Mullets mullered at Wick
Dan Simmonds grabbed a hat-trick as Wick mullered the ten-man Mullets on their return from lockdown at Crabtree Park.
The Dragons have now taken ten points from the last 12 available to rocket up the table and were already in command when Arundel lost John Phillips to a straight red card before the interval.
‘It was a superb effort from us and Dan was at his ruthless best to take his tally for the season into double figures,’ said Wick joint manager Lee Baldwin.
Jake Hawker headed the opener before Connor Bull tucked away the rebound after Simmonds had a penalty saved.
The former Pagham striker then netted either side of the break after also hitting a post before Rob Hitchings, added from Chichester City on dual deal, capped an eye-catching debut with a well-taken finish.
Ben Gray produced two quality strikes and Shane Brazil netted with a clever chip for the visitors.
‘It’s always fantastic when your leading scorer helps himself to goals but it is even better when the rest of the team weighs in as well,’ Baldwin added.
‘Now we’ll take a lot of confidence into another big test at Midhurst on Saturday.’
Elsewhere as the Southern Combination fixture list resumed on Tuesday night, Lancing moved up to seventh in the premier division with a 4-1 home win over East Preston. Steyning slipped to 13th when they lost by the same scoreline at Pagham.
Littlehampton went top of division one on goal difference thanks to a 4-0 win at Selsey. Wick beat Arundel 6-3. Shoreham beat Storrington 6-1 and Worthing United defeated Mile Oak 2-1.
Highlights locally this weekend include the FA Vase tie between Lancing and Worthing United at Culver Road. Watch out for full coverage next week.