Arundel 1 v 2 Broadbridge Heath 11/02/2017

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Broadbridge Heath got back to winning ways with a 2-1 away win at Arundel, a victory that sees the Bears move up to sixth place in the division.

Steve Painter was forced to make 3 changes to his back four due to injuries and unavailability and he welcomed back Martyn Flack for his first appearance of the season and the former Heath captain was partnered at the heart of the defence by Dan Attwater making his first start since the 4th October.

Jake Holmes had the first real chance of the match on 5 minutes when he headed a Scott Weller corner just over the crossbar but for the next 20 minutes it was the home-side who created the better chances with the lively Asa Nicholson being denied a goal by Flack who got back to clear off the goal-line.

Jake Holmes had the first real chance of the match on 5 minutes when he headed a Scott Weller corner just over the crossbar but for the next 20 minutes it was the home-side who created the better chances with the lively Asa Nicholson being denied a goal by Flack who got back to clear off the goal-line.

Heath weren’t so lucky in the 18th minute when an attack broke down on the edge of the Arundel penalty area and the host’s counter attack ended with the ball being played out wide on the left to Harry Russell who drilled a low right foot shot under Chester from 20 yards into the far corner. A few minutes later Russell had a great chance to make it 2-0 but this time he shot straight at Chester.

Heath gradually got into the game and on 26 minutes a Rob Godfrey cross from the right came out to Shaun Findlay who tried to lob the ball over the Arundel keeper James Fernandes but the keeper did well to push the ball over the crossbar. Ollie Moore then came close with a shot that went inches wide of the post and Holmes had an effort cleared of the line. In the final minute of the half the pressure finally paid off when Godfrey played a through ball into the path of Moore who setup Holmes to hammer the ball into the net from 8 yards.

Midway through the second period, Heath were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, Dan Sandell took the kick but Arundel’s Jordan Peskett was adjudged to have raised his hand high above his head to stop the ball and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Holmes stepped up to convert the penalty for his 20th league goal of the season.

Sandell came close to making it 3-1 when he received the ball some 20 yards from goal and dribbled past two defenders before hitting a right foot shot that went narrowly wide of the post.

In the closing minutes Arundel introduced Cian Tilley as substitute and he almost leveled for the Mullets with a shot from 12 yards that Michael Chester saved brilliantly low to his left and then got up to block the follow up at the near post.

So another 3 points for the Bears but Arundel will be hoping their luck changes soon in their attempts to move away from the relegation places.

Team: M. Chester, Godfrey, Robinson, Attwater, Flack, Sandell, Findlay Moore, Sultan (Martin 60), Holmes (Clark 80), Weller (Nash 85).

Arundel's goal scorer Harry Russell


1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan Da Costa (Capt)

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Scott Tipper (46 mins)

6. Lloyd Walker

7. Matt Axell

8. Lee Mottershead

9. Harry Russell (78 mins)

10. Asa Nicholson (78 mins)

11. Rory Biggs

12. Cian Tilley (78 mins)

14. Aaron Hooker-Meehan (78 mins)

15. Jordan Peskett (46 mins)

16. Stuart McDonald

Attendance - 25

Goal Scorers - Harry Russell

Yellow Cards - J.Dudas, J.Peskett, L.Walker

Red cards - None

Arundel 1 Eastbourne Town 3 28/01/2017

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Report Courtesy of ‘The Littlehampton Gazette’

Arundel let a lead slip as Town take all three points

Asa Nicholson celebrates after firing Arundel ahead on Saturday.

Arundel Football Club saw a lead come and go as they fell to a second consecutive Southern Combination League Premier Division defeat on Saturday. Asa Nicholson had fired Mullets into a 12th-minute lead, before unanswered strikes from Daniel Bolwell, Christopher Cumming-Bart and Evan Archibald helped Eastbourne Town to a 3-1 comeback success at Mill Road.

Having not played since January 2, Arundel boss Richard Towers felt his side were a little leggy but saw several positive signs in what was just his second in charge since returning as manager. He said: “We started well but in the end Eastbourne Town got the better of us. They play with quite a direct style, I don't think James Fernandes had a save to make all afternoon, other than to pick the ball out of his net. “We had some decent opportunities and Jordan Peskett missed a great chance to put us 2-1 ahead. If that one goes in, it could well be a different story.

“Having not played for so long, we did look a little rusty but I’m sure we’ll start putting in better performances in the coming matches. “I was really impressed with some things I saw in the game and I feel it’s just a matter of time before we get a victory.” Mullets got off to the best possible start as Asa Nicholson fired them into a 12th-minute lead. After Scott Tipper’s header was tipped on to the bar by Town goalkeeper Greg Nessling, Asa Nicholson was on hand to head home the rebound. Mullets were pegged back less than four minutes later, though, as Bolwell’s 25-yard thunderbolt left James Fernandes with no chance. With the score level at 1-1, debutant Jordan Peskett should have fired Arundel ahead once again on the half-hour. After Nicholson had a shot saved, Peskett saw an effort blocked by a Town defender with the goal gaping. A mix-up in the Arundel backline then gifted Eastbourne the lead. Cumming-Bart made the most of the error as he slotted past the on-rushing Fernandes.

As Mullets went in search of a leveller, Archibald finished off a quick breakaway on the hour as Town ran out 3-1 winners. Following the defeat, Arundel remain second from bottom in the standings, still three points from safety. A tricky run awaits Towers’ side as they face three teams in the top ten in their next three matches.

Despite what looks a tough run on paper, Richard Towers is quietly confident heading to Horsham YMCA on Saturday. He said: “There are no easy games in this division. If I’m honest, I actually prefer playing the top teams. “It lifts everyone's level as they know they’ll have to be at their best to get anything against these type of teams. “We’ve got a difficult trip on Saturday but I see no reason why we can’t take something from the game

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/arundel-let-a-lead-slip-as-town-take-all-three-points-1-7798188

1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan Da Costa (Capt)

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Lloyd Walker

6. Lee Mottershead (Withdrawn)

7. Matt Axell

8. Jordan Peskett (Withdrawn)

9. Scott Tipper (Withdrawn)

10. Barney Boutwood

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Jake Fellows (Used)

14. Cian Tilley (Used)

15. Spencer Adams

16. Rory Biggs (Used)

17. Stuart McDonald

Attendance - 65

Goal Scorers - Asa Nicholson

Yellow Cards - Rory Biggs

Red cards - None

Arundel 0 Chichester City 1 02/01/2017

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Returning Towers takes positives despite defeat on Monday.

Returning Richard Towers has no doubt Arundel Football Club can get themselves out of trouble following his first game back in charge on Monday. Kieran Hartley got the only goal nine minutes before the break to ensure rivals Chichester City condemned Towers to a 1-0 home defeat after making a return to Mill Road.

The former Wick manager, who replaced joint bosses Barry Pidgeon and Craig Stuart last week, believes he can steer Arundel clear of danger in the coming months. Arundel’s defeat, coupled with a point for Wick at Pagham, saw Mullets slip into the relegation zone on goal difference. However, having seen his squad in a game situation, Towers has no fears.

He said: “I was pleased with the performances from some of the players. “It’s never nice losing, but we gave it a good go and Chichester are a good side. “We had a couple of chances but young Harry Russell looked a little anxious in front of goal. “I’m really looking forward to working with a young squad here and seeing what we can do. “I’m not concerned whatsoever and believe we’ll get ourselves out of trouble.

“The squad here is a good one, I’m always on the look-out for players that will improve a team but I’ve been pleased with what I’ve seen so far.” Harry Russell had a good opening early on but his soft effort was straight at Anthony Ender in Chichester’s goal. The only goal came nine minute before the break when Hartley raced clear and slotted past James Fernandes. Mullets kept things tight and could have nicked a late leveller. Once again the ball fell kindly to Harry Russell but this time he could not adjust his feet quick enough.

Following Wick’s point at Pagham, Towers saw his team slip into the relegation places after just one game in charge.

Mullets are now without a game for a couple of weeks before returning to action on January 21 with a home clash against Broadbridge Heath. Richard Towers admits going so long without a game is far from ideal so early in his tenure but has organised a inter-club friendly at Mill Road on Saturday.

He added: “I just want the games to keep coming but we haven’t got one for a couple of weeks now. “When you first come into any club you need games to see how the players are in that situation. “It’s worked out that we don’t have one for a couple of weeks now, so that’s a little frustrating. “I’ve organised a game between the reserves and firs team to take place on Saturday, then I can have a real look at what we have at the club.

“As I’ve said, I have been really pleased with what I’ve seen here so far and can’t wait to keep working and developing the young squad that Arundel have. I think we’re just a win away from things changing .”

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/returning-towers-takes-positives-despite-defeat-1-7757288

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A stunning strike from in-form winger Kieran Hartley towards the end of the first half proved enough to earn Chichester three points at Arundel on bank holiday Monday. In the FA Cup at Mill Road on the opening day of the season, Arundel won 4-3 – but the fortunes of the two sides have subsequently taken very different directions. City are third in the SCFL premier and unbeaten in the league since they lost to leaders Shoreham in September. Arundel, on the other hand, are third from bottom with only one win in ten. On a bright, fresh morning both sides struggled to get going in their SCFL tussle. Heavy conditions didn’t help.

Without regular No9 and No10 Scott Jones and Max Thoms City lacked their usual cohesion, but the visitors carved out two decent chances in 60 seconds. First, Arundel keeper James Fernandes pulled off an outstanding save, tipping a fierce header round his left stick for a corner, and then the home side’s No1 was happy to see a well-hit effort from Hartley crash into the side netting. This was an important win for us. We went into the game knowing it would be tough.

Arundel played with lots of character and credit to them. Danny Potter, Chi City coach For Arundel, a speculative cross-shot from Dion Jarvis landed on the roof of his net on 14 minutes, a shot from Jordan Dudas was deflected for a corner five minutes later, before Asa Nicholson pulled a drive wide from the edge of the box. The game’s real moment of quality came in the 38th minute. A superb cross-field ball from Josh Clack found Dan Watts wide on the right. Watts powered to the byline and drilled the ball into the box. Hartley ghosted in and found the net with a cultured finish. City had other opportunities before the break. Midfielder Dan Hegarty got on to a Clack corner with a firm header over the bar and following another corner Jack Lee crashed a loose ball against the post. Chichester started the second 45 at a blistering pace.

In Clack and Hartley, City possess real pace down the flanks that suits their high pressing game. Both pulled shots wide and Hartley was unlucky not to reach a cross whipped in by Chi right-back Harry Williams. Watts couldn’t quite get his shot off following a nice run and cross from Jake Goulding. Arundel’s Harry Russell went close on the hour, first following a quick counter-attack after a City corner that caught the visitors short at the back, then breaking through again and firing inches wide. Chi forced four corners in as many minutes. Fernandes cleared the first with a punch, the next resulted in a scrambled effort that troubled the keeper at his near post. Hartley had a fierce shot blocked from the following set-piece before Hegarty headed another wide.

Arundel almost pegged it back to 1-1 on 75 minutes. Barney Boutwood did well to get an effort away but a shot that looked destined for the top corner curled the wrong side of the post. City subs Perry Northeast and Jamie Horncastle, on for Williams and Lee, made valuable contributions. Northeast sent Goulding away with a great pass and Horncastle slid in bravely to get on the end of a cross from Clack. A minute later Horncastle made a timely challenge as City’s last man. Chichester hung on to to pick up a welcome three points. And with Shoreham losing 2-1 to Littlehampton, City closed the gap on the leaders. Chichester coach Danny Potter said: “This was an important win for us. We went into the game knowing it would be tough. “Arundel played with lots of character and credit to them.”

Read more at: http://www.chichester.co.uk/sport/football/local/hartley-strikes-to-give-city-win-at-arundel-1-7758333

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1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

3. Liam DaCosta

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Lloyd Walker

6. Alex Biggs

7. Dion Jarvis

8. Cian Tilley

9. Harry Russell

10. Barney Boutwood (80 mins)

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Scott Tipper

14. Jordan Jones (80 mins)

15. Pete Butt

16. Rob Grove

17. Stuart McDonald

Attendance - 67

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - Liam DaCosta. Jordan Dudas 

Red cards - None

Wick 1 v 1 Arundel 26/12/2016

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A rousing Boxing Day clash at Crabtree Park ended in a 1-1 draw, a fair result. Arundel played out the last 20 minutes

with only 9 men after their second straight red card of the game. Dion Jarvis was the first to go after he took the concept

of Boxing Day too literally by throwing a punch at Kieran Playle-Howard after 43 minutes and was subsequently dismissed

for violent conduct. Liam Da Costa had only joined the game after 25 minutes due to an injury sustained by Arundel's ex-Wicker

Ash Hunter. A bad challenge in front of the Wick bench led to Da Costa's red card after 70 minutes.

Being down to 9 men, it was expected that Arundel would have parked the bus, but to their credit they maintained 2 strikers up top and tried to win the game so certainly deserved their point. Wick, undoubtedly, will be frustrated that they couldn't make more of their numerical advantage and win the game but a fifth point from four games maintains 18th place in the table, in touching distance of safety from relegation. Littlehampton's 4-1 win over Worthing Utd pushed them above us in 17th position, Utd dropping to 19th.

Recent signings midfielder Billy Rayner and winger Andy Cox both made their debuts for Wick whilst striker Dan Simmonds was also available at Crabtree Park for the first time this season. Another returnee, Dan Cox was on the bench.

As for the goals, they were both a bit special. On 7 minutes, Shane Brazil, who was causing all sorts of trouble on the left hand side, played the ball into a centrally placed Simmonds 20 yards out, skillfully and clinically lobbed the ball over keeper James Fernandes. Arundel were not to be outdone, and Lee Mottershead, recently acquired from East Preston, equalised 32 minutes later with a similar effort at the other end.

1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

3. Ash Hunter (Withdrawn)

4. Pete Butt

5. Jordan Dudas

6. Lee Mottershead

7. Dion Jarvis

8. Alex Biggs 

9. Harry Russell (Withdrawn)

10. Can Tilley

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Lloyd Walker

14. Scott Tipper

15. Barney Boutwood (Used Sub)

16. Spencer Adams

17. Liam DaCosta (Used Sub)

Attendance - TBC

Goal Scorers - Lee Mottershead

Yellow Cards - Ash Hunter, Harry Russell, Alex Biggs

Red cards - Dion Jarvis, Liam DaCosta

Arundel 0 v 4 Haywards Heath Town 17/12/2016

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Manager Shaun Saunders kept faith with the same starting eleven that lost 2-1 at home to league leaders Shoreham on Tuesday evening, hoping to see a reaction from his team.

Heath started brightly with Alex Laing hitting the base of the post after just 5 minutes and it was only 2 minutes later for them to take the lead. Callum Saunders beat the offside trap out on the right wing, bursting into the box with the ball where he was taken down by the Arundel goalkeeper. A penalty was awarded, which Saunders himself confidently put away into the top right corner.


Arundel 0-1 Heath

Arundel had some chances of their own which James Shaw dealt with comfortably and Luc Doherty managed to head off the line before Trevor McCreadie doubled the Heath’s lead in the 18th minute. Callum Saunders was involved again as he played a perfect ball through to Heath's number 9 who raced ahead of two defenders, slotting the ball under the advancing keeper.

Arundel 0-2 Heath

Both sides saw chances from distance not trouble either before Trevor McCreadie was denied by a great stop from point blank range on 26 minutes.

Heath ensured they had a comfortable lead going into the break with a Jamie Weston in-swinging corner from the right being helped on by Arundel's Alex Biggs past the despairing dive of the goalkeeper James Fernandes in the 44th minute.

It could easily have been 3-1 however as Arundel's Dion Jarvis hit a sweet strike from the edge of the box which struck the top right corner of the goal frame with James Shaw well beaten right on half-time.


Half Time Arundel 0 -3 Heath

Heath made their first change of the afternoon at half time with George Hayward replacing Josh Spinks, the shuffle in formation took some time to settle as Arundel came out on the attack at the start of the second half and had 4 successive shots on goal, but Heath managed to weather the storm in what would turn out the be the last real threat from the home side as they went down to 10 men with Rory Biggs receiving his marching orders in the 51st minute. Biggs had been booked in the first half for a foul on Trevor McCreadie and kept on causing the referee to blow his whistle before a challenge on Jamie Weston proved to be the final straw.

The game then went rather flat, with Arundel digging in to keep Heath at bay. Max Miller replaced Trevor McCredie on 57 minutes and Joel Daly came on Luc Doherty on 72 minutes.

It wasn't until the 90th minute that the blues made their numerical advantage count as substitute Joel Daly was rewarded for his persistence and direct play as he cut the ball back to Callum Saunders who neatly put the ball past the keeper low to his right.

Full Time Arundel 0-4 Heath

Heath Man Of The Match – Callum Saunders, Scoring two as well as great vision for Trevor McCreadies goal the Heath wide man was a constant threat that Arundel struggled to deal with all day.

Afterwards manager Shaun Saunders said “I was delighted to have bounced back with this win at Arundel, the match had a potential banana skin written all over it but the lads went out there and showed great character with a solid display and another clean sheet .”


1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

3. Ash Hunter

4. Pete Butt

5. Lloyd Walker

6. Alex Biggs (73 mins)

7. Rory Biggs

8. Lee Mottershead

9. Harry Russell (75 mins)

10. Can Tilley

11. Dion Jarvis (70 mins)

12. Asa Nicholson (73 mins)

14. Scott Tipper

15. Liam DaCosta (70 mins)

16. Spencer Adams

17. Barney Boutwood (75 mins)

Attendance - 43

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - James Fernandes, Nathan DaCosta

Red cards - Rory Biggs

Arundel 2 v 1 Peacehaven & Telscombe 03/12/2016

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IT WAS INEFFITABLE that Peacehaven & Telscombe’s winning run had to come to an end, and it did on Saturday.

In the shadows of Arundel castle, Haven were beaten 2-1. The visitors had been on an unbeaten run of six league games without defeat and had won their previous five.

Arundel showed their intent early on when their top scorer 18 year-old Harry Russell opened the scoring with just six minutes played.

And just seven minutes later Lee Mottershead doubled the lead for the home side when he hit a fantastic strike.

Peacehaven struggled to get going early on but as the game wore on got more into their stride and Haven’s Josh Marshall was unlucky not to get on the score sheet just before half time.

Early in the second half teenager Joe Radley-Martin, who was making his first start of the season went close and defender Jack Phillips headed just over. Haven were starting to take the game to Arundel and Curt Ford went close on a couple of occasions.

The Peacehaven faithful who had made the journey and sang their way through the game had to wait until the 87th minute to see a Peacehaven goal which was scored by substitute Emanuel Okunja.

FT – 2-1

Peacehaven & Telscombe: Hawkins, Sendonaris, Wake, Radley-Martin, Allen, Phillips, Wiltshire, Wilkins, Marshall, Ford, Pestana. Subs: Le Grange, Robinson, Okunja, Osi-Asonah.

1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

3. Ash Hunter

4. Scott Tipper

5. Alex Biggs

6. Lee Mottershead (72 mins)

7. Asa Nicholson

8. Rory Biggs (80 mins)

9. Harry Russell (75 mins)

10. Barney Boutwood

11. Dion Jarvis

12. Ash Harper (75 mins)

14. Pete Butt (80 mins)

15. Dan Gibbs

16. Craig Rennie (72 mins)

17. Rob Grove

Attendance - 73

Goal Scorers - Harry Russell, Lee Mottershead

Yellow Cards - James Fernandes

Red cards - None

Shoreham 5 v 0 Arundel 26/11/2016

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Report comes courtesy of 'The Shoreham Herald'

Rob O’Toole’s hat-trick helps five-star Mussels to emphatic victory

Rob O’Toole struck a hat-trick as Shoreham Football Club cruised to a 5-0 Southern Combination League Premier Division victory at home to struggling Arundel on Saturday.

As well as O’Toole’s treble, Richard Greenfield and Tom Burton also struck as Mussels made it 15 league wins from 16 matches to date. Shoreham boss Bryan O’Toole felt it was as comfortable as the scoreline suggests and said: “We played nowhere near as well as we did the week before but we still scored five goals and won the game. “All that really matters for me is winning football matches and we managed to do that once again on Saturday. “Arundel did not really offer much at all, it was quite easy for us to be honest.

“We’ve scored 11 goals in our last two games, which sets us up nicely for a massive trip to Pagham on Saturday.” Shoreham were quick out of the blocks and went ahead after ten minutes. Rob O’Toole’s fine left-footed delivery was headed home by Greenfield. Mussels had to wait until the half-hour mark before adding a second when Rob O’Toole got his first. A comprehensive showing in the opening 45 minutes was then completed as O’Toole’s diving header put Mussels 3-0 in front. Burton fired home a fourth ten minutes after the restart, before a fine curling finish saw O’Toole complete his hat-trick and hand Mussels an emphatic victory.

SHOREHAM: Heyburn; Packer, Zydonik, O’Hagan, Hartley; Denyer, J.Keehan; Greenfield, Burton, Dryer; O’Toole. Subs: Zydonik (Storrie), Goldson (Greenfield), Chadwick (Packer), Rowe-Hurst, Measor.

1. James Fernandes

2. Lewis Jenkins (45 mins)

3. Dan Gibb

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Scott Tipper

6. Alex Biggs

7. Nathan DaCosta (Capt) (65 mins)

8. Lee Mottershead

9. Harry Russell

10. Barney Boutwood

11. Asa Nicholson (80 mins)

12. Pete Butt (65 mins)

14. Archie Thorpe (80 mins)

15. Dion Jarvis (45 mins)

Attendance - 96

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - Dion Jarvis, James Fernandes

Red cards - None

Hassocks 2 Arundel 0 19/11/2016

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With just six points separating the Southern Combination League Premier Division relegation zone with 11th, Hassocks knew that defeating fellow strugglers Arundel was essential if they were to avoid being sucked too far into a battle for survival.

They had Michael Death to thank for getting the job done as his brace procured a 2-0 victory - the Robins first in the league since the start of October - securing what was according to Phil Wickwar, "a very important three points."

And those three points allowed his charges to leapfrog the visitors in a ridiculously congested bottom half of the table in which anybody can seemingly beat anybody else on the day.

Hassocks welcome back the enigmatic Jamie Hillwood into their starting line up and it was he who supplied the first goal, sending in a brilliant low cross from out on the left which was met with an equally brilliant finish by Death who swept home into the top corner.

That was the least Hassocks deserved for making arguably their brightest start to a game since those heady days of August when they were winning and scoring for fun.

James Westlake had hit the bar inside the opening couple of minutes with Liam Benson squandering a good chance from the follow up while Death had a chance minutes after opening the scoring to double the advantage, but his free kick after Westlake was bundled over clipped the wall and fell agonisingly wide.

It was the other Westlake who produced perhaps the best chance of the first half, Lewis sending in a wicked delivery that had Josh Hawkes managed to get more than the faintest of touches on with the goal at his mercy would surely have sent the Robins into the break 2-0 ahead.

Arundel had clearly been read the riot act at half time as they flew out of the blocks in the second half, Harry Russell firing wide with just James Broadbent to beat and then Broadbent producing the save of the afternoon from Barney Boutwood.

With the visitors on top in a second half that continued to ebb and flow despite the heavy rain lashing down, Hassocks threw on Nick Pitcher for the tiring Lewis Westlake and introduced Nathan Miles for Hillwood on the left.

Those changes paid dividends with 10 minutes remaining. Arundel were down to 10 men by that point, Jordan Dudas having been harshly dismissed for a foul on Lewis Westlake and the Robins took advantage of the extra space as Miles weaved his way down the left to centre for Death who was left with the easiest of headers.

Hassocks: James Broadbent; Luke Akehurst, Jordan Badger, Tom Barnes, Ashley Marsh; Josh Hawkes; James Westlake, Lewis Westlake; Jamie Hillwood; Liam Benson, Michael Death.

Subs: Nathan Miles (Hillwood), Nick Pitcher (L Westlake), Bradley Bant, Bradley Tighe (unused).

1. James Fernandes

2. Lewis Jenkins (45 mins)

3. Dan Gibbs

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Scott Tipper

6. Nathan DaCosta (Capt)

7. Ash Harper

8. Jordon Jones (45 mins)

9. Harry Russell

10. Barney Boutwood (80 mins)

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Archie Thorpe (80 mins)

14. Cian Tilley (45 mins)

15. Barry Pidgeon

16. Liam DaCosta (45 mins)

Attendance - ?

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards - Ash Harper, Barney Boutwood, Dan Gibbs

Red cards - Jordan Dudas

Arundel 0 v 3 Loxwood 18/11/2016

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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