Craig Stuart quotes courtesy of 'The Littlehampton Gazette'
Stuart hails Mullets’ perfect response
Arundel Football Club manager Craig Stuart was proud of his players following a perfect response on Saturday
Heading into the contest, Arundel were on a run of four consecutive league losses but Stuart was pleased to see more solidity from his team.
He said: “We were so much better in this game and I was proud of the performance. This was so much better from our last game against Chichester City and we looked solid.
“Myself, Barry Pidgeon and Scott Tipper had a chat and a regroup to see what was going wrong.
“After a discussion, we reverted to a 4-2-3-1 shape and this performance showed that worked.
“We probably had the better of the chances and could well have taken all three points.”
Arundel secured a deserved first point in 5 leagues outings with a much improved and more solid defensive performance against Horsham YMCA.
Arundel early on showed there intent to compete all over the pitch to get back to winning ways, and on 6 minutes after a bright start were rewarded when Asa Nicholson calmly fired home from 18 yards when Horsham’s Charlie Cooke was found wanting when he stopped to appeal for a foul that never was.
On 15 minutes Cooke tried to make up for his earlier mistake, but saw his effort from a corner well saved by Arundel’s keeper Stuart McDonald. The next chance of note came from Horsham’s Sam Schaaf when he shot just over from inside the 18 yard box when he really should have worked McDonald. On 28 minute Horsham benefited from a slice of luck, when an Arundel's Jordan Dudas's defensive clearance ricocheted off of two players before falling perfectly at the feet of Max Howell who made no mistake firing home the equaliser.
The second half was an even encounter with both sides nullifying each other in the midfield, however, Dion Jarvis saw a good effort on 60 minutes saved well by Mark Fox in the Horsham goal. Its was then Horsham’s Phil Johnson that came close to scoring when heading just over from a corner after being put under pressure from Stuart McDonald. Arundel defender Jordan Dudas then made a superb block to keep out Max Howell with Stuart McDonald beaten in the Arundel goal. It was Jordan Dudas again that was in the thick of the action on 74 minutes when he really should have headed Arundel into the lead, when he found himself unmarked 4 yards out from a Nicholson corner, but could only head straight at Mark Fox in the Horsham goal.
1. Stuart McDonald
2. Lewis Jenkins
3. Ash Hunter
4. Jordan Dudas
5. Ryan Peake (Capt)
6. Dion Jarvis (85 mins)
7. Nathan DaCosta
8. Alex Biggs
9. Harry Russell
10. Rory Biggs
11. Asa Nicholson
12. Steve Herbert (85 mins)
14. Scott Tipper
15. Cameron Elder
16. Archie Thorpe
Attendance - 54
Goal Scorers - Asa Nicholson
Yellow Cards - Nathan DaCosta, Ryan Peake
Red cards - None