Hassocks 0 v 2 Arundel FC 26/01/19

Photos above: Arundel goal scorers Harry Russell & Ben Gray 

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Match Preview and Report Courtesy of Hassocks FC Website. Thank you very much and for your fine hospitality on Saturday.

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Preview: Hassocks V Arundel, 26/01/19 

The Southern Combination League Premier Division’s two longest serving clubs meet at the Beacon as Hassocks host Arundel.

The Robins have been in the top flight since 1994 with Arundel’s unbroken run of Premier Division football stretching from 2000.


In that time, there have been 43 league meetings with nothing much to separate the two sides. Hassocks have won on 15 occasions, Arundel on 13 while there have been 15 draws.

What those statistics don’t tell you though is that it has traditionally been the home side who have triumphed although that trend has been under threat in recent seasons, Arundel winning 4-0 on their last visit to the Beacon in December 2017 and Hassocks returning from Mill Road with a 3-1 success back in September.

Phil Johnson scored the first two goals of his second spell with the Robins with Dan Stokes also on target as the visitors came from behind after Benjamin Gray had given the Mullets a 34th minute lead.

It was a well-deserved victory for Mark Dalgleish’s side but it also pointed to a long, hard season ahead for the Mullets and so it has proven as they arrive here embroiled in the relegation battle.

That’s nothing new to Arundel; they pulled off a fantastic great escape from relegation from a pretty perilous position last season and if they can rediscover some of that form then with any luck, they’ll get themselves out of the mire before the end of the campaign.

One quality that Arundel do possess that the other sides around them at the bottom of the table may lack is goals thanks to the presence in their ranks of that familiar thorn in Hassocks’ side, the aforementioned Ben Gray.

Gray is one of the top scorers in the division despite the Mullet’s lowly position and as long as he keeps fit and firing for Simon Hull’s side, they’ll have a chance of escaping the drop.

Their recent run of fixtures hasn’t helped their league position, the Mullets having lost to both leaders Chichester City 6-1 and second placed Newhaven 6-0 since the turn of the year.

Sandwiched in between those results was a hugely encouraging 3-1 win over Lancing while earlier in the season, they claimed an impressive point away at high-flying Broadbridge Heath and also beat Peacehaven & Telscombe at home.

That points to the fact that the Mullets can be dangerous opponents on their day and Hassocks will know they’ll have to be at their best to stand a chance of picking up all three points and pushing themselves closer to safety.

Kick off at the Beacon is at 3pm and entrance is priced at £6 adults, £3 concessions and under 16s go free. The T Bar will be serving hot food and drink throughout and the Robins Bar can cater for all your beer needs as well.

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Arundel Team :

1. Dan Stevens

2. Ryan Hallett

3. Dan Gibb

4. Jordan Dudas (Capt)

5. Nathan Foster

6. Ben Gray

7. Ash Hawkes (Withdrawn)

8. Matt Noble

9. Harry Russell

10. Dave Crouch

11. Dion Jarvis 



12. Jordan Layton (Used)

14. Harry Potts 

15. Owen Benfell
16. Ben Hornsby-Smith

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Attendance– TBC

Goal Scorers– B.Gray, H.Russell

Yellow Cards– Dudas, Hawkes

Foster, Hallett

Red Cards - N/A


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MULLETS WIN IN THE WIND AS HASSOCKS FAIL TO FIRE

 

It used to be the case that whenever the two longest serving teams in the Southern Combination League Premier Division met, whoever was at home out of Hassocks or Arundel would tend to win the game.

Well, not any more. The struggling Mullets won for the second successive season at the Beacon, going some of the way to avenging the fact that Hassocks have triumphed on their last two visits to Mill Road.


The most recent of those came in August, a 3-1 victory which was Hassocks’ first of the campaign and pointed to a long season ahead for their hosts.

Those predictions have come true and Arundel arrived in Mid Sussex second bottom of the table with only three league wins to their name so far.

Win number four was achieved via second half goals from Benjamin Gray and Harry Russell, the 2-0 success lifting Simon Hull’s side two places above Loxwood and Little Common and out of the relegation zone in the process.

To complete a miserable day for the hosts, they also saw left back Andy Whittingham dismissed in only his sixth appearance back in a Hassocks shirt since returning to the club after seven years away.

Mark Dalgleish made just one change to the side who had won at Eastbourne United a week previously, Jordan Badger returning at centre back with Harry Mills pushed into midfield to replace the unavailable Dan Stokes.

For all their good form since Christmas, Hassocks were a pale imitation of the side that had won five of their previous six matches and in truth, Arundel were deserved winners of an encounter low on any real quality.

Matters weren’t helped by a hurricane that was blowing from one end of the Beacon down to the other, restricting Hassocks’ normal potency as a counter attacking unit and ensuring that it was a stop-start game in which the Robins never really got going.

Before kick off, you’d have assumed that the side who defended the wind best would be the one who had the greater chance of winning the tie.

Hassocks therefore would certainly have been the happier of the two sides at half time as they came in with the scores locked at 0-0 having had the gale in their face for the previous 45 minutes.

Liam Benson had the best chance in that first half when he found himself one-on-one with Daniel Stevens, but the figure of Arundel captain Jordan Dudas galloping back to try and retrieve the situation put Benson under added pressure and that was enough to seem him fail to finish.

The Mullets were well organised when it came to it being their turn to defend the wind after the break and Hassocks couldn’t find a way through as Arundel gave their survival chances a real shot in the arm with a gritty second half display.

The one thing that Arundel do have in the battle to avoid the drop that other teams in and around the relegation zone don’t is an out-and-out goal scorer in the shape of Ben Gray, and it was he who gave the Mullets the lead on 57 minutes with his 14th goal of the season. 

Two key moments from a Hassocks point of view followed that. The Robins’ own improvement from regular strugglers to their current mid table position has been founded on acquiring a quality striker of their own in Phil Johnson, but the normally reliable marksman fluffed his lines when miscuing a James Littlejohn cross from just five yards out.

Had Johnson managed to convert, an equaliser at that point might have changed the game but that miss was compounded when Whittingham was shown red for a tackle from behind.

Those two moments lifted Arundel’s spirits and they duly added a second through Harry Russell with 70 on the clock after some good build up play from Dave Crouch.

Despite there still being 20 minutes left and with Hassocks still having the wind advantage, there was no real optimism among the home support that the Robins were going to come back into the tie.

And so it proved, a lacklustre last quarter of an hour ensuring that Arundel left with all three points on another fruitful trip to the Beacon for the Mullets.

Hassocks: Josh Green; Bradley Tighe, Dan Jacques, Jordan Badger, Andy Whittingham; Harvey Blake, Harry Mills, Harvey Enticknap, James Littlejohn; Liam Benson, Phil Johnson.

Subs: Spencer Slaughter, Joe Bull, Jake Lindsey (used).

Starman: Dan Jacques.




 



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AFC Uckfield 7 v 2 Arundel 19/01/2019

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

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1. Dan Stevens

2. Owen Benfell

3. Dan Gibb

4. Jordan Dudas (Capt)

5. Nathan Foster

6. Harry Potts (Withdrawn)

7. Ash Hawkes (Withdrawn)

8. Ryan Hallett

9. Harry Russell

10. Dave Crouch

11. Dion Jarvis  (Withdrawn)


12. Seamus Griffin-Tilley (Used)

14. Joe Allen (Used)

15. Tommy Nicholls (Used) 

16. Nick Fisher

 

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Attendance– TBC

Goal Scorers– H.Russell, A.Hawkes

Yellow Cards– Dudas, Nicholls, Hawkes

Red Cards– N/A 

Newhaven 6 v 0 Arundel 12/01/19

Report supplied courtesy of Newhaven FC website www.newhavenfc.co.uk. Thank you 

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Newhaven 6-0 Arundel (HT 3-0)
Lee Robinson (13, 44, 89, 90), Harry Docherty (40), Oliver Davies (90+2)

Newhaven keep their good run going with a convincing victory and another clean sheet.

Newhaven started very brightly and within the first minute Lee Robinson found himself through on goal but his shot flew over the bar.

It wasn’t long though before the Dockers did make the breakthrough, a long ball from Jake Buss found Robinson who lifted the ball over the advancing keeper before running round him to slot home from close range, 1-0.

Matt Gunn almost made it two but his stooping header from Kyle Woolven’s corner was just wide.

Arundel then had a chance when their striker ran onto a through ball but Busswas out of his goal quickly to block the shot.

Newhaven responded with another chance of their own, Woolven’s chipped pass found Lukas Franzen-Jones inside the area and his skill enabled him to hook a shot goalwards, the ball struck the bar with the keeper beaten and Ian Robinson’s follow up went into the side netting.

Lee Robinson then had another one on one opportunity but again his shot was too high and didn’t trouble the keeper.

With 5 minutes of the half left Harry Docherty doubled the lead, his excellent movement in the area created space for him to power in a header from Woolven’s corner, 2-0.

Right on the stroke of half time Lee Robinson grabbed his second, tucking home the rebound after Ian Robinson’s good run and shot, 3-0.

The second half was more of the same with the Dockers in full control, Freddie Beale had an early chance when he latched onto Gunn’s knockdown from Rhys Smith’s long throw, but he fired over as he was taken out by an Arundel defender.

Arundel then caught Newhaven with a quick counter attack but once again Buss was equal to the threat ad saved well with his feet.

The Dockers responded well again and were soon back on the front foot, Woolven breaking down the left to the goal line and cutting the ball back into the area, Lee Robinson met the ball on the stretch but could only divert it wide of the target.

The Dockers thought they had got the fourth moments later, Woolven played in Ian Robinson and his low shot crept under the Arundel keeper Stuart McDonald but was cleared off the line by a covering defender despite Lee Robinson almost getting a crucial touch.

Another Woolven corner then caused Arundel problems, Smith heading back across goal to Beale but his header was hacked off the line.

With two minutes of normal time left it looked like being a comfortable, though slightly frustrating, 3-0 win, but a crazy final few minutes ensued.

Franzen-Jones released Lee Robinson in behind and he made no mistake slotting the ball into the bottom corner for his 50th of the season, 4-0.

Arundel were clearly rattled and straight from kick off Ebou Jallow again released Robinson who ran through and lobbed the keeper for his fourth of the afternoon, 5-0.

The icing on the cake was applied in injury time, Beale’s cross found Oliver Davies in space on the corner of the area and his low shot found the bottom corner to wrap up the points, 6-0.

So another well deserved three points sees the Dockers remain well positioned in the table with games in hand still on everyone around them.

Newhaven: Jake Buss, Freddie Beale, Ian Robinson (Oliver Davies 85), Harry Docherty, Matt Gunn, Rhys Smith, Naim Rouane, Tristan Jarvis (Ebou Jallow 70), Lee Robinson, Lukas Franzen-Jones, Kyle Woolven (James Rhodes 80).
Unused Subs: Ryan Knight, Callum Connor
Booked: Tristan Jarvis

Attendance: 98
Officials: Will Briers, Steve Walker, Krystian Kaczala

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1. Stuart McDonald

2. Ryan Hallett

3. Dan Gibb

4. Jordan Dudas (Capt)

5. Dylan Jelley

6. Jordan Layton (withdrawn)

7. Elliott Dollner (withdrawn)

8. Matt Noble (withdrawn)

9. Harry Russell

10. Dave Crouch

11. Dion Jarvis

 

12. Nathan Foster (Used)

14. Ash Hawkes

15. Harry Potts (Used)

16. Seamus Griffin-Tilley 

17. Joe Allen (Used)

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Attendance– 98

Goal Scorers– None

Yellow Cards– H.Potts, D.Crouch 

Red Cards– N/A 

Arundel 3 v 1 Lancing 05/01/19

Match Report courtesy of Lancing FC committee member, Dave Wilmott. Our thanks to him for his time to write this report


Arundel 3 v 1 Lancing 


It was a case of “After the Lord Mayor’s Show “ as Lancing suffered a surprising defeat at the hands of struggling Arundel, coming after a well- earned victory over high riding Saltdean in their previous game. 

Lancing welcomed back skipper Alex Bygraves after a two game absence, and he was partnered in the centre of defence by Daniel Pollard, starting only his second game after a long injury absence. It was the unfortunate Pollard who conceded a penalty early in the game. Ben Purkis, deputising in goal for Matt Evans was unable to prevent Ben Gray converting from the spot to put Arundel one up. 

Lancing were soon back on level terms, as Matt Daniel kept a cool head to find the bottom corner of the net from close range. A good break by Noah Dudok van Heel looked promising but his fierce drive flew over the crossbar. 

Arundel hit back and came close with a shot which struck the crossbar and shortly afterwards Harry Russell took advantage of some slack defending to restore Arundel’s lead. Lancing’s Jonathan Lansdale came close to scoring, forcing a good save from keeper Dion Jarvis from a long range free-kick.

The second-half saw the introduction of Daniel Turner for Robin Deen but his energetic running was hampered by the poor surface, which the Lancing team could not master as well as the home team. Lancing had a lucky escape when Nicolas Di Arienzo was dispossessed and Arundel broke clear down the left. Some good defending snuffed out the danger but lead to an Arundel corner. The ball was played into the danger area and a shot fired in which rebounded from the upright.

Noah Dudok van Heel then broke through Arundel winning a corner from which Liam Hendy headed over from a good position. 

Arundel looked more and more threatening as the game wore on and Ben Purkis was called upon several times to prevent his side falling further behind. But with less than 25 minutes left to play, Arundel gave themselves a breathing space when David Crouch headed home from close range. Lancing did not give up and continued to press forward. Nicolas Di Arienzo initiated a good move down the left flank, feeding Matt Daniel, and his superb cross found Daniel Turner at full stretch at the far post.

It was a difficult scoring opportunity and Dan was unable to keep the ball low enough to enter the net. Mark Pulling then threw on two more attacking players. Firstly, new signing Michael Death, followed by Callum Wells, but Lancing could not find a way through the home defence.

There was a look of dejection on the faces of the Lancing players as they left the pitch, knowing that a game which, on paper, should not have posed too much of a threat proved to be rather more of a challenge.

Dave Wilmott

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1. Dion Jarvis

2. Owen Benfell

3. Dan Gibb (withdrawn)

4. Jordan Dudas (Capt)

5. Dylan Jelley

6. Jordan Layton (withdrawn)

7. Ryan Hallett

8. Matt Noble

9. Harry Russell

10. Dave Crouch

11. Ben Gray (withdrawn)

 

12. Nathan Foster

14. Nick Fish

15. Harry Potts (used)

16. Seamus Griffin-Tilley (used)

17. Joe Allen (used)

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Attendance– 39

Goal Scorers– B.Gray, H.Russell, D.Crouch

Yellow Cards– B.Gray, J.Dudas.

Red Cards– N/A