Hailsham Town 3 v 2 Arundel 23/09/2017

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Rob Lofting netted one of the Arundel goals in their defeat


Report courtesy of LEWIS MASON 'Littlehampton Gazette. Thank you 

Newly-appointed Arundel Football Club assistant manager Simon Hull oversaw a defeat in his first game since joining from rivals Wick. With Mullets boss Richard Towers currently away on holiday, Hull took charge alongside Scott Tipper as Arundel suffered a 3-2 extra-time Sussex Senior Cup first-round loss at division-lower Hailsham Town on Saturday.

Robert Lofting and Hayden Briggs twice gave Arundel the lead but on both occasions the home side came back. Danny Leach then got the winner 11 minutes in to extra-time as Mullets slumped to a seventh consecutive defeat.

Rob Lofting fired Mullets ahead in their Senior Cup tie at Hailsham after 26 minutes but Kris Drake levelled less than a minute later. Hayden Briggs bagged his first goal for Arundel on the hour to put his side back in front. Mullets looked on course for just a second win of the season, only to concede deep in to stoppage-time. A wayward strike deflected off Liam Griffin and beat Lewis Broughton in Arundel’s goal. Leach then fired Hailsham ahead for the first time 11 minutes in to extra-time as they pulled off a shock win.

Arundel assistant Hull came away pleased with certain aspects following his first game at the club. He said: “We had chances to go 3-1 ahead, which kills the game and sees us through. Nerves started to kick in as the match wore on and we started to drop deeper. “I thought the team were going to hold on and go on to reach the next round. The way things are going at the moment, a shot that appears to be going well wide deflects off Liam (Griffin) and goes in. “They then went on and won the game in extra-time, it’s a tough task ahead here but I’ve got every confidence things will start to turn around.”

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/arundel-appoint-hull-as-new-number-two-1-8166625

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1. Lewis Boughton

2. Luke Heffron

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Elliott Dollner

5. Liam Griffin

6. Rob Lofting

7. Josh Biggs (Capt)

8. Alex Biggs

9. Dougie Costen (56 mins)

10. Dion Jarvis

11. Hayden Briggs (80 mins)

12. Charlie Townsend (56 mins)
14. Josh Bradley (80 mins


Attendance - tbc

Goal Scorers - R. Lofting, H. Briggs

Yellow Cards - J.Biggs, A.Biggs, L.Griffin, E.Dollner

Red cards - None

Peacehaven & Telscombe 4 v 1 Arundel 16/09/2017

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Report courtesy of Lewis Mason 'Littlehampton Gazette'. Than you 

Richard Towers, who took caretaker control alongside vice-chairman Simon Butler for Saturday’s clash at Peacehaven before his reappointment as manager,

Towers saw his side suffer a seventh consecutive SCFL Premier Division defeat this term. Elliott Dollner fired Mullets ahead, before Peacehaven stormed back to seal a 4-1 triumph.

Arundel goalkeeper Stuart McDonald was adjudged to have brought down a Magpies player, with a spot-kick awarded. Cameron Wiltshire tucked the penalty away to level things up seven minutes in to first half stoppage-time.

Conor Wilkins, Elliot Levy and Wiltshire netted in the final ten minutes to seal a 4-1 win. Arundel, who were only able to name one substitute, ran out of steam in the closing stages - according to manager Towers. He added: “For all of an hour we were the better team and deserved something out of the game. “Only having one fit substitute made it difficult for us, and we ran out of legs. Three of the players I started with were carrying knocks, which made things tough. “I’m hoping to get some fresh faces in over the next week and hopefully we’ll start to turn things around, getting a first league win sooner, rather than later.”


Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/towers-u-turn-sees-him-back-in-charge-at-arundel-1-8156341

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1. Stuart McDonald

2. Elliott Dollner

3. Jordan Jones (68 mins)

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Liam Griffin

6. Rob Lofting

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Josh Biggs (Capt)

9. Charlie Townsend

10. Dion Jarvis

11. Hayden Briggs


14. Steve Burt (68 mins)

Attendance - 176

Goal Scorers - Elliot Dollner

Yellow Cards - McDonald, Jarvis

Red cards - None

Richard Towers steps down as Mullets manager

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Report courtesy of Lewis Mason 'Littlehampton Gazette' 

Richard Towers has resigned as manager of Arundel Football Club after eight months back at the club. Towers, who took charge for a second spell at the club in January, has seen his side struggle for form this season. A 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Southern Counties East Premier Division outfit Lordswood in an FA Vase first round qualifying clash on Saturday was a ninth loss in ten matches in all competitions this campaign.

Towers did a superb job guiding Mullets to Southern Combination League Premier Division safety last term but that form has not been replicated in a first full season back in charge of Mullets. Asa Nicholson and Lloyd Walker both left over the summer, while goalkeeper James Fernandes has been unavailable through work commitments. Several injuries has left the squad thin on the ground and Towers feels now is the right time to walk away.

He said: “Coming back last season was great and keeping Arundel up was brilliant. We lost our spine over the summer, which has made things tough this season. “I just feel now is the right time to walk away. It gives the club a chance to get someone new in and turn things around. “In terms of contacts, I can’t call on as many players as I used to be able to. A lot of the players I know are getting older now.

“I really enjoyed coming back here last season but it’s been a real struggle this term. “Lewis (Jenkins), Harry (Russell) and Scott (Tipper) have all spent time on the sidelines and they have been big misses for us. “I’m sure the club will get the right person in to replace me, who will have his contacts and get the team back on track.”

Mullets vice-chairman Simon Butler was quick to thank Towers for his efforts and said: “Myself, Bob (Marchant; Arundel chairman) and other committee members would like to thank Richard for everything he has done here. "He did a great job keeping us up last season but a number of factors have made things difficult for him. Richard is an honest guy and was first to admit his player pull is thinning out and the game is changing now.” Arundel hope to have a new manager in place as soon as possible.

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/towers-steps-down-as-mullets-manager-1-8146940

Arundel 0 v 4 Lordswood 09/09/2017 (FA VASE)

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1. Stuart McDonald

2. Rob lofting

3. Alfie Bunker

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Dan Towers (41 mins)

6. Elliot Dollner

7. Dion Jarvis (61 mins)

8. Alex Biggs

9. Eli Amoo (45 mins)

10. Josh Biggs (Capt)

11. Lee Mottershead

12. Hayden Briggs (45 mins)

14. Liam Griffin (41 mins)

15. Luis-Tijon Sparks (61 mins)

Attendance - 52

Goal Scorers – None

Yellow Cards – Amoo, A.Biggs, Mottershead, Lofting

Red cards - None

Broadbridge Heath 3 v 2 Arundel 05/09/2017

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Report courtesy of Broadbridge Heath website. Thank you .........

A Heath team still missing 7 first team regulars put in a disjointed performance to finally see off the spirited challenge of bottom team Arundel. The only real pieces of quality being the goals from Jack McNab, George Cousins and top scorer Devon Fender who made it 7 from 6 games.

The visitors came close on a couple of occasions before on 13 minutes, Tom Bold got round the back and whipped a lovely ball in for Jack McNab to power home the header. Heath seemed to have clicked into gear and played some neat football before a long ball was partially cleared and George Cousins pounced to beat the centre half and although his speed forced him wide, he smashed the ball home off the inside of the post.

Heath then seemed to sit back and Arundel again seized the initiative with several lively attacks and hit the bar with a thunderbolt from Alex Biggs. It was no surprise when Elliot Dolner pulled a goal back when a corner was deflected by Marlon Maxwell to the unmarked Dolner who powered his header past Craven from 8 yards. However 3 minutes before half time Devon Fender was put through and although Fernandez in the visitors goal pushed him very wide, the Heath marksman finished clinically.

The second half was much of a non-event with the visitors pushing to get back into the game without really stretching Craven and Heath struggling to get their game going to put the match beyond the visitors. Jarvis pulled another goal back from the edge of the box forcing the hosts to endure a far more tense last ten minutes than they would have wanted.

Arundel produced much of the attacking play throughout and will think they deserved to get something from the match however Heath will take some comfort from welcoming back Tom Howard Bold and Dan Sandell as well as moving up to 4th after ‘winning ugly’.

Manager Steve Painter will want to welcome back some of his absentees (Michael Chester, Stuart Chester, Rob Godfrey, Scott Weller, Alex Parsons, Piers McDermott, Tim Martin or Dean Wright on Saturday when Heath travel to Southwick in the FA Vase.

Team: Craven, Sim (Elkana 46), Maxwell, Attwater, Robinson, Howard-Bold, Helsdown (Copestake 85), Sandell, Cousins (Flack 80), McNab, Fender.

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​1. James Fernandes

2. Rob lofting

3. Alfie Bunker

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Dan Towers (70 mins)

6. Elliot Dollner

7. Dion Jarvis

8. Alex Biggs

9. Eli Amoo

10. Luis-Tijon Sparks (65 mins)

11. Lee Mottershead

12. Hayden Briggs (65 mins)

14. Liam Griffin (70 mins)

15. Ash Hunter

Attendance - Tbc

Goal Scorers – D. Jarvis, E.Dollner

Yellow Cards – None

Red cards - None

Arundel 1 v 4 Saltdean United 02/09/2017

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Above Dion Jarvis Arundel's goal scorer................

A Jordan Pryor's brace helped propel Saltdean United to the top of the table on Saturday night, despite going 1-0 down at Mill Road to Arundel, the tigers rallied together and secured another three points on the road in emphatic style.

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1. Stuart McDonald

2. Rob lofting

3. Ash Hunter (45 mins)

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Alfie Bunker

6. Elliot Dollner (70 mins)

7. Dion Jarvis

8. Alex Biggs

9. Eli Amoo

10. Josh Biggs (Capt) (78 mins)

11. Lee Mottershead

12. Hayden Briggs (70 mins)

14. Liam Griffin

15. Luis-Tijon Sparks (78 mins)

16. Jack Bingham (45 mins)

Attendance - 43

Goal Scorers – D. Jarvis

Yellow Cards – A. Biggs, R. Lofting, J. Biggs

Red cards - N/A

Arundel 1 v 2 Worthing United 28/09/2017

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Above Josh Biggs on target again for Arundel.......

Report courtesy of LEWIS MASON ‘Worthing Herald’

Worthing United Football Club claimed their second Southern Combination League Premier Division win of the season earlier today. First half efforts from Kieran Deacon and Matt Hards helped Mavericks to a 2-1 triumph over Arundel at Mill Road.

Deacon and Hards both netted inside the opening half-hour to put United in command. Mullets skipper Josh Biggs pulled one back three minutes after the restart but Matt Evans' side held on for a second win in four league games so far this season. Mavericks manager Evans was pleased to take all three points and said: "It's nice to get another win. We had to dig deep but we defended well and they didn't cause us too many problems.

"We've taken six points from our opening four games after this result, which is something I'd have taken given the tough start we were handed. "We did well, took our chances and were worthy winners in the end."

United started the brighter and went ahead after ten minutes. Mavericks forward Paul Elliott lead a quick counter, before playing Deacon in who fired into the roof of the net. Things got better for Evans' side 13 minutes later as they doubled their lead. Hards was sent clear following a long punt from Rui Buckland, the midfield man rounded James Fernandes and slammed a strike into the bottom corner.

Mullets were out quick in the second, pulling a goal back three minutes after the restart. United's defence failed to clear their lines, with skipper Josh Biggs' first time effort beating Buckland. Mavericks stood firm for the remainder and could well have won by a more convincing margin.

Fernandes was at full stretch to keep John Buggy's goalbound strike out 15 minutes from time. Substitute Kris Harding saw his attempted chip tipped wide by Fernandes as it ended 2-1.

Arundel assistant manager Ryan Pharo was disappointed with his side's efforts and said: "I was confident coming into the game but unfortunately things didn't go our way. We let in two sloppy goals and that is what has cost us. "We pushed and gave it everything after pulling one back early in the second but credit to Worthing United they were hard to break down." Arundel host Saltdean United on Saturday, while Mavericks go to Chichester City.

WORTHING UNITED: Buckland; Patching, Fuller, Allan, Griffiths; Stideford; Deacon, Hards, Nagle, Buggy; Elliott. Subs: Harding (Hards, 83), Evans, Thasarath, Chellel (Patching, 50).

Read more at: http://www.worthingherald.co.uk/sport/football/mavericks-seal-away-success-at-arundel-1-8124051

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1. James Fernandes

2. Rob lofting

3. Alfie Bunker

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Liam Griffin

6. Alex biggs

7. Dion Jarvis

8. Lous-Tijon -Sparks

9. Eli Amoo

10. Josh Biggs (Capt)

11. Ash Hunter (85 mins)

12. Steve Burt (85 mins)

14. Dan Towers

15. Lee Mottershead

Attendance - 56

Goal Scorers - J. Biggs

Yellow Cards - J. Biggs

Red cards - N/A

East Preston 1 v 2 Arundel (Peter Bentley Cup) 22/08/2017

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Josh Biggs bagged a brace to seal a first win of the season for Arundel Football Club at East Preston.

Biggs, who struck in each half, secured a 2-1 Peter Bentley Cup second-round triumph for Mullets at fellow Southern Combination League Premier Division side East Preston.

After Biggs fired Arundel in front, Lukas Franzen-Jones levelled things up minutes later. Despite being pegged back, Mullets were not to be denied and secured their spot in round three courtesy of Biggs’ penalty.

Following a difficult start to the new season, Mullets manager Richard Towers was pleased to see his team’s hard work rewarded with a first win this campaign. He said: “We were worthy winners on the night. Every one of my players really put the work in and got what they deserved. “It’s not been an easy way to start the season but I’m really pleased we managed to get this victory. “I brought Josh (Biggs) back in for his experience and link-up play, he did a great job.

They (East Preston) are a good young side.” “We defended really well and Stuart (McDonald) pulled off some great saves. He’s had a couple of tough matches since coming in from the reserves, so it was good to see him do so well.” Biggs fired Arundel ahead after 15 minutes but East Preston drew level thanks to Franzen-Jones’ effort four minute later. Both teams were creating chances, before Biggs bagged the winner 15 minutes from time. Eli Amoo was brought down in the area by an East Preston player with a penalty awarded. Biggs slammed the resulting spot-kick home as Arundel went through.

East Preston boss Bob Paine was pleased with the response from his players following Saturday's FA Cup loss - despite the defeat. He said: "I'd say their goalkeeper was man-of-the-match, which I think says a lot. We created numerous chances but just didn't take them. "We're not getting the rub of the green at the minute but hopefully that'll even itself out over the course of the season. "There were signs of improvement and it was the sort of response I wanted after Saturday's FA Cup defeat.

ARUNDEL: McDonald; Dolner, D.Towers, Dudas, Bunker; Mottershead, Jarvis, A.Biggs; J.Biggs, Russell, Amoo. Subs: Sparks (Russell, 35), Hunter (Dudas, 55), Lofting (Dolner, 60), Jordan.

EAST PRESTON: Cook; DaCosta, Etherington, Stevenson, Jacob Parazo; Laughlin, Gilbertson; Rance, Franzen-Jones, Herbert; Huet. Subs: Hunter (Herbert, 75), Bull (Laughlin, 75), Purkis, Quirke, Josh Parazo.

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/news/biggs-brace-secures-mullets-first-victory-1-8116865

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1. Stuart McDonald

2. Elliott Dollner (replaced)

3. Alfie Bunker

4. Jordan Dudas (replaced)

5. Dan Towers

6. Dion Jarvis

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Alex Biggs

9. Harry Russell (replaced)

10. Josh Biggs

11. Eli Amoo

12. Ash Hunter (Used)

14. Brad Jordan

15. Luis-Tijon Sparks (Used)

16. Rob Lofting (Used)

Attendance - tbc

Goal Scorers – Josh Biggs (2)

Yellow Cards – A. Bunker, H. Russell, A. Hunter

Red Cards – N/A​