Loxwood Fc 3 v 2 Arundel (28/10/2017)


Report courtesy of Loxwood FC website. Thank you

The Magpies may not have had the run of results they've wanted over the past few weeks, but the quirks of the fixture schedule meant that the boys from The Nest were afforded 2 weeks off from match action and combining that with some intense work on the training field gave the squad a sense of a new beginning and that's exactly how they approached Saturday's match against a team that have enjoyed some decent results of late.

​After recent false starts at home it was some comfort for the shoe to be on the other foot this time around as only 90 seconds in visiting 'keeper Lewis Boughton grossly misjudged coming out to meet a Ross Swaine through ball and amidst the ensuing confusion the ball found itself at the feet of Harry Bachelor who calmly slotted into an empty net from just inside the area to give the Magpies the lead. Unfortunately, this gift of a platform wasn't built upon by the hosts and bit by bit the Mullets gained a foothold in the game although they weren't offering any threat to the goal.

​They did get on terms in the 19th minute though, with the Magpies repaying the charity that was on offer earlier. A corner was delivered to the edge of the six-yard area where Byron Napper rose, but unfortunately not quite high enough to clear the ball and instead his glanced header looped the ball over home 'keeper Sam Smith and softly into the far corner. It could have been even worse for the hosts three minutes later when Dion Jarvis was afforded a run at goal, but his resulting shot was blazed over. Smith came to the rescue in the 36th minute showing good reactions to turn away Shane Brazil's shot when through on goal and all of a sudden, the hosts were looking to the break to regroup. As it happens they could have snatched the lead in stoppage time when a neat move saw Tiago Andrade slip in Bachelor but he fired over at the near post rather than go across the 'keeper.

​The Magpies looked far more settled after the break and took control of the game just 6 minutes into the half when a sweeping move saw Ollie Moore and Napper combine for the latter to slip the ball to Andrade, who held off his marker to coolly slot the ball into the far corner, giving Boughton no chance. Just after the hour mark, Michael Wood was cruelly scythed down by Elliot Dollner just outside the area. Napper stepped up to deliver a viciously curling delivery into the area, which Andrade managed to get his head to, but his glanced effort went narrowly wide of the far post.

​Five minutes later the hosts conspired again to let their visitors back into the match. Jarvis got around Ross Swaine on the left and delivered a low cross that Smith could only parry straight to the grateful feet of Luke Richards who duly prodded home from 6 yards. Both sides were now looking to seize 3 points and as such the game began to open up. With 15 minutes left Brazil fashioned an opportunity for himself but again couldn't keep the shot below the crossbar. It would prove a costly miss.

​With just 10 minutes left, Andrade did well to recycle an attack by pulling the ball back to Wood, who stepped inside before firing goalward. His effort flew through Dollner's legs and with Gary Pritchard in close vicinity Lewis Boughton didn't commit to the dive and the ball found its way into the far corner to gain the lead for the third time. Napper had an opportunity presented to him to extend the lead when Boughton fumbled the ball but he couldn't keep his effort down under pressure from the floundering 'keeper and his defenders.

​Arundel so nearly clawed it back one final time in the second minute of injury time when Richards got onto the end of another cross from the left but Eddie French got across to do just enough to put the tall striker off and his guided effort went harmlessly wide and with that went the last meaningful chance of the game and the Magpies secured the three points that keeps them in touch with the top of the table that appears to be getting more congested as each week passes.

Team: ​Andrade, Bachelor (Dominique), French, Holvey, Moore, Napper, Raoune, Smith, Swaine (Jardim), Warren & Wood
Subs not used: ​Camp & Wright

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1. Lewis Bought

2. Lewis Jenkins

3. Cameron Elder (Replaced)

4. Jake Jephson

5. Elliot Dollner

6. Liam Griffin

7. Lee Mottershead (Capt)

8. Hayden Briggs (Replaced)

9. Luke Richards (Replaced)

10. Shane Brazil 

11. Dion Jarvis

12. Dominic Haward  (Used)

14. Griel Come

15. Scott Callaghan (Used)

16. Josh Bradley (Used) 

17. George Dollner

Attendance - 55

Goal Scorers - OG, Luke Richards

Yellow Cards - Bradley, Jenkins, E. Dollner

Red cards - None

Arundel 0 v 3 Lancing (Peter Bentley Cup) 21/10/2017


Report courtesy of LEWIS MASON 'Worthing Herald' Thank you 

Lancing seal Peter Bentley Cup quarter-final spot Lancing sealed their spot in the Peter Bentley Cup quarter-finals after seeing off Arundel on Saturday.

Lancing Football Club booked their place in the last eight of the Peter Bentley Cup on Saturday. Lewis Finney's second half double, along with Alex Fair's effort - also after half-time - helped Lancers to a 3-0 third-round win at fellow Southern Combination League Premier Division Arundel. Heavy wind and rain from Storm Brian had put the tie in doubt but a pitch inspection a couple of hours prior to kick-off was passed. Given the terrible conditions his side faced, Lancers boss John Sharman was pleased with the character his side showed to reach the quarter-finals. For in-form Lancing, it was a fifth successive win in all competitions, a run of results Sharman wants to see built on.

He said: "The pitch was only just playable, so it was important for us to have the right attitude and commitment. "Apart from them hitting the bar early on, I felt we were always in control of the game. At times we played some decent football in the difficult conditions. A blustery wind and heavy rain made things tricky for both teams in the early exchanges. It was the home side who came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half. Josh Biggs saw his effort just inside the area strike the underside of the crossbar and go safe. Fair got the opening goal seven minutes after the restart, then Finney netted his first less than 60 seconds later.

Lancers made sure it was them who would reach the quarter-final as Finney got his second in second half stoppage-time.

LANCING: D'Cruz; Donaldson, Sharman, Clayman, Broughton; Spinks, Dramis, Williamson; Tredrea, Fair, L.Finney. Subs: E.Finney, Wotherspoon, Pittock.

Read more at: http://www.worthingherald.co.uk/sport/football/lancing-seal-peter-bentley-cup-quarter-final-spot-1-8211232


1. Lewis Boughton

2. Lewis Jenkins (subbed)

3. Cameron Elder

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Elliot Dollner

6. Scott Towers (subbed)

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Alex Biggs 

9. Josh Biggs (Capt) (subbed)

10. Dion Jarvis 

11. Shane Brazil

12. Hayden Briggs (Jenkins)

14. Dominic Haward (Biggs)

15. Jordon Jones (Towers)

Attendance - 46

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - J.Biggs

Red cards - None

Arundel 2 v 3 Crawley Down Gatwick 14/10/2017


Saturday 14th October 2017, 1500 KO

Arundel FC vs Crawley Down Gatwick FC

The Build Up

When Bognor Regis vs Oxford City in the Vanarama National League South was postponed due to an FA Cup clash between, erm, Oxford City and Bognor Regis, I found myself listlessly heading to the South Coast with no match to attend. Carrying out brotherly duties, and visiting the youngest of the Grass Roots Tourist clan at university, I was committed to spending the weekend in Bognor Regis. So, I scouted around, and found this gem of a clash in the Southern Combination Football League Premier Division – Sussex’s representation at Step Five of the National League system.

Nicknamed The Mullets in honour of the team’s commitment to reviving the 80s hair masterpiece (definitely nothing to do with the fish found in the nearby River Arun), Arundel are currently second from bottom in the division. Managed by Richard Towers, last week’s win away to East Preston lifted them off the bottom, and a further victory against 7th place Crawley Down Gatwick could see them move up again.

The Ground

Mill Road is a surely uniquely picturesque ground. Overlooked by the stunningly imposing Arundel Castle, this 2,200 capacity ground nestled in the rolling South Downs is a delight. The only drawback of such a stunning location is the parking. With Arundel Castle – the geographically confusing seat of the Duke of Norfolk – drawing hordes of visitors in the late autumn sun, matchday supporters are left with the difficult conundrum: park miles away, pay £6 plus for the nearby car park, or take their chances in the Mill Road car park. I opted for the latter, and spent the next two hours in fear that a wayward shot would smash my windscreen…

Tickets were £6, but thanks to Simon Butler Arundel’s Vice Chairman I received free entry in exchange for a pre-match team photo. Unfortunately, due to a mix up entirely of my own making, I took a pre-match photo of a thoroughly bemused Crawley Down Gatwick squad, so, Simon – please take this as a public apology!

With a loudspeaker blaring out Motown classics, I went looking for my customary pre-match snack, and was delighted to find the option of a Double Cheeseburger. At £5.00 it seemed steep, but when I started munching my way through and found approximately two thirds of a cow nestled within the bun, the value for money was apparent. I expect I’d have thoroughly enjoyed eating it whilst reading the programme, but sadly printer issues had left the matchday programme nothing but a pipe dream.

The Match

Kick off signalled an initial fifteen minutes which promised a long and tedious afternoon in West Sussex. A couple of late tackles by Arundel players aside, there wasn’t much to enliven the opening quarter of an hour. On 17 minutes, though, one of the litany of early fouls by Arundel resulted in a free kick on the left hand side of the box. This was swung in by CDG’s Captain, Dan Sullivan – the first of many good set piece deliveries from him – but no one was able to get a firm contact.

This seemed to spark the game into life, and over the next ten minutes both sides had good chances. Sullivan had the ball in the net for Crawley Down Gatwick after an Oli Leslie shot was well parried by Arundel ‘keeper Lewis Boughton, only to see the flag raised (correctly) for offside. Sullivan then had a gilt edged chance to score for real when Leslie delivered an inch perfect cross, but the skipper’s sliding effort was high, wide and handsome.

At the other end, Arundel’s winger Shane Brazil was threatening when in possession. An absolute livewire, with great agility and balance, the diminutive winger’s close control and skill were brilliant to watch, but the end product was sadly lacking at times. I was certain that if Arundel were to score it would be through him.

This exquisite prescience is exactly why no-one regards me as the non-league Nostradamus, as the scoring was opened on 28 minutes by The Mullets’ number seven, Lee Mottershead. Nipping in to seize upon some loose Crawley Down Gatwick control, he looked up to see The Anvils goalie off his line. Despite being fully 40 yards from goal, he whipped out the sand wedge, and chipped an impudent finish over the stranded Seb Bos to put Arundel 1-0 up.

The lead would lasted shorter than Katie Price’s singing career, as barely three minutes later a Dan Sullivan through ball found Leslie in space. The tall, and exceedingly smiley #10 cut inside, made space on his right foot, and sent a shot into the far corner past the unfortunate Boughton, who had already made some good saves by this point. 1-1 – game on.

Three minutes on, and CDG’s Sam Packham also saw a goal chalked off courtesy of the linesman’s flag. A long ball was flicked on, and Packham reacted to said flick with one of his own – over the goalkeeper and into Arundel’s net. Again, the assistant referee got the call correct, and the parity was maintained. This proved to be the last notable event of the half, and the referee’s whistle sent the players into the changing room with the scores level.

The first half had established in my mind that Crawley Down Gatwick’s Dan Sullivan and Oli Leslie would have a massive influence on this match, having already got an assist and a goal between them, and the second half solidified the impression they made on me. Another player who I liked the look of in the first 45 was Brazil, and he created the first good moment of the second period. On 53 minutes, a tricky, winding, pacey 50 metre run down the right wing was only brought to an end when Bos came out to smother the danger.

Around five minutes later came possibly the best goal I’ve seen live at any level of football. When the ball broke to Arundel’s Captain, and top scorer, Josh Biggs, in the centre circle no danger was evident. In fact, even an audacious lob looked out of the question given Bos’s position a mere four or five metres from his goal line. However, not to be outdone by Mottershead, Biggs drilled a shot from just shy of 50 metres. The ball flew towards the goal and it was immediately apparent the trajectory was arcing for the top corner.

Bos backpedalled, but to no avail, and the shot clipped the bar and went in – leaving Arundel 2-1 up, and me feeling all kinds of dirty watching such filth in public.

On any other day, Dan Sullivan’s seventieth minute equaliser would have easily won the coveted prize of Best Long Range Goal By A Captain, but Biggs’ effort was so spectacular, that Sullivan’s free kick will have to settle for second place. Still, when Elliot Dollner’s foul halted Michael Spence’s run five yards outside the box and central, Sullivan lined up the free kick looking all kinds of confident. For some reason, my spidey senses were tingling, so I focused on Boughton and the Arundel goal. So it was, that I was perfectly positioned to watch the ball whip into the top left corner beyond the ‘keeper’s athletic dive, as Sullivan evened up the scores.

From this point on, Ed Sheeran’s younger brother, who is apparently a SCFL referee, came to the fore. Seemingly submitting his decision making process to chaos theory, his decision making became increasingly spurious. The culmination being a yellow card awarded to Arundel’s skipper for having the audacity to be fouled himself. Of course, Arundel’s right back Luke Heffron will feel his red card for dissent to be the strangest decision. I can’t comment though – it was so unexpected, I didn’t even see it. It wasn’t until I heard Heffron holding forth on the issue post-match that I even realised it had happened…

As we entered additional time, Crawley Down Gatwick began to turn the screw. A wonderful 91st minute save by Boughton, where he tipped a close range header onto the crossbar and over reinforced upon me how impressive his performance had been. Unfortunately, he and his teammates ended up losing the point they deserved in the 96th minute.

I can only assume that the referee’s watch had stopped, because there is no way under the sun that this match had incurred six minutes’ worth of stoppages. However, deep into Fergie time and it was that man Leslie again. From Sullivan’s cross, the ball was headed back across goal, where Leslie timed his jump perfectly, and the ball clipped off the crossbar and dropped tantalisingly out of Boughton’s reach.

A frantic minute later, and time was up, leaving Arundel on the receiving end of a cruel, and in my opinion, unjust defeat. They had earned their point, and the addition of some unexplainable minutes cost them just that.

The Wash Up

So Paul Cooper’s team will head back across the Downs with all three points, as they look upwards at the top of the table. The visitors performed well today, and in Oli Leslie and Dan Sullivan had probably the two best performers on the day. They will feel their three points were well deserved, and any team who can snatch the victory at the death have shown a will to win that will serve them well across the season.

However, I personally feel that a draw would have been the fair result – Arundel fought hard, and when able to get the ball on the ground played some lovely football. Lewis Boughton is a good shot stopper and sweeps his area well, whilst Shane Brazil’s ability to make the ball appear glued to his feet is remarkable.

Unfortunately for Richard Towers and his squad, football is an inherently unfair game, and when you’re luck is out, it’s really out. The right bounce, the right calculation of time by the referee, and things could have been so very different.

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1. Lewis Boughton

2. Luke Heffron

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Elliot Dollner

6. Rob Lofting

7. Lee Mottershead (55 mins)

8. Alex Biggs (60 mins)

9. Josh Biggs (Capt)

10. Dion Jarvis (70 mins)

11. Shane Brazil

12. Hayden Briggs (70 mins)

14. Ash Hunter (60 mins)

15. Dominic Haward (55 mins)

Attendance - 56

Goal Scorers - L. Mottershead, J. Biggs

Yellow Cards - Dudas, A.Biggs, Haward

Red cards - Luke Heffron

East Preston 0 v 2 Arundel 10/10/2017


Arundel goal scorers Rob Lofting & Josh Biggs pictured above

​Report and match facts will appear here when available....

1. Lewis Boughton

2. Luke Heffron (84 mins)

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Elliot Dollner

6. Rob Lofting

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Alex Biggs

9. Josh Biggs (Capt)

10. Dion Jarvis

11. Hayden Briggs (55 mins)

12. Liam Griffin (84 mins)

14. Ash Hunter

15. Shane Brazil (55 mins)

16. Scott Towers

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Attendance - 104

Goal Scorers - Rob Lofting, Josh Biggs

Yellow Cards - Alex Biggs

Red cards - None

Arundel 1 v 2 Haywards Heath 07/10/2017

Heath below par but take all three points at Mill Road

By Stuart Morgan (Thank you)

A revitalised Arundel side pushed Heath all the way for the points today but Heath stuck to the task and came away top of the table.

Manager Shaun Saunders was still without Max Miller and Scott Chamberlain added to the absentees was Simon Lehkyj who was also away. Josh Heyburn returned between the sticks, it was a more familiar back line of Luc Doherty, Bailie Rogers, Jahmahl King and captain Tom Graves. The Midfield saw Joel Daly return to the starting eleven with Nathan Cooper and Karly Akehurst in the middle and Jamie Weston on the left. Up front were Trevor McCreadie and George Hayward. The bench was Alfie Rogers, Joe Dryer, Omar Bukleb, George Fenton and Jack Whitmore.

Both sides took a few minutes to settle down before the first chance came but Nathan Cooper couldn’t get his powerful strike on target after being set up by George Hayward.

The hosts looked very lively going forwards and in particular their front man Shane Brazil was keeping the Heath back line on their toes. Josh Heyburn was called into action twice in 2 minutes as he made two good saves low down as Arundel looked to open the scoring.

With the game going from end to end it was Heath who broke the deadlock on 12 minutes, Trevor McCreadie latched on to a ball and as he was closed down and not able to get a shot away he laid the ball off to Joel Daly who didn’t hesitate in pulling the trigger and sent the ball into the top corner.

Arundel 0-1 Heath


Arundel looked to respond but efforts from distance were off the mark and didn’t trouble Josh Heyburn in the Heath goal. At the other end Karly Akehurst’s low strike was narrowly wide as he looked to extend Heath’s lead.

George Haywards effort was off the mark on 18 minutes shortly before Arundel got themselves in a good forwards position but could only find the side netting.

Heath continued their assault on the hosts goal but Nathan Coopers header lacked the power required when getting on the end of a Jamie Weston free kick and when Trevor McCreadie did break the Arundel back line his strike from a tight angle was well saved at his near post by the Arundel keeper Lewis Boughton.

More efforts came and went with Karly Akehurst hitting the target but again not beating the keeper who held on well to the low strike.

With a little over 10 minutes remaining Arundel had a free kick just outside the Heath area in a central position but the strike was just over the bar, at the other end Trevor McCreadie had to improvise on 37 minutes but the half chance was just wide of the of the far post after hooking the ball over his own head!

The final clear chance of the half saw a free kick from the hosts well met by a firm header but again Josh Heyburn was equal to it and made a fine diving save to his left.

Half Time - Arundel 0-1 Heath

There was little action at the start of the second half of which Alfie Rogers replaced George Hayward on 51 minutes after the Heath player picked up a knock.

On 58 minutes the hosts were let back into the game though an uncharacteristic mistake from Josh Heyburn. The Heath number one didn’t hold a high ball that seemed to drop and hit his foot that in turn fell straight into the path of the lively number 10 Shane Brazil who tapped into the empty net.

Arundel 1-1 Heath

Heath seemed to go up a gear and following a couple of corners that were cleared and dangerous balls into the box which only found space they re-took the lead on 68 minutes. Alfie Rogers worked well down the right hand side of the box and his ball across found the perfectly placed Jamie Weston who made no mistake stroking the ball past the recovering keeper.

Arundel 1-2 Heath

A great solo effort on 70 minutes from Joel Daly would be his last action before being replaced by Joe Dryer. The young wide man weaved from out wide to central before striking the ball from the edge of the box that was met by an equally good diving save from Lewis Boughton.

With 72 minutes played Karly Akehurst hit a good free kick that was only just wide of the keepers right hand post.

The final 20 minutes lacked any real goal mouth action as Heath were contained around the hosts box and the hosts themselves looked for quick counter attacks that both Tom Graves and Jahmahl King marshalled really well.

Deep into injury time there was one final chance for the hosts but the miss hit strike was going wide but found another Arundel player but he snatched at the shot and it went clearly over the bar.

Full Time - Arundel 1-2 Heath

Watch video highlights of the game below...............

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1. Lewis Boughton

2. Luke Heffron (75 mins)

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Elliot Dollner

6. Rob Lofting

7. Alex Biggs

8. Lee Mottershead

9. Josh Biggs (Capt)

10. Shane Brazil

11. Dion Jarvis

12. Liam Griffin

14. Jake Fuller

15. Scott Callaghan (75 mins)

Goal Scorers - Shane Brazil

Yellow Cards - None

Red cards - None