Chichester City 6 v 1 Arundel 29/12/18

(Above) - Arundel Goal Scorer  Ben Gray

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Report courtesy of Chichester City FC Website – Thank You 

 

Another high scoring home win ensured Chichester City will head into the new year top of the SCFL premier division.

Having mixed things up in recent weeks bosses Miles Rutherford and Graeme Gee went with the starting XI that beat Pagham in the Boxing Day derby.

Chi looked anything but a settled team though in the opening stages of this match and the visitors might have taken the lead after 30 seconds when a slip from Ben Pashley let Ash Hawkes and Dave Crouch in. City keeper Jordan Matthews made a good save and was relieved to see the second attempt sail over his crossbar. At the other end Ross Edwards couldn’t keep his shot down either after playing a neat one-two.

 Matthews was called into action again moments later after the Mullets capitalised on another mistake at the back and the visitors deservedly broke the deadlock in the 13th minute through Ben Gray’s smart finish.

There were goals galore in the three encounters between the sides last season - Chi winning a cup tie 6-0 and beating Arundel 5-2 and 4-3 home and away in the league. So it seemed unlikely this was going to be settled by a lone goal.

 Two minutes after the opener Connor Cody burst through midfield but his pass to Josh Clack was a bit too heavy. Clack then gave Arundel keeper Stuart McDonald something to think about after good work from Edwards.

The hosts might have fallen further behind after 23 minutes when an unmarked Crouch headed over.

 Boxing Day man of the matchClack almost caught out McDonald with two efforts in as many minutes - a clever low freekick before having another effort blocked after Kaleem Haitham teed him up. And it was Clack, the scorer of both goals against Pagham, who equalised on 36 minutes with his sixth goal since returning to the club at the end of October. Scott Jones’ header was only partially cleared and Clack was quickest to react, turning the ball in from close range. City were back in it now and Ryan Peake tested McDonald with a firm header before Gicu Iodarche’s shot on the turn went inches wide. On the stroke of half time Haitham gave the hosts the lead with a cracking half volley that rifled into the net. And in time added on McDonald spilled a Clack cross for top scorer Jones to bag a typical poacher’s goal.

 HT 3-1

 Dave Herbert came on for Jones at the break and was soon involved as the home side sought the all important next goal. Clack went close five minutes in and Arundel defenders did well to deny Iordache with a couple of blocks in a scramble in the box before McDonald deflected the Romanian’s drive for a corner with his feet. Herbert, who has a habit of scoring against his former club, made it 4-1 on 54 minutes and might have added another in the next attack. 

 Arundel had a rare sniff at goal on the hour mark but Gray dragged his effort wide. Herbert scored again with a lovely lob after the ball fell invitingly to him and would have had a second half hatrick but for a super parry by McDonald. Chi forged further opportunities. Terrell Lewis brushed the bar with a cross-cum-shot and Rory Biggs pulled another save out of the Arundel No.1 before firing over the follow up.

Dan Gibbs then somehow headed a Cody pile-driver off the line. Lewis wrapped it up with two minutes to go of normal time when he ran on to a superb pass, turned a player inside out and beat McDonald with a shot that nestled in the bottom left hand corner for his first goal for the club.

 Chi are now four points clear of second placed Horsham YMCA following their 1-0 home defeat to Broadbridge Heath. City go again in 2019 with an away game at Loxwood on Saturday (Kick Off 3pm)

 

Chichester - Matthews, Peake, Hutchings, Biggs, Cody, Pashley, Clack, Edwards, Jones, Iordache, Haitham. Subs (Williams, Herbert, Martin, Lewis, Ndlovu)

 Updated 22:42 - 30 Dec 2018 by Ian Worden

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1. Stuart McDonald

2. Ryan Hallett

3. Dan Gibb

4. Callum Litterick (57 mins)

5. Jordan Dudas (Capt)

6. Jordan Layton

7. Ash Hawkes (36 mins)

8. Ben Gray

9. Elliott Dollner

10. Dave Crouch

11. Dion Jarvis (57 mins)

 

12. Harry Russell (57 mins)

14. Liam Brady (36 mins)

15. Nathan Foster

16. Dylan Jelley (57 mins)

17. Scott Towers

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Attendance– Tbc

Goal Scorers– B.Gray

Yellow Cards– B. Gray, J. Layton

Red Cards– N/A 

Arundel 1 v 2 East Preston 26/12/18

Report and Match Facts will appear......

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1. Dan Stevens

2. Ryan Hallett

3. Ben Gray

4. Callum Litterick 

5. Jordan Dudas (Capt)

6. Jordan Layton (65 mins)

7. Ash Hawkes 

8. Matt Noble

9. Harry Russell (65 mins)

10. Dave Crouch

11. Dion Jarvis

 

12. Nathan Foster

14. Dan Gibb

15. Scott Callaghan (65 mins)

16. Liam Brady (65 mins)

 

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Attendance– 72

Goal Scorers– D. Crouch

Yellow Cards– B.Gray, C. Litterick

Red Cards– L. Brady

 

Crawley Down Gatwick 3 v 2 Arundel 22/12/18

1. Dan Stevens

2. Scott Callaghan

3. Dan Gibb

4. Callum Litterick 

5. Elliott Dollner (Withdrawn)

6. RyanHallett

7. Ash Hawkes (Withdrawn)

8. Matt Noble (Capt)

9. Harry Russell

10. Ben Gray

11. Dion Jarvis

 

12. Nathan Foster (Used)

14. Jack Kates

15. Dave Crouch (Used)

16. Joe Allan

 

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Attendance – tbc

Goal Scorers – D. Jarvis, A. Hawkes

Yellow Cards – D. Jarvis

Red Cards – N/A

The ‘BOSS’ Has His Say About The Christmas Period 19/12/18

Article courtesy of the 'Littlehampton Gazette' Thank you

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Arundel Football Club boss targeting maximum points over Christmas period Simon Hull

 Arundel manager Simon Hullis targeting maximum points over Christmas, as the Mullets look to put their recent poor run of form behind them. 

 Hull’s side have suffered defeat in four of their last five matches, which included a 7-3 thrashing at Loxwood in late November. Despite their current form, Hull believes that his side are continuing to improve following a 1-1 draw at Langney Wanderers last time out. He said: “All is well” we had to travel to Langney last Tuesday and were very good. “We should have picked up three points.” 

 The Mullets have a testing list of festive fixtures to come, with a trip to Crawley Down Gatwick on Saturday followed by the visit of East Preston to Mill Road on Boxing Day. 

 Arundel will also hope that the weather remains kind to them, after seeing their fixture away to Newhaven postponed earlier this month after a pitch inspection. With his side just two points above the relegation zone, Hull was well aware that Arundel cannot afford to drop crucial points. 

 He said: “The time has given us a chance to work on certain areas, we head to Crawley Down Gatwick on Saturday, that will be a good test for us. We see it as an opportunity to back up Tuesday night’s performance.” 

 Hull will also welcome the return of several key players from injury, ahead of their upcoming fixtures. “We are delighted to welcome back a few important players to these key games over the Christmas period. “We’ll be going for maximum points.” 

 

Read more at: https://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/arundel-football-club-boss-targeting-maximum-points-over-christmas-period-1-8744767

Langney Wanderers 1 v 1 Arundel 11/12/18

(Above) Ash Hawkes Arundel's goal scorer 

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MATCH REPORT courtesy of Ryan Newman (Langney Wanderers) Thank you for a great report.

 

Langney Wanderers manager Kenny McCreadie said that opponents Arundel deserved at least the point they earned after the sides played out a 1-1 draw at Priory Lane on Tuesday evening.

Arundel started on the front foot and earned a free-kick in a dangerous position after just four minutes when the returning Billy Crittenden was eased off the ball too easily and he pulled his man back.

Ashley Hawkes subsequently gave the visitors the early lead from close range as he turned in the delightful ensuing delivery from the left.

Arundel could and probably should’ve doubled their lead just minutes later when Dave Crouch found space inside the box, but he blazed his shot on the half-turn well over the bar.

The Wanderers would then produce their first true foray forward when Max Hollobone dinked a delightful ball down the right channel and in behind the Arundel back-line. The ball was collected by the onrushing Tariq Straker, who had started the game at left wing-back but had switched sides just moments before. Straker then showed good composure and quality to cut inside his man onto his favoured left foot and drive well into the area before curling his shot into the top far side corner to drag the Wanderers level.

The remainder of the first half was fought largely in midfield but both sides created one further opportunity as the half came to a close to take the lead. First, a Crouch snapshot that was destined for the bottom-right corner was well saved by Chris Winterton in the Langney goal before Evan Archibald failed to keep his effort from an increasingly tight angle down after good work from Wayne Wilkinson and Gary Ingram.

Just past the hour mark, Arundel would go close again as Hawkes would drive to the byline but his pull-back was just behind the onrushing Crouch.

With the game heading for a seemingly inevitable conclusion, it was Langney who created a final chance to snatch all three points when Adam Davidson saw his looping header tipped on to the bar by the Arundel goalkeeper Dan Stevens from Simon Catt’s free-kick.

After the game, a clearly disappointed Kenny McCreadie said:

“We weren’t good enough tonight and they deserved at least the point they got, if not more. Their movement was better than ours tonight and so was their intent and drive to win. Our front two, Evan Archibald and Trevor McCreadie, got marked off the pitch by a 16 and 17-year-old.

Once again, we haven’t picked up a runner from a set play. He got a bit lucky because he shinned it a bit but listen, if you don’t go with your runner then you’re going to concede goals.

I’ve got Chris Winterton in goal, the best keeper in this league when he plays, by a mile. He’s used to playing at a much higher level and if it wasn’t for him, we’d have lost the game for sure.

But, the amount of times he had the ball at his feet was ridiculous. He shouldn’t be having it so much. All we did was pick up the ball and pass it back. Chris would then pass it out to one of the back three trying to build attacks but then there was no movement from the midfield and so we were forced to constantly go long.”

Next up for the Wanderers is the visit of their neighbours from the Saffrons, Eastbourne Town. Town are in good form and are undefeated in their last five league games, winning four. Most recently they shocked Worthing FC in the Sussex Senior Cup with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday evening.

“I’m not sure if they’re hitting form at the wrong time or not,” said McCreadie.

“They only beat Hassocks 2-1. Everyone else is beating Hassocks fairly comfortably. They’ve got an experienced manager in John Lambert and some very good and experienced players.

 

 

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1. Dan Stevens

2. Nathan Foster

3. Ben Gray

4. Callum Litterick

5. Dylan Jelley

6. Scott Towers

7. Ash Hawkes

8. Matt Noble (Capt)

9. Harry Russell (81 mins)

10. David Crouch

11. Dion Jarvis

 

12. Harry Potts

14. Sheamus Griffin-Tilley (81 mins)

15. Joe Allen 

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Attendance – tbc

Goal Scorers – A.Hawkes

Yellow Cards – N. Foster, S. Towers, D. Jarvis, H. Russell

Red Cards – N/A

 

 

Arundel 0 v 3 Lingfield 08/12/18

Match facts and report will appear here when available .........

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1. Dan Stevens

2. Ryan Hallet (80 mins)

3. Callum Litterick

4. Jordan Dudas (Capt)

5. Nathan Foster (60 mins)

6. Dion Jarvis

7. Ash Hawkes

8. Matt Noble

9. Harry Russell

10. David Crouch

11. Ben Gray (76 mins)

 

12. Harry Potts

14. Dylan Jelley (60 mins)

15. Joe Allen (76 mins)

16. Liam Griffin (80 mins)

17. Ben Hornsby-Smith

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Attendance – 29

Goal Scorers – N/A

Yellow Cards – C. Litterick, N. Foster, D. Crouch

Red Cards – N/A

 

The Club Says a Sad Goodbye To ‘Steve Tipper’

Everyone Arundel FC would like to send there sincere condolences at this sad time to Scott Tipper (Player), his mum Debbie, and all the family, on the very sad passing of Scott’s dad Steve.

Steve was a larger than life character and a regular at the club for many years. He will be greatly missed, both pitch-side and in the clubhouse. 

Steve’s funeral arrangements for all of those who would like to attend are as follows. 

The Service will commence at 10.20am on Tuesday 18th December at Worthing Crematorium, Horsham Road, Worthing, BN14 0RQ.

The family have also invited all family and friends back to Arundel FC to raise a glass to celebrate Steve's life after the service.