Bognor Regis Town boss Jack Pearce has extended the loans of dynamic strikers Brad Lethbridge and Dan Smith from Portsmouth.

Both go into the squad to face Wingate & Finchley in the Bostik Premier League at Nyewood Lane tomorrow. Pearce hopes the additional goal threat will bring a boost to his injury-ravaged outfit following the 1-0 reverse at home to Corinthian Casuals on Tuesday.

Lethbridge was missing from the side that suffered only their second league defeat of the season after being called up by Fratton Park manager Kenny Jacket. The young forward, 17, played in a 3-2 win over Tottenham in the Checkatrade Trophy and earned some rave reviews for his performance. Now he is back in the Bognor ranks ahead of tomorrow’s match, along with Smith, 19.

The latter has been sidelined through injury but is fit again and his return is timely for Pearce and number two Robbie Blake. Pearce said: “There is no question that both Brad and Dan offer us options going forward and if you saw our approach play on Tuesday in the loss to Corinthian Casuals, you could see we created many chances. Unfortunately, on the night we were unable to cover those chances and inconceivably ended up losing the match.

“But our task is to go again and we remain focused on doing just that. Brad and Dan joining us for an extended loan period does offer us options in the final third. Once again, we are grateful to Pompey, who have shown great faith in our ability to help develop their young talent.”


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