Lancing 2 v 0 Arundel 17/03/2018


Arundel captain Jordan Dudas (Above) was carried off late on, and is a big injury concern to Arundel...........

​Report courtesy of Lewis Mason 'Littlehampton Gazette'. Thank you

Lancing Football Club’s hunt for a first Southern Combination League Premier Division win of 2018 came to an end on Saturday against Arundel

Second-half strikes from defender David Sharman and Liam Benson took Lancers to a 2-0 home success over struggling Arundel. John Sharman’s side were without a win since December but managed to end a seven-game wait for victory with a routine triumph over Mullets.

Lancers boss Sharman was relieved his side brought the 2018 drought to an end. He said: “It’s been a while coming but I think we totally deserved the three points on Saturday, hopefully we can go on from here. “It was a good result against a team that in their previous games had drawn with Pagham and beaten Peacehaven & Telscombe. Liam Benson netted a penalty as Lancing scored a first win in 2018 on Saturday.

“I encouraged the boys to go play their football and enjoy the game, but when you’re on a losing streak confidence can affect the way they play. "They deserve a lot of credit for the win. The attitude and commitment was spot on by the whole squad.” Lancers made a bright start but Mullets grew in to things as the half wore on.

The first real chance of note came in spectacular fashion. Benson’s cross was met by a overhead kick from George Rudwick but Daniel Stevens was equal to his effort. The match was in the balance after the restart, before Lancers took control. Lewis Broughton’s floated free-kick was headed home by an unmarked David Sharman to give the home side the lead after an hour.

Lancing were then gifted the chance to double their lead ten minutes later when Sharman was taken down in the area following a corner. Referee Richard Sargeant pointed to the spot and Benson slammed home the penalty. Lancers were then dominant and missed a golden chance to make it three. Rudwick was sent racing away but could only fire into the side-netting as Lancers ran out 2-0 victors.

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1. Dan Stevens

2. Elliot Dollner (80 mins)

3. Scott Callaghan

4. Jordan Dudas (Capt)

5. Jake Jephson

6. Rob Lofting

7. Ryan Hallett (80 mins)

8. Lewis Jenkins

9. Josh Biggs (70 mins)

10. Shane Brazil

11. Dion Jarvis

12. Jake Ebling (80 mins)

14. Connor Bull (80 mins)

15. Ash Hunter

16. Ben Mepham

17. Harry Russell (70 mins)

18. Griel Come (GK)

Attendance - tbc

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - J. Dudas

Red cards - None

Arundel 2 v 0 Peacehaven & Telscombe 06/03/2018


(Above) Goal scorers Josh Biggs & Jordan Dudas

Report courtesy of Lewis Mason – ‘Littlehampton Gazette’ Thank you

Mullets challenged to build on 'massive' win

Richard Towers does not want Arundel Football Club’s sixth Southern Combination League Premier Division win of the season to go to waste.

First-half efforts from forward Josh Biggs and centre-half Jordan Dudas fired Mullets to a 2-0 triumph over in-form Peacheaven & Telscombe at Mill Road last night.

The victory was a first in six attempts for Arundel, helping them climb a place to 18th in the table. Mullets – whose league clash at Haywards Heath Town on Saturday was called off owing to a frozen pitch – fell to second from bottom with Hassocks scoring a win over basement Littlehampton in a crucial encounter on the same day.

Given the fact Mullets dropped down a place in the table over the weekend, manager Towers was impressed by the way his team responded in their latest win. He said: “We didn’t start very well but started to perform somewhere near our best as the match went on. “It was an important victory given the fact Hassocks moved above us in the table with their win over the weekend. What we want to do now is really capitalise on this, making sure we get on a run. “This is a tough division to get results in but the hope is we can now start picking up points.”

Mullets won three of their final matches in 2017 to start moving up the table. The poor weather at the start of this year meant Arundel were not able to complete a full competitive match until February, seeing them lose a great deal of momentum. With five games still to play between now and the end of this month, Towers is targeting a decent points return to move his side up the table. “We were on a really good run just before Christmas, so we know we are capable of stringing results together,” Towers said. “It’s a busy run we’ve got between now and the end of March. Hopefully this win will help build momentum for the remainder of the season. “

Another crucial part will be picking up points against teams around us in the table. We’ve shown we’re a match for any team on our day, it’s about finding a consistent level now. Mullets are aiming to secure back-to-back victories for just the third time this season when they welcome rivals East Preston on Saturday. Towers has already guided his troops to two wins over EP this season and sees no reason why they can’t add another. He added: “We’ve had a couple of players come from them to us over the past few , but that won’t make a difference. “Getting the three points will be enough of an incentive for my team – we want to move up the league.”

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1. Dan Stevens

2. Elliot Dollner

3. Scott Callaghan (55 mins)

4. Jordan Dudas (Capt)

5. Jake Jephson

6. Rob Lofting

7. Ryan Hallett

8. Lewis Jenkins (76 mins)

9. Josh Biggs (76 mins)

10. Shane Brazil

11. Dion Jarvis

12. Jake Ebling (76 mins)

14. Connor Bull (76 mins)

15. Ash Hunter (55 mins)

16. Griel Come (GK)

Attendance - 35

Goal Scorers - J.Biggs, J.Dudas

Yellow Cards -  S. Callaghan, D. Jarvis

Red cards - None