Hailsham Town 3 v 2 Arundel 23/09/2017


Rob Lofting netted one of the Arundel goals in their defeat

Report courtesy of LEWIS MASON 'Littlehampton Gazette. Thank you 

Newly-appointed Arundel Football Club assistant manager Simon Hull oversaw a defeat in his first game since joining from rivals Wick. With Mullets boss Richard Towers currently away on holiday, Hull took charge alongside Scott Tipper as Arundel suffered a 3-2 extra-time Sussex Senior Cup first-round loss at division-lower Hailsham Town on Saturday.

Robert Lofting and Hayden Briggs twice gave Arundel the lead but on both occasions the home side came back. Danny Leach then got the winner 11 minutes in to extra-time as Mullets slumped to a seventh consecutive defeat.

Rob Lofting fired Mullets ahead in their Senior Cup tie at Hailsham after 26 minutes but Kris Drake levelled less than a minute later. Hayden Briggs bagged his first goal for Arundel on the hour to put his side back in front. Mullets looked on course for just a second win of the season, only to concede deep in to stoppage-time. A wayward strike deflected off Liam Griffin and beat Lewis Broughton in Arundel’s goal. Leach then fired Hailsham ahead for the first time 11 minutes in to extra-time as they pulled off a shock win.

Arundel assistant Hull came away pleased with certain aspects following his first game at the club. He said: “We had chances to go 3-1 ahead, which kills the game and sees us through. Nerves started to kick in as the match wore on and we started to drop deeper. “I thought the team were going to hold on and go on to reach the next round. The way things are going at the moment, a shot that appears to be going well wide deflects off Liam (Griffin) and goes in. “They then went on and won the game in extra-time, it’s a tough task ahead here but I’ve got every confidence things will start to turn around.”

Read more at: http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/arundel-appoint-hull-as-new-number-two-1-8166625

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1. Lewis Boughton

2. Luke Heffron

3. Lewis Jenkins

4. Elliott Dollner

5. Liam Griffin

6. Rob Lofting

7. Josh Biggs (Capt)

8. Alex Biggs

9. Dougie Costen (56 mins)

10. Dion Jarvis

11. Hayden Briggs (80 mins)

12. Charlie Townsend (56 mins)
14. Josh Bradley (80 mins

Attendance - tbc

Goal Scorers - R. Lofting, H. Briggs

Yellow Cards - J.Biggs, A.Biggs, L.Griffin, E.Dollner

Red cards - None

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