Arundel 0 v 3 Loxwood 18/11/2016


Report Courtesy of Loxwood FC. Thank you

After the Magpies' impressive showing at Shoreham in midweek (despite falling to defeat in extra time), they made the short journey down the A29 to Arundel delighted that the match was even on given the heavy rain that had fallen overnight and in the morning before kick off. The visitors were forced to make two changes with Jon Dollery absent and Harrison Hilfiker serving his one match suspension following his sending off at Eastbourne Town two weeks earlier, as such Joel Colbran and Jake Foyster came into the starting line-up.

They nearly got off to the best possible start when Michael Wood delivered a cross to the back post inside 30 seconds where Byron Napper got up well but his header was weak although it didn't stop James Fernandes in the Arundel goal fumbling it, although there was nobody following in. The host's talisman, Nathan Da Costa soon had his side's first meaningful effort on goal when his strike was half stopped by Foyster, but Napper was now at the other end to complete the clearance. This prompted the best period of the game for the Mullets as in the 9th minute Dion Jarvis ran from deep to arrive unmarked in the box but he was unable to control his effort with the goal very much at his mercy. Just 4 minutes later Jordan Dudas had their next effort when he seized on a half cleared corner but his drive from some distance was comfortably gathered by Foyster.

In the 15th minute the hosts looked certain to take the lead when a deep cross was headed back across goal to the awaiting Asa Nicholson who stabbed his effort goal wards, but somehow Foyster managed to get down low to his right to make an exceptional save. Amidst the home pressure, Napper did have a chance to grab a goal against the run of play when he got on the end of a whipped cross from Colbran, but he couldn't keep the ball down. Magpies skipper, Eddie French had to be at his best on the half hour when Barney Boutwood delivered a ball into the onrushing Jarvis, but the experienced defender put in a masterfully timed challenge to avert the danger. The visitors survived another scare six minutes later when Colbran lost Nicholson at the far post but the resulting shot was parried behind by the ever-alert Foyster.

There was little else for either side to cheer in the first half, although the Magpies did have to make an unplanned substitution just before the break when Harvey Enticknap sustained a deep gash to his foot following a challenge from behind, which signalled the arrival of Charlie Pitcher from the bench.

Whilst the hosts definitely had the better of the play and the chances in the first half, the second was to prove a very different affair. The warning signs were there in the 56th minute when Colbran and Napper combined for the latter to cross but Wood's header looped just wide and two minutes later Colbran was in the action again, this time setting Toby House away down the right but the young forward's expertly driven cross didn't have the same quality of runs into the box to meet it. Moments later the Magpies turned to doing the defending for their opponents when Pitcher's apparently goal bound shot was blocked by Wood!

However, there soon followed a four minute period that would see the game being firmly seized by the visitors. A corner by Mark Cave in the 61st minute was partly cleared in the nick of time when Clyde Jacques was about to stab home, but only as far as Jay Lovett, who demonstrated all his experience to calmly clip the ball to the back post, which again was only part cleared, but this time it fell to Pitcher who volleyed firmly past James Fernandes to break the deadlock. The lead could have doubled just a minute later when Colbran made ground down the right before delivering an excellent cross to the arriving Lewis Scally, but this time it was Arundel's Scott Tipper that timed his challenge perfectly. It wouldn't be long for the next opportunity though and this time it was taken, as in the 64th minute Wood and House combined well down the left but the latter's shot was blocked and spun up into the gloomy sky but only as far as the now advanced Wood who volleyed, left-footed from 20 yards into the far corner to make it 0-2.

With the hosts very much rocking from this quick-fire double, they were hit again a minute later as another swift move saw Pitcher slipped in down the right and this time a cross from that area had a run on the end of it befitting its quality as Wood arrived to clipped the ball beautifully across Fernandes and into the top corner to virtually seal the points, although he had another chance for more a further 4 minutes later. Scally and House linked up well on the left for the latter to set the ball for Wood on the edge of the box, but he blazed the hat-trick opportunity well over the bar.

Pitcher nearly matched Wood's brace in the 74th minute when stepped inside to create space for himself but Fernandes did well to stop it although he must have been relieved that Jacques was adjudged to be offside on the follow-up. Even at this stage it became apparent that both sides knew the game was run and legs were starting to look very heavy on a pitch that had absorbed an awful lot of water. Despite that Boutwood did have a chance to get one back in the 81st minute when he drove across the edge of the box before finding enough space to get a shot away but it failed to trouble Foyster who had been little more than a bystander in the second period.

Pitcher had time to fashion another opportunity with 3 minutes to go when he was found on the left again by Napper, but his shot, from a similar angle to Wood's 18 minutes earlier, also flew comfortably over the bar. Injury time brought a late chance for Cave when he seized on a loose ball to drive forward but he skewed his ambitious effort well wide in what would prove to be the last meaningful action of the game.

The final whistle marked the end of a professional performance that admittedly had to ride its luck in stemming the early tide of pressure from the hosts but then produced a blitz of quality that knocked the stuffing out of Arundel and with it secure the Magpies their first victory in five attempts, but ensures they return home for their next game against Littlehampton Town in high spirits.

FT - 0-3​

Loxwood Team: Cave, Colbran (Ramsey 73), Enticknap (Pitcher 44), Foyster, French, House (Daniel 71), Jacques, Lovett, Napper, Scally & Wood

Subs not used: Camp & Jee

1. James Fernandes

2. Lewis Jenkins

3. Ash Hunter (57 mins)

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Scott Tipper

6. Dion Jarvis (82 mins)

7. Barney Boutwood

8. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

9. Harry Russell (70 mins)

10. Ash Harper

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Rory Biggs

14. Pete Butt (82 mins)

15. Spencer Adams (57 mins)

16. Archie Thorpe (70 mins)

17. Stuart McDonald

Attendance - 41

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - Ash Hunter

Red cards - None

Hailsham Town 4 v 3 Arundel 05/11/2016


Report courtesy of Hailsham Town FC FaceBook page. Thank you 

Stringers Sink Arundel in Seven Goal Thriller

A cold, overcast day greeted the arrival of Arundel at the Beaconsfield this afternoon, but the football was enough to warm the hearts of the Stringers fans, at least, if not anyone who loves an entertaining match! With kick-off delayed by a couple of minutes due to a hole being found in the pitch (the groundstaff rushing on with dirt and a shovel) the fans that made the trip to Hailsham's ground were patiently waiting for some entertainment.

They didn't have to wait long. The home side made a bright start, forcing Mullets 'keeper James Fernandes into a couple of early saves, before Ross Markham thundered a shot from 30 yards that clipped the outside of the post. Arundel began to get a foothold in the game, and began to threaten, but when a ball over the top found Hailsham's Matt Rodrigues-Barbosa he ran on and calmly slotted the ball through the legs of the onrushing 'keeper.

Hailsham's lead didn't last long though, with Arundel's Harry Russell finding the back of the net just three minutes later. Hailsham continued to attack, and nobody will know how Arundel's defence kept out a goalmouth scramble around the half hour mark.

The game then exploded into life ten minutes before half time. First, Rodrigues-Barbosa picked up his second goal of the match, then the same player was brought down in the box just a minute later. Some fans expected him to take the penalty, but it was Ross Markham who would slam the ball into the bottom-right corner of the goal to extend Hailsham's lead. Barely seconds later though, it was 3-2, Arundel's Alex Biggs finding the net as the Stringers defence failed to deal with a high ball.

Both teams were quite cagey at the beginning of the second half. Not much goalmouth action occurred until the 65th minute, when substitute Sam Connolly drove the ball home from just inside the 18 yard box after a good ball through - he had only been on the pitch a couple of minutes and was clearly delighted with the strike. Again, though, Arundel rallied fast, and just a couple of minutes later halved the deficit, Ash Harper finding the net from close range after a flick on from a long throw in.

That set the tone for the rest of the match, with Arundel laying siege to the Hailsham goal, and Hailsham playing some nice counter-attacks. Arundel were reduced to 10 men around 10 minutes from the end of the match, goalscorer Alex Biggs being shown a second yellow card after tripping Markham when he tried to break. Hailsham themselves were down to 10 men when Markham was sent off in injury time after an altercation with Arundel's Scott Tipper.

The Stringers held on though, recording their first league victory of the season, just in time to face giants Brighton and Hove Albion in the Sussex Senior Cup on Wednesday night.

Hailsham Town 4(3) (Rodrigues-Barbosa 2, Markham, Connolly)
Arundel 3(2) (Russell, Biggs, Harper)
Attendance: 60
MoM: Matt Rodrigues-Barbosa

1. James Fernandes (Capt)

2. Archie Thorpe

3. Spencer Adams

4. Lewis Jenkins

5. Jordan Dudas

6. Dion Jarvis

7. Ash Harper

8. Alex Biggs

9. Harry Russell

10. Barney Boutwood 

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Scott Tipper

14. Brad Lewis

15. Rory Biggs

16. Ash Hunter

Attendance - 60

Goal Scorers - Harry Russell, Alex Biggs, Ash Harper

Yellow Cards - TBC

Red cards - Alex Biggs

Worthing 2 v 0 Arundel (Sussex Senior Cup 2nd Round) 01/11/2016


Match Report courtesy of 'Worthing FC website - Thank you 

Worthing beat Arundel to progress in Parafix Sussex Senior Cup

Worthing progressed to the third round of the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup with a 2-0 win over Arundel on Tuesday.

It took the Ryman Premier Division side until the 75th minute to break the deadlock when Harvey Sparks’ cross was turned into his own net by Jordan Dudas.

Arundel substitute and ex-Worthing player Scott Tipper struck the post having lobbed the stranded Jack Fagan as the visitors nearly sent the game to extra-time.

But moments later Worthing substitute Reece Hallard rounded James Fernandes to score the second and confirm his side’s progression to the next round.

Worthing made six changes to the side that won in the FA Trophy on Saturday with Matt Boiling and Ross Edwards returning to the side in a back three.

Matt Hards, dual signed with Worthing United, started in the centre of midfield with Under-18s Luke Brodie and Jack Newhouse joining Omar Bugiel in attack.

The hosts made a bright start with Sparks volleying wide and former Worthing shot stopper Fernandes making strong saves from Brannon O’Neill and Edwards.

Arundel weathered the early storm but struggled to create chances of their own, Fernandes keeping the scores level by tipping away Edward’s goal-bound header.

The visitors had a couple of long range shots in the second half, Dion Jarvis shooting wide from 50-yards after a loose pass from Cook and off target again from 25-yards.

Fagan saved from Barney Boutwood while Worthing substitute Jake Heryet shot wide across goal as the hosts look the more likely scorers.

Arundel’s star man Dion Jarvis kept his side in the game, clearing off the line after Hendon had played a neat one-two with Bugiel and chipped Fernandes.

Worthing took the lead in the 75th minute when Spark’s cross was met by Arundel defender Jordan Dudas who sliced into his own net.

The visitors were a fraction away from equalising three minutes later but Scott Tipper’s long range strike came back off the post having beaten Fagan.

Moments later Worthing effectively sealed progression to the next round when Brodie played in substitute Hallard who rounded Fernandes and slotted in.

Brodie could have made it 3-0 but lifted over from six yards before Fernandes saved from Bugiel and Scott Tipper curled a free-kick just wide from 25-yards for Arundel.

Worthing: Fagan, Hendon, Boiling, Hards (Heryet 55’), Cook, Edwards, Newhouse (Hallard 73’), O’Neill, Brodie (Schneider 85’), Bugiel, Sparks.

Subs Not Used: Belward.

Goal: Dudas (og) 75’, Hallard 79’.

Booked: Boiling 31’, O’Neill 43’.


1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

3. Steve Herbert (10 mins)

4. Lewis Jenkins

5. Jordan Dudas

6. Dion Jarvis (85 mins)

7. Rory Biggs

8. Alex Biggs

9. Harry Russell (45 mins)

10. Barney Boutwood

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Scott Tipper (45 mins)

14. Spencer Adams (10 mins)

15. Liam DaCosta

16. Archie Thorpe (85 mins)

17. Craig Rennie

Attendance - 363

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - None

Red cards - None

Arundel 3 v 3 Lancing 29/10/2016


Report courtesy of the ‘Littlehampton Gazette’ thank you

Barry Pidgeon pleased with character in Mullets’ draw Harry Russell's brace on Saturday moved him to nine league goals for the season.

Arundel Football Club joint boss Barry Pidgeon praised the character his side showed to pick up a point on Saturday.

Having trailed 2-0 and 3-2 in their Southern Combination League Premier Division clash with Lancing, Mullets managed to snatch a late leveller as it ended all square at 3-3. The point extended Arundel’s unbeaten league run to four matches and Pidgeon felt the belief shown by his team will give them confidence moving forward. He said: “To come back from behind twice in the game shows the character we’ve got here. “Despite going behind, I thought we had the better of the first half but just couldn’t get that goal back. “We had a chat at the break, myself and Craig (Stuart) said keep doing what you are doing and keep it tight. Then, early in the second half they get a second and we’ve got a lot of work to get back in it then. “Credit to us, we got one back soon afterwards, then got level. “Having got back in it, they then go ahead once again with not long left and you are thinking what is going to happen next. “We kept going, putting them under pressure and then we got a late goal to get back in it yet again.”

Things did not start well for Arundel and they went behind inside three minutes. Forward Robin Deen nipped in at the front post to head Lancing ahead. Despite falling behind so early, Mullets regrouped and created some decent openings. Barney Boutwood and Harry Russell went close but they found themselves a goal down at the interval. Lancing doubled their lead six minutes after the break. Lewis Finney, who moved back to the club after going to Premier Division rivals Haywards Heath, netted his first goal since making a return to Lancing. The next goal would prove crucial and it was the in-form Harry Russell who got it. New signing Ash Harper broke away down the left before picking out Harry Russell who headed home on 53 minutes. The comeback was complete when Harry Russell bagged his ninth goal of the season 15 minutes from time.

Arundel should have been in the ascendancy but Mike Williamson had other ideas. He fired a 25-yard thunderbolt into the top corner as Lancers took the lead for a second time. Mullets kept going and managed to salvage a point a minute into stoppage-time as Dion Jarvis netted to make it 3-3. Mullets make the trip to basement boys Hailsham Town on Saturday, a team who are yet to win in the league this season. Despite that statistic, Pidgeon is expecting a tough test. He added: “We’ll have to go to them and make sure we match the same standard we have previously.”

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1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan DaCosta

3. Ash Hunter (69 mins)

4. Lewis Jenkins

5. Jordan Dudas

6. Dion Jarvis

7. Ash Harper

8. Alex Biggs

9. Harry Russell

10. Barney Boutwood (68 mins)

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Steve Herbert (69 mins)

14. Archie Thorpe (68 mins)

15. Rory Biggs

16. Liam DaCosta

Attendance - 57

Goal Scorers - Harry Russell (2) Dion Jarvis

Yellow Cards - Alex Biggs, Nath DaCosta, Ash Harper, Dion Jarvis

Red cards - None

Langney Wanderers 3 v 2 Arundel (26/10/2016) (Peter Bentley Cup)


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

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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


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


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).

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Arundel 1 v 1 Horsham YMCA 15/10/2016


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


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


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'


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