Arundel 0 v 6 Chichester City 19/08/2017 (RUR Cup)


Report courtesy of Chichester city website. Thank you 

Dave Herbert's cracker and Josh Clack's free-kick before the break together with a second half Lorenzo Dolcetti header and a hat-trick from Tafadzwa Kanjanda, affectionately known as 'Fuzz' by his teammates, gave Chichester an emphatic victory over local rivals.

City were 5-2 winners in the league fixture 10 miles down the A27 earlier mid-week and condemned the Mullets to another mauling at Mill Road in the SCFA RUR Charity Cup this time for a league and cup double.

There aren't many clubs that can boast a magnificent eleventh century castle as a backdrop and this was offset with the buzz of festivities in the town. As the teams kicked off a tribute band in nearby Jubilee Gardens was belting out the 'Glory, glory hallelujah…' line from Elvis' An America Trilogy. There would be little glory though for the home side in this match.

Miles Rutherford's side started on fire. Jack Lee, back from suspension, returned to the heart of the defence alongside Harry Williams, Ben Pashley and Drew Smith in a new look back four. Ex-Arundel player Max Thoms got a start with George Way and Dolcetti in midfield. And Kanjanda joined Herbert and Clack in a potent attack as the City management staff, conscious that games come thick and fast for the rest of August, looked to make the most of a strong squad.

Herbert was handed the captain's armband for his return to his old hunting ground and had the game's first opportunity when a searching ball from Lee got him in behind the last man only to pull his shot.

Next Kanjanda had two efforts but the first was too wide and the second too high.

At the other end Lee had to use his upper body strength to shepherd the ball out for a goal-kick in a contest with Dion Jarvis.

A couple of Chi free-kicks came to nothing and a delivery from Eli Amoo, who was Arundel's stand-out player on Tuesday night at Oaklands Park, following a nice cross-field ball wasn't capitalised on by the hosts.

Then Williams picked out Herbert but a defender just managed to nick the ball away as the Chi No10 prepared to shoot.

The opener came on 25 minutes. Rutherford's team has dead-ball specialists in Williams and Ellis Martin but this was a Clack special. After a bit of trickery drew a foul the City winger picked himself up and beat Stuart McDonald with ease.

McDonald's opposite number Ant Ender had less to do but had to make a sharp save from Lee Mottershead five minutes later.

Way then went close before Herbert, who had also scored against his former club four days ago, latched on to a Williams cross and walloped the ball into the back of the net.

It wasn't all Chichester by any means. Jarvis had a shot deflected for a corner and then should have teed up Harry Russell for a simple tap in but he played the ball behind him and a chance to get back into the game went begging.

On 36 minutes a neat exchange between Herbert and Way created another opportunity for the visitors before Amoo turned the ball onto the bar after an Arundel raid.

Dan Towers and Jarvis were booked in a scrappy period and then Herbert went down under a heavy challenge on the stroke of half-time.

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Hegarty came on for Herbert after the break and City were three up within sixty seconds. A great cross from Thoms set up Dolcetti for a header he couldn't miss.

Kanjanda made it 4-0 in the 53rd minute following super skill from the Italian who turned provider this time lifting the ball into his teammate's path for a neat finish.

The same two players combined for the next goal a minute later with Kanjanda smashing the ball in from close range.

Dolcetti, clearly enjoying himself and running the show, found Clack with a lovely back-heel but he skewed an effort wide. This would prove to be his last action of the match as Zak Sharp got on for his debut.

Then on the hour Russell had a shot blocked before Ender made a good stop at his near post.

The referee could have given Towers a second yellow card but he decided it wasn't a deliberate handball. He also had a couple of stand-offs to deal with when things got a bit heated.

Kanjanda completed his hat-trick with a minute to go courtesy of another Thoms assist and might have repaid the compliment moments later but the midfielder had just mistimed his run to beat the off-side trap.

As the final whistle went the next band in Jubilee Gardens was getting stuck into a cover of Queen's 'I Want To Break Free'. It's early days in the season but after four heavy defeats on the spin Arundel are in a spell they'd like to break free from.

City – Ender, Williams, Lee, Pashley, Smith, Clack (Sharp), Way (French), Thoms, Dolcetti, Herbert (Hegarty), Kanjanda

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1. Stuart McDonald

2. Liam Griffin (60 mins)

3. Ash Hunter

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Dan Towers (76 mins)

6. Scott Towers (22 mins)

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Alex Biggs

9. Harry Russell

10. Dion Jarvis

11. Eli Amoo

12. Luke Jearum (22 mins)

14. Alfie Bunker

15. Luis-Tijon Sparks (60 mins)

16. Josh Biggs (76 mins)

Attendance - 43

Goal Scorers – None

Yellow Cards – E.Amoo, D. Towers, D. Jarvis

Red Cards – N/A​

Chichester City 5 v 2 Arundel 15/08/2017


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

Arundel Football Club were sent crashing to a Southern Combination League Premier Division derby defeat at rivals Chichester City last night.

Braces from Josh Clack and Scott Jones, plus an effort from ex-Arundel forward Dave Herbert secured an emphatic 5-2 home triumph for City.

Ten-man Mullets fell behind after ten minutes, before Eli Amoo and Scott Tipper netted to turn things around for Richard Towers’ side. Jones got his first of the game prior to half time as it was level at 2-2 after 45 minutes. City powered away in the second half, netting three times to run out 5-2 victors. Clack’s strike put City ahead after 11 minutes, though, Mullets turned it around to lead less than nine minutes later through Amoo and Tipper. Jones’ effort eight minutes before the break made it 2-2.

Jones had his second four minutes after the restart, then City made it four through former Mullets striker Herbert. Scott Towers received a second yellow soon after – before Clack wrapped it up after 78 minutes.

ARUNDEL: McDonald; Jenkins, Dudas, Griffin, S.Towers, Hunter; Mottershead, Jarvis, Kates; Tipper, Amoo. Subs: Sparks, D.Towers, Bunker.

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1. Stuart McDonald

2. Lewis Jenkins (45 mins)

3. Ash Hunter

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Liam Griffin

6. Scott Towers

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Jack Kates

9. Scott Tipper (Capt) (45 mins)

10. Dion Jarvis

11. Eli Amoo (75 mins)

12. Dan Towers (75 mins)

14. Alfie Bunker (45 mins)

15. Luis-Tijon Sparks (45 mins)

Attendance - tbc

Goal Scorers – Eli Amoo, Scott Tipper

Yellow Cards – A. Hunter, L. Sparks, J.Dudas

Red Cards – Scott Towers

Arundel 0 Hassocks 3 12/08/2017


Report courtesy of Hassocks FC, thank you

Arundel away may not be seen as the toughest of fixtures in the Southern Combination League's Premier Division but there have been plenty of hair raising experiences for Hassocks at the home of the Mullets down the years.

These are the top flights two longest serving clubs. And despite having faced each other in every season since before the turn of the Millennium, Hassocks have only returned from Mill Road with three points on a handful of occasions over the last two decades; trips west were good for admiring this most picturesque of grounds in the shadow of Arundel Castle but not much else.

Being handed Arundel away first league game looked a daunting test then based on historical evidence.

As it was, it was one that the Robins passed with flying colours despite a fresh raft of unavailable players.

A lack of consistency in selection has hindered Hassocks for a good four seasons now. It is especially acute at the start of the season with holidays and cricketing commitments.

From last week's squad who played in the FA Cup defeat to Hollands and Blair, Jordan Badger, Ashley Marsh, Matt Berridge and Nathan Miles joined Josh Hawkes and Phil Gault on the absentees list.

Despite the missing, the Robins dominated the game from start to finish to run out comfortable 3-0 winners in an encounter in which Alex Harris was rarely troubled in keeping an all too rare clean sheet.

Harris had looked shaky in the first half of the first game of his third spell at the Beacon a week previously but that was a distant memory as he gobbled up balls into the box with all the ease of a pig snorting up a truffle.

The goalkeeper has particularly big gloves to fill in replacing James Broadbent. Broadbent was outstanding in 2016/17, winning Players, Managers and Supporters Player of the Season Awards and earning a deserved step up to the Bostik League with Shoreham. Clean sheets and performances like this will make that sizable transfer blow seem less so.

Hassocks took the lead on the 25 minute mark through in the inform Liam Benson. Benson enjoyed a fine second half to last season after being promoted from the Robins' under 21 squad and he's got two in two now in this campaign.

There were admittedly question marks about the goalkeeping of Stuart McDonald who could only parry a rasping effort from Lewis Westlake which gave Benson the chance to show off his predatory instincts which he duly did by smashing home the loose ball.

The lead was doubled on the stroke of half time by Spencer Slaughter, scoring his first goal since December 2015 in his first start since January 2016.

Since then, Slaughter has been backpacking around the world before returning for a couple of brief substitute cameos last season.

A proper pre season has given him some form and fitness under his belt and he said before the game he fancied himself to score as a result.

The opportunity to do so came courtesy of Dan Stokes, who crossed from the right to Slaughter at the far post with the finish being a tight one on the angle.

Stokes had endured a frustrating game up until that point, his passing at times being so off that he gave up trying to link up with Michael Death, telling the mercurial striker after another five yard pass went astray "I'm not passing to you anymore as it obviously just isn't working," much to Death's annoyance.

Death had no such problems with his forward partner Benson however and that combination gave Hassocks their third with five minutes remaining, the latter unselfishly rolling across to the former who finished into an open goal from eight yards to wrap up the Robins biggest opening day of the league season victory since a 5-0 win over Littlehampton Town in 1996.

Arundel had briefly threatened slightly before that when Hassocks made all manner of weird and wonderful decisions to go for goal and shoot from stupid positions rather than keep possession and run the clock down - a tactic that also would've helped them conserve energy ahead of what will no doubt be a much sterner test against early league leaders Newhaven on Tuesday night.

A lack of options on the bench didn't help in that regard either with only Jack Wilkins being summoned - perhaps just as well as joint boss Mark Dalgleish had to name himself among the substitutes.

Hassocks: Alex Harris; Tom Barnes, Harry Mills, Luke Akehurst; Dan Stokes, James Westlake, Spencer Slaughter, Lewis Westlake, Bradley Bant; Liam Benson, Michael Death.

Subs: Jack Wilkins (used), Ashley Marsh, Sam Badger, Mark Dalgleish, Josh Green (unused).

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1. Stuart McDonald

2. Lewis Jenkins

3. Jack Bingham

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Dan Towers (80 mins)

6. Scott Tipper (Capt)

7. Luke Jearum (55 mins)

8. Lee Mottershead

9. Harry Russell

10. Dion Jarvis

11. Scott Towers (45 mins)

12. Luis-Tijon Sparks (80 mins)

14. Liam Griffin (45 mins)

15. Josh Biggs

16. Brad Jordan

17. Eli Amoo (55 mins)

Attendance - 42

Goal Scorer – None

Yellow Cards – Lee Mottershead

Red Cards

– N/A

Worthing Utd 0 v 4 Arundel 15/04/2017

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1. James Fernandes

2. Rob Lofting

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Scott Tipper (61mins)

5. Alfie Bunker (25 mins)

6. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Dion Jarvis

9. Harry Russell (76 mins)

10. Alex Biggs

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Liam DaCosta

14. Ash Hunter (61mins)

15. Luke Richards (76 mins)

16. Ben Holmes (25 mins)

Attendance - TBC

Goal Scorer – Harry Russell (2), Dion Jarvis, Rob Lofting

Yellow Cards – None

Red Cards – None

Arundel 1 v 0 Hailsham Town 11/04/2017

Report courtesy of Lewis Mason ‘The Littlehampton Gazette’ thank you

Ten-man Hailsham make Mullets work hard for win Harry Russell got the only goal as Arundel moved further clear of the SCFL Premier Division relegation places by beating ten-man Hailsham Town.

Arundel Football Club were pushed all the way by ten-man basement boys Hailsham Town in a controversial clash at Mill Road last night. Harry Russell got the only goal to ensure Mullets moved up a place to 16th in the standings to ease their relegation fears with a 1-0 win. It was far from plain sailing for Arundel, who struggled for large periods against a team playing with ten players for more than 85 minutes.

Hailsham goalkeeper Ryan Reid was shown a straight red card less than five minutes in for handball outside the area, forcing midfielder Sammy Townsend to go in goal as they had no substitute keeper.

The victory moves Mullets five points clear of third-bottom AFC Uckfield Town in the final relegation spot. Arundel boss Richard Towers felt the three points were all he could take out of the game and wants to see an improvement in the critical Easter fixtures against Worthing United and Wick.

He said: “We were as poor in this one as we were good in our win over Eastbourne United on Saturday. “I made the mistake of saying to the lads that a 1-0 win would do, which I’m pleased with, but I wanted a performance as well. “We’ve moved further away from danger but if we continue to play like this we’ll be back in trouble. The win is all we can take from this.

Connor Townsend" saw a well-struck effort saved down low by James Fernandes inside two minutes, before a moment of controversy. Harry Russell’s attempted lob was handled by the onrushing Reid outside the area, leaving referee David Joseph with no choice but to send him off. After much deliberation - and with no substitutes - midfielder Sammy Townsend was forced to go in goal.

Mullets made the most of the extra man going ahead after 21 minutes. Asa Nicholson and Lewis Jenkins linked up with the latter playing in Russell, whose right-foot drive nestled in the bottom corner off a post.

Arundel failed to kick on following the goal with Hailsham looking dangerous on the counter. Fernandes was nearly caught in possession ten minutes before half-time, then Connor Townsend’s cross just evaded Matt Barbosa with Hailsham ending the first 45 minutes stronger.

It was more of the same early in the second as Connor Townsend went close on two occasions. Fernandes had to get down low to stop a fierce drive five minutes after the restart, then Townsend’s first-time volley – after meeting Marcus Goldsmith’s cross – went just wide.

Hailsham began to tire in the closing stages and substitute Luke Richards almost had an instant impact. Nicholson’s header played the forward in less than a minute after his introduction, although he could only blaze well over six minutes from time. Richards then fired a rebound just wide a minute later, while Sammy Townsend spilled over and Russell poked just over as it ended 1-0.

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1. James Fernandes

2. Rob Lofting 

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Scott Tipper

5. Alfie Bunker (65 mins)

6. Lloyd Walker (Capt) (50 mins)

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Dion Jarvis (80 mins)

9. Harry Russell

10. Nathan DaCosta

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Alex Biggs (50 mins)

14.  Ash Hunter (65 mins)

15. Luke Richards (80 mins)

16. Ben Holmes

Attendance - 32

Goal Scorer – Harry Russell

Yellow Cards – Ash Hunter

Red Cards – None