnson's winner v met police. picture by chris hatton
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SIX points from six – that has to be Bognor’s aim from back-to-back home games after going top of the table this week.

Tuesday’s 3-1 win at Chipstead put them a point clear of Met Police at the top.

And they stayed there 24 hours later as the Coppers surprisingly went down 5-4 at home to struggling Whyteleafe.

Now the Rocks management know the pressure is on as their rivals try to depose them from pole position.

Godalming visit Nyewood Lane tomorrow and Ramsgate follow in their footsteps on Tuesday.

The Surrey outfit held the Rocks to an FA Trophy draw at Nyewood in October, although the Rocks have twice beaten them on the road.

Joint manager Darin Killpartrick expects a battle.

He said: ‘Our problem now is everyone will want to beat us because we’re one of the top teams.

‘They’ll raise their game and we will have to raise ours – the same goes for the Ramsgate match on Tuesday.’

Luke Nightingale missed Tuesday’s game after taking a nasty whack just above the knee in the Met Police match.

His absence is likely to be covered tomorrow by James Fraser playing just behind Jason Prior – as he did at Chipstead – or Kane Wills being used in a similar role.

It’s unlikely the Rocks will call back one of two strikers, Dean Maynard and Charlie Marshall, who are getting games in the county league.

Perry Ryan is available tomorrow but will be suspended for three games starting on Tuesday.

Prior is a slight injury concern after bruising his hip at Chipstead but he should be fit, as should James Crane despite a sore knee.