Arundel 3 v 4 Lancing 23/12/2017

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(Above) Alex Biggs see's RED, late on after scoring Arundel's 3rd goal...

​Match report will appear here when available ..........


1. Dan Stevens

2. Elliot Dollner

3. Lewis Jenkins (80 mins)

4. Liam Griffin

5. Luke Heffron (70 mins)

6. Rob Lofting

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Alex Biggs

9. Connor Bull (70 mins)

10. Shane Brazil

11. Dion Jarvis

12. Come Griel (80 mins)

14. George Roberts (70 mins)

15. Dan Fitzpatrick (70 mins)

Attendance - 64

Goal Scorers - S. Brazil, D.Jarvis, A.Biggs

Yellow Cards - L.Mottershead

Red cards - A.Biggs

Arundel 3 v 4 Chichester City 16/12/2017

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Report courtesy of Chichester City FC website. Thank you

“To be honest I thought they deserved to win. So we're delighted, in a way. But we shouldn't have made it that difficult. It's good to get the three points, certainly in the circumstances, that's for sure. ”Jack Lee

Action from last season's fixture (Picture: Andy Nunn)

A stoppage time goal from skipper Jack Lee helped earn Chi all three points in a dramatic comeback after trailing 3-1 at Arundel with 15 minutes to go.

This was a very different home side to the one Chichester beat 6-0 last time out at Mill Road in the RUR Cup back in August.

Before the match Arundel's assistant manager Simon Hull said, “We're having a good run. We've got a long way to go though and we're in a proper dogfight in the league.”

Buoyed by back to back wins against Hassocks and Eastbourne United Hull's team certainly put up a fight and goals from Jordan Dudas, Alex Biggs and Josh Biggs looked to have condemned Chi to their first defeat in seven before the visitors rallied late on to grab a win that lifts them up to second place in the league heading towards a busy festive period.

City started brightly enough forcing corner after corner. Scott Jones was denied by the Arundel keeper from one of these in the 10th minute and moments later a lovely pass from Lee picked out Lorenzo Dolcetti who cut into the box but the Italian's shot nicked off a defender for a corner.

Then the visitors had claims for a penalty waved away by referee Richard Sargeant after Scott Murfin was bundled over.

It was all Chi for twenty minutes or so. Jones went close again, Lee got on the end of a Ruben French cross, Harry Williams had a shot blocked and Murfin was unlucky not to make more of a ball over the top from Kieran Hartley.

At the other end Dion Jarvis caused problems a couple of times but Ant Ender pulled off a smart save at the near post and then Lee and Williams cut out Jarvis' cross following a mix up between Hartley and Dolcetti.

On 22 minutes Jones rose above everyone to meet another corner but his header was cleared somehow.

The opener finally came from the spot rather than open play, Murfin coolly slotting the penalty kick away for his first goal in his second spell at City.

Miles Rutherford's side really should have made more of things.

Dan Hegarty, who seemed to be everywhere, wasn't far off with a header from Hartley's pass before Dolcetti, in his first game following a back injury, fizzed a fierce drive just over. How many clubs can say one of their players has just come back from Juventus after seeing the club's medical specialists?

The hosts made their opponents pay for missed opportunities with an equaliser that came following a period of pressure at the end of the half. First Jarvis, Arundel's hat-trick hero the week before, jinked past several players and got a shot off. Then Lewis Jenkins had a long range effort deflected for a corner that an unmarked Jordan Dudas rifled in.

HT 1-1

Arundel had a real go after the break. Rob Lofting with an early chance when Chi should have cleared the ball.

Five minutes later the woodwork came to the visitors' aid when a cross from Luke Heffron cannoned off Ben Pashley before Alex Biggs blasted wildly over the bar.

Rutherford introduced Rob Hutchings and David Mendes-Borges for his debut in an attempt to get his side going again but it was Arundel who took the lead on 67 minutes with a super strike from Alex Biggs whose crisp right foot shot nestled into the bottom left hand corner.

And it was soon 3-1.

Shane Brazil, the young player Arundel signed from Wick with five goals in his last four games, was fouled in the area and whilst Ender got something on Josh Biggs' pen he couldn't keep it out.

French made way for Kaleem Haitham on 74 minutes and Chi's impact sub made a difference pretty much straight away as he'd done before in games against Newhaven and Uckfield. His cross-come-shot sailed in without a touch from Hutchings at the far post to give the visitors a life-line with 12 to go.

Both sides pressed.

A slip from Williams gave Jarvis a great chance to play team mates in that he missed; a nice flick on from Hegarty got Hutchings in but his pass was cut out; Williams then cleared an effort off the line after good play from Brazil; and a Josh Clack free-kick was headed into the danger area by Lee but no one could take advantage.

Murfin should have equalised with seven minutes to go but he elected for power when clean through and his shot clipped the bar on its way over.

But he made amends moments later when Hutchings, who certainly played his part in getting Chi out of trouble, teed him up again and this time Murfin found the back of the net to make it 3-3.

And then Lee broke Arundel hearts sweeping a Clack cross in in the fourth minute of time added on with practically the last kick of the game.

The run of six clean sheets in a row might be over but City are unbeaten in seven and with the league leaders losing at home to Uckfield it felt like an early Christmas present or two for Chi.

After the match the City skipper said, “We went 1-0 up and I think we thought the game was won. We gave away a silly goal just before half time. They came out fast and we didn't get out of the changing room second half. And then I suppose the last ten minutes was when it all mattered.

“So we're delighted, in a way. But we shouldn't have made it that difficult. It's good to get the three points, certainly in the circumstances, that's for sure.

“To be honest I thought they deserved to win. We looked dead on our heels but Kaleem's goal spurred us on. We dug in and they must have switched off the last five minutes.”

Talking about his first goals for Chi, Scott Murfin said, “I didn't think I'd be taking the penalty but Josh said I could have it. It's got my confidence going. Obviously the second one was important to get us level. I would have backed myself to get the one I missed earlier when I clipped the bar. It's good I put things right just after.”

The striker added, “We didn't play well today but we've dug in and it was a massive three points. All the lads dug in. We didn't give up. We've just got to try and win as many games as possible now. Hopefully other teams will slip up. With Haywards Heath dropping points it means there's probably five or six teams who, if they put a good run together, could be title contenders.”

Coach Danny Potter said on Twitter, “That was an important three points today for us against a very competitive team. The game could have gone either way and Arundel deserved more.”

It's been a challenging week for the club for all sorts of reasons, both on and off the pitch.

Chi are at home to Horsham YMCA for the rearranged RUR Cup quarter final match this Tuesday and then entertain local rivals Pagham in the Boxing Day derby.

Chichester – Ender, Hartley, Williams, Lee, French, Hegarty, Clack, Pashley, Dolcetti, Murfin, Jones. Subs. (Haitham, Hutchings, Mendes-Borges, Killner, Ndlovu)

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Courtesy of ‘Terrace Travellers’ – Review of Arundel town and the Arundel 3 v 4 Chichester City game

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Southern Combination Premier

Arundel 3

(Jordan Dudas, Alex Biggs, Josh Biggs)

Chichester City 4

(Scott Murfin x2, Kaleem Haitham, Jack Lee)

Attendance: 71

Mill Road

It has been a long two weeks without a game but I have had a super amount of university work to get finished before the Christmas break. Football has had to take a back seat whilst I completed my assignments, but with everything handed in I am back on the south coast and lining up the football matches.

First visit was a game over in Sussex. I was visiting my grandparents in Bognor Regis in the morning then continued my journey to Arundel for their game with Chichester.

I had taken to Twitter to ask what teams and grounds I should visit and Arundel came up more than once. The lure of being able to see the castle from the pitch was enough for me to venture over to Mill Road and of course take my camera (pictures on my Facebook page).

Unfortunately, as great as the views are, there was no programme or pin badge available but even so, the goals and the game made up for it, as well as a chance to practice some photography.

This was the first time watching a Southern Combination game and first time watching Arundel. This is the second time seeing Chichester City play after watching them in a 2-2 friendly draw with Salisbury in July 2016.

The Ground

Mill Road is a gem. By car it isn’t the easiest place to find. I drove through the middle of Arundel and around the castle before heading down the hill towards the ground. My sat-nav said we had arrived but all I could see from the road is a bowling club and a pay & display car park. With free on road parking I pulled up and strolled back towards the big car park. If you want to park by the ground, drive onto the car park and the entrance to the ground is tucked up the corner. As it stood there was little space to park and cars were driving around the pitch and through a gate behind the main stand into some overspill parking at the Petanque club.

The ground is quaint. A little sign welcomes you to the club and you pay your admission to an elderly chap in the shed, very non-league. On entry you find yourself behind the goal. The clubhouse is on the right and still behind the goal, bar and toilets (very standard) and the main stand on the left. A small-seated area is run down but looks classic.

If you walk to the opposite goal and turn back, the castle towers over Mill Road. The main stand has a very retro feel with ‘Arundel Football Club’ written on the front giving you a real sense of where you are. Too many grounds look too generic and it can be easy to look at some photos of grounds and not have a clue where they are, especially in non-league.

On the opposite side to the stand there is a small covered standing area up the corner near the clubhouse but despite it being cold, it was a dry day and perfect for watching football.

I would love to come back here for a game where a programme and pin badge could be available. The views are incredible and certainly worth the £4 student entry. I want to thank those who recommended Mill Road to me and I would recommend any hoppers in the area to go and make the trip to see it for themselves.

The Game

Chichester City captain Jack Lee scored deep into injury time to complete an unlikely comeback to beat Arundel 4-3 in the Southern Combination Premier.

Scott Murfin had given City the lead before Jordan Dudas levelled the score before the break. Arundel scored two quick goals in the second half to command a 3-1 lead however three goals in the final 15 minutes through Kaleem Haitham, another goal from Murfin and Lee’s winner for the visitors stole the result as the death.

Dion Jarvis had a good early chance for the hosts when he collected a searching diagonal ball and fired a low shot at the near post that ‘keeper Ant Ender could only tip out for a corner.

It was the visitors who were putting the pressure on in the early exchanges with Scott Jones sending a header into the hands of French debutant goalkeeper Come Griel.

Arundel soaked up a lot of the Chichester pressure and attacked on the break with Jarvis travelling into the box and squaring the ball across the box allowing City to clear their lines.

Chichester’s Josh Clack then forced a good save from Griel when he received a diagonal ball from right back Kieran Hartley before running through on goal and firing at the ‘keeper.

The visitors were piling on the pressure and Jones forced Griel to save with his legs from low drive at goal.

Jones saw another chance blocked away when a man on the post cleared out his header for a corner. From the resulting set piece, a penalty was given for a push on one of the Chichester players by the home goalkeeper. Murfin stepped up to take the spot kick and slams the ball into the back of the net for the first goal of the day on 22 minutes.

It wasn’t long before City had the ball into the back of the net again when Murfin raced through on goal, rounded the ‘keeper and slotted in, only for the linesman to raise his flag for offside.

Arundel did manage to level the scores just a minute before the break through defender Dudas. The corner was swung in from the left side and it hit Dudas inside the six-yard box and trickled into the bottom corner.

After the break Arundel came out looking like the better side, spurred on by their equaliser and they almost took the lead when Lee Mottershead’s volley was blocked and landed to a team mate who smashed the ball into the box only for it to be turned onto his own crossbar by a City defender.

The visitors made a couple of changes in what was turning into a scrappy game of football with the hosts just shading the proceedings.

Lorenzo Dolcetti’s shot put the corner flag in more danger than the goal, going out for a throw in when Griel scuffed a punch clear.

Alex Biggs then scored a worthy goal of the season contender to put The Mullets in the lead on 67 minutes. Rob Lofting sent a curling ball to Alex Biggs who took the shot on the volley and across the ‘keeper and into the corner of the net.

Just seven minutes later Arundel were gifted a penalty after Shane Brazil was squashed between two Chichester defenders as he cut inside from the left wing and made inroads into the area. It was the turn of Josh Biggs to join his brother on the score sheet as he smashed in a penalty that rippled the back of the net despite Ender guessing the right way and getting fingertips to the ball.

Just a minute later City were able to reduce the deficit with a goal from substitute Haitham on 75 minutes. The number 17 lumped a deep cross into the area from the left side that managed to evade everyone and the goalkeeper and dip into the bottom corner.

The goal kick-started City’s revival and they piled men forward in search for the equaliser. The almost got it when a cheeky Murfin back heel set Rob Hutchings away on goal but his shot clipped the crossbar after beating the ‘keeper.

With four minutes of normal time remaining, Murfin managed to grab his second of the day when he slotted the ball in from close range to guarantee a point for the visitors and break Arundel’s spirits.

The winner came just two minutes later when a Chichester player took a shot into the crowded box, one team mate stepped over it and captain Jack Lee was in the right place to get a toe to the ball and send it over the line.

2017/18 Games: 41

2017/18 Grounds: 38 (9)

Total Grounds Visited: 187 (51)

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1. Come Griel

2. Elliot Dollner

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Luke Heffron

6. Rob Lofting

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Alex Biggs

9. Josh Biggs (Capt) (75 mins)

10. Shane Brazil

11. Dion Jarvis

12. Liam Griffin

14. George Roberts

15. Dan Fitzpatrick (75 mins)

Attendance - 72

Goal Scorers - Jordan Dudas, Alex Biggs, Josh Biggs

Yellow Cards - Lewis Jenkins, 

Red cards - None

Hassock FC 0 v 4 Arundel FC 09/12/2017

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​Pictured Above - Dion Jarvis (Hat-trick hero)............

Report courtesy of Lewis Mason ‘Littlehampton Gazette’

Dion Jarvis struck a 21-minute hat-trick to move Arundel Football Club out of the Southern Combination League Premier Division bottom three on Saturday. Along with Jarvis’ second half treble, in-form forward Shane Brazil struck for the fourth match in succession as Mullets romped to a 4-0 away victory at fellow strugglers Hassocks.

Arundel, who climbed off the bottom after an impressive win at Eastbourne United last time out, continued their rise up the table by beating Robins. Having started the day second-from-bottom, a second win in as many matches saw them move above Hassocks and Eastbourne United to go 16th in the standings. With seven points taken from a possible nine in the league following Saturday’s win, Mullets boss Richard Towers wants to see a continued rise up the table.

He said: “This was another well deserved victory. For such a long time I’d been saying about the quality within my squad but we weren’t getting the results. “These past two wins have given us great confidence and we must take this forward now. “Dion (Jarvis) has been playing really well of late and got a well deserved hat-trick. Young Shane (Brazil) managed to get another, which means he’s scored in our past four matches now. “We’ve shown what we can do, it’s vital we continue to build on our momentum.”

It was scoreless at the break but an inspired second half performance from Mullets saw them cruise to victory. Jarvis got his first of the afternoon less than two minutes after the restart to put Arundel on their way. It was two on the hour as Jarvis struck once again. Midfielder Jarvis then completed a 21-minute hat-trick to put Mullets in firm control at 3-0.

Arundel were not finished there and Shane Brazil notched for the fourth match in a row to make it four. After moving out of the bottom three, Towers is targeting a push towards the top-half.

Arundel boss Towers insists his squad possess the quality to be pushing for a finish of tenth or above come the end of the season. He added: “We want to go on a mini-run and really move up the table. “I see no reason why we can’t be up there challenging for a place in the top-half at the end of the season. “I’ve got a young squad gaining confidence all the time, which is really exciting.”

Mullets will have their work cut-out if they want to make it four matches unbeaten on Saturday. Rivals Chichester City, currently in fourth, travel to Mill Road. Towers said: “It’s almost a free-hit for us, if you like. We’re not expected to win the game but we are on a good run. The aim for us is to try and win every match at home and we’ll be looking to do that.”

Read more at: https://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/jarvis-hat-trick-moves-mullets-out-of-the-bottom-three-1-8285765

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1. Dan Stevens

2. Elliot Dollner

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Liam Griffin

6. Rob Lofting

7. Lee Mottershead (75 mins)

8. Alex Biggs

9. Josh Biggs (Capt) (70 mins)

10. Shane Brazil

11. Dion Jarvis (77 mins) 

12. Luke Heffron (75 mins)

14. George Roberts (77 mins)

15. Dan Fitzpatrick (70 mins)

Attendance - tbc

Goal Scorers - Dion Jarvis (3). S.Brazil 

Yellow Cards - None

Red cards - None


Eastbourne Utd 1 v 3 Arundel 02/12/2017

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Above todays goal scorers  (Top)  Jordan Dudas and (lower) Shane Brazil

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

Brazil at the double as Mullets move off bottom.........

Jordan Dudas got the opener in Arundel's win at Eastbourne United. Shane Brazil struck twice as Arundel Football Club moved off the bottom of the Southern Combination League Premier Division on Saturday.

As well as Shane Brazil’s brace, Jordan Dudas got an early opener to seal a 3-1 away win for Mullets at Eastbourne United. The victory - a first in six league matches - was enough to move Arundel off the bottom and above Littlehampton Town, who were without a fixture.

Mullets manager Richard Towers believes the win proves the talent within his squad and he now wants them to build on the momentum. He said: “This was a good, well deserved win. I keep saying that we are in a false position and should not be in and around the bottom but we’ve not been getting results. “This win shows what we can do, I thought we were superb on the day. “Shane (Brazil) once again showed he is more than capable at this level but I don’t want to single anyone out, the whole team performed really well.

“The aim was to start well, so to score so early in both halves gave us a real boost. Conceding so soon after getting a third was not ideal but we stayed focused and did not capitulate. “Throwing a three goal lead away would have been a disaster but we didn’t do that.” Jordan Dudas opened the scoring after just four minutes as Mullets took a surprise lead. Arundel went in leading at the break, then Brazil struck a second less than 60 seconds after the restart to put them two goals to the good. Young forward Brazil struck again - his fourth in three matches - 24 minutes from time to wrap things up.

United did get one back through Shaun Lee two minutes later but that proved just a consolation. After netting four and bagging an assist in Mullets' past three league games, Towers has been pleased with the progress of young striker Brazil. He added: “Shane is still learning but has shown his quality in the past three matches. “I think he is only going to get better and hopefully this little contribution of goals and assists continues.

” Mullets face Hassocks - on Saturday - Chichester City and an out-of-form Lancing all before Christmas, with Arundel boss Richard Towers aiming to be out of the bottom three come 2018. “We’ve got to build on this win now and keep moving up the table,” Towers said. “When we’ve won games this season we have usually managed to follow it up with another good result, which is what I’m hoping at Hassocks on Saturday.

“The first goal was to get off the bottom, which we’ve done, now I want us to be out of the bottom three before Christmas. “I know the quality this young team have. We have shown we can get results, we just need to do it on a consistent basis.”


Read more at: https://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/brazil-at-the-double-as-mullets-move-off-bottom-1-8275110

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1. Dan Stevens

2. Elliot Dollner

3. Jake Jephson (60 mins)

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Liam Griffin

6. Rob Lofting

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Alex Biggs

9. Josh Biggs (Capt) (70 mins)

10. Shane Brazil

11. Dion Jarvis

12. Scott Callaghan (60 mins)

14. George Roberts (70 mins)

15. Lewis Jenkins

Attendance - tbc

Goal Scorers - S.Brazil 2, J.Dudas 

Yellow Cards - D.Jarvis

Red cards - None

Arundel 2 v 2 Newhaven 25/11/2017

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

Towers confident Mullets can start climbing table

Rory Biggs received a straight red card as Arundel played out the final 30 minutes of their home clash against Newhaven on Saturday with ten men.

Richard Towers insists the fighting spirit within his Arundel Football Club squad will see them start to climb up the Southern Combination League Premier Division table. Mullets managed to salvage a 2-2 home draw against Newhaven on Saturday – despite playing the final 30 minutes with ten men.

Arundel remained rooted to the bottom after the point, though, they closed the gap on place-above Littlehampton Town to two points with a game in hand as they were beaten by 18th-placed AFC Uckfield Town on Saturday. The draw with Newhaven was a first point Mullets have managed to pick up from the previous 15 and boss Towers believes it can give everyone a much-needed boost.

He said: “We’ve been in a lot of games this season but seem to end up losing by the odd-goal. What we did show on Saturday was great character to get back in to the game with ten men.

It’s a young squad I’ve got here but one I believe can start climbing the table. There’s not a lot between us at the bottom and a few teams above us, we just need to start putting points on the board. “Once the results do start coming we must make the most of them and start to get on a run.” George Roberts’ first goal for Arundel ensured they avoided a fifth consecutive league loss against Newhaven. Lee Robinson got the opener on 23 minutes but Mullets hit back through Shane Brazil two minutes after the restart. Rory Biggs was shown a straight red card after an hour, then Robinson’s second seven minutes later looked to have won it for the Dockers.

Towers’ side stuck at it, snatching a leveller ten minutes from time to take a point. With the Arundel boss Towers now looking for the momentum to be built on. He added: “Signs have been there in recent weeks, we just haven’t been getting results our performances deserve. We took a point we maybe shouldn’t have on Saturday, so we need to take this forward.”



Last season’s leading scorer Harry Russell remains sidelined with a hernia injury. The frontman is awaiting an operation but the hope is he will return sometime in the new year. Young striker Brazil scored and got an assist in the draw with Dockers – adding to the goal he netted the week previous – with Towers hoping his progress continues in Russell’s absence. “Shane is learning and improving all the time.” Towers said “He’s got two in two games now, with Harry (Russell) out we really goals throughout the team.” Arundel travel to fourth-from-bottom Eastbourne United on Saturday, searching for a first league win since October. Towers added: “We’ve got a couple of tough away games coming up, then some tricky ones at home before Christmas. “One result can change things for us leading to the new year.”

Read more at: https://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/towers-confident-mullets-can-start-climbing-table-1-8267838

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1. Dan Stevens

2. Elliot Dollner

3. Lewis Jenkins (77 mins)

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Liam Griffin

6. Rob Lofting (70 mins)

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Rory Biggs

9. Josh Biggs (Capt)

10. Shane Brazil

11. Dion Jarvis (60 mins)

12. Luke Heffron (60 mins)

14. Scott Callaghan (77 mins)

15. George Roberts (70 mins)

16. Griel Come

Attendance - 61

Goal Scorers - S.Brazil, G.Roberts

Yellow Cards - J.Biggs, L.Mottershead

Red cards - R.Biggs

Three Bridges 3 v 2 Arundel 18/11/2017

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Above - Dion Jarvis one of Arundel's goal scorers.....

​Report courtesy of 'Three Bridges' website. Thank you 

Deserved result against a hard working Arundel side

A welcome three points and a deserved result for Bridges, but a hard working Arundel side put up a good fight, bestowing there lowly league position.

From the kick off an attack from Arundel caught the Bridges defence by surprise and only a wayward shot from Shane Brazil stopped an early lead. However, on 6 minutes Shane Brazil danced through the Bridges defence and slotted home.

Nathan Crabb and Connor French missed good chances to make amends. On 34 minutes Crabb sped down the wing and crossed to French who shot at goal and Jensen Grant, who was on the line, eased the ball over. However, the referee gave offside until consulting with his assistant who had seen an Arundel player down on the line and still in play, so much to the protests of Arundel, the goal was rightly awarded.

After an attack from Arundel broke down in the Bridges goal area, an immediate attack resulted in Nathan Crabb putting Bridges in to the lead with 38 minutes on the clock.

The second half saw French was causing havoc to the Arundel defence. From a throw in, French received the ball swivelled and shot at goal and only a fine save from Arundel’s keeper, Dan Stevens, prevented Bridges increasing their lead.

However, in the 57th minute French did increase the lead with a great header direct from a corner.

Bridges then took their foot off the accelerator which allowed Arundel to get back in to the game and after Bridges keeper, Kieron Thorp, made a mess of a clearance and allowed Dion Jarvis to make the score 3-2 in the 70th minute

A flurry of substitutions took place, but to no avail and Bridges held on to the final whistle

FT - 3-2

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1. Dan Stevens

2. Elliot Dollner (89 mins)

3. Lewis Jenkins (60 mins)

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Liam Griffin

6. Rob Lofting

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Rory Biggs

9. Josh Biggs (Capt) (75 mins)

10. Shane Brazil

11. Dion Jarvis

12. Dom Haward

14. Dan Fitzpatrick (75 mins)

15. George Rorberts (89 mins)

16. Jake Jephson (60 mins)

17. Griel Come

Attendance - TBC

Goal Scorers - S. Brazil, D. Jarvis

Yellow Cards - None

Red cards - None

Arundel 0 v 3 Eastbourne Town 04/11/2017

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Arundel suffer another defeat losing 0-3 at home to Eastbourne Town. Report to follow when available....


1. Stuart McDonald

2. Liam Griffin (55mins)

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Rob Lofting

5. Elliot Dollner

6. Jordan Dudas

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Alex Biggs (75mins)

9. Josh Biggs (Capt) (60mins)

10. Rory Biggs (75mins)

11. Dion Jarvis

12. Scott Tipper

14. Shane Brazil (55mins)

15. Jake Jephson (75mins)

16. Dominic Haward (75mins)

Attendance - 72

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - Alex Biggs, Josh Biggs

Red cards - None

Loxwood Fc 3 v 2 Arundel (28/10/2017)

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Report courtesy of Loxwood FC website. Thank you

The Magpies may not have had the run of results they've wanted over the past few weeks, but the quirks of the fixture schedule meant that the boys from The Nest were afforded 2 weeks off from match action and combining that with some intense work on the training field gave the squad a sense of a new beginning and that's exactly how they approached Saturday's match against a team that have enjoyed some decent results of late.

​After recent false starts at home it was some comfort for the shoe to be on the other foot this time around as only 90 seconds in visiting 'keeper Lewis Boughton grossly misjudged coming out to meet a Ross Swaine through ball and amidst the ensuing confusion the ball found itself at the feet of Harry Bachelor who calmly slotted into an empty net from just inside the area to give the Magpies the lead. Unfortunately, this gift of a platform wasn't built upon by the hosts and bit by bit the Mullets gained a foothold in the game although they weren't offering any threat to the goal.

​They did get on terms in the 19th minute though, with the Magpies repaying the charity that was on offer earlier. A corner was delivered to the edge of the six-yard area where Byron Napper rose, but unfortunately not quite high enough to clear the ball and instead his glanced header looped the ball over home 'keeper Sam Smith and softly into the far corner. It could have been even worse for the hosts three minutes later when Dion Jarvis was afforded a run at goal, but his resulting shot was blazed over. Smith came to the rescue in the 36th minute showing good reactions to turn away Shane Brazil's shot when through on goal and all of a sudden, the hosts were looking to the break to regroup. As it happens they could have snatched the lead in stoppage time when a neat move saw Tiago Andrade slip in Bachelor but he fired over at the near post rather than go across the 'keeper.

​The Magpies looked far more settled after the break and took control of the game just 6 minutes into the half when a sweeping move saw Ollie Moore and Napper combine for the latter to slip the ball to Andrade, who held off his marker to coolly slot the ball into the far corner, giving Boughton no chance. Just after the hour mark, Michael Wood was cruelly scythed down by Elliot Dollner just outside the area. Napper stepped up to deliver a viciously curling delivery into the area, which Andrade managed to get his head to, but his glanced effort went narrowly wide of the far post.

​Five minutes later the hosts conspired again to let their visitors back into the match. Jarvis got around Ross Swaine on the left and delivered a low cross that Smith could only parry straight to the grateful feet of Luke Richards who duly prodded home from 6 yards. Both sides were now looking to seize 3 points and as such the game began to open up. With 15 minutes left Brazil fashioned an opportunity for himself but again couldn't keep the shot below the crossbar. It would prove a costly miss.

​With just 10 minutes left, Andrade did well to recycle an attack by pulling the ball back to Wood, who stepped inside before firing goalward. His effort flew through Dollner's legs and with Gary Pritchard in close vicinity Lewis Boughton didn't commit to the dive and the ball found its way into the far corner to gain the lead for the third time. Napper had an opportunity presented to him to extend the lead when Boughton fumbled the ball but he couldn't keep his effort down under pressure from the floundering 'keeper and his defenders.

​Arundel so nearly clawed it back one final time in the second minute of injury time when Richards got onto the end of another cross from the left but Eddie French got across to do just enough to put the tall striker off and his guided effort went harmlessly wide and with that went the last meaningful chance of the game and the Magpies secured the three points that keeps them in touch with the top of the table that appears to be getting more congested as each week passes.

Team: ​Andrade, Bachelor (Dominique), French, Holvey, Moore, Napper, Raoune, Smith, Swaine (Jardim), Warren & Wood
Subs not used: ​Camp & Wright

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1. Lewis Bought

2. Lewis Jenkins

3. Cameron Elder (Replaced)

4. Jake Jephson

5. Elliot Dollner

6. Liam Griffin

7. Lee Mottershead (Capt)

8. Hayden Briggs (Replaced)

9. Luke Richards (Replaced)

10. Shane Brazil 

11. Dion Jarvis

12. Dominic Haward  (Used)

14. Griel Come

15. Scott Callaghan (Used)

16. Josh Bradley (Used) 

17. George Dollner

Attendance - 55

Goal Scorers - OG, Luke Richards

Yellow Cards - Bradley, Jenkins, E. Dollner

Red cards - None

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

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Report courtesy of LEWIS MASON 'Worthing Herald' Thank you 

Lancing seal Peter Bentley Cup quarter-final spot Lancing sealed their spot in the Peter Bentley Cup quarter-finals after seeing off Arundel on Saturday.

Lancing Football Club booked their place in the last eight of the Peter Bentley Cup on Saturday. Lewis Finney's second half double, along with Alex Fair's effort - also after half-time - helped Lancers to a 3-0 third-round win at fellow Southern Combination League Premier Division Arundel. Heavy wind and rain from Storm Brian had put the tie in doubt but a pitch inspection a couple of hours prior to kick-off was passed. Given the terrible conditions his side faced, Lancers boss John Sharman was pleased with the character his side showed to reach the quarter-finals. For in-form Lancing, it was a fifth successive win in all competitions, a run of results Sharman wants to see built on.

He said: "The pitch was only just playable, so it was important for us to have the right attitude and commitment. "Apart from them hitting the bar early on, I felt we were always in control of the game. At times we played some decent football in the difficult conditions. A blustery wind and heavy rain made things tricky for both teams in the early exchanges. It was the home side who came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half. Josh Biggs saw his effort just inside the area strike the underside of the crossbar and go safe. Fair got the opening goal seven minutes after the restart, then Finney netted his first less than 60 seconds later.

Lancers made sure it was them who would reach the quarter-final as Finney got his second in second half stoppage-time.

LANCING: D'Cruz; Donaldson, Sharman, Clayman, Broughton; Spinks, Dramis, Williamson; Tredrea, Fair, L.Finney. Subs: E.Finney, Wotherspoon, Pittock.

Read more at: http://www.worthingherald.co.uk/sport/football/lancing-seal-peter-bentley-cup-quarter-final-spot-1-8211232

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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 - 46

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