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

AFC Uckfield 3 v 5 Arundel 22/10/2016

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Hat-trick man Harry Russell......... 


Report courtesy of ‘AFC Uckfield Website’ Thank you

AFC Uckfield Town suffered their 4th defeat in 5 league games on Saturday afternoon, going down 3-5 at home to Arundel in the Premier Division of the Southern Combination League.

Uckfield took the lead after 16 minutes when Dominic Clark took advantage of a good free kick from new signing Merrick James-Lewis, however the visitors had turned it around to lead before the 30 minute mark – first a 20 yard strike from left back Steve Herbert and then striker Harry Russell finding the back of the net.

It looked done at the break after Rory Biggs made it 1-3 2 minutes before the interval. HT 1-3

It was Harry Russell on the double at the hour mark, giving the visitors a 4-1 advantage and things got even worse a few minutes later when Uckfield were reduced to 10 men, Andrew Dalhouse given his marching orders.

An unlikely comeback was then on the cards, 2 quick goals from Dominic Clark and Connor French made it 3-4 – but Harry Russell completed his hat trick from the penalty spot in injury time.

FT 3-5

1. Stuart McDonald

2. Lewis Jenkins

3. Ash Hunter

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Alex Biggs

6. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

7. Steve Herbert

8. Dion Jarvis

9. Harry Russell

10. Rory Biggs (73 mins)

11. Asa Nicholson (66 mins)

12. Spencer Adams (73 mins)

14. Craig Rennie (66 mins)

15. Archie Thorpe

16. James Fernandes (GK)

Attendance - ?

Goal Scorers - Harry Russell (3), Rory Biggs, Steve Herbert

Yellow Cards - Nathan DaCosta

Red cards - None

Newhaven 2 v 3 Arundel 18/10/2016

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Report courtesy of ‘The Littlehampton Gazette’

Mullets show ‘unbelievable character’ to win at Dockers Harry Russell scored twice as Arundel came back from two goals down to win at Newhaven last night.

Arundel Football Club fought back from two goals down to win at Newhaven last night and end a five-game winless league run

Scott Taylor’s spot-kick and Ebou Jallow’s effort put Dockers in control of the Southern Combination League Premier Division match but a brace from Harry Russell and Lewis Jenkins’ header helped Mullets to a 3-2 success. Arundel joint manager Craig Stuart felt the spirit his side showed was terrific and said: “We showed unbelievable character to come back and win it. We’ve known this has been there, it was just a case of showing it and we did that. “Newhaven is never an easy place to go, so to come back in the way we did was magnificent. This will breed confidence across the whole squad now.” Jordan Dudas hauled down James Rhodes in the penalty area three minutes before the break and Taylor stepped up to put the hosts ahead. Ash Hunter then gave away possession and Jallow broke clear to double Dockers’ lead on 48 minutes. Mullets’ response was instant as Harry Russell pulled one back a minute later when he headed home from a corner. Lewis Jenkins pulled Arundel level with 25 minutes to go, before Harry Russell completed the turnaround with a thunderous strike on 72 minutes.

ARUNDEL: McDonald; Jenkins, Peake, Dudas, Hunter; N.DaCosta, Jarvis, R.Biggs, S,Herbert; Nicholson; Russell. Subs: Adams (Peake), Tipper (Nicholson), Boutwood (S.Herbert).

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/mullets-show-unbelievable-character-to-win-at-dockers-1-7636210


Arundel 1 v 1 Horsham YMCA 15/10/2016

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Craig Stuart quotes courtesy of 'The Littlehampton Gazette'


Stuart hails Mullets’ perfect response

Arundel Football Club manager Craig Stuart was proud of his players following a perfect response on Saturday

Heading into the contest, Arundel were on a run of four consecutive league losses but Stuart was pleased to see more solidity from his team.

He said: “We were so much better in this game and I was proud of the performance. This was so much better from our last game against Chichester City and we looked solid.

“Myself, Barry Pidgeon and Scott Tipper had a chat and a regroup to see what was going wrong.

“After a discussion, we reverted to a 4-2-3-1 shape and this performance showed that worked.

“We probably had the better of the chances and could well have taken all three points.”

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Arundel secured a deserved first point in 5 leagues outings with a much improved and more solid defensive performance against Horsham YMCA.

Arundel early on showed there intent to compete all over the pitch to get back to winning ways, and on 6 minutes after a bright start were rewarded when Asa Nicholson calmly fired home from 18 yards when Horsham’s Charlie Cooke was found wanting when he stopped to appeal for a foul that never was.

On 15 minutes Cooke tried to make up for his earlier mistake, but saw his effort from a corner well saved by Arundel’s keeper Stuart McDonald. The next chance of note came from Horsham’s Sam Schaaf when he shot just over from inside the 18 yard box when he really should have worked McDonald. On 28 minute Horsham benefited from a slice of luck, when an Arundel's Jordan Dudas's defensive clearance ricocheted off of two players before falling perfectly at the feet of Max Howell who made no mistake firing home the equaliser.

HT 1-1

The second half was an even encounter with both sides nullifying each other in the midfield, however, Dion Jarvis saw a good effort on 60 minutes saved well by Mark Fox in the Horsham goal. Its was then Horsham’s Phil Johnson that came close to scoring when heading just over from a corner after being put under pressure from Stuart McDonald. Arundel defender Jordan Dudas then made a superb block to keep out Max Howell with Stuart McDonald beaten in the Arundel goal. It was Jordan Dudas again that was in the thick of the action on 74 minutes when he really should have headed Arundel into the lead, when he found himself unmarked 4 yards out from a Nicholson corner, but could only head straight at Mark Fox in the Horsham goal.

FT 1-1

1. Stuart McDonald

2. Lewis Jenkins

3. Ash Hunter

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Ryan Peake (Capt)

6. Dion Jarvis (85 mins)

7. Nathan DaCosta

8. Alex Biggs

9. Harry Russell

10. Rory Biggs

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Steve Herbert (85 mins)

14. Scott Tipper

15. Cameron Elder

16. Archie Thorpe 

Attendance - 54

Goal Scorers - Asa Nicholson

Yellow Cards - Nathan DaCosta, Ryan Peake

Red cards - None

Chichester City 4 v 1 Arundel 11/10/2016

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Report courtesy of 'The Littlehampton Gazette' Thank you 

Craig Stuart ‘embarrassed’ by second half defensive display

Arundel Football Club joint manager Craig Stuart was left embarrassed by his side’s second half defensive display in their 4-1 Southern Combination League Premier Division defeat at Chichester City on Tuesday.

Mullets shipped three goals in the second period, after taking the lead through Alex Biggs’ strike three minutes in.

Stuart felt his side’s efforts in the final 45 minutes were not good enough as they fell to a fourth successive league defeat.

He said: “I can’t even begin to try to defend our defensive efforts in the second half.

“The final two goals we conceded were embarrassing and it was just simply not good enough.

“Leading into the game we were without Asa Nicholson and Rory Biggs, Barney Boutwood then pulled out on the day, before Bradley Lewis got injured in the warm-up.

“Despite those problems, we started really well and could have been ahead at half-time.

“For some reason, in the second half we just capitulated. I’m not too sure what the reasons are but we just fall away in games.

“You find out a lot about your players when times get tough and I think it could well be time for changes if we continue to defend the way we have been.”

Mullets were in front inside four minutes as Scott Tipper’s head down was rifled home by Alex Biggs on the half-volley.

A serious knee injury to City’s Chris Hooker then saw the game suspended for 20 minutes, before he was taken to hospital.

When play resumed, the home side got level when Tommy Block’s strike took two deflections and beat James Fernandes.

A woeful second half showing saw Josh Clack fire City ahead ten minutes after the break. Jake Gale added a third 20 minutes from time, before Scott Jones rounded off the scoring on 89 minutes.

FT 4-1

1. James Fernandes

2. Lewis Jenkihs

3. Cameron Elder (69 mins)

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Ryan Peake (Capt)

6. Alex Biggs

7. Dion Jarvis

8. Nathan DaCosta

9. Scott Tipper

10. Harry Russell

11. Steve Herbert

12. Craig Rennie (69 mins)

14. Liam DaCosta

15. Stuart McDonald

Attendance - 67

Goal Scorers - Alex Biggs

Yellow Cards - Nathan DaCosta, Alex Biggs

Red cards - None

Eastbourne Town 2 v 0 Arundel 08/10/2016

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Arundel Football Club joint manager Craig Stuart took plenty of positives - despite seeing his side suffer a third successive Southern Combination League Premier Division defeat on Saturday.

Craig Stuart felt it was a much-improved performance from their defeat at Eastbourne United last time out in the league and said: “We didn’t play badly, they just scored two great goals and that was the difference. “We had a goal disallowed and an effort come back off the bar and I think that’s just how it’s going for us at the minute. “Last season we had spells when we struggled but then we went on really good runs. “I’m sure once we pick up that one positive result, others will soon follow as well.”

​Above quote courtesy of 'The Littlehampton Gazette'



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The first half started with both sides having opportunities to take the lead, Arundel were the first to go close when on 4 minutes Harry Russell combined well with only to see his shot go wide of the post without working Greg Nessling in the Eastbourne goal. Eastbourne’s Jason Taylor than went close when firing just wide from 16 yards, and the same player on 15 minutes showed good pace to run clear of Arundel’s defence to go one on one with Arundel keeper James Fernandes before shooting wide when he really should have hit the target and forced a save.

The deadlock was finally broken on 28 minutes when the Arundel defence were very slow getting out to pressure Chris Cumming-Bart 25 yards out, which allowed him time to pick his spot and release an unstoppable shot to make the half time score 1-0

The second half was an even contest with both sides once again having good chances to score. It was Arundel’s Harry Russell that came close on 49 minutes when he found space on the far post from an Asa Nicholson corner only to see his header well saved. Barney Boutwood was then unlucky to see his goal bound shot deflect wide off of Sam Willett.

Eastbourne increased their lead on 78 minutes with another outstanding strike, this time from substitute Ethan Strevett fully 30 yards out leaving Fernandes in goal no chance of saving. Arundel showed good character and commitment and were extremely unlucky not to score when Alex Bigg’s bullet header, from a Dion Jarvis corner smashed against the crossbar. Boutwood forced Nessling into making a smart save late on but the final score stayed at 2-0.

1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan DaCosta

3. Steve Herbert

4. Lewis Jenkins

5. Ryan Peake (Capt)

6. Alex Biggs

7. Rory Biggs (57 mins)

8. Brad Lewis (85 mins)

9. Barney Boutwood

10. Harry Russell

11. Asa Nicholson (76 mins)

12. Dion Jarvis (57 mins)

14. Ash Hunter (76 mins)

15. Scott Tipper (85 mins)

16. Cameron Elder

Attendance - 160

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards -  Alex Biggs

Red cards - None

Arundel 6 v 0 St Francis Rangers (Senior Cup) 04/10/2016

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Report courtesy of ‘The Littlehampton Gazette’

Mullets ease through in Senior Cup

Arundel Football Club cruised into the second round of the Sussex Senior Cup with a 6-0 win at home to division-lower St Francis Rangers on Tuesday evening.

Rory Biggs 40-yarder gave Mullets the lead after five minutes, before Harry Russell made it 2-0 midway through the first half. Biggs got his second on 34 minutes and Barney Boutwood then made it 4-0 on 68 minutes. Bradley Lewis and Harry Russell, with his second, then struck in the last five minutes.

Mullets joint boss Barry Pidgeon said: “We played really well having lost our previous three games and it’s a good win for our confidence.”

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/mullets-ease-through-in-senior-cup-1-7614978


1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan Dacosta

3. Cameron Elder

4. Lewis Jenkins (78 mins)

5. Ryan Peake (Capt)

6. Alex Biggs

7. Brad Lewis

8. Rory Biggs (47 mins)

9. Barney Boutwood

10. Harry Russell

11. Asa Nicholson (70 mins)

12. Dion Jarvis (47 mins)

14. Ash Hunter

15. Steve Herbert (70 mins)

16. Jordan Dudas (78 mins)

17. Scott Tipper

Attendance - 31

Goal Scorers - Rory Biggs (2), Harry Russell (2), Barney Boutwood, Brad Lewis

Yellow Cards - Alex Biggs

Red cards - None

Eastbourne United 4 v 0 Arundel 01/10/2016

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Unfortunately this was an extremely lack lustre performance in which Arundel didn’t get going anywhere on the pitch with no outstanding contributions of any of the players.

Eastbourne United were deserving 4-0 winners, and took the lead on 16 minutes when poor defending allowed Danny Andrews room to fire in a good angled shot that was deflected into his own go by Nathan DaCosta. Eastbourne from this point had the upper hand and really should have increased their lead on 28 minutes when Jack Divall got in behind the Arundel defence far to easily to give himself a one on one with James Fernanades in the Arundel goal, but failed to work the keeper when shooting wide to the relief of the Arundel team. HT 1-0

The second half was again dominated by Eastbourne, but they didn’t really make their possession count until the 71st minute when Arundel stopped to appeal for an offside that wasn’t given, this allowed Danny Andrews to break clear who rounded James Fernandes before firing home to make it 2-0. Eastbourne made it 3-0 on 82 minutes when two or three Arundel defenders failed to clear there lines, and were punished with a well struck shot from substitute Tyler O’Callaghan. Once again in the closing stages poor closing down from the Arundel defence allowed Jack Divall to pick his spot when firing home passed the Fernandes from the edge of the area. FT 4-0

1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan DaCosta

3. Ash Hunter (74 mins)

4. Lewis Jenkins

5. Ryan Peake (Capt)

6. Alex Biggs

7. Brad Lewis

8. Dion Jarvis (58 mins)

9. Harry Russell

10. Barney Boutwood

11. Cameron Elder

12. Scott Tipper (74 mins)

14. Jordan Jones (58 mins)

15. Craig Rennie 

Attendance - 65

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - Ryan Peake

Red cards - None

Arundel 3 v 5 Worthing United 27/09/2016

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Report courtesy of ‘The Littlehampton Gazette’ Thank you

Mullets defeat tough to take for joint boss Stuart

Arundel Football Club joint-manager Craig Stuart looked back on his side’s 5-3 home Southern Combination League Premier Division defeat at the hands of Worthing United and said: “It was a tough one to take.” Despite going a goal behind, Mullets recovered to lead 2-1 just after the interval before going down in an eight-goal thriller. Stuart believes United’s leveller from the penalty spot to level things up at 2-2 was the turning point. He said: “I know we’ve conceded five goals but I think we outplayed them. “It’s just really frustrating and I think the penalty decision changed the game. “They scored a worldie in the first half but other than that I can’t remember them having too many other chances. “We need to learn to take our chances when they come, it was a frustrating evening.”

Littlehampton Gazette Report –

After bossing the early stages and only being kept out by some wonder-saves from Mullets goalkeeper James Fernandes, Gilmour gave his side a deserved lead. Ryan Peake could only head to Gilmour and he thundered home a 25-yard screamer on 40 minutes. Mullets were back level a minute before the break as Rory Biggs dispossessed Dave Marsh before firing past Fraser Trigwell. The turnaround was complete three minutes after the interval as debutant Brad Lewis cut in from the left and nestled a left-foot store into the bottom corner. Mavericks were handed a lifeline eight minutes later when Cameron Elder was adjudged to have handled Goldson’s cross. Fenelon sent Fernandes the wrong way to make it 2-2. A crazy spell was then complete on the hour as Fenelon outmuscled Ryan Peake before slotting past Fernandes. Mavericks were pegged back once again seven minutes later with Harry Russell’s long-distance strike squirming under Trigwell. Peake came so close to giving Arundel the lead for a second time with 20 minutes left. He met Brad Lewis’s cross, only to see his effort strike a post, before running across the goalline and staying out.

Arundel looked the more likely in the closing stages before an incredible final five minutes. Substitute Dion Jarvis went on a jinking run beating two players, only to be stopped by a great save from Trigwell. That proved crucial as Goldson struck his first-ever senior goal less than a minute later to help his side on their way to a 5-3 victory. Goldson’s 25-yard thunderbolt found the top corner three minutes before the end. He then turned provider two minutes into stoppage-time, picking out Todd with a cross. He took a touch and rifled home to hand Mavericks earned an emphatic win. Mullets are in league action on Saturday as they travel to Eastbourne United, before hosting division-lower St Francis Rangers for a Sussex Senior Cup first-round fixture three days later.

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/mullets-defeat-tough-to-take-for-joint-boss-stuart-1-7602515

Arundel Team - ​

1. James Fernandes

2. Pete Butt (78 mins)

3. Cameron Elder

4. Lewis Jenkins

5. Ryan Peake (Capt)

6. Alex Biggs

7. Brad Lewis (75 mins)

8. Rory Biggs (90 mins)

9. Harry Russell

10. Barney Boutwood

11. Steve Herbert

12. Dion Jarvis (75 mins)

14. Nathan DaCosta

15. Scott Tipper (90 mins)

16. Jordan Jones

17. Liam DaCosta  (78 mins)

Attendance - 43

Goal Scorers - Rory Biggs, Brad Lewis, Harry Russell, 

Yellow Cards - Ryan Peake, Rory Biggs, Steve Herbert

Red cards - N/A