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Ben Gray's hat-trick seals first league victory for five-star Arundel Action from Arundel's league clash with Peacehaven & Telscombe.
Ben Gray hit a hat-trick as Arundel secured a first SCFL Premier Division win of the season at the eighth time of asking on Saturday. As well as Gray’s treble, debutant James Thurgar netted along with frontman Harry Russell to wrap up an emphatic 5-2 victory over Peacehaven & Telscombe at Mill Road.
Mullets had failed to win any of their previous seven league outings to start the season and were on the back of a surprise Sussex Senior Cup first round defeat at division-lower Selsey last time out.
Arundel boss Simon Hull was less than impressed with the cup exit but was delighted with the response shown as his side served up a five-star display to see off the Magpies. He said: “We had an honest and open chat as a group on Thursday which was really positive. “I can’t praise the boys enough for their attitude and performance against a good Peacehaven side. “The new faces (Jordan Layton from Worthing United) worked tirelessly in the middle of the park and gave us great energy alongside Matt Noble. (James (Thurgar from Pagham) was a constant threat and took his goal very well. The introduction of the new faces, along with (Jordan Farrell), has really lifted the camp and kept everyone on their toes, there is real competition for places now and that really sharpens the minds of the entire squad. “We were clinical, Ben Gray has shown quality and been a threat for us all season. He deserved his hat-trick. Liam Brady is creative and improving week on week while Harry Russell worked tirelessly through the middle for us again.
“I can’t single anyone out, the back five were magnificent and we’ve been solid at the back all season. “It was a real team performance and everyone was at it for 90 minutes.
“We have so much to work on but the willingness is there and the lads will apply themselves. “We have massive potential but we have to make sure we do everything right and look for continuous improvement.” Ben Gray capitalised on a goalkeeping error by Magpies stopper Alieu Secka, making it 1-0 after 25 minutes. Front man Harry Russell doubled Arundel’s lead ten minutes later as they took control. Peacehaven pulled a goal back through Curtis Fordbut a brilliant effort fromBen Gray, his second of the afternoon, restored Mullets’ two-goal advantage minutes before the break.
Debutant James Thurgar was impressive and he made it 4-1 three minutes after the restart. Mullets were seemingly cruising but Peacehaven pulled another back when John Elliott struck 20 minutes from time. Impressive Arundel were not about to let the lead slip, though, and Ben Gray struck from the spot two minutes from time - completing his hat-trick - a great day for the home side.
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1. Dan Stevens
2. Dylan Jelley
3. Dan Gibbs
4. Jordan Dudas (Capt)
5. Callum Litterick
6. Jordan Layton
7. Liam Brady (85 mins)
8. Matt Noble
9. Harry Russell (75 mins)
10. Ben Gray
11. James Thurgar (60 mins)
12. Liam Griffin
14. Ash Hawkes (60 mins)
15. Dion Jarvis (75 mins)
16. Jake Jephson (85 mins)
17. Ben Hornsby-Smith
Attendance – 41
Goal Scorers – B.Gray (3), H.Russell, J.Thurgar
Yellow Cards – D.Gibb, J.Thurgar
Red cards – N/A