Hassocks 2 Arundel 0 19/11/2016

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​Report below provided courtesy of Hassocks FC. Thank you

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With just six points separating the Southern Combination League Premier Division relegation zone with 11th, Hassocks knew that defeating fellow strugglers Arundel was essential if they were to avoid being sucked too far into a battle for survival.

They had Michael Death to thank for getting the job done as his brace procured a 2-0 victory - the Robins first in the league since the start of October - securing what was according to Phil Wickwar, "a very important three points."

And those three points allowed his charges to leapfrog the visitors in a ridiculously congested bottom half of the table in which anybody can seemingly beat anybody else on the day.

Hassocks welcome back the enigmatic Jamie Hillwood into their starting line up and it was he who supplied the first goal, sending in a brilliant low cross from out on the left which was met with an equally brilliant finish by Death who swept home into the top corner.

That was the least Hassocks deserved for making arguably their brightest start to a game since those heady days of August when they were winning and scoring for fun.

James Westlake had hit the bar inside the opening couple of minutes with Liam Benson squandering a good chance from the follow up while Death had a chance minutes after opening the scoring to double the advantage, but his free kick after Westlake was bundled over clipped the wall and fell agonisingly wide.

It was the other Westlake who produced perhaps the best chance of the first half, Lewis sending in a wicked delivery that had Josh Hawkes managed to get more than the faintest of touches on with the goal at his mercy would surely have sent the Robins into the break 2-0 ahead.

Arundel had clearly been read the riot act at half time as they flew out of the blocks in the second half, Harry Russell firing wide with just James Broadbent to beat and then Broadbent producing the save of the afternoon from Barney Boutwood.

With the visitors on top in a second half that continued to ebb and flow despite the heavy rain lashing down, Hassocks threw on Nick Pitcher for the tiring Lewis Westlake and introduced Nathan Miles for Hillwood on the left.

Those changes paid dividends with 10 minutes remaining. Arundel were down to 10 men by that point, Jordan Dudas having been harshly dismissed for a foul on Lewis Westlake and the Robins took advantage of the extra space as Miles weaved his way down the left to centre for Death who was left with the easiest of headers.

Hassocks: James Broadbent; Luke Akehurst, Jordan Badger, Tom Barnes, Ashley Marsh; Josh Hawkes; James Westlake, Lewis Westlake; Jamie Hillwood; Liam Benson, Michael Death.

Subs: Nathan Miles (Hillwood), Nick Pitcher (L Westlake), Bradley Bant, Bradley Tighe (unused).

1. James Fernandes

2. Lewis Jenkins (45 mins)

3. Dan Gibbs

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Scott Tipper

6. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

7. Ash Harper

8. Jordon Jones (45 mins)

9. Harry Russell

10. Barney Boutwood (80 mins)

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Archie Thorpe (80 mins)

14. Cian Tilley (45 mins)

15. Barry Pidgeon

16. Liam DaCosta (45 mins)

Attendance - ?

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - Ash Harper, Barney Boutwood, Dan Gibbs

Red cards - Jordan Dudas

Arundel 0 v 3 Loxwood 18/11/2016

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Report Courtesy of Loxwood FC. www.loxwoodfc.co.uk. Thank you

After the Magpies' impressive showing at Shoreham in midweek (despite falling to defeat in extra time), they made the short journey down the A29 to Arundel delighted that the match was even on given the heavy rain that had fallen overnight and in the morning before kick off. The visitors were forced to make two changes with Jon Dollery absent and Harrison Hilfiker serving his one match suspension following his sending off at Eastbourne Town two weeks earlier, as such Joel Colbran and Jake Foyster came into the starting line-up.

They nearly got off to the best possible start when Michael Wood delivered a cross to the back post inside 30 seconds where Byron Napper got up well but his header was weak although it didn't stop James Fernandes in the Arundel goal fumbling it, although there was nobody following in. The host's talisman, Nathan Da Costa soon had his side's first meaningful effort on goal when his strike was half stopped by Foyster, but Napper was now at the other end to complete the clearance. This prompted the best period of the game for the Mullets as in the 9th minute Dion Jarvis ran from deep to arrive unmarked in the box but he was unable to control his effort with the goal very much at his mercy. Just 4 minutes later Jordan Dudas had their next effort when he seized on a half cleared corner but his drive from some distance was comfortably gathered by Foyster.

In the 15th minute the hosts looked certain to take the lead when a deep cross was headed back across goal to the awaiting Asa Nicholson who stabbed his effort goal wards, but somehow Foyster managed to get down low to his right to make an exceptional save. Amidst the home pressure, Napper did have a chance to grab a goal against the run of play when he got on the end of a whipped cross from Colbran, but he couldn't keep the ball down. Magpies skipper, Eddie French had to be at his best on the half hour when Barney Boutwood delivered a ball into the onrushing Jarvis, but the experienced defender put in a masterfully timed challenge to avert the danger. The visitors survived another scare six minutes later when Colbran lost Nicholson at the far post but the resulting shot was parried behind by the ever-alert Foyster.

There was little else for either side to cheer in the first half, although the Magpies did have to make an unplanned substitution just before the break when Harvey Enticknap sustained a deep gash to his foot following a challenge from behind, which signalled the arrival of Charlie Pitcher from the bench.

Whilst the hosts definitely had the better of the play and the chances in the first half, the second was to prove a very different affair. The warning signs were there in the 56th minute when Colbran and Napper combined for the latter to cross but Wood's header looped just wide and two minutes later Colbran was in the action again, this time setting Toby House away down the right but the young forward's expertly driven cross didn't have the same quality of runs into the box to meet it. Moments later the Magpies turned to doing the defending for their opponents when Pitcher's apparently goal bound shot was blocked by Wood!

However, there soon followed a four minute period that would see the game being firmly seized by the visitors. A corner by Mark Cave in the 61st minute was partly cleared in the nick of time when Clyde Jacques was about to stab home, but only as far as Jay Lovett, who demonstrated all his experience to calmly clip the ball to the back post, which again was only part cleared, but this time it fell to Pitcher who volleyed firmly past James Fernandes to break the deadlock. The lead could have doubled just a minute later when Colbran made ground down the right before delivering an excellent cross to the arriving Lewis Scally, but this time it was Arundel's Scott Tipper that timed his challenge perfectly. It wouldn't be long for the next opportunity though and this time it was taken, as in the 64th minute Wood and House combined well down the left but the latter's shot was blocked and spun up into the gloomy sky but only as far as the now advanced Wood who volleyed, left-footed from 20 yards into the far corner to make it 0-2.

With the hosts very much rocking from this quick-fire double, they were hit again a minute later as another swift move saw Pitcher slipped in down the right and this time a cross from that area had a run on the end of it befitting its quality as Wood arrived to clipped the ball beautifully across Fernandes and into the top corner to virtually seal the points, although he had another chance for more a further 4 minutes later. Scally and House linked up well on the left for the latter to set the ball for Wood on the edge of the box, but he blazed the hat-trick opportunity well over the bar.

Pitcher nearly matched Wood's brace in the 74th minute when stepped inside to create space for himself but Fernandes did well to stop it although he must have been relieved that Jacques was adjudged to be offside on the follow-up. Even at this stage it became apparent that both sides knew the game was run and legs were starting to look very heavy on a pitch that had absorbed an awful lot of water. Despite that Boutwood did have a chance to get one back in the 81st minute when he drove across the edge of the box before finding enough space to get a shot away but it failed to trouble Foyster who had been little more than a bystander in the second period.

Pitcher had time to fashion another opportunity with 3 minutes to go when he was found on the left again by Napper, but his shot, from a similar angle to Wood's 18 minutes earlier, also flew comfortably over the bar. Injury time brought a late chance for Cave when he seized on a loose ball to drive forward but he skewed his ambitious effort well wide in what would prove to be the last meaningful action of the game.

The final whistle marked the end of a professional performance that admittedly had to ride its luck in stemming the early tide of pressure from the hosts but then produced a blitz of quality that knocked the stuffing out of Arundel and with it secure the Magpies their first victory in five attempts, but ensures they return home for their next game against Littlehampton Town in high spirits.

FT - 0-3​

Loxwood Team: Cave, Colbran (Ramsey 73), Enticknap (Pitcher 44), Foyster, French, House (Daniel 71), Jacques, Lovett, Napper, Scally & Wood

Subs not used: Camp & Jee

1. James Fernandes

2. Lewis Jenkins

3. Ash Hunter (57 mins)

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Scott Tipper

6. Dion Jarvis (82 mins)

7. Barney Boutwood

8. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

9. Harry Russell (70 mins)

10. Ash Harper

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Rory Biggs

14. Pete Butt (82 mins)

15. Spencer Adams (57 mins)

16. Archie Thorpe (70 mins)

17. Stuart McDonald

Attendance - 41

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - Ash Hunter

Red cards - None

Hailsham Town 4 v 3 Arundel 05/11/2016

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Report courtesy of Hailsham Town FC FaceBook page. Thank you 

Stringers Sink Arundel in Seven Goal Thriller

A cold, overcast day greeted the arrival of Arundel at the Beaconsfield this afternoon, but the football was enough to warm the hearts of the Stringers fans, at least, if not anyone who loves an entertaining match! With kick-off delayed by a couple of minutes due to a hole being found in the pitch (the groundstaff rushing on with dirt and a shovel) the fans that made the trip to Hailsham's ground were patiently waiting for some entertainment.

They didn't have to wait long. The home side made a bright start, forcing Mullets 'keeper James Fernandes into a couple of early saves, before Ross Markham thundered a shot from 30 yards that clipped the outside of the post. Arundel began to get a foothold in the game, and began to threaten, but when a ball over the top found Hailsham's Matt Rodrigues-Barbosa he ran on and calmly slotted the ball through the legs of the onrushing 'keeper.

Hailsham's lead didn't last long though, with Arundel's Harry Russell finding the back of the net just three minutes later. Hailsham continued to attack, and nobody will know how Arundel's defence kept out a goalmouth scramble around the half hour mark.

The game then exploded into life ten minutes before half time. First, Rodrigues-Barbosa picked up his second goal of the match, then the same player was brought down in the box just a minute later. Some fans expected him to take the penalty, but it was Ross Markham who would slam the ball into the bottom-right corner of the goal to extend Hailsham's lead. Barely seconds later though, it was 3-2, Arundel's Alex Biggs finding the net as the Stringers defence failed to deal with a high ball.

Both teams were quite cagey at the beginning of the second half. Not much goalmouth action occurred until the 65th minute, when substitute Sam Connolly drove the ball home from just inside the 18 yard box after a good ball through - he had only been on the pitch a couple of minutes and was clearly delighted with the strike. Again, though, Arundel rallied fast, and just a couple of minutes later halved the deficit, Ash Harper finding the net from close range after a flick on from a long throw in.

That set the tone for the rest of the match, with Arundel laying siege to the Hailsham goal, and Hailsham playing some nice counter-attacks. Arundel were reduced to 10 men around 10 minutes from the end of the match, goalscorer Alex Biggs being shown a second yellow card after tripping Markham when he tried to break. Hailsham themselves were down to 10 men when Markham was sent off in injury time after an altercation with Arundel's Scott Tipper.

The Stringers held on though, recording their first league victory of the season, just in time to face giants Brighton and Hove Albion in the Sussex Senior Cup on Wednesday night.

Hailsham Town 4(3) (Rodrigues-Barbosa 2, Markham, Connolly)
Arundel 3(2) (Russell, Biggs, Harper)
Attendance: 60
MoM: Matt Rodrigues-Barbosa

1. James Fernandes (Capt)

2. Archie Thorpe

3. Spencer Adams

4. Lewis Jenkins

5. Jordan Dudas

6. Dion Jarvis

7. Ash Harper

8. Alex Biggs

9. Harry Russell

10. Barney Boutwood 

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Scott Tipper

14. Brad Lewis

15. Rory Biggs

16. Ash Hunter

Attendance - 60

Goal Scorers - Harry Russell, Alex Biggs, Ash Harper

Yellow Cards - TBC

Red cards - Alex Biggs

Massive Injury Blow – Ryan Peake (Club Captain)

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Regrettably Ryan's MRI scan results following his injury at Newhaven, have confirmed that he has ruptured his (ACL) Anterior Cruciate Ligament, and also potentially damaged his Meniscus.

Ryan will need to wait for the inflammation to go down around his knee before he can be admitted for surgery. The specialist has informed him that he won't be able to play football for at least 12 months after surgery.

Everyone at Arundel FC would like to wish Ryan a full and ‘speedier’ recovery than expected.

The club will miss you hugely on the pitch. Please stay positive.

Worthing 2 v 0 Arundel (Sussex Senior Cup 2nd Round) 01/11/2016

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Match Report courtesy of 'Worthing FC website - www.worthingfc.com Thank you 

Worthing beat Arundel to progress in Parafix Sussex Senior Cup

Worthing progressed to the third round of the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup with a 2-0 win over Arundel on Tuesday.

It took the Ryman Premier Division side until the 75th minute to break the deadlock when Harvey Sparks’ cross was turned into his own net by Jordan Dudas.

Arundel substitute and ex-Worthing player Scott Tipper struck the post having lobbed the stranded Jack Fagan as the visitors nearly sent the game to extra-time.

But moments later Worthing substitute Reece Hallard rounded James Fernandes to score the second and confirm his side’s progression to the next round.

Worthing made six changes to the side that won in the FA Trophy on Saturday with Matt Boiling and Ross Edwards returning to the side in a back three.

Matt Hards, dual signed with Worthing United, started in the centre of midfield with Under-18s Luke Brodie and Jack Newhouse joining Omar Bugiel in attack.

The hosts made a bright start with Sparks volleying wide and former Worthing shot stopper Fernandes making strong saves from Brannon O’Neill and Edwards.

Arundel weathered the early storm but struggled to create chances of their own, Fernandes keeping the scores level by tipping away Edward’s goal-bound header.

The visitors had a couple of long range shots in the second half, Dion Jarvis shooting wide from 50-yards after a loose pass from Cook and off target again from 25-yards.

Fagan saved from Barney Boutwood while Worthing substitute Jake Heryet shot wide across goal as the hosts look the more likely scorers.

Arundel’s star man Dion Jarvis kept his side in the game, clearing off the line after Hendon had played a neat one-two with Bugiel and chipped Fernandes.

Worthing took the lead in the 75th minute when Spark’s cross was met by Arundel defender Jordan Dudas who sliced into his own net.

The visitors were a fraction away from equalising three minutes later but Scott Tipper’s long range strike came back off the post having beaten Fagan.

Moments later Worthing effectively sealed progression to the next round when Brodie played in substitute Hallard who rounded Fernandes and slotted in.

Brodie could have made it 3-0 but lifted over from six yards before Fernandes saved from Bugiel and Scott Tipper curled a free-kick just wide from 25-yards for Arundel.

Worthing: Fagan, Hendon, Boiling, Hards (Heryet 55’), Cook, Edwards, Newhouse (Hallard 73’), O’Neill, Brodie (Schneider 85’), Bugiel, Sparks.

Subs Not Used: Belward.

Goal: Dudas (og) 75’, Hallard 79’.

Booked: Boiling 31’, O’Neill 43’.

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1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

3. Steve Herbert (10 mins)

4. Lewis Jenkins

5. Jordan Dudas

6. Dion Jarvis (85 mins)

7. Rory Biggs

8. Alex Biggs

9. Harry Russell (45 mins)

10. Barney Boutwood

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Scott Tipper (45 mins)

14. Spencer Adams (10 mins)

15. Liam DaCosta

16. Archie Thorpe (85 mins)

17. Craig Rennie

Attendance - 363

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - None

Red cards - None

Kieron Bridges ‘Ground Hopper’ Hits his 1000th Ground visited at Arundel

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1000 Grounds Visited

Kieron ‘Groundhopper’ Bridges Review

Keen Groundhopper Kieron Bridges has chosen Mill Road, Arundel to mark as his 1000th Ground. To get to the 1000 has entailed, meticulous planning and dedication; from train Journeys from Worcestershire up to West Didsbury on a Friday night to overnight bus journeys across to Germany and negotiating public transport systems in the Czech Republic. Here are a few of the highs and lows:

Countries I’ve seen football in – 20

Favourite ground in the world – Omonia Nicosia, (Cyprus)

Favourite UK ground – Rothes (Highland League, Scotland) – nothing better than a distillery next door to the ground and a game delayed by rabbits invading the pitch!

Most scenic ground – (present ground excepted) – Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland, beautiful backdrop of Mountains/volcano

Most surreal experience – Branik (Czech Republic)– postponement when away side boss launched a full on assault on the referee

Most ambitious hop – The Liberec/Pardubice/Pardubice treble ( 2 football matches and horseracing in the Czech Republic)

Best social club – Gainsborough (so far!)

Worst ground visited – Grantham – athletics track meaning miles from the pitch

Worst experience – Trying to get the first ‘z’ ground in at Zarica Kranj (Slovenia) and the heavens literally opening with a dumping of snow.

Most dilapidated ground – Dunipace (West Scotland)) – not quite sure how many attempts at arson had been made on their facilities!

What happens next…

Ground 1001 – Longsocks (West Sussex Sunday league tomorrow – followed immediately by Horsham!)

Along with his long suffering girlfriend Jane, who is on 950 herself Kieron is looking forward to his day at Mill Road and is keen to push on towards 2000!

Arundel FC congratulate you on this amazing achievement and wish you all the best for your future exploits.

We hope you and your girlfriend Jane Andrews (Currently on 950 Grounds visited) enjoy you time at our lovely picturreie ground and enjoy our hospitality.

Best Wishes

Arundel FC Committee, Players and all associated with the club

Arundel 3 v 3 Lancing 29/10/2016

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Report courtesy of the ‘Littlehampton Gazette’ thank you

Barry Pidgeon pleased with character in Mullets’ draw Harry Russell's brace on Saturday moved him to nine league goals for the season.

Arundel Football Club joint boss Barry Pidgeon praised the character his side showed to pick up a point on Saturday.

Having trailed 2-0 and 3-2 in their Southern Combination League Premier Division clash with Lancing, Mullets managed to snatch a late leveller as it ended all square at 3-3. The point extended Arundel’s unbeaten league run to four matches and Pidgeon felt the belief shown by his team will give them confidence moving forward. He said: “To come back from behind twice in the game shows the character we’ve got here. “Despite going behind, I thought we had the better of the first half but just couldn’t get that goal back. “We had a chat at the break, myself and Craig (Stuart) said keep doing what you are doing and keep it tight. Then, early in the second half they get a second and we’ve got a lot of work to get back in it then. “Credit to us, we got one back soon afterwards, then got level. “Having got back in it, they then go ahead once again with not long left and you are thinking what is going to happen next. “We kept going, putting them under pressure and then we got a late goal to get back in it yet again.”

Things did not start well for Arundel and they went behind inside three minutes. Forward Robin Deen nipped in at the front post to head Lancing ahead. Despite falling behind so early, Mullets regrouped and created some decent openings. Barney Boutwood and Harry Russell went close but they found themselves a goal down at the interval. Lancing doubled their lead six minutes after the break. Lewis Finney, who moved back to the club after going to Premier Division rivals Haywards Heath, netted his first goal since making a return to Lancing. The next goal would prove crucial and it was the in-form Harry Russell who got it. New signing Ash Harper broke away down the left before picking out Harry Russell who headed home on 53 minutes. The comeback was complete when Harry Russell bagged his ninth goal of the season 15 minutes from time.

Arundel should have been in the ascendancy but Mike Williamson had other ideas. He fired a 25-yard thunderbolt into the top corner as Lancers took the lead for a second time. Mullets kept going and managed to salvage a point a minute into stoppage-time as Dion Jarvis netted to make it 3-3. Mullets make the trip to basement boys Hailsham Town on Saturday, a team who are yet to win in the league this season. Despite that statistic, Pidgeon is expecting a tough test. He added: “We’ll have to go to them and make sure we match the same standard we have previously.”

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/pidgeon-pleased-with-character-in-mullets-draw-1-7654771

1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan DaCosta

3. Ash Hunter (69 mins)

4. Lewis Jenkins

5. Jordan Dudas

6. Dion Jarvis

7. Ash Harper

8. Alex Biggs

9. Harry Russell

10. Barney Boutwood (68 mins)

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Steve Herbert (69 mins)

14. Archie Thorpe (68 mins)

15. Rory Biggs

16. Liam DaCosta

Attendance - 57

Goal Scorers - Harry Russell (2) Dion Jarvis

Yellow Cards - Alex Biggs, Nath DaCosta, Ash Harper, Dion Jarvis

Red cards - None

Langney Wanderers 3 v 2 Arundel (26/10/2016) (Peter Bentley Cup)

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Arundel Football Club exited the Peter Bentley Cup 3-2 away to division-lower Langney Wanderers last night.

Mullets took the lead in the third round tie through Rory Biggs but two goals around the hour mark moved Langney ahead. Paul Weatherby equalised on 58 minutes, before Shane Saunders put the hosts ahead four minutes later.

Harry Russell scored his 11th goal of the season to draw Mullets level on 66 minutes but Paul Rogers got Langney’s winner 15 minutes from time.

FT – 3-2

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/mullets-exit-peter-bentley-cup-at-langney-1-7649310

1. James Fernandes

2. Lewis Jenkihs

3. Ash Hunter

4. Alex Biggs

5. Jordan Dudas

6. Dion Jarvis

7. Brad Lewis (57 mins)

8. Rory Biggs (50 mins)

9. Harry Russell

10. Spencer Adams (55 mins)

11. Nathan DaCosta

12. Steve Herbert (55 mins)

14. Barney Boutwood (50 mins)

15. Archie Thorpe (57 mins)

16. Scott Tipper

Attendance - ?

Goal Scorers - Rory Biggs, Harry Russell

Yellow Cards - None

Red cards - None