ARUNDEL Football Club’s battle against the drop in County League Division 1 took a blow on Saturday as they went down 3-1 to Redhill at Mill Road.
The Mullets went behind to a first-half penalty from Andy Atkin, before conceding twice late on as they fell to only their second defeat in eight league matches.
Arundel boss Brett Torode said: “It was a disappointing result and a disappointing day. But I can’t fault the effort or commitment of the players. They gave everything they had and that’s the important thing.
“Until we conceded the penalty we were very much in the game and it was a sloppy way to go behind. It was a silly one to give away, to be honest, and it made it hard for us.
“All we need now is to get three or four more victories under our belt and I think we will be okay. The lads put everything into this one and I know they will continue to do so for the remainder of the season. They’re top lads and always give me everything.
“As long as we can cut out the individual errors then we will be fine because, at the moment, that’s what is costing us.
“We were fortunate that the results of the teams near us in the league went for us, so it’s pretty much as you were in the table. “
Atkin put Redhill ahead with a spot-kick early in the first half after a foul by David Walker inside the box.
Gary Norgate twice had efforts cleared off the line as Arundel searched for an equaliser, but Redhill doubled their advantage midway through the second half through centre-back Jonathan Trotter.
Arundel keeper James Fernandes did well to keep the score respectable but could do nothing to stop Jon Difford adding a third for the away side 10 minutes from time.
Norgate netted an injury-time consolation for Mullets, but defeat leaves them 15th in the table and five points clear of the relegation zone.