Our condolences to Jo & Martin Watson and family as Jo’s grandad, Arthur Sargent, died this week. Arthur and his wife Gwen played active roles in the early days of Arun Church. He was an Elder on the leadership team, with David Thatcher and John Smale, in the late seventies and early eighties when we were called Rustington Christian Fellowship.
Laurie Mellor has written a match report of Arun Church FC’s first league game in WSFL Division 5 South:
FELPHAM COLTS RESERVES 1 – ARUN CHURCH FC 4
Saturday 9th September
Arun Church FC’s first ever league game resulted in a convincing win, despite trailing one nil down earlier on.
The first 30 minutes, played at a slowish pace, saw both sides sizing each other up. We created chances, with goal-scorer Ben Young ever-present as an attacking midfield force.
There was a good mazy run and shot from Joel Tucker, and this showed Arun the potentially weak middle of the opposition. Some of the finishing was a tad naïve, but this will improve as the season progresses. Arun took a little while to settle on the ball, with some passes being rushed, and possession given away without that much pressure.
After a sluggish first 10 minutes that saw them concede a scrappy own goal, Arun had the lion’s share of possession in the second half, with chances coming thick and fast. Goalie Joel Passmore made some very good saves and Ricardo Agrela scored two, his second the result of a superb move down the left. The Agrela brothers (Ricardo and Jose) had an attacking, swashbuckling style and their relentless energy down the left flank caused the opposition a lot of trouble towards the end of the match!
Most of the players lasted the 90 minutes and overall work rate was good, although one or two need to be busier and not wait for the ball to come to them! Fitness is improving little by little, and whilst Arun saw a couple of players succumb to cramp towards the end, the squad was utilised to good effect. The difference in squad size began to tell and Mikey Vickery-Brown completed the rout towards the end with a decent finish from an angle.
This was a fantastic result in our first ever competitive match, very promising for the long season ahead. You can follow the team’s league progress by googling West Sussex Football League Division 5 South.