Arundel 0 v 3 Lancing (Peter Bentley Cup) 21/10/2017

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1. Lewis Boughton

2. Lewis Jenkins (subbed)

3. Cameron Elder

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Elliot Dollner

6. Scott Towers (subbed)

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Alex Biggs 

9. Josh Biggs (Capt) (subbed)

10. Dion Jarvis 

11. Shane Brazil

12. Hayden Briggs (Jenkins)

14. Dominic Haward (Biggs)

15. Jordon Jones (Towers)

Attendance - tbc

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - J.Biggs

Red cards - None

Arundel 2 v 3 Crawley Down Gatwick 14/10/2017

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Saturday 14th October 2017, 1500 KO

Arundel FC vs Crawley Down Gatwick FC

The Build Up

When Bognor Regis vs Oxford City in the Vanarama National League South was postponed due to an FA Cup clash between, erm, Oxford City and Bognor Regis, I found myself listlessly heading to the South Coast with no match to attend. Carrying out brotherly duties, and visiting the youngest of the Grass Roots Tourist clan at university, I was committed to spending the weekend in Bognor Regis. So, I scouted around, and found this gem of a clash in the Southern Combination Football League Premier Division – Sussex’s representation at Step Five of the National League system.

Nicknamed The Mullets in honour of the team’s commitment to reviving the 80s hair masterpiece (definitely nothing to do with the fish found in the nearby River Arun), Arundel are currently second from bottom in the division. Managed by Richard Towers, last week’s win away to East Preston lifted them off the bottom, and a further victory against 7th place Crawley Down Gatwick could see them move up again.

The Ground

Mill Road is a surely uniquely picturesque ground. Overlooked by the stunningly imposing Arundel Castle, this 2,200 capacity ground nestled in the rolling South Downs is a delight. The only drawback of such a stunning location is the parking. With Arundel Castle – the geographically confusing seat of the Duke of Norfolk – drawing hordes of visitors in the late autumn sun, matchday supporters are left with the difficult conundrum: park miles away, pay £6 plus for the nearby car park, or take their chances in the Mill Road car park. I opted for the latter, and spent the next two hours in fear that a wayward shot would smash my windscreen…

Tickets were £6, but thanks to Simon Butler Arundel’s Vice Chairman I received free entry in exchange for a pre-match team photo. Unfortunately, due to a mix up entirely of my own making, I took a pre-match photo of a thoroughly bemused Crawley Down Gatwick squad, so, Simon – please take this as a public apology!

With a loudspeaker blaring out Motown classics, I went looking for my customary pre-match snack, and was delighted to find the option of a Double Cheeseburger. At £5.00 it seemed steep, but when I started munching my way through and found approximately two thirds of a cow nestled within the bun, the value for money was apparent. I expect I’d have thoroughly enjoyed eating it whilst reading the programme, but sadly printer issues had left the matchday programme nothing but a pipe dream.

The Match

Kick off signalled an initial fifteen minutes which promised a long and tedious afternoon in West Sussex. A couple of late tackles by Arundel players aside, there wasn’t much to enliven the opening quarter of an hour. On 17 minutes, though, one of the litany of early fouls by Arundel resulted in a free kick on the left hand side of the box. This was swung in by CDG’s Captain, Dan Sullivan – the first of many good set piece deliveries from him – but no one was able to get a firm contact.

This seemed to spark the game into life, and over the next ten minutes both sides had good chances. Sullivan had the ball in the net for Crawley Down Gatwick after an Oli Leslie shot was well parried by Arundel ‘keeper Lewis Boughton, only to see the flag raised (correctly) for offside. Sullivan then had a gilt edged chance to score for real when Leslie delivered an inch perfect cross, but the skipper’s sliding effort was high, wide and handsome.

At the other end, Arundel’s winger Shane Brazil was threatening when in possession. An absolute livewire, with great agility and balance, the diminutive winger’s close control and skill were brilliant to watch, but the end product was sadly lacking at times. I was certain that if Arundel were to score it would be through him.

This exquisite prescience is exactly why no-one regards me as the non-league Nostradamus, as the scoring was opened on 28 minutes by The Mullets’ number seven, Lee Mottershead. Nipping in to seize upon some loose Crawley Down Gatwick control, he looked up to see The Anvils goalie off his line. Despite being fully 40 yards from goal, he whipped out the sand wedge, and chipped an impudent finish over the stranded Seb Bos to put Arundel 1-0 up.

The lead would lasted shorter than Katie Price’s singing career, as barely three minutes later a Dan Sullivan through ball found Leslie in space. The tall, and exceedingly smiley #10 cut inside, made space on his right foot, and sent a shot into the far corner past the unfortunate Boughton, who had already made some good saves by this point. 1-1 – game on.

Three minutes on, and CDG’s Sam Packham also saw a goal chalked off courtesy of the linesman’s flag. A long ball was flicked on, and Packham reacted to said flick with one of his own – over the goalkeeper and into Arundel’s net. Again, the assistant referee got the call correct, and the parity was maintained. This proved to be the last notable event of the half, and the referee’s whistle sent the players into the changing room with the scores level.

The first half had established in my mind that Crawley Down Gatwick’s Dan Sullivan and Oli Leslie would have a massive influence on this match, having already got an assist and a goal between them, and the second half solidified the impression they made on me. Another player who I liked the look of in the first 45 was Brazil, and he created the first good moment of the second period. On 53 minutes, a tricky, winding, pacey 50 metre run down the right wing was only brought to an end when Bos came out to smother the danger.

Around five minutes later came possibly the best goal I’ve seen live at any level of football. When the ball broke to Arundel’s Captain, and top scorer, Josh Biggs, in the centre circle no danger was evident. In fact, even an audacious lob looked out of the question given Bos’s position a mere four or five metres from his goal line. However, not to be outdone by Mottershead, Biggs drilled a shot from just shy of 50 metres. The ball flew towards the goal and it was immediately apparent the trajectory was arcing for the top corner.

Bos backpedalled, but to no avail, and the shot clipped the bar and went in – leaving Arundel 2-1 up, and me feeling all kinds of dirty watching such filth in public.

On any other day, Dan Sullivan’s seventieth minute equaliser would have easily won the coveted prize of Best Long Range Goal By A Captain, but Biggs’ effort was so spectacular, that Sullivan’s free kick will have to settle for second place. Still, when Elliot Dollner’s foul halted Michael Spence’s run five yards outside the box and central, Sullivan lined up the free kick looking all kinds of confident. For some reason, my spidey senses were tingling, so I focused on Boughton and the Arundel goal. So it was, that I was perfectly positioned to watch the ball whip into the top left corner beyond the ‘keeper’s athletic dive, as Sullivan evened up the scores.

From this point on, Ed Sheeran’s younger brother, who is apparently a SCFL referee, came to the fore. Seemingly submitting his decision making process to chaos theory, his decision making became increasingly spurious. The culmination being a yellow card awarded to Arundel’s skipper for having the audacity to be fouled himself. Of course, Arundel’s right back Luke Heffron will feel his red card for dissent to be the strangest decision. I can’t comment though – it was so unexpected, I didn’t even see it. It wasn’t until I heard Heffron holding forth on the issue post-match that I even realised it had happened…

As we entered additional time, Crawley Down Gatwick began to turn the screw. A wonderful 91st minute save by Boughton, where he tipped a close range header onto the crossbar and over reinforced upon me how impressive his performance had been. Unfortunately, he and his teammates ended up losing the point they deserved in the 96th minute.

I can only assume that the referee’s watch had stopped, because there is no way under the sun that this match had incurred six minutes’ worth of stoppages. However, deep into Fergie time and it was that man Leslie again. From Sullivan’s cross, the ball was headed back across goal, where Leslie timed his jump perfectly, and the ball clipped off the crossbar and dropped tantalisingly out of Boughton’s reach.

A frantic minute later, and time was up, leaving Arundel on the receiving end of a cruel, and in my opinion, unjust defeat. They had earned their point, and the addition of some unexplainable minutes cost them just that.

The Wash Up

So Paul Cooper’s team will head back across the Downs with all three points, as they look upwards at the top of the table. The visitors performed well today, and in Oli Leslie and Dan Sullivan had probably the two best performers on the day. They will feel their three points were well deserved, and any team who can snatch the victory at the death have shown a will to win that will serve them well across the season.

However, I personally feel that a draw would have been the fair result – Arundel fought hard, and when able to get the ball on the ground played some lovely football. Lewis Boughton is a good shot stopper and sweeps his area well, whilst Shane Brazil’s ability to make the ball appear glued to his feet is remarkable.

Unfortunately for Richard Towers and his squad, football is an inherently unfair game, and when you’re luck is out, it’s really out. The right bounce, the right calculation of time by the referee, and things could have been so very different.

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1. Lewis Boughton

2. Luke Heffron

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Elliot Dollner

6. Rob Lofting

7. Lee Mottershead (55 mins)

8. Alex Biggs (60 mins)

9. Josh Biggs (Capt)

10. Dion Jarvis (70 mins)

11. Shane Brazil

12. Hayden Briggs (70 mins)

14. Ash Hunter (60 mins)

15. Dominic Haward (55 mins)

Attendance - 56

Goal Scorers - L. Mottershead, J. Biggs

Yellow Cards - Dudas, A.Biggs, Haward

Red cards - Luke Heffron

East Preston 0 v 2 Arundel 10/10/2017

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Arundel goal scorers Rob Lofting & Josh Biggs pictured above

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1. Lewis Boughton

2. Luke Heffron (84 mins)

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Elliot Dollner

6. Rob Lofting

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Alex Biggs

9. Josh Biggs (Capt)

10. Dion Jarvis

11. Hayden Briggs (55 mins)

12. Liam Griffin (84 mins)

14. Ash Hunter

15. Shane Brazil (55 mins)

16. Scott Towers

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Attendance - 104

Goal Scorers - Rob Lofting, Josh Biggs

Yellow Cards - Alex Biggs

Red cards - None

Arundel 1 v 2 Haywards Heath 07/10/2017


Heath below par but take all three points at Mill Road

By Stuart Morgan (Thank you)

A revitalised Arundel side pushed Heath all the way for the points today but Heath stuck to the task and came away top of the table.

Manager Shaun Saunders was still without Max Miller and Scott Chamberlain added to the absentees was Simon Lehkyj who was also away. Josh Heyburn returned between the sticks, it was a more familiar back line of Luc Doherty, Bailie Rogers, Jahmahl King and captain Tom Graves. The Midfield saw Joel Daly return to the starting eleven with Nathan Cooper and Karly Akehurst in the middle and Jamie Weston on the left. Up front were Trevor McCreadie and George Hayward. The bench was Alfie Rogers, Joe Dryer, Omar Bukleb, George Fenton and Jack Whitmore.

Both sides took a few minutes to settle down before the first chance came but Nathan Cooper couldn’t get his powerful strike on target after being set up by George Hayward.

The hosts looked very lively going forwards and in particular their front man Shane Brazil was keeping the Heath back line on their toes. Josh Heyburn was called into action twice in 2 minutes as he made two good saves low down as Arundel looked to open the scoring.

With the game going from end to end it was Heath who broke the deadlock on 12 minutes, Trevor McCreadie latched on to a ball and as he was closed down and not able to get a shot away he laid the ball off to Joel Daly who didn’t hesitate in pulling the trigger and sent the ball into the top corner.

Arundel 0-1 Heath

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Arundel looked to respond but efforts from distance were off the mark and didn’t trouble Josh Heyburn in the Heath goal. At the other end Karly Akehurst’s low strike was narrowly wide as he looked to extend Heath’s lead.

George Haywards effort was off the mark on 18 minutes shortly before Arundel got themselves in a good forwards position but could only find the side netting.

Heath continued their assault on the hosts goal but Nathan Coopers header lacked the power required when getting on the end of a Jamie Weston free kick and when Trevor McCreadie did break the Arundel back line his strike from a tight angle was well saved at his near post by the Arundel keeper Lewis Boughton.

More efforts came and went with Karly Akehurst hitting the target but again not beating the keeper who held on well to the low strike.

With a little over 10 minutes remaining Arundel had a free kick just outside the Heath area in a central position but the strike was just over the bar, at the other end Trevor McCreadie had to improvise on 37 minutes but the half chance was just wide of the of the far post after hooking the ball over his own head!

The final clear chance of the half saw a free kick from the hosts well met by a firm header but again Josh Heyburn was equal to it and made a fine diving save to his left.

Half Time - Arundel 0-1 Heath

There was little action at the start of the second half of which Alfie Rogers replaced George Hayward on 51 minutes after the Heath player picked up a knock.

On 58 minutes the hosts were let back into the game though an uncharacteristic mistake from Josh Heyburn. The Heath number one didn’t hold a high ball that seemed to drop and hit his foot that in turn fell straight into the path of the lively number 10 Shane Brazil who tapped into the empty net.

Arundel 1-1 Heath

Heath seemed to go up a gear and following a couple of corners that were cleared and dangerous balls into the box which only found space they re-took the lead on 68 minutes. Alfie Rogers worked well down the right hand side of the box and his ball across found the perfectly placed Jamie Weston who made no mistake stroking the ball past the recovering keeper.

Arundel 1-2 Heath

A great solo effort on 70 minutes from Joel Daly would be his last action before being replaced by Joe Dryer. The young wide man weaved from out wide to central before striking the ball from the edge of the box that was met by an equally good diving save from Lewis Boughton.

With 72 minutes played Karly Akehurst hit a good free kick that was only just wide of the keepers right hand post.

The final 20 minutes lacked any real goal mouth action as Heath were contained around the hosts box and the hosts themselves looked for quick counter attacks that both Tom Graves and Jahmahl King marshalled really well.

Deep into injury time there was one final chance for the hosts but the miss hit strike was going wide but found another Arundel player but he snatched at the shot and it went clearly over the bar.


Full Time - Arundel 1-2 Heath

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1. Lewis Boughton

2. Luke Heffron (75 mins)

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Elliot Dollner

6. Rob Lofting

7. Alex Biggs

8. Lee Mottershead

9. Josh Biggs (Capt)

10. Shane Brazil

11. Dion Jarvis

12. Liam Griffin

14. Jake Fuller

15. Scott Callaghan (75 mins)

Goal Scorers - Shane Brazil

Yellow Cards - None

Red cards - None

Pagham 1 v 2 Arundel 30/09/2017

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Dion Jarvis one of the Arundel scorers(pictured left)  

Report courtesy of LEWIS MASON ' The Littlehampton Gazette'. Thank you 

Lee Mottershead an Arundel goal scorer (pictured right)

Mullets make it back-to-back league wins

Arundel Football Club recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season on Saturday.

First half strikes from Lee Mottershead and Dion Jarvis sealed an impressive 2-1 Southern Combination League Premier Division derby win for Mullets at rivals Pagham.

Arundel, who scored a first win of the season last Tuesday by beating Horsham YMCA at home, made it two victories from as many league matches.

With manager Richard Towers still away on holiday, assistant Simon Hull - who took up the role less than two weeks ago - took charge of Mullets for the fixture.

After guiding Arundel to back-to-back victories, Hull believes his team have given Towers a perfect base to build from on his return from holiday for Saturday’s clash with Haywards Heath.

Hull said: “It’s amazing what one win can do for your confidence. We got that first victory of the season in our last game and went to Pagham full of confidence.

“Maybe they took us a little lightly but we were superb throughout. I’d say we deserved to be more than two goals up at the break.

“They got a goal back early in the second half but the boys showed great discipline and togetherness to hold out for another three points.”

Successive victories have not been enough to lift Mullets off the bottom, though.

They currently trail 19th-placed Littlehampton Town by a point having played a game more.

Mullets took the lead after ten minutes. An Arundel corner took a wicked deflection in the wind and Lee Mottershead was on hand to poke home.

Josh Biggs saw a header go just wide two minutes later as Arundel took command.

Mullets did have a second with 24 minutes gone, courtesy of Dion Jarvis’ right-foot rocket, which found the top corner.

Pagham had hope five minutes after the break when Callum Overton unselfishly found David Crouch to tap home.

Crouch had the ball in the net for a second time 13 minutes from the end, only to be denied by the offside flag as Mullets held on for a second league win of the season.

Hull heaped praise on Arundel duo Scott Tipper and Danny Towers for the support they have offered him in Richard Towers’ absence.

He said: Both Scott and Danny have been a great help for me while I’ve been taking the team with Richard away.

Scott is Mr Arundel, he knows the boys really well and I’m getting the best from the team.

“Although we’ve had two really good results, we won’t be getting too far ahead of ourselves. There is still a lot to do here and myself and the squad know that.

“We’ll work hard on the training pitch this week, look forward to the return of Richard on Saturday and hopefully get another victory.”

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1. Lewis Boughton

2. Luke Heffron

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Elliot Dollner

6. Rob Lofting (80 mins)

7. Alex Biggs

8. Lee Mottershead

9. Josh Biggs (Capt) (70 mins)

10. Hayden Briggs (48 mins)

11. Dion Jarvis

12. Robert Effs (70 mins)

14. Shane Brazil (48 mins)

15. Liam Griffin (80 mins)

16. Dougie Costen

Attendance - Tbc

Goal Scorers - L.Mottershead, D.Jarvis

Yellow Cards - L.Jenkins, J.Dudas

Red cards - None

Arundel 3 v 1 Horsham YMCA 26/09/2017

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Last nights goal scorers Josh Biggs & Dion Jarvis (Above)

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1. Lewis Boughton

2. Luke Heffron

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Elliott Dollner

5. Jordan Dudas

6. Rob Lofting

7. Lee Mottershead (78 mins)

8. Alex Biggs

9. Josh Biggs (Capt) (75 mins)

10. Dion Jarvis

11. Hayden Briggs (70 mins)

12. Charlie Townsend (70 mins)
14. Ash Hunter (78 mins)
15. Liam Griffin
16. Dougie Costen (75 mins)


Attendance - 51

Goal Scorers - j.Biggs (2), D. Jarvis

Yellow Cards - A.Biggs, D.Jarvis

Red cards - None

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

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

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Report will appear here when available..........

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