Gargrave AFC

Sam Watson – Under Twenty three winner of the Ben Nevis race

September 10, 2008

Congratulations to one of our players, mid-fielder Sam Watson who has just returned from taking part in the prestigious Ben Nevis fell race. There were 600 runners in the race which included an entry of 25 European runners. The athletes had to run up and down Britains highest mountain ( 4406 feet ). Sam, running in the colours of the Wharfedale Harriers won the under twenty three`s  trophy – a marvellous achievement.

He was not the only runner taking part from our club, but the older guy wasn`t quite as quick!

Fixture for 20th September

September 10, 2008

Fixture for 20th September:

Craven and District Football League

Gargrave FC Reserves  Vs  Cowling FC

Referee: R.Halley. Kick Off 2.00.p.m

Fixtures for Saturday 20th September

September 10, 2008

Fixtures for Saturday 20th September:

Craven FA – Craven Challenge Cup – First Round

Ingleton FC  Vs  Gargrave FC

Referee: R.Akrigg.  Kick Off 2.00.p.m.

Cononley 2 – 3 Gargrave

September 10, 2008

By Bevan Bolland

Goals from Gargrave’s on-form frontmen Ben Brown and Christian Moon ensured Gargrave stretched their winning streak to three games.

The win also owed a lot, yet again, to the performances of their midfield trio, amongst whom, Sam Watson produced a man of the match display, as he deputised for the absent Liam Jameson.

The heavy pitch contributed to the majority of the first half being contested tenaciously in the midfield. Chances had been few and far between until Watson emerged from midfield with the ball before sliding a delicate through ball perfectly into the path of Ben Brown who expertly converted his first chance of the match.

Gargrave held their 1-0 lead as the half time whistle sounded, although how it wasn’t level only Cononley’s number 10 knows, heading a golden opportunity from 6-yards high over the bar.

The second half, rather unexpectedly, blossomed into an exciting spectacle.

Gargrave dominated the early exchanges of the second period, and deservedly scored a second goal. Moon nodding the ball over the line after a wicked deflection on Wilkin’s shot had left the Cononley goalkeeper stranded.

Cononley were there for the taking, but despite their control of the game, Gargrave failed to create further opportunities.

Against the run of play, Cononley snatched a goal back as Gargrave’s defence failed to deal with a seemingly harmless lofted ball into the area, and their number 15 stroked the ball into the net.

This goal renewed their vigour band work ethic, and for the first time in the game Gargrave looked vulnerable. An equalizer arrived. A Cononley corner was only partially cleared, landing at the feet of Cononley’s number 7, who turned his man, before curling a low drive from the edge of the area, into the bottom left corner. 2-2.

Level pegging was arguably a little unbefitting of Gargrave’s display thus far, but as the match wore on it was Cononley who looked the most likely to score a third. Dan Thompson had to execute a crucial last-ditch tackle, and goalkeeper Burns acrobatically tipped the ball over the bar, as Cononley pushed for a third goal.

This Gargrave team is full of character though, and despite having their lead erased, the players found enough in them to get themselves ahead once again. Ben Brown scored his second of the game, and eighth of the season when another through ball, this time from Hurst, evaded the Cononley’s backline allowing Brown to slide the ball into the net in a similar fashion to his first.

Brown’s second goal was just reward for his tireless display at the focal point of Gargrave’s attack. Whilst at times looking a little isolated up front, he had converted both the chances that had his fallen his way up to this point in the game.

The impetus had been sapped from Cononley’s game with that goal, and Gargrave had opportunities to wrap the game up, but Brown, surprisingly, spurned a chance for his hat trick, before, first Hurst, and then substitute Matty Brown went close. It lead to a tense final few minutes, but Gargrave held on for the 3-2 victory.

Gargrave vs WFC Clitheroe – game off

September 6, 2008

Todays game ( Saturday 6th September) vs WFC Clitheroe has unfortunately had to be called off due to a waterlogged pitch. 

The next scheduled games are on Tuesday 9th September, first team away at Cononley and on Wednesday  10th September a home game for the Reserves versus Settle.

Reserves game off-Wednesday 3rd September

September 3, 2008

The Reserves game due to have been played this evening ( WEDNESDAY 3RD SEPT ) against Earby Town at Sough Park has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Reserves next game is at home on Wednesday 10th September vs Settle where it would be good to reverse the score from their last meeting, but a 1-0 win would be just as acceptable!

The first team will be at home this Saturday ( 6th Sept ) when they will play WFC Clitheroe.

Gargrave 4 – 2 Pendle Athletic

September 2, 2008

By Bevan Bolland

Gargrave produced another 4-2 win tonight against a battling Pendle side as their season begins to pick up pace.

The first half was a tightly contested affair with plenty of full-blooded challenges flying in. Ben Brown opened the scoring by slotting home after being put clean through.

Pendle’s midfield got to grips with the game though after that and an equaliser was on the cards. It duly arrived when a ball from the halfway line cut Gargrave’s static backline wide open, and the Pendle striker knocked it past Wilson and into the bottom corner. Pendle’s confidence grew and began asking more questions of the Gargrave defence.

Pendle had a golden opportunity after Kendall mistimed a tackle in the area but the resulting penalty was blazed over.

Honours were even at half-time, and Gargrave needed to increase the tempo if they were going to notch their second consecutive win of the season.

Manager Luke Boatwright had ordered a “bigger effort” in the second half and the players didn’t disappoint. A more fluid Gargrave side emerged playing slick short passes and making better use of the ball. The midfield trio of Jameson, Hurst and Orme stamped their authority on the game and dominated the second half. The wide-men, Moon and Wilkin, found themselves in a lot more space as the Pendle defence began to drop off. The defence also tightened up, limiting Pendle to very few opportunities.

It didn’t take long for Gargrave to retake the lead. A corner from the right was met powerfully by Hurst’s head, and Moon guided it into the net from a couple of yards.

A third goal soon followed, neat interplay between Moon and Wilkin in the inside-right channel released Wilkin, who found Brown in the area, Brown sidestepped his marker before drilling a low shot into the bottom left hand corner. In truth the Pendle goalkeeper should have done better with it though.

Gargrave’s fourth arrived just past the hour mark. Ben Brown’s ambitious overhead kick somehow found its way into the net, Moon swears he got a touch to it, but the decision as to whose goal it really is will have to left to the Craven League’s dubious goals panel to decide once they have seen the video replay.

The foot was taken of the pedal slightly after Gargrave had extended their lead to three goals, but the Pendle keeper was still tested by a header from Hurst and shots from Wilkin and Jameson.

Pendle grabbed a superb consolation with only 10 minutes to go, when Wilson who had produced a marvellous save from a similar shot earlier on the game, was beaten by a 20-yard strike which flew into the top right-hand corner from Pendle’s number 7.

There was still time for Gargrave to almost score a fifth. Substitutes Matty Brown and Tom Varey linked up well, leading to Brown’s shot from the edge of the area being tipped around the post.

All in all, it was a solid performance from Gargrave, and the players should go into the next match, against WFC Clitheroe on Saturday, full of confidence.

First Round Draw – Craven FA Cup competitions.

September 1, 2008

Craven Challenge Cup – First Round Draw

To be played on Saturday 20th September. Kick Off 2.p.m

Ingleton  Vs  Gargrave

Referee: R.Akrigg. Executive Representative: D.Town

Norman Pratt Trophy  Preliminary Round Draw

Bye : Gargrave Reserves

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