Howell wants more goals out of Bognor’s strikers

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Bognor boss Jamie Howell wants his team to improve their finishing skills for Saturday’s home clash against fellow midtable side Canvey Island.

Topscorer Ben Johnson is in a battle to be fit in time to play having sustained a knock in last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at top of the table Margate.

Taking the leaders close gave the Rocks’ manager much pride.

He said: “I was very pleased. We played well and created some good chances.

“To be fair Margate took their chances and we didn’t.

“Ben Johnson had a very good effort which was saved by their goalkeeper and Omarr Lawson had a good chance.

“We had three or four chances it was just our final ball which lacked quality.

“Margate have taken the league by storm and I believe will go on to win the league this season.

“They are well organised and we did did well to make it difficult for them. There wasn’t much between the two sides.”

Bognor will be looking to turn the tables on their opponents this Saturday when Canvey Island are the visitors to Nyewood Lane.

The two sides have already met at the start of the season when the Essex club beat the Rocks 3-1 on their home turf.

Howell is looking for revenge this weekend in the clash between the 12th and tenth-placed clubs.

He stresses Canvey will be difficult opponents but the experience of playing them in August will be useful when they meet again.

Howell said: “Canvey are a a good team and always give us a good game.

“Our form has improved at home recently and if we put away the chances we create we’ll do OK.”

Ben Johnson, who scored twice in the Rocks’ last home game, is an injury doubt having picked up a problem last weekend.

Howell said: “We hope he will be able to shake it off and it proves to be a knock rather than anything more serious and we will be monitoing it this week.

“We need to work on our finishing. Ollie Pearce has been playing well and hopefully he can go on to have a great season.”

Jake Thompson will be available to play having served a one-match ban.

Thompson’s return should mean he will be able to select from a full squad.

The Rocks manager added: “Canvey play some nice football and it will be a tough game. Having already played them this season we know what to expect.

“We must be more clinical in front of goal and if we are we can win the game.”