Horsham YMCA 0 v 4 Arundel 07/03/2017

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Report courtesy of Lewis Mason 'The Littlehampton Gazette'

Returning Herbert helps Mullets past Horsham YMCA

As well as Dave Herbert’s brace, Dion Jarvis and Rory Biggs also struck as Mullets romped to a 4-0 win at Horsham YMCA.

The success leaves third-bottom Arundel in the final relegation spot only on goal difference with nine games to play.

Mullets boss Richard Towers feels Dave Herbert could be crucial for the run-in after a stint travelling.

He said: “Dave’s now back with us and showed what he can do with two goals. It was an ideal response after Saturday and keeps us within touching distance of safety.”

Dave Herbert marked his return by striking twice in the opening 40 minutes. A fine first half was capped by Dion Jarvis adding a third.

Substitute Rory Biggs missed a penalty five minutes before the end before making it four soon after. Horsham YMCA had Dean Carden dismissed for abusive language late on.


1. James Fernandes

2. Rob Lofting

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Scott Tipper

5. Alfie Bunker

6. Lloyd Walker (Capt)

7. Dion Jarvis

8. Alex Biggs (75 mins)

9. Dave Herbert (77 mins)

10. Nathan DaCosta

11. Asa Nicholson (65 mins)

12. Aaron Hooker-Meehan (77 mins)

14. Rory Biggs (65 mins)

16. Ashley Hawkes (75 mins)

Attendance - 70

Goal Scorers – Dave Herbert (2), Dion Jarvis, Rory Biggs

Yellow Cards – A.Bunker

Red Cards – N/A

Littlehampton Town 2 v 1 Arundel 05/03/2017

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Arundel goal scorer Asa Nicholson

​Report courtesy of 'The Littlehampton Gazette' 

Dan Kempson’s superb free-kick helped Littlehampton Football Club past rivals Arundel at The Sportsfield on Saturday. George Gaskin’s first half strike was cancelled out by Asa Nicholson’s effort early in the second, before Kempson got the winner with a spectacular curling free-kick as Golds sealed a crucial 2-1 Southern Combination League Premier Division success.

Adding to Arundel’s frustrations, midfielder Alex Biggs received a second booking two minutes from time leaving them with ten-men. Having started the day fourth-bottom, a point and place above rivals Mullets, Golds moved up two places to 15th now four points clear of the final relegation place. Littlehampton boss Ady Baker hailed his team for what could prove to be a crucial win come the end of the season. He said: “It was far from our best performance this season but the boys gave it everything and deserved the victory. “After being pegged back, it would have been easy for us to cave in with Arundel in the ascendancy. We regained our focus and went onto win the game. “It’s all about making sure we capitalise and really move ourselves away from danger now. “We’ve had some good wins this season, then not been able to follow them up but hopefully we can build now.” Golds goalkeeper Luke Hutchings pulled off a superb double save on the half-hour. Asa Nicholson’s free-kick was somehow kept out by Hutchings, before he clawed away the rebound. Having survived that scare, Littlehampton took the lead three minutes before the break through Gaskin. Nicholson finally got the better of Hutchings on the hour as Mullets made their pressure tell. With Arundel on top, Kempson’s stunning free-kick put Golds back ahead 20 minutes from time.

Alex Biggs was the shown a second yellow two minutes from time as Arundel ended with ten-men. Following the defeat, Mullets remain third-bottom in the standings, now three points from safety. Arundel manager Richard Towers was frustrated with his side’s showing on the day and said: “It was probably the worst we’ve played since I’ve come back to the club. “We just weren’t at it for one reason or another, but I don’t think Littlehampton done enough to win the game either. “We’ve got ten games to go and I’d say we need to win six of those to ensure safety ourselves, rather than having to rely on teams around us. “A few players just weren’t at it for whatever reason, which was frustrating as it was such a big game for the club. “We just need to make sure we bounce back.”

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/kempson-s-stunner-seals-derby-victory-for-golds-1-7852554

1. James Fernandes

2. Rob Lofting (45 mins)

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas (25 mins)

5. Alfie Bunker

6. Lloyd Walker (Capt)

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Alex Biggs

9. Scott Tipper

10. Aaron Hooker-Meehan

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Nathan DaCosta (25 mins)

14. Dion Jarvis (45 mins)

16. Jordan Peskett

Attendance - 85

Goal Scorers - Asa Nicholson

Yellow Cards - L. Jenkins, N.DaCosta, S.Tipper, A.Bunker

Red Cards - A.Biggs

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Arundel 2 v 0 Newhaven 25/02/2017

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Arundel Goal Scorers - Lewis Jenkins (Top) Asa Nicholson (Below)


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

Arundel Football Club closed the gap on Southern Combination League Premier Division safety to just a point on Saturday.

Third from bottom Mullets secured a 2-0 home victory over Newhaven courtesy of strikes from Asa Nicholson and Lewis Jenkins at Mill Road. With Worthing United the only other team in the bottom six to win, Arundel only trail place-above AFC Uckfield Town and safety by a point. Having sealed a much-needed win at rivals Pagham the week previous, Arundel boss Richard Towers was pleased to see his side back that performance up.

He said: “It was a really pleasing win. I felt we played better than we did at Pagham the week before. “It was a more convincing performance and I felt we kept the ball a whole lot better. “I’ve said all along, once we got that first win we’d go on a run of really good results. These past two matches have shown what the team is capable of, it’s important we keep this going now.”

Newhaven included former Littlehampton and Lewes forward George Landais in the starting line-up after he completed a move earlier in the week. Despite possessing such firepower up front, with Landais partnering Lee Robinson, James Fernandes had very little to do all afternoon. Mullets wasted several opportunities in a dominant opening 45 minutes, before the deadlock was finally broken 15 minutes after the restart. Lee Mottershead played a perfect pass for Asa Nicholson, he then made no mistake firing into the bottom corner.

Mullets did not have to wait long for a second with Asa Nicholson this time the provider. The front-man played in full-back Lewis Jenkins and he slotted home from a tight angle five minutes later. Jake Buss pulled off a sublime stop to keep out another Lewis Jenkins strike 20 minutes from time as Arundel looked to extend their lead. Substitute Rory Biggs also went close late on with Arundel running out 2-0 winners in the end.

Next up for Mullets is a trip to rivals Littlehampton in the league on Saturday. With Golds currently just a point and two-places above Arundel, the derby contest looks to be a thrilling one.

Richard Towers believes victory on the day will come down to the team that keeps their cool. He added: “Derby games are always massive but given where we both find ourselves in the league, it’s going to be even more crucial than usual. “I’ll just be telling my boys it’s another game and everyone must remain focused.

“Sometimes feelings can boil over in these games, especially with what is at stake in this one. “We’ve been on a decent run and we’ll just look to keep that going on Saturday. “Littlehampton have got some quality players and a decent squad. It’s going to be a really close and hard-fought game but one we’re looking forward too.”

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/arundel-edge-closer-to-safety-with-win-over-dockers-1-7841929


1. James Fernandes

2. Rob Lofting

3. Lewis Jenkins (85 mins)

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Alfie Bunker

6. Lloyd Walker (Capt)

7. Lee Mottershead

8. Alex Biggs

9. Scott Tipper

10. Aaron Hooker-Meehan (60 mins)

11. Asa Nicholson (72 mins)

12. Nathan DaCosta (85 mins)

14. Rory Biggs (60 mins)

15. Dion Jarvis (72 mins)

16. Jordan Peskett

17. Cian Tilley

Attendance - 60

Goal Scorers - Asa Nicholson, Lewis Jenkins

Yellow Cards - Rory Biggs, Rob Lofting

Red cards - None

Pagham 1 v 2 Arundel 18/02/2017

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Arundel Goal Scorers - Asa Nicholson & Harry Russell

​Report courtesy of Lewis Mason 'Littlehampton Gazette'

Towers seals first triumph since returning to Mullets

Strikes in each half from Asa Nicholson and Harry Russell helped Mullets come away with a 2-1 victory at rivals Pagham in the Southern Combination League Premier Division encounter.

Going into the clash, Towers had lost all three of his games since taking charge in December, before finally gaining a much-needed win at the fourth time of asking.

Despite the victory, Mullets remain second from bottom in the standings but they closed the gap on teams above them. Every other side in the bottom seven lost as Mullets gained some ground in their quest for Premier Division safety, leaving them two points off 17th-placed Worthing United.

With things working in Richard Towers’ teams favour, he just wants the squad to continue to focus on themselves.

He said: “It was a massive win and such a relief I’ve managed to get that first victory since returning. The lads deserve a great deal of credit and I’m so pleased the hard work they’ve put in has been rewarded.

“It was almost the perfect weekend for us with other results but we will continue to focus on ourselves. We’ve still got 36 points to play for, with survival very much in our own hands.”

Mullets took a lead into the interval as ‘Alex Biggs’ cross was turned home by Asa Nicholson three minutes before the break.

The lively derby battle then sprung into life over the course of an enthralling final 45 minutes. Harry Russell was hauled down in the area by Pagham defender Neil Murfin five minutes after the restart with a spot-kick awarded. But Lee Mottershead’s weak penalty was saved by James Binfield as it remained 1-0.

Incredibly less than two minutes later, Lions were awarded a penalty of their own as Mullets goalkeeper James Fernandes was adjudged to have brought an opposition forward down. Pagham midfielder Joe Shelley showed Mottershead how to do it, making it 1-1.

Shelley then went from hero to villain as he was shown a straight red card following a challenge on Scott Tipper 15 minutes from time.

Towers had thrown Scott Tipper on and went with three up top in the closing stages, a move that paid dividends.

With time running out, Lee Mottershead made up for his penalty miss, slotting Harry Russell clear and the forward fired past Binfield as Arundel took all three points - ending a run of six league matches without a win.

With Newhaven next up at Mill Road on Saturday and Mullets just two points off two-places above Worthing United, Towers is hopeful the Pagham win will be a catalyst.

He added: “We’ve got some difficult games coming up but we’ve shown by beating Pagham what we are capable of.

“Our focus will continue to remain on ourselves and seeing how many points we can collect in the games coming up after such a good win at Pagham.”


1. James Fernandes

2. Rob Lofting  (90 mins)

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Jordan Dudas

5. Alfie Bunker

6. Lloyd Walker (Capt)

7. Alex Biggs (83 mins)

8. Lee Mottershead

9. Harry Russell

10. Aaron Hooker-Meehan (75 mins)

11. Asa Nicholson

12. Cian Tilley (75 mins)

14. Scott Tipper (83 mins)

15. Jordan Peskett (90 mins)

Attendance - 111

Goal Scorers - Asa Nicholson, Harry Russell

Yellow Cards - Fernandes, A.Biggs

Red cards - None

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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Report Courtesy of Steve Cox (Wick FC Website) Thank you

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