Brace proud of Shoreham after away defeat

Action from Mussels' match with Pagham on Saturday
Action from Mussels' match with Pagham on Saturday

Shoreham Football Club caretaker boss Matt Brace was proud of his side after a 4-2 defeat at Arundel on Tuesday evening.

Mussels were put to the sword early on with strikes from Max Thoms, Asa Nicholson, Scott Tipper and Dave Herbert as Arundel opened up a four goal lead just past the hour mark in the Southern Combination League Premier Division encounter.

However, two wonder efforts from Joe Patching gave Shoreham some hope with ten minutes left.

Jack Edge then fired a penalty wide for Mussels with time running out as they left themselves with too much to do.

Brace felt the spirit his side showed in the final 20 minutes was something they can take pride from: “It wasn’t our best performance but, for a bunch of young lads thrown together, they just do not stop going.

“The attitude they have shown in previous games and in this one tonight has been exceptional.

“If the penalty goes in, you never know, we may have completed an unlikely comeback.

“A few defensive errors saw us go 4-0 behind, but full credit to the players they kept going and so nearly came back to take something from the game.”

Thoms fired Mullets in front on 24 minutes. After collect-ing Dan Teeder’s pass, a neat first touch gave him room and he fired low into the bottom corner with his second.

The home side had a second ten minutes before the interval with Herbert’s knock-down finding Nicholson, who crashed home a half-volley.

Arundel looked to have all three points secured when Tipper made it 3-0 on 52 minutes. A neat move saw Herbert find Dion Jarvis and his crisp cross left Tipper with the easiest of tap-ins.

Herbert got the fourth from the penalty spot, after Edge tripped Thoms, on 65 minutes.

Mussels were handed a lifeline with 18 minutes to go with Patching’s 25-yard strike finding the top corner.

They had a second three minutes later when Patching fired home a low shot.

Arundel were all at sea and when Rory Biggs fouled Harry Heath, Shoreham had a chance to grab a third with ten minutes left. However, Edge smashed wide from the spot as the home side held on for a third straight league success.

SHOREHAM: Hutchins; Edge, Skett, Pritchard, Kennard, Patching; Edwards, Malkham, West; Heath, Darby. Subs: Phillips (West), Harman (Darby).

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