Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 full-back Joe Tomlinson has welcomed the challenges that non-league football is posing during his loan spell at Bognor Regis Town, and encouraged supporters to show their support for Non-League Day tomorrow.
Tomlinson has made seven appearances for the Rocks this season, including emphatic 8-0 victories over Whitehawk and Burgess Hill Town, and the defender spoke positively about the experience so far.
“I’m learning so many different lessons in men’s football. The physicality is something to get used to, but I’m really enjoying it.
“It’s a brilliant balance at the moment. I’m training with great coaches and brilliant players at Brighton, which is helping me technically.
“Playing games with Bognor is definitely improving my physicality and I’m having to be more intelligent. I’m learning about different styles and what I could come up against in the future.”
The defender’s loan move has provided him with his first taste of non-league action, and it’s been a pleasant experience for Tomlinson, who urges supporters to back their local non-league sides this weekend.
“Non-league is still a very good standard of football and it’s also enjoyable. It’s a great atmosphere and the games definitely aren’t boring.
“It’s about showing the fans that it’s still very enjoyable at non-league level. I would definitely encourage people to turn up at their local football team and show some support.
“The home support and travelling support at Bognor is always brilliant. They’re always cheering for you and I was very surprised with the amount of fans that do come to the games.
“We’re away to Tonbridge Angels, who are top of the league, and hopefully we can keep our run going. We’re doing well in the league and would love to take the three points.”
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