Manager Jamie Mellor has written a match report of Arun Church FC’s recent league game on Saturday 16th December:
LODSWORTH 0 – 3 ARUN CHURCH FC
Another Saturday and another lovely setting for a football game. Cold and crisp, the pitch was set across a pretty severe slope. We wanted to be playing uphill first half and surrendered the kick off to allow this.
Lodsworth belied their lowly league position and showed danger on the break, almost breaking through on a couple of occasions. But we began to ease ourselves into the game and dictate the style of play.
Toby Neal characteristically goes in for a tough challenge and takes a couple of studs to the knee. OUCH. Blood begins pouring and a hobbling Toby is replaced by the dependable Joe Kennedy. Joe disrupts Lodsworth’s rhythm well with a number of blocks and tackles.
And then – with half time drawing close – Arun strike.
With neat play and an interchange on the left saw Mikey Vickery-Brown with his back to goal, and Rob Rixon well-placed to receive it. The ball is laid off and Rob drops his shoulder, allowing himself space for a shot. It’s a great one, spinning into the bottom right hand corner beyond the keeper. 1-0.
Lodsworth were no doubt aware their best chance of getting something from the game relied on them scoring whilst shooting downhill. Sam Archer began to judge the slope very well and swept up a number of Lodsworth’s punts, nullifying their threat.
In the second half Arun’s defence grew into the game admirably, Ben Ansell a towering vocal presence at the back, Steven Hart putting in a solid, high-energy shift on the left and James Rixon on the right.
Ben Young began to enjoy more freedom, twisting and turning through Lodsworth’s defence, and tired Lodsworth legs made mistakes. The captain spied a loose ball in penalty box and made a burst for the ball. He was caught and taken down. Penalty.
Mikey fired a firm penalty high into the net. 2-0.
Dan Ambrose grew in confidence throughout the game and was pulling strings in the final 30 minutes in a tenacious box-to-box display – crunching into tackles and orchestrating moves around him.
He played the ball inside and spotted space out on the right. Dan made the move, called for the pass and received it, playing the ball across the box where it caused havoc for tired Lodsworth legs.
Eventually it fell to Mikey Vickery-Brown, whose shot found its way to the back of the net via the post and a defender. At time of writing the Dubious Goals Panel are investigating who the goal is to be given to. 3-0.
The game ended without any further incident and the Church Boys could be very satisfied with a job well done.
MotM: Tom Langlois for a near faultless performance in central defence.
Arun take a break until 6th January. Thanks so much to everyone who has helped make our first season an incredibly enjoyable one so far. We sit 4th in a league of 9, with a smallish but genuine chance of promotion still in reach.