Eastbourne Town 2 v 0 Arundel 08/10/2016

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Arundel Football Club joint manager Craig Stuart took plenty of positives - despite seeing his side suffer a third successive Southern Combination League Premier Division defeat on Saturday.

Craig Stuart felt it was a much-improved performance from their defeat at Eastbourne United last time out in the league and said: “We didn’t play badly, they just scored two great goals and that was the difference. “We had a goal disallowed and an effort come back off the bar and I think that’s just how it’s going for us at the minute. “Last season we had spells when we struggled but then we went on really good runs. “I’m sure once we pick up that one positive result, others will soon follow as well.”

​Above quote courtesy of 'The Littlehampton Gazette'



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The first half started with both sides having opportunities to take the lead, Arundel were the first to go close when on 4 minutes Harry Russell combined well with only to see his shot go wide of the post without working Greg Nessling in the Eastbourne goal. Eastbourne’s Jason Taylor than went close when firing just wide from 16 yards, and the same player on 15 minutes showed good pace to run clear of Arundel’s defence to go one on one with Arundel keeper James Fernandes before shooting wide when he really should have hit the target and forced a save.

The deadlock was finally broken on 28 minutes when the Arundel defence were very slow getting out to pressure Chris Cumming-Bart 25 yards out, which allowed him time to pick his spot and release an unstoppable shot to make the half time score 1-0

The second half was an even contest with both sides once again having good chances to score. It was Arundel’s Harry Russell that came close on 49 minutes when he found space on the far post from an Asa Nicholson corner only to see his header well saved. Barney Boutwood was then unlucky to see his goal bound shot deflect wide off of Sam Willett.

Eastbourne increased their lead on 78 minutes with another outstanding strike, this time from substitute Ethan Strevett fully 30 yards out leaving Fernandes in goal no chance of saving. Arundel showed good character and commitment and were extremely unlucky not to score when Alex Bigg’s bullet header, from a Dion Jarvis corner smashed against the crossbar. Boutwood forced Nessling into making a smart save late on but the final score stayed at 2-0.

1. James Fernandes

2. Nathan DaCosta

3. Steve Herbert

4. Lewis Jenkins

5. Ryan Peake (Capt)

6. Alex Biggs

7. Rory Biggs (57 mins)

8. Brad Lewis (85 mins)

9. Barney Boutwood

10. Harry Russell

11. Asa Nicholson (76 mins)

12. Dion Jarvis (57 mins)

14. Ash Hunter (76 mins)

15. Scott Tipper (85 mins)

16. Cameron Elder

Attendance - 160

Goal Scorers - None

Yellow Cards -  Alex Biggs

Red cards - None

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