Arundel 0 v 3 Three Bridges 24/04/2018

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Report courtesy of 'The Crawley Observer'  Thank you 

Arundel 0 Three Bridges 3: Bridges guarantee top-two finish to secure likely promotion to Bostik League

A brilliant piece of individual opportunism and two late team goals clinched a 3-0 win away to Arundel.

This result means Bridges cannot finish lower than second in the Southern Combination League Premier Division.

Reports suggest at least two teams will go up this season, meaning they have now secured promotion to the Bostik League.

In the process of this win, they also recorded their 100th goal in all competitions this season.

Arundel, understandably with fellow strugglers Littlehampton coming their way only two days later, were not at full strength, but Ryan Hallett saw an early effort deflected for a corner and Jack Kates fired over from distance as a gap opened up for him.

But Bridges soon settled and dominated possession without seriously testing home keeper Dan Stev in a disappointing first half.

Tyrone Berry headed just wide from a Connor French cross and Jamie Crellin also came close with a header, while a through ball from John Lansdale seemed perfect for Ben Bacon, who was only denied by a superb last ditch challenge.

Lansdale provided a string of chances with long throws and deep crosses, but Bridges huffed and puffed for large chunks of the opening half, and it was no surprise to see them come out for the second period with more purpose.

French had an early chance held well by Stev, who then flung himself across goal to keep out a goalbound effort from Berry.

But after 61 minutes came a moment of brilliance as Lansdale’s latest throw found French with his back to goal.

Unperturbed, he simply produced a superb overhead-kick which Stevens could do nothing about and Bridges were up and running.

They really should have settled the game after that, but chances came and went.

Nathan Simpson, who had an excellent game in his first appearance since the end of February, saw an effort deflected over, while Darryl Siaw broke clear but was denied at the last moment and suffered an injury in the process!

But with three minutes of normal time remaining, Bridges produced a brilliant counter strike with Bacon laying the ball off to Simpson on the left, and the resulting pinpoint cross being met perfectly by George Gaskin.

And two minutes later Gaskin broke clear on the left and unselfishly laid the ball across goal for the onrushing Nathan Crabb to visciously volley home a third, this being that magical 100th goal of the campaign.

There was still time for Stev to tip away another volley from Gaskin, but the 3-0 win meant that Bridges now have an identical +49 goal difference to leaders Haywards Heath, and they have scored four more.

Bridges: Thorp; Collins; Simpson; Lansdale; Peters; Crellin; Berry (Crabb 63); Grant (Hall 77); French (Gaskin 69); Bacon; Siaw.

Unused subs: Casselman, O’Neill

Arundel: Stev; Callaghan; Gibbs; Jephson (Richards 79); Tipper; Hunter; Hallett (Fuller 75); Ebling; Jarvis; Briggs (Rennie 65); Kates.

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1. Dan Stevens

2. Scott Callaghan

3. Dan Gibbs

4. Jake Jephson (80 mins)

5. Scott Tipper Capt

6. Ash Hunter

7. Ryan Hallett (75 mins)

8. Jake Ebling

9. Dion Jarvis

10. Hayden Briggs (65 mins)

11. Jack Kates

12. Jake Fuller (75 mins)

14. Luke Richards (80 mins)

15. Craig Rennie (65 mins)

16. Nathan Madgewick

Attendance - 38

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - S. Tipper

Red cards - None

Arundel 1 v 1 Loxwood 21/04/2018

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1. Dan Stevens

2. Rob Lofting

3. Ash Hunter

4. Jordan Dudas (Capt)

5. Elliott Dollner (60 mins)

6. Ryan Hallett

7. Jake Jephson (65 mins)

8. Lewis Jenkins (70 mins)

9. Josh Biggs

10. Dion Jarvis

11. Harry Russell

12. Jack Kates (65 mins)

14. Scott Callaghan (60 mins)

15. Dan Gibb (70 mins)


Attendance - 51

Goal Scorers - H. Russell

Yellow Cards - L. Jenkins, J. Biggs, E. Dollner

Red cards - None

Arundel 1 v 1 East Preston 17/04/2018

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(Above) Arundel goal scorer Lewis Jenkins

Report courtesy of Lewis Mason ‘The Littlehampton Gazette’ thank you

Struggling Arundel and East Preston play out derby draw

Arundel Football Club edged a point closer to securing their Southern Combination League Premier Division status last night.

Jack Barnes’ penalty opener was cancelled out by a Lewis Jenkins header as Mullets sealed a 1-1 draw with rivals East Preston at Mill Road.

It was a derby lacking in quality but both teams had chances to take all three points.

For Richard Towers’Arundel, a share of the spoils moved them closer to staying in the SCFL Premier Division.

Going into the derby clash second from bottom, Mullets remain 19th but have a three-point cushion over basement boys Littlehampton Town and trail place-above Worthing United by a point with a game in hand on them.

Despite seeing his side come away with a draw, Arundel manager Towers was not pleased with the display.

He said: “We really needed to win this game. I’d say out of the past four games we’ve played in such a short space of time, this was our worst performance.

“We looked tired, weren’t sharp and just laboured through the game. We huffed and puffed but didn’t do enough to get all three points.

“I was hoping for a big performance but I think so many games in such close proximity has taken it out of the boys.

“The quality from the other games, although we haven’t been getting the results, was missing and we’ve played much better.”

East Preston were awarded a penalty after a quiet opening. Defender Tom Lyne went down under a challenge from Arundel forward Josh Biggs, with a spot-kick given on 25 minutes. Jack Barnes kept his cool, sending Dan Stevens the wrong way and firing EP ahead.

Mullets responded well and levelled things ten minutes later. Josh Biggs made up for giving a penalty away as his hooked pass found Lewis Jenkins, who was on hand to head past Ben Purkis.

Both teams had chances to win it after the restart. Jarvis worked some crossing room, picking out Harry Russell– whose recently returned after a long injury lay-off – but Purkis was equal to his drive on 52 minutes.

Mullets stopper Dan Stevenswas given a let-off 17 minutes from time. Stevens’ scuffed clearance fell to Dan Huet, who took the ball in his path before Mullets ‘keeper Stevensmade a fine recovery save as it finished 1-1.

East Preston boss Bob Paine– whose side moved up a place to 13th after the draw – was satisfied with a point.

He said: “I’d have taken the result before the game. It was a match lacking a bit of quality and I felt we were generally in control.

“We worked hard but just lacked quality in the final third.”

Arundel face four games in eight days, starting at Loxwood on Saturday, in their bid for survival. East Preston entertain AFC Uckfield Town on Saturday.

ARUNDEL: Stevens; Lofting, Dudas, Dollner, Callaghan; Hallett, Jenkins; Russell, R.Biggs, Jarvis; J.Biggs. Subs: Hunter (Dudas, 88), S.Towers, Gibb, Jephson (Russell, 81).

EAST PRESTON: Purkis; DaCosta, Lyne, Etherington, Beaney; Lelliott, Barnes; Heryet, Hunter, Brodie; Huet. Subs: Josh Parazo, Quirke (Hunter, 45), Searle (Lelliott, 88), Laughlin, Donaldson.

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1. Dan Stevens

2. Rob Lofting

3. Scott Callaghan

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Elliott Dollner

6. Ryan Hallett  (Withdrawn)

7. Rory Biggs

8. Lewis Jenkins

9. Josh Biggs

10. Dion Jarvis

11. Harry Russell (Withdrawn)

12. Ash Hunter (Used)

14. Scott Towers

15. Dan Gibb

16. Jake Jephson (Used)

Attendance - 57

Goal Scorers - L. Jenkins

Yellow Cards - R.Biggs, E. Dollner

Red cards - None

Arundel 2 v 3 Eastbourne United AFC 14/04/2018

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1. Dan Stevens

2. Rob Lofting

3. Scott Callaghan

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Scott Tipper

6. Scott Towers

7. Lewis Jenkins Capt

8. Lewis Jenkins

9. Harry Russell

10. Shane Brazil (70 mins)

11. Rory Biggs

12. Ryan Hallett (70 mins)

14. Dan Towers

Attendance - 43

Goal Scorers - S.Brazil, R. Biggs

Yellow Cards - R. Biggs, S. Towers

Red cards - None

Crawley Down Gatwick 2 v 2 Arundel 12/04/2018

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(Above) Arundel's Ash Hunter one of the goal scorers. 


1. Dan Stevens

2. Rob Lofting

3. Dan Gibbs

4. Dan Towers

5. Ash Hunter

6. Jake Jephson

7. Jacob Hallett (75mins)

8. Lewis Jenkins Capt

9. Harry Russell (75mins)

10. Shane Brazil

11. Dion Jarvis

12. Conor Bull

14. Jake Ebling

15. Ben Mepham (75mins)

16. Jack Kates (75mins)

Attendance - tbc

Goal Scorers - J. Jephson, A. Hunter

Yellow Cards - D.Towers, B. Mepham, S. Brazil, L. Jenkins

Red cards - None

Haywards Heath 2 v 0 Arundel 10/04/2018

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(Above) Dion Jarvis tussles with Haywards Heath's Karly Akehurst....

Report Courtesy of Stuart Morgan– Haywards Heath FC Website

Heath Continue To Lead the Way

By Stuart Morgan

Heath had to overcome a disciplined Arundel side at Hanbury to stay at the top of the SCFL with the chasing team’s right on their tails

Tonight was proof that there are no easy games in the SCFL, Arundel fighting for survival came with a game plan and for 75 minutes carried it out but a Karly Akehurstpenalty and a Scott Chamberlainwonder strike meant it was Heath that claimed the all-important 3 points.

In the first half Heath controlled the game well but actual efforts on target were at a premium and left the Heath players frustrated, both Alex Laingand Karly Akehurstcalled the visiting keeper into action inside the first 10 minutes but after that Heath failed to hit the target with Nathan Copper going closest clipping the bar with a header from a Jaime Weston corner.

Arundel were trying to play on the break but good defence displays across the back prevented any clear cut opportunities. In the 34th minute the visitors made a big shout for a penalty but the referee waved away any claims.


Half Time – Heath 0-0 Arundel

The second half almost saw Heath break the deadlock within 5 minutes but the keeper did well to block the effort and the defenders bundled the ball away for a Heath corner. The resulting corner was only partially cleared but the return effort from skipper Naim Rouanewas over the bar.

Arundel looked to respond again breaking fast but the quick effort was dragged across goal.

Heath’s frustrations became evident as Max Millerpicked up a yellow card through a silly foul and outburst after.

Jamie Westonwas next to call the Arundel keeper Dan Stevens into action as his well struck free kick was pushed away at full stretch. Arundel at the other end also testedJosh Heyburnfrom distance but the Heath keeper was right behind the free kick from distance.

Both Scott Chamberlainand Jamie Westonsaw efforts miss the mark before Heath finally made the break through. In the 74th minute Karly Akehurstsent a throw in into the box a big shout for handball was shouted and the referee pointed to the spot leaving the Arundel players and bench incensed. Karly Akehurststepped up and made no mistake from the spot powering the ball past the keeper who got a good hand to the ball but couldn’t keep it out.


Heath 1-0 Arundel

Just 4 minutes later it was the Heath players and bench left in disbelief as what looked like a brilliant last ditch save by the left back with his hands as this time the penalty appeals were waved away.

In the 82nd minute Scott Chamberlainwould finally put the game out of reach of the visitors with a goal worthy of the admission price, receiving the ball from Melford Simpsonand shifting the ball onto his left foot he left the visitors keeper watching as he let fly and put the ball into the top corner.


Heath 2-0 Arundel

Credit to Arundel they continued to look for a way back into the game even at such a late stage, a low worked corner really should have troubled Heath more than it did as it was blasted over.

Heath made a double substitution with Jack Whitmoreand George Brownreplacing Jamie Westonand Karly Akehurst.

The final chance of the match again fell to the visitors but the close range effort was wide of the mark.


Full Time Heath 2-0 Arundel

Man Of The Match – Josh Spinks– Continues to excel at the back taking command and reading the play brilliantly.

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Report Courtesy of Lewis Mason ‘Littlehampton Gazette’ thank you

Battling Mullets go down to title-chasing Heath

Arundel Football Club’s spirited display proved in vain as they were beaten at Southern Combination League Premier Division leaders Haywards Heath Town last night.

Second half strikes from Karl Akehurst - from the penalty spot - and Scott Chamberlainhelped title-chasing Heath to a 2-0 home triumph.

Richard Towers’team were left feeling a little hard done by that their efforts were not rewarded with the return of any points.

Defeat proved damaging for second-from-bottom Mullets with basement boys and rivals Littlehampton Town closing the gap on them to just two points.

Golds were 3-1 winners over Worthing United to leave them two points behind place-above Arundel.

Towers’ troops have played three games less than rivals Littlehampton but they need to start picking up points soon to ensure they move away from danger.

Arundel had dealt with pretty much everything league leaders Haywards Heath had to throw at them but were undone 15 minutes from time.

Referee David Josephawarded Heath a penalty, which Akehurst slammed home.

Chamberlaindoubled Haywards Heath’s advantage six minutes from time to see his team to victory.

Mullets are facing a third game in the space of just five days when they make the trip to Crawley Down Gatwick tomorrow (7.30pm).

n Arundel were sent crashing to a SCFL Premier Division defeat at Newhaven on Saturday.

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1. Dan Stevens

2. Rob Lofting

3. Scott Callaghan

4. Lewis Jenkins Capt

5. Elliott Dollner

6. Jake Jephson

7. Scott Tipper (77 mins)

8. Dion Jarvis

9. Ben Mepham (75 mins)

10. Jack Kates (70 mins)

11. Ryan Hallett

12. Jordan Dudas

14. Jake Ebling (77 mins)

15. Craig Rennie (75 mins)

16. Conor Bull (70 mins)

Attendance - tbc

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - None

Red cards - None

Arundel FC – New Marketing Manager – Tom Nicholls

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Everyone at Arundel FC would like to welcome our new ‘Marketing Manager’

Thomas will help the Club to work closely with local businesses and community groups, to increase attendances and boost sponsorship, hospitality and event income.

He currently is also working for 180 Group as Marketing Manager, Thomas spends most of his working week designing websites and marketing local businesses and he is excited to join the team at Arundel FC.

“With the Club being an essential part of the town, it is time to also make further progress off the pitch and build a successful future which involves everybody in Arundel and the close surrounding areas”