Marie Wedge Sadly and Unexpectedly Passes Away

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It is with great sadness Arundel FC have to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Marie Wedge. Marie was a long serving social and staff member at the club, her smiling face will be sorely missed behind the bar and up at the club.

Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the family at this extremely sad time.

RIP Marie x

Arundel 1 Eastbourne Town 3 28/01/2017

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Report Courtesy of ‘The Littlehampton Gazette’

Arundel let a lead slip as Town take all three points

Asa Nicholson celebrates after firing Arundel ahead on Saturday.

Arundel Football Club saw a lead come and go as they fell to a second consecutive Southern Combination League Premier Division defeat on Saturday. Asa Nicholson had fired Mullets into a 12th-minute lead, before unanswered strikes from Daniel Bolwell, Christopher Cumming-Bart and Evan Archibald helped Eastbourne Town to a 3-1 comeback success at Mill Road.

Having not played since January 2, Arundel boss Richard Towers felt his side were a little leggy but saw several positive signs in what was just his second in charge since returning as manager. He said: “We started well but in the end Eastbourne Town got the better of us. They play with quite a direct style, I don't think James Fernandes had a save to make all afternoon, other than to pick the ball out of his net. “We had some decent opportunities and Jordan Peskett missed a great chance to put us 2-1 ahead. If that one goes in, it could well be a different story.

“Having not played for so long, we did look a little rusty but I’m sure we’ll start putting in better performances in the coming matches. “I was really impressed with some things I saw in the game and I feel it’s just a matter of time before we get a victory.” Mullets got off to the best possible start as Asa Nicholson fired them into a 12th-minute lead. After Scott Tipper’s header was tipped on to the bar by Town goalkeeper Greg Nessling, Asa Nicholson was on hand to head home the rebound. Mullets were pegged back less than four minutes later, though, as Bolwell’s 25-yard thunderbolt left James Fernandes with no chance. With the score level at 1-1, debutant Jordan Peskett should have fired Arundel ahead once again on the half-hour. After Nicholson had a shot saved, Peskett saw an effort blocked by a Town defender with the goal gaping. A mix-up in the Arundel backline then gifted Eastbourne the lead. Cumming-Bart made the most of the error as he slotted past the on-rushing Fernandes.

As Mullets went in search of a leveller, Archibald finished off a quick breakaway on the hour as Town ran out 3-1 winners. Following the defeat, Arundel remain second from bottom in the standings, still three points from safety. A tricky run awaits Towers’ side as they face three teams in the top ten in their next three matches.

Despite what looks a tough run on paper, Richard Towers is quietly confident heading to Horsham YMCA on Saturday. He said: “There are no easy games in this division. If I’m honest, I actually prefer playing the top teams. “It lifts everyone's level as they know they’ll have to be at their best to get anything against these type of teams. “We’ve got a difficult trip on Saturday but I see no reason why we can’t take something from the game

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/arundel-let-a-lead-slip-as-town-take-all-three-points-1-7798188

1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan Da Costa (Capt)

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Lloyd Walker

6. Lee Mottershead (Withdrawn)

7. Matt Axell

8. Jordan Peskett (Withdrawn)

9. Scott Tipper (Withdrawn)

10. Barney Boutwood

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Jake Fellows (Used)

14. Cian Tilley (Used)

15. Spencer Adams

16. Rory Biggs (Used)

17. Stuart McDonald

Attendance - 65

Goal Scorers - Asa Nicholson

Yellow Cards - Rory Biggs

Red cards - None

Arundel 0 Chichester City 1 02/01/2017

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Report courtesy of 'The Littlehampton Gazette' Thank you 


Returning Towers takes positives despite defeat on Monday.

Returning Richard Towers has no doubt Arundel Football Club can get themselves out of trouble following his first game back in charge on Monday. Kieran Hartley got the only goal nine minutes before the break to ensure rivals Chichester City condemned Towers to a 1-0 home defeat after making a return to Mill Road.

The former Wick manager, who replaced joint bosses Barry Pidgeon and Craig Stuart last week, believes he can steer Arundel clear of danger in the coming months. Arundel’s defeat, coupled with a point for Wick at Pagham, saw Mullets slip into the relegation zone on goal difference. However, having seen his squad in a game situation, Towers has no fears.

He said: “I was pleased with the performances from some of the players. “It’s never nice losing, but we gave it a good go and Chichester are a good side. “We had a couple of chances but young Harry Russell looked a little anxious in front of goal. “I’m really looking forward to working with a young squad here and seeing what we can do. “I’m not concerned whatsoever and believe we’ll get ourselves out of trouble.

“The squad here is a good one, I’m always on the look-out for players that will improve a team but I’ve been pleased with what I’ve seen so far.” Harry Russell had a good opening early on but his soft effort was straight at Anthony Ender in Chichester’s goal. The only goal came nine minute before the break when Hartley raced clear and slotted past James Fernandes. Mullets kept things tight and could have nicked a late leveller. Once again the ball fell kindly to Harry Russell but this time he could not adjust his feet quick enough.

Following Wick’s point at Pagham, Towers saw his team slip into the relegation places after just one game in charge.

Mullets are now without a game for a couple of weeks before returning to action on January 21 with a home clash against Broadbridge Heath. Richard Towers admits going so long without a game is far from ideal so early in his tenure but has organised a inter-club friendly at Mill Road on Saturday.

He added: “I just want the games to keep coming but we haven’t got one for a couple of weeks now. “When you first come into any club you need games to see how the players are in that situation. “It’s worked out that we don’t have one for a couple of weeks now, so that’s a little frustrating. “I’ve organised a game between the reserves and firs team to take place on Saturday, then I can have a real look at what we have at the club.

“As I’ve said, I have been really pleased with what I’ve seen here so far and can’t wait to keep working and developing the young squad that Arundel have. I think we’re just a win away from things changing .”

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/returning-towers-takes-positives-despite-defeat-1-7757288

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Report supplied courtesy of ' The Chichester Observer' Thank you ​

A stunning strike from in-form winger Kieran Hartley towards the end of the first half proved enough to earn Chichester three points at Arundel on bank holiday Monday. In the FA Cup at Mill Road on the opening day of the season, Arundel won 4-3 – but the fortunes of the two sides have subsequently taken very different directions. City are third in the SCFL premier and unbeaten in the league since they lost to leaders Shoreham in September. Arundel, on the other hand, are third from bottom with only one win in ten. On a bright, fresh morning both sides struggled to get going in their SCFL tussle. Heavy conditions didn’t help.

Without regular No9 and No10 Scott Jones and Max Thoms City lacked their usual cohesion, but the visitors carved out two decent chances in 60 seconds. First, Arundel keeper James Fernandes pulled off an outstanding save, tipping a fierce header round his left stick for a corner, and then the home side’s No1 was happy to see a well-hit effort from Hartley crash into the side netting. This was an important win for us. We went into the game knowing it would be tough.

Arundel played with lots of character and credit to them. Danny Potter, Chi City coach For Arundel, a speculative cross-shot from Dion Jarvis landed on the roof of his net on 14 minutes, a shot from Jordan Dudas was deflected for a corner five minutes later, before Asa Nicholson pulled a drive wide from the edge of the box. The game’s real moment of quality came in the 38th minute. A superb cross-field ball from Josh Clack found Dan Watts wide on the right. Watts powered to the byline and drilled the ball into the box. Hartley ghosted in and found the net with a cultured finish. City had other opportunities before the break. Midfielder Dan Hegarty got on to a Clack corner with a firm header over the bar and following another corner Jack Lee crashed a loose ball against the post. Chichester started the second 45 at a blistering pace.

In Clack and Hartley, City possess real pace down the flanks that suits their high pressing game. Both pulled shots wide and Hartley was unlucky not to reach a cross whipped in by Chi right-back Harry Williams. Watts couldn’t quite get his shot off following a nice run and cross from Jake Goulding. Arundel’s Harry Russell went close on the hour, first following a quick counter-attack after a City corner that caught the visitors short at the back, then breaking through again and firing inches wide. Chi forced four corners in as many minutes. Fernandes cleared the first with a punch, the next resulted in a scrambled effort that troubled the keeper at his near post. Hartley had a fierce shot blocked from the following set-piece before Hegarty headed another wide.

Arundel almost pegged it back to 1-1 on 75 minutes. Barney Boutwood did well to get an effort away but a shot that looked destined for the top corner curled the wrong side of the post. City subs Perry Northeast and Jamie Horncastle, on for Williams and Lee, made valuable contributions. Northeast sent Goulding away with a great pass and Horncastle slid in bravely to get on the end of a cross from Clack. A minute later Horncastle made a timely challenge as City’s last man. Chichester hung on to to pick up a welcome three points. And with Shoreham losing 2-1 to Littlehampton, City closed the gap on the leaders. Chichester coach Danny Potter said: “This was an important win for us. We went into the game knowing it would be tough. “Arundel played with lots of character and credit to them.”

Read more at: http://www.chichester.co.uk/sport/football/local/hartley-strikes-to-give-city-win-at-arundel-1-7758333

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1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

3. Liam DaCosta

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Lloyd Walker

6. Alex Biggs

7. Dion Jarvis

8. Cian Tilley

9. Harry Russell

10. Barney Boutwood (80 mins)

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Scott Tipper

14. Jordan Jones (80 mins)

15. Pete Butt

16. Rob Grove

17. Stuart McDonald

Attendance - 67

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - Liam DaCosta. Jordan Dudas 

Red cards - None

Mullets part company with management duo Craig Stuart & Barry Pidgeon

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Mullets part company with management duo Craig Stuart & Barry Pidgeon

Following a committee meeting at Mill Road this morning, Mullets’ board came to a decision to sack the pair.

Both Pidgeon and Stuart guided nine-man Arundel to a 1-1 Southern Combination League Premier Division draw at rivals Wick on Boxing Day, in what was their final game in charge.

The pair replaced Simon Butler early last season but Mullets have struggled so far this campaign, collecting just 19 points from 22 league matches, leaving them fourth-bottom.

Arundel chairman Bob Marchant admitted sacking the duo was not an easy decision and said: “It’s never a nice call to make but as a committee we believe this was the right thing to do. We did not want to look back and say we should have made a change earlier, we just felt this was the right time to do so.

“Some of our results, especially against the lesser teams, have not been good enough this season. Both Barry and Craig have been brilliant for us in their time here and I wish them well in the future. “They’ve given so much time and effort but we’ve been struggling for results of late.

“We’ve been in discussion with potential successors and we hope to have someone in place sooner, rather than later.”

Following his departure, former joint-manager Pidgeon hopes his successor is able to turn things around

He said: “We’ve struggled for consistency at times this season, with injuries not helping us. We weren’t in a great position but both myself and Craig (Stuart) were hoping for a couple of victories to turn things around but the committee have come to this decision.

“I’ve really enjoyed the time at Arundel, it’s a great club and I wish them all the best in the future. I think myself and Craig will take a short break, before getting out and watching a few matches in the new year.”

Wick 1 v 1 Arundel 26/12/2016

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Report Courtesy of Steve Cox (Wick FC Website) Thank you

A rousing Boxing Day clash at Crabtree Park ended in a 1-1 draw, a fair result. Arundel played out the last 20 minutes

with only 9 men after their second straight red card of the game. Dion Jarvis was the first to go after he took the concept

of Boxing Day too literally by throwing a punch at Kieran Playle-Howard after 43 minutes and was subsequently dismissed

for violent conduct. Liam Da Costa had only joined the game after 25 minutes due to an injury sustained by Arundel's ex-Wicker

Ash Hunter. A bad challenge in front of the Wick bench led to Da Costa's red card after 70 minutes.

Being down to 9 men, it was expected that Arundel would have parked the bus, but to their credit they maintained 2 strikers up top and tried to win the game so certainly deserved their point. Wick, undoubtedly, will be frustrated that they couldn't make more of their numerical advantage and win the game but a fifth point from four games maintains 18th place in the table, in touching distance of safety from relegation. Littlehampton's 4-1 win over Worthing Utd pushed them above us in 17th position, Utd dropping to 19th.

Recent signings midfielder Billy Rayner and winger Andy Cox both made their debuts for Wick whilst striker Dan Simmonds was also available at Crabtree Park for the first time this season. Another returnee, Dan Cox was on the bench.

As for the goals, they were both a bit special. On 7 minutes, Shane Brazil, who was causing all sorts of trouble on the left hand side, played the ball into a centrally placed Simmonds 20 yards out, skillfully and clinically lobbed the ball over keeper James Fernandes. Arundel were not to be outdone, and Lee Mottershead, recently acquired from East Preston, equalised 32 minutes later with a similar effort at the other end.

1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

3. Ash Hunter (Withdrawn)

4. Pete Butt

5. Jordan Dudas

6. Lee Mottershead

7. Dion Jarvis

8. Alex Biggs 

9. Harry Russell (Withdrawn)

10. Can Tilley

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Lloyd Walker

14. Scott Tipper

15. Barney Boutwood (Used Sub)

16. Spencer Adams

17. Liam DaCosta (Used Sub)

Attendance - TBC

Goal Scorers - Lee Mottershead

Yellow Cards - Ash Hunter, Harry Russell, Alex Biggs

Red cards - Dion Jarvis, Liam DaCosta

Arundel 0 v 4 Haywards Heath Town 17/12/2016

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Report courtesy of Haywards Heath Town FC website. Thank you.


Manager Shaun Saunders kept faith with the same starting eleven that lost 2-1 at home to league leaders Shoreham on Tuesday evening, hoping to see a reaction from his team.

Heath started brightly with Alex Laing hitting the base of the post after just 5 minutes and it was only 2 minutes later for them to take the lead. Callum Saunders beat the offside trap out on the right wing, bursting into the box with the ball where he was taken down by the Arundel goalkeeper. A penalty was awarded, which Saunders himself confidently put away into the top right corner.


Arundel 0-1 Heath

Arundel had some chances of their own which James Shaw dealt with comfortably and Luc Doherty managed to head off the line before Trevor McCreadie doubled the Heath’s lead in the 18th minute. Callum Saunders was involved again as he played a perfect ball through to Heath's number 9 who raced ahead of two defenders, slotting the ball under the advancing keeper.

Arundel 0-2 Heath

Both sides saw chances from distance not trouble either before Trevor McCreadie was denied by a great stop from point blank range on 26 minutes.

Heath ensured they had a comfortable lead going into the break with a Jamie Weston in-swinging corner from the right being helped on by Arundel's Alex Biggs past the despairing dive of the goalkeeper James Fernandes in the 44th minute.

It could easily have been 3-1 however as Arundel's Dion Jarvis hit a sweet strike from the edge of the box which struck the top right corner of the goal frame with James Shaw well beaten right on half-time.


Half Time Arundel 0 -3 Heath

Heath made their first change of the afternoon at half time with George Hayward replacing Josh Spinks, the shuffle in formation took some time to settle as Arundel came out on the attack at the start of the second half and had 4 successive shots on goal, but Heath managed to weather the storm in what would turn out the be the last real threat from the home side as they went down to 10 men with Rory Biggs receiving his marching orders in the 51st minute. Biggs had been booked in the first half for a foul on Trevor McCreadie and kept on causing the referee to blow his whistle before a challenge on Jamie Weston proved to be the final straw.

The game then went rather flat, with Arundel digging in to keep Heath at bay. Max Miller replaced Trevor McCredie on 57 minutes and Joel Daly came on Luc Doherty on 72 minutes.

It wasn't until the 90th minute that the blues made their numerical advantage count as substitute Joel Daly was rewarded for his persistence and direct play as he cut the ball back to Callum Saunders who neatly put the ball past the keeper low to his right.

Full Time Arundel 0-4 Heath

Heath Man Of The Match – Callum Saunders, Scoring two as well as great vision for Trevor McCreadies goal the Heath wide man was a constant threat that Arundel struggled to deal with all day.

Afterwards manager Shaun Saunders said “I was delighted to have bounced back with this win at Arundel, the match had a potential banana skin written all over it but the lads went out there and showed great character with a solid display and another clean sheet .”


1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

3. Ash Hunter

4. Pete Butt

5. Lloyd Walker

6. Alex Biggs (73 mins)

7. Rory Biggs

8. Lee Mottershead

9. Harry Russell (75 mins)

10. Can Tilley

11. Dion Jarvis (70 mins)

12. Asa Nicholson (73 mins)

14. Scott Tipper

15. Liam DaCosta (70 mins)

16. Spencer Adams

17. Barney Boutwood (75 mins)

Attendance - 43

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - James Fernandes, Nathan DaCosta

Red cards - Rory Biggs

Arundel 2 v 1 Peacehaven & Telscombe 03/12/2016

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Report below courtesy of Peacehaven & Telscombe FC. Thank you 

IT WAS INEFFITABLE that Peacehaven & Telscombe’s winning run had to come to an end, and it did on Saturday.

In the shadows of Arundel castle, Haven were beaten 2-1. The visitors had been on an unbeaten run of six league games without defeat and had won their previous five.

Arundel showed their intent early on when their top scorer 18 year-old Harry Russell opened the scoring with just six minutes played.

And just seven minutes later Lee Mottershead doubled the lead for the home side when he hit a fantastic strike.

Peacehaven struggled to get going early on but as the game wore on got more into their stride and Haven’s Josh Marshall was unlucky not to get on the score sheet just before half time.

Early in the second half teenager Joe Radley-Martin, who was making his first start of the season went close and defender Jack Phillips headed just over. Haven were starting to take the game to Arundel and Curt Ford went close on a couple of occasions.

The Peacehaven faithful who had made the journey and sang their way through the game had to wait until the 87th minute to see a Peacehaven goal which was scored by substitute Emanuel Okunja.

FT – 2-1

Peacehaven & Telscombe: Hawkins, Sendonaris, Wake, Radley-Martin, Allen, Phillips, Wiltshire, Wilkins, Marshall, Ford, Pestana. Subs: Le Grange, Robinson, Okunja, Osi-Asonah.

1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

3. Ash Hunter

4. Scott Tipper

5. Alex Biggs

6. Lee Mottershead (72 mins)

7. Asa Nicholson

8. Rory Biggs (80 mins)

9. Harry Russell (75 mins)

10. Barney Boutwood

11. Dion Jarvis

12. Ash Harper (75 mins)

14. Pete Butt (80 mins)

15. Dan Gibbs

16. Craig Rennie (72 mins)

17. Rob Grove

Attendance - 73

Goal Scorers - Harry Russell, Lee Mottershead

Yellow Cards - James Fernandes

Red cards - None