Arundel 4 v 2 Littlehampton Town 06/09/2016


Report courtesy of 'The Littlehampton Gazette' Many thanks 

Rampant Mullets record derby victory over Littlehampton Town 

Arundel Football Club clinched their first Southern Combination League Premier Division victory of the season on Tuesday evening. Strikes from Ryan Peake, Dave Herbert, Harry Russell and a Gary Peters own-goal helped them to an emphatic 4-2 victory over local rivals Littlehampton at Mill Road. Mullets joint boss Barry Pidgeon admitted gaining their first league victory was a major relief. He said: “It’s always nice to win a derby and beat Littlehampton. “In the first half I thought we were unplayable, especially in that first 30 minutes. “Harry Russell and Dave Herbert up top were brilliant. I was really impressed, considering we’ve had a couple of difficult results in the past few weeks. “I think this win will give us a world of confidence moving forward now. “A few individual errors are costing us in terms of goals conceded at the minute but that is not too difficult to sort out. We’ve conceded a couple of sloppy goals in this one but other than that we were solid and it’s something to build from.”

Arundel got off to a flying start and were three up inside 20 minutes. Golds goalkeeper Luke Hutchings failed to collect a corner, with the loose ball falling to Ryan Peake to volley home after five minutes. Dave Herbert then doubled his side’s lead a minute later with an exquisite free-kick. A whirlwind opening was complete as Peters put through his own net on 19 minutes. Dion Jarvis’s pinpoint pass sent Harry Russell racing away, Hutchings dealt with his effort but Peters found his own goal on the rebound. Chris Darwin handed Golds a lifeline on 26 minutes: after taking Ben Gray’s pass under control, his swivel and shot nestled in the bottom corner. Harry Russell looked to have wrapped things up for Mullets 11 minutes after the break. Asa Nicholson did well to keep the ball in before his looping cutback was volleyed home by the young forward. A nervy final 20 minutes followed as Golds substitute Jack Cole’s chipped ball sent Gray clear and he powered home but Arundel held on for their first three points of the season.

Littlehampton manager Ady Baker felt a sloppy first 20 minutes cost his team and said: “You can’t afford to start how we did and expect to get back in the game. Those first 20 minutes weren’t good enough and cost us.”

The Mullets welcome Combined Counties Premier Division side Westfield Fc for a FA Vase first-round qualifying encounter on Saturday at Mill Road 3pm Kick Off.

Read more at including photo’s:

1. James Fernandes

2. Pete Butt

3. Steve Herbert

4. Lewis Jenkins

5. Ryan Peake (Capt)

6. Alex Biggs

7. Nathan DaCosta

8. Dion Jarvis

9. Harry Russell (70 mins)

10. Dave Herbert

11. Asa Nicholson (85 mins)

12. Scott Tipper (70 mins)

14. Dan Teeder

15. Cameron Elder

16. Jordan Jones (85 mins)

Attendance - 73

Goal Scorers - Ryan Peake, Dave Herbert, OG, Harry Russell

Yellow Cards - Harry Russell, Alex Biggs

Red cards - None

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