Gargrave AFC

Northern Plant game-postponed.

September 26, 2008

Unfortunately tomorrows game ( Saturday 27th Sept ) vs Grassington Utd has been cancelled.

The first round tie in the Northern Plant Trophy competition was due to have taken place at Gargrave. Grassington Utd were unable to raise a side so the game has had to be cancelled.

Luke has arranged a training session at the ground for all players commencing at 1.p.m. A representative from a personal accident insurance company will be in attendance to discuss the policies the company has to offer.

Next weeks fixtures: Premier Division. Gargrave AFC  Vs  Skipton LMS

                                  Division One. Embsay FC  Vs  Gargrave AFC Reserves.

Ingleton 2 – 4 Gargrave

September 25, 2008

Gargrave produced a wonderful display at Ingleton in the 1st round of the Craven Cup to gain an unexpected win against a North Craven side who are renowned cup fighters.

Chris Bibby took advantage of some slack defending to give the home side an early lead. The visitors remained composed and played some good football with the midfield of Oliver Hurst and Sam Watson proving strong throughout the game. Gargrave were soon level when Christian Moon produced a good finish following good approach play. The same player put his side into the lead with a goal from an acute angle.

As expected Ingleton came out in the second half pressuring the visitors and levelling matters through the hard-working Paul Bruce.

However Gargrave weathered the storm and always looked dangerous on the break and it came as no surprise when Joel Timmins outran the home defence to put Gargrave back in front. Their afternoon was completed when sub Paul Wilkin sealed the win with a goal in the final minutes.

Ingleton gave a sub-standard display by their own high standards but they could not take anything away from the winners and the game was complete with match official 66-year-old Raymond Akrigg of Hornby giving a near faultless display.

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 5 Cowling FC

September 22, 2008

Gargrave Reserves were hosts to the Division One leaders, Cowling on Saturday.

It was soon evident that Cowling were a strong footballing unit but Gargrave were not phased and they were the first to break the defences when Tom Vareys shot rattled the bar. However ten minutes into the game the visitors power shot gave stand in keeper Andrew Foulds little chance. Some awesome tackling from man of the match Chris Manger kept further attempts on goal blocked.

 A one goal deficit at the break still saw Gargrave in with a chance but Cowling came out in the second half with a must win/clean sheet mentality. A break away goal which outpaced the defence was soon followed by a third from a goal mouth scramble. Gargraves endeavours seemed to have accounted for little and motivation began to fade as a fourth goal came from a defensive error. The fifth and final goal of the game was the result of a penalty.

Again always some positives to work on, with sterling performances from the lively Matty Simpson, Jamie Cartman and promising new player Jamie Rotherham.

No Division One game next week ( Saturday 27th Sept ).

Cup Draws:

September 17, 2008

Northern Plant Hire Trophy First Round Draw:

Saturday 27th September. Please note this is an early kick off 1.30.p.m.

Gargrave AFC Vs Grassington Utd.

Premier Division League Cup – Date to be arranged.

WFC Clitheroe  Vs  Gargrave AFC

Division One League Cup – Date to be arranged.

Embsay  Vs  Gargrave AFC Reserves.

Fixtures for 27th Sept and 4th Oct

September 17, 2008

Saturday 27th September

No Game

Saturday 4th October

Embsay FC  Vs  Gargrave AFC Reserves

Referee: T.Venn

Fixtures for 27th Sept and 4th Oct

September 17, 2008

Saturday 27th September

Northern Plant Hire Trophy. Early Kick Off 1.30.p.m

Gargrave AFC  Vs  Grassington Utd

Referee: Alan Robinson.

Saturday October 4th

Gargrave AFC  Vs  Skipton LMS                                

 Referee: N.McEvoy.

Gargrave 0 – 4 Grassington Utd

September 16, 2008

Simple errors from Gargrave allowed Grassington to walk away with all three points and a flattering scoreline on Saturday.

There was little to choose between the two sides as the game progressed with entertaining end to end action. A cross from Ben Brown to the head of Paul Wilkin saw Gargrave come close in the early stages but it was to be a header from last seasons premiership top scorer Grassingtons Adam Steventon which opened the scoring. A long low shot then took them into a 2-0 lead at the break.

There were harsh words from manager Luke Boatwright in the interval as he tried to spur his side on knowing they were capable of a win. However two more howlers allowed the visitors a comfortable 4-0 lead.

A disappointing result for Gargrave who of late have played some good passing football. The squad can only learn from their mistakes, pick up their pace at the back, learn to quicken their speed of thought and interpretate the game in a more focused and determined way. Despite the unflattering scoreline which was not a true reflection of the game there were some good solid performances. Man of the match was midfielder Richard Orme who was well supported by both Sam Watson and Oliver Hurst.

The squad probably face their toughest challenge of the season on Saturday when they travel to North Craven to play Ingleton in the first round of the Craven FA Challenge Cup.

Saturday 11th September – Reserves game cancelled.

September 12, 2008

Unfortunately we have had to call our Reserve team game off on Saturday ( 11th Sept ). It was due to take place at Marley playing fields, Keighley against Bingley Town ( formerly Keighley FC ). The cancellation was forced due to player unavailability, holidays, work commitments and cricket duties.

We thank Bingley Town and referee Andy Greenwood for their understanding of the situation and apologise for any inconvenience it has caused them.

Normal service resumed next week!

Gargrave FC Reserves 2 – 2 Settle Utd

September 11, 2008

Gargrave Reserves took Settle by surprise in  their return game on Wednesday 10th September. The first encounter a few weeks ago was a harsh lesson for Gargrave who had just begun to form their squad and Settle celebrated with an 11-0 win.

The early pressure came from the hosts and United soon realised this was no easy ride.However the latter scored the first goal of the game through a close range header. Tom Varey came close just before half time  skilfully trapping  the ball, but his shot went just wide. Young Mattie Simpson, maturing by the game and playing some great football was rewarded with his first goal of the season to level. Richard Scott denied Settle the lead when he headed off the line. Good passing moves allowed debutant Jamie Cartman to notch up his first of the season. There was end to end action as both teams battled hard in the rapidly fading light. Richad Scott shot just wide of goal while at the other end keeper Adam Hudson made an excellent save at feet. Settle did level through a penalty but were given a big surprise from a more resolute and settled side than they encountered in their first match.

Sam Watson-Ben Nevis fell race victory.

September 10, 2008

Congratulations to one of our players, mid fielder Sam Watson who has just returned from the prestigious Ben Nevis Fell Race  which was held on Saturday 6th September.

Sam was competing with 600 other athletes including 25 European competitors to run up and down Britains highest mountain ( 4406 feet ). He was running in the colours of the Wharfedale Harriers and won the trophy for the first under twenty three runner – a brilliant achievement.

We also had another club member running but the older guy wasn`t quite as fast!

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