Mullets lose two-goal lead in home draw

Scott Tipper was on target for Arundel on Tuesday evening

Scott Tipper was on target for Arundel on Tuesday evening

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Arundel Football Club were pegged back from two goals up and drew 2-2 with Crawley Down Gatwick on Tuesday.

Mullets took the lead in the Southern Combination League Premier Division match on 24 minutes when Rory Biggs raced on to keeper James Fernandes’ long ball forward and slotted home.

Scott Tipper’s penalty, after a foul on Craig Rennie, made it 2-0 on 35 minutes but the visitors got a goal back on the stroke of half-time through Oliver Leslie.

Lee Thomas levelled with a 18-yard strike into the top corner on 58 minutes, before he was sent off for violent conduct with 15 minutes to go.

Despite the man advantage, Arundel were unable to create any clear chances as the visitors stood firm.

Mullets joint boss Barry Pidgeon said: “It was disappointing not to win after being 2-0 up but Crawley Down are a good side and defended well when they went down to ten men.”

Arundel travel to Loxwood in the FA Cup preliminary round on Saturday.

ARUNDEL: Fernandes; Jenkins, Peake, Dudas, N.Da Costa; R.Biggs, A.Biggs, Jarvis, Nicholson; Rennie, Tipper. Subs: L.Da Costa (Jenkins 50), Boutwood (Rennie 60), Jones (R.Biggs 80), Teeder, Gibb.

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