Horsham YMCA 0 v 4 Arundel 07/03/2017


Report courtesy of Lewis Mason 'The Littlehampton Gazette'

Returning Herbert helps Mullets past Horsham YMCA

As well as Dave Herbert’s brace, Dion Jarvis and Rory Biggs also struck as Mullets romped to a 4-0 win at Horsham YMCA.

The success leaves third-bottom Arundel in the final relegation spot only on goal difference with nine games to play.

Mullets boss Richard Towers feels Dave Herbert could be crucial for the run-in after a stint travelling.

He said: “Dave’s now back with us and showed what he can do with two goals. It was an ideal response after Saturday and keeps us within touching distance of safety.”

Dave Herbert marked his return by striking twice in the opening 40 minutes. A fine first half was capped by Dion Jarvis adding a third.

Substitute Rory Biggs missed a penalty five minutes before the end before making it four soon after. Horsham YMCA had Dean Carden dismissed for abusive language late on.

1. James Fernandes

2. Rob Lofting

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Scott Tipper

5. Alfie Bunker

6. Lloyd Walker (Capt)

7. Dion Jarvis

8. Alex Biggs (75 mins)

9. Dave Herbert (77 mins)

10. Nathan DaCosta

11. Asa Nicholson (65 mins)

12. Aaron Hooker-Meehan (77 mins)

14. Rory Biggs (65 mins)

16. Ashley Hawkes (75 mins)

Attendance - 70

Goal Scorers – Dave Herbert (2), Dion Jarvis, Rory Biggs

Yellow Cards – A.Bunker

Red Cards – N/A

Littlehampton Town 2 v 1 Arundel 05/03/2017


Arundel goal scorer Asa Nicholson

​Report courtesy of 'The Littlehampton Gazette' 

Dan Kempson’s superb free-kick helped Littlehampton Football Club past rivals Arundel at The Sportsfield on Saturday. George Gaskin’s first half strike was cancelled out by Asa Nicholson’s effort early in the second, before Kempson got the winner with a spectacular curling free-kick as Golds sealed a crucial 2-1 Southern Combination League Premier Division success.

Adding to Arundel’s frustrations, midfielder Alex Biggs received a second booking two minutes from time leaving them with ten-men. Having started the day fourth-bottom, a point and place above rivals Mullets, Golds moved up two places to 15th now four points clear of the final relegation place. Littlehampton boss Ady Baker hailed his team for what could prove to be a crucial win come the end of the season. He said: “It was far from our best performance this season but the boys gave it everything and deserved the victory. “After being pegged back, it would have been easy for us to cave in with Arundel in the ascendancy. We regained our focus and went onto win the game. “It’s all about making sure we capitalise and really move ourselves away from danger now. “We’ve had some good wins this season, then not been able to follow them up but hopefully we can build now.” Golds goalkeeper Luke Hutchings pulled off a superb double save on the half-hour. Asa Nicholson’s free-kick was somehow kept out by Hutchings, before he clawed away the rebound. Having survived that scare, Littlehampton took the lead three minutes before the break through Gaskin. Nicholson finally got the better of Hutchings on the hour as Mullets made their pressure tell. With Arundel on top, Kempson’s stunning free-kick put Golds back ahead 20 minutes from time.

Alex Biggs was the shown a second yellow two minutes from time as Arundel ended with ten-men. Following the defeat, Mullets remain third-bottom in the standings, now three points from safety. Arundel manager Richard Towers was frustrated with his side’s showing on the day and said: “It was probably the worst we’ve played since I’ve come back to the club. “We just weren’t at it for one reason or another, but I don’t think Littlehampton done enough to win the game either. “We’ve got ten games to go and I’d say we need to win six of those to ensure safety ourselves, rather than having to rely on teams around us. “A few players just weren’t at it for whatever reason, which was frustrating as it was such a big game for the club. “We just need to make sure we bounce back.”

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/kempson-s-stunner-seals-derby-victory-for-golds-1-7852554

1. James Fernandes

2. Rob Lofting (45 mins)

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas (25 mins)

5. Alfie Bunker

6. Lloyd Walker (Capt)

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Alex Biggs

9. Scott Tipper

10. Aaron Hooker-Meehan

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Nathan DaCosta (25 mins)

14. Dion Jarvis (45 mins)

16. Jordan Peskett

Attendance - 85

Goal Scorers - Asa Nicholson

Yellow Cards - L. Jenkins, N.DaCosta, S.Tipper, A.Bunker

Red Cards - A.Biggs

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Arundel 2 v 0 Newhaven 25/02/2017


Arundel Goal Scorers - Lewis Jenkins (Top) Asa Nicholson (Below)

Report courtesy of Lewis Mason ‘The Littlehampton Gazette’. Thank you

Arundel Football Club closed the gap on Southern Combination League Premier Division safety to just a point on Saturday.

Third from bottom Mullets secured a 2-0 home victory over Newhaven courtesy of strikes from Asa Nicholson and Lewis Jenkins at Mill Road. With Worthing United the only other team in the bottom six to win, Arundel only trail place-above AFC Uckfield Town and safety by a point. Having sealed a much-needed win at rivals Pagham the week previous, Arundel boss Richard Towers was pleased to see his side back that performance up.

He said: “It was a really pleasing win. I felt we played better than we did at Pagham the week before. “It was a more convincing performance and I felt we kept the ball a whole lot better. “I’ve said all along, once we got that first win we’d go on a run of really good results. These past two matches have shown what the team is capable of, it’s important we keep this going now.”

Newhaven included former Littlehampton and Lewes forward George Landais in the starting line-up after he completed a move earlier in the week. Despite possessing such firepower up front, with Landais partnering Lee Robinson, James Fernandes had very little to do all afternoon. Mullets wasted several opportunities in a dominant opening 45 minutes, before the deadlock was finally broken 15 minutes after the restart. Lee Mottershead played a perfect pass for Asa Nicholson, he then made no mistake firing into the bottom corner.

Mullets did not have to wait long for a second with Asa Nicholson this time the provider. The front-man played in full-back Lewis Jenkins and he slotted home from a tight angle five minutes later. Jake Buss pulled off a sublime stop to keep out another Lewis Jenkins strike 20 minutes from time as Arundel looked to extend their lead. Substitute Rory Biggs also went close late on with Arundel running out 2-0 winners in the end.

Next up for Mullets is a trip to rivals Littlehampton in the league on Saturday. With Golds currently just a point and two-places above Arundel, the derby contest looks to be a thrilling one.

Richard Towers believes victory on the day will come down to the team that keeps their cool. He added: “Derby games are always massive but given where we both find ourselves in the league, it’s going to be even more crucial than usual. “I’ll just be telling my boys it’s another game and everyone must remain focused.

“Sometimes feelings can boil over in these games, especially with what is at stake in this one. “We’ve been on a decent run and we’ll just look to keep that going on Saturday. “Littlehampton have got some quality players and a decent squad. It’s going to be a really close and hard-fought game but one we’re looking forward too.”

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/arundel-edge-closer-to-safety-with-win-over-dockers-1-7841929

1. James Fernandes

2. Rob Lofting

3. Lewis Jenkins (85 mins)

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Alfie Bunker

6. Lloyd Walker (Capt)

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Alex Biggs

9. Scott Tipper

10. Aaron Hooker-Meehan (60 mins)

11. Asa Nicholson (72 mins)

12. Nathan DaCosta (85 mins)

14. Rory Biggs (60 mins)

15. Dion Jarvis (72 mins)

16. Jordan Peskett

17. Cian Tilley

Attendance - 60

Goal Scorers - Asa Nicholson, Lewis Jenkins

Yellow Cards - Rory Biggs, Rob Lofting

Red cards - None

Pagham 1 v 2 Arundel 18/02/2017


Arundel Goal Scorers - Asa Nicholson & Harry Russell

​Report courtesy of Lewis Mason 'Littlehampton Gazette'

Towers seals first triumph since returning to Mullets

Strikes in each half from Asa Nicholson and Harry Russell helped Mullets come away with a 2-1 victory at rivals Pagham in the Southern Combination League Premier Division encounter.

Going into the clash, Towers had lost all three of his games since taking charge in December, before finally gaining a much-needed win at the fourth time of asking.

Despite the victory, Mullets remain second from bottom in the standings but they closed the gap on teams above them. Every other side in the bottom seven lost as Mullets gained some ground in their quest for Premier Division safety, leaving them two points off 17th-placed Worthing United.

With things working in Richard Towers’ teams favour, he just wants the squad to continue to focus on themselves.

He said: “It was a massive win and such a relief I’ve managed to get that first victory since returning. The lads deserve a great deal of credit and I’m so pleased the hard work they’ve put in has been rewarded.

“It was almost the perfect weekend for us with other results but we will continue to focus on ourselves. We’ve still got 36 points to play for, with survival very much in our own hands.”

Mullets took a lead into the interval as ‘Alex Biggs’ cross was turned home by Asa Nicholson three minutes before the break.

The lively derby battle then sprung into life over the course of an enthralling final 45 minutes. Harry Russell was hauled down in the area by Pagham defender Neil Murfin five minutes after the restart with a spot-kick awarded. But Lee Mottershead’s weak penalty was saved by James Binfield as it remained 1-0.

Incredibly less than two minutes later, Lions were awarded a penalty of their own as Mullets goalkeeper James Fernandes was adjudged to have brought an opposition forward down. Pagham midfielder Joe Shelley showed Mottershead how to do it, making it 1-1.

Shelley then went from hero to villain as he was shown a straight red card following a challenge on Scott Tipper 15 minutes from time.

Towers had thrown Scott Tipper on and went with three up top in the closing stages, a move that paid dividends.

With time running out, Lee Mottershead made up for his penalty miss, slotting Harry Russell clear and the forward fired past Binfield as Arundel took all three points - ending a run of six league matches without a win.

With Newhaven next up at Mill Road on Saturday and Mullets just two points off two-places above Worthing United, Towers is hopeful the Pagham win will be a catalyst.

He added: “We’ve got some difficult games coming up but we’ve shown by beating Pagham what we are capable of.

“Our focus will continue to remain on ourselves and seeing how many points we can collect in the games coming up after such a good win at Pagham.”

1. James Fernandes

2. Rob Lofting  (90 mins)

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Alfie Bunker

6. Lloyd Walker (Capt)

7. Alex Biggs (83 mins)

8. Lee Mottershead

9. Harry Russell

10. Aaron Hooker-Meehan (75 mins)

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Cian Tilley (75 mins)

14. Scott Tipper (83 mins)

15. Jordan Peskett (90 mins)

Attendance - 111

Goal Scorers - Asa Nicholson, Harry Russell

Yellow Cards - Fernandes, A.Biggs

Red cards - None

Arundel 1 v 2 Broadbridge Heath 11/02/2017


Report courtesy of Broadbridge Heath website. Thank you

Broadbridge Heath got back to winning ways with a 2-1 away win at Arundel, a victory that sees the Bears move up to sixth place in the division.

Steve Painter was forced to make 3 changes to his back four due to injuries and unavailability and he welcomed back Martyn Flack for his first appearance of the season and the former Heath captain was partnered at the heart of the defence by Dan Attwater making his first start since the 4th October.

Jake Holmes had the first real chance of the match on 5 minutes when he headed a Scott Weller corner just over the crossbar but for the next 20 minutes it was the home-side who created the better chances with the lively Asa Nicholson being denied a goal by Flack who got back to clear off the goal-line.

Jake Holmes had the first real chance of the match on 5 minutes when he headed a Scott Weller corner just over the crossbar but for the next 20 minutes it was the home-side who created the better chances with the lively Asa Nicholson being denied a goal by Flack who got back to clear off the goal-line.

Heath weren’t so lucky in the 18th minute when an attack broke down on the edge of the Arundel penalty area and the host’s counter attack ended with the ball being played out wide on the left to Harry Russell who drilled a low right foot shot under Chester from 20 yards into the far corner. A few minutes later Russell had a great chance to make it 2-0 but this time he shot straight at Chester.

Heath gradually got into the game and on 26 minutes a Rob Godfrey cross from the right came out to Shaun Findlay who tried to lob the ball over the Arundel keeper James Fernandes but the keeper did well to push the ball over the crossbar. Ollie Moore then came close with a shot that went inches wide of the post and Holmes had an effort cleared of the line. In the final minute of the half the pressure finally paid off when Godfrey played a through ball into the path of Moore who setup Holmes to hammer the ball into the net from 8 yards.

Midway through the second period, Heath were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, Dan Sandell took the kick but Arundel’s Jordan Peskett was adjudged to have raised his hand high above his head to stop the ball and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Holmes stepped up to convert the penalty for his 20th league goal of the season.

Sandell came close to making it 3-1 when he received the ball some 20 yards from goal and dribbled past two defenders before hitting a right foot shot that went narrowly wide of the post.

In the closing minutes Arundel introduced Cian Tilley as substitute and he almost leveled for the Mullets with a shot from 12 yards that Michael Chester saved brilliantly low to his left and then got up to block the follow up at the near post.

So another 3 points for the Bears but Arundel will be hoping their luck changes soon in their attempts to move away from the relegation places.

Team: M. Chester, Godfrey, Robinson, Attwater, Flack, Sandell, Findlay Moore, Sultan (Martin 60), Holmes (Clark 80), Weller (Nash 85).

Arundel's goal scorer Harry Russell

1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan Da Costa (Capt)

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Scott Tipper (46 mins)

6. Lloyd Walker

7. Matt Axell

8. Lee Mottershead

9. Harry Russell (78 mins)

10. Asa Nicholson (78 mins)

11. Rory Biggs

12. Cian Tilley (78 mins)

14. Aaron Hooker-Meehan (78 mins)

15. Jordan Peskett (46 mins)

16. Stuart McDonald

Attendance - 25

Goal Scorers - Harry Russell

Yellow Cards - J.Dudas, J.Peskett, L.Walker

Red cards - None

**Marie Wedge’s Funeral Details**

Marie Wedges funeral is on Friday 17th February at Worthing Crematorium (11am). The wake will be held back at Arundel Social Club. Everyone is welcome to attend in a celebration and to remember Marie's all to short life.  

Marie Wedge Sadly and Unexpectedly Passes Away


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