Mullets’ performance pleases boss Butler

Barney Boutwood celebrates his strike against Hailsham on Saturday
Barney Boutwood celebrates his strike against Hailsham on Saturday

ARUNDEL Football Club returned to winning ways in County League Division 1 with victory at home to Hailsham on Saturday.

Mullets fell to a disappointing 3-1 defeat at Ringmer last time out but returned to winning ways with goals from Barney Boutwood and Alex Biggs.

Arundel boss Simon Butler said that Saturday’s performance was the exact response he wanted after a poor showing at Ringmer.

He said: “That was the exact response I wanted to see from the squad, following a really poor performance in our last game.

“We dominated from start to finish and, to be honest, the scoreline flattered them.

“The amount of chances that we created was really pleasing for me to see as manager.

“My only criticism of the players is that we need to convert more of the opportunities that we are getting.

“However, their goalkeeper had a fantastic game and a number of efforts were cleared off the line, so, sometimes, you get those days.

“It would have been easy for the boys to let the wasted chances get to them. But they didn’t and continued to push on and, in the end, we got our just rewards.”

The Mullets started the brighter of the sides and should have been two goals ahead inside 15 minutes.

Scott Tipper and Boutwood both saw efforts blocked on the line as it remained scoreless.

Arundel continued to go in search of an opener and went close again when Max Thoms had a shot saved.

The home side’s dominance was rewarded on the stroke of half-time, though, when Jordan Clark slipped in Boutwood, who netted.

Hailsham were given an ideal opportunity to get themselves back in the game on 58 minutes when Arundel keeper James Fernandes tripped Jamie Salvidge and the visitors were awarded a penalty. Salvidge stepped up and dispatched the spot-kick to level the scores.

The Mullets responded well and should have gone ahead just two minutes later. Clark crossed for Ryan Peake but he headed over from close range.

Arundel did go back ahead 15 minutes from time when Clark crossed for Biggs to head home.

Mullets travel to Eastbourne United on Saturday and then entertain St Francis Rangers on Tuesday.

ARUNDEL: Fernandes; N.Da Costa, Peake, Bibb, Hunter; Thoms, Clark, Biggs, Jenkins; Tipper, Boutwood. Subs: Gardner, Russell, Grove.