Chichester City’s good run came to an abrupt halt when they were comfortably beaten 3-1 away to an impressive Arundel side in the Sussex League division one.
City seemed to be on top in the opening exchanges but two goals in a matter of minutes for the Mullets knocked the stuffing out of the side midway through the first half.
In the last few minutes when Luke Kilner struck a sweet half-volley from the edge of the area into the back of the net.
The result left Chichester tenth with just a visit to Horsham YMCA to come.
Chichester started welland were almost rewarded early on but Joe Gromett hit a one-on-one straight at the keeper.
City gave the Mullets another scare when midfielder Luke Kilner had a penalty claim but play was waved on.
Arundel, against the run of play, found themselves in front when Josh Biggs latched on to a ball over the top and sent goalie Anthony Ender the wrong way.
Arundel doubled their advantage momentslater as a ball out wide was crossed in low and Rory Biggs struck it past Ender.
City again started well in the second half and almost got on the scoresheet with a goalmouth scramble following a corner, which somehow ended up in the goalkeeper’s arms.
Frazer Smith tested the Arundel keeper when he jinked inside from the right and hit a left-foot shot, but the goalie barely had to move.
City’s misses proved costly as Arundel caught them cold with a through-ball splitting the defence and sub Luke Richards slotting the ball into the bottom-left corner with great aplomb.
Arundel invited pressure from City and Kilner netted five minutes from time with an exquisite half-volley from the edge of the area after a cross was headed clear.
Chichester City joint managers Neil Sherlock and Sean Forry were disappointed. Sherlock said: “The lads just didn’t turn up. It’s annoying as we’ve had a good run recently but players are now looking to the end of the season and it’s difficult to motivate them.”