Gargrave AFC

Rolls Royce 2 – 1 Gargrave AFC Reserves

November 10, 2008

Gargrave Reserves knew they had a tough challenge ahead of them when they faced the League leaders, Rolls Royce on Saturday.

Player un-availability and injury forced manager, Jimmy McLachlan out of retirement and into defence. He was well supported by Geoff Rotherham and Kristian Hodgson who were outstanding. The versatile Hodgson was awarded the man of the match award for his endeavours.

The non arrival of the official referee saw Rolls Royce provide a stand in through Robin Chapman. Gargrave worked hard throughout the game with the fitness and commitment of Richard Scott, Jonathan Chapman and Matthew Simpson paying a premium as always. Rolls took a 2-0 lead but Gargrave pulled one back minutes from time after some good passing play found former Gargrave junior player Neil Banks un-marked and ready to notch up his first of the season.

Gargrave were unlucky not to come away with a share of the points but on the day it was a creditable result against some top class opponents. Manager McLachlan was upbeat and pleased with his teams performance and looks forward to the return game when hopefully a full strength squad will be available.

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Oxenhope 0 – 6 Gargrave

November 9, 2008

The Dragon’s ventured through the middle of Keighley on a busy Saturday afternoon and eventually made it to the Oxenhope sports ground for a mid-table Premier division encounter.

Captain Liam Jameson performed with great spirit and determination by winning the toss and choosing to change ends, allowing Gargrave to play the first half going up the famous slope of doom.

The game started very evenly with Gargrave defending well against a competitive Oxenhope team, managing to restrict them to very few shots on goal.

Gargrave always looked threatening up front with the pace of lone striker Ben Brown, and wing men Jamie Cartman and Paul Wilkin. It was the pace of Brown that brought Gargrave the 1st goal, he broke through the Oxenhope back line and shot past the keeper, with the ball trickling into the net Jamie Cartman was on hand to make sure from close range.

The 2nd goal came shortly after, and it came from an unusual source. The ball dropped in the area and at the 2nd attempt, Wilsden resident and Oxenhope local Richard Orme volleyed home an unstoppable shot with his cultured left foot. The celebrations almost surpassed the goal, with Orme running away pointing to a group of houses on the horizon and shouting “THAT’S MY HOUSE THAT IS”.

Gargrave took the 2 – 0 lead into half time and were pleased to have kept Oxenhope off the score sheet in the 1st half, with Gargrave now playing down the slope they knew more goals were possible.

They got off too a nervy start however, with Oxenhope winning around 17 corners in the opening 5 minutes of the 2nd half. Gargrave again defended well, and managed to score a 3rd through prolific striker Benjamin Brown.

In scoring the goal, Ben Brown proved once again that he is infact made out of glass, after a collision with the keeper meant he couldn’t continue, which meant substitute Kevin Newhouse had around 30 minutes to make his mark on the game.

And make his mark he did with an un-stoppable shot from the edge of the area, giving the keeper no chance and bringing Gargrave’s tally for the game to 4.

Gargrave weren’t finished, and a 5th goal was soon added by the orange skinned Paul Wilkin who calmly placed his shot into the bottom corner of the Oxenhope net.

The away side looked like scoring every time they went forward, but there was only one more goal to come, and again, it was from the substitute Kevin Newhouse. A trademark burst into the box by Newhouse was followed by a rash tackle from an Oxenhope defender, referee Mr W Naylor had no hesitation in blowing his loud whistle and pointing to the penalty spot.

Newhouse immediately grabbed the ball and placed it on the spot. He wasn’t going to let anyone else have the penalty and the rest of his team soon found out why. He powered home the penality, and ran away jubilant in his celebrations, dedicating both of his goals to the new US president in waiting, Barack Obama.

Gargrave’s man of the match was the tireless midfielder Sam “Ginger Peril” Watson, and a special mention to little Al Tudhope, who ran his little socks off, up and down that not so little slope.

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Fixture for Saturday 22nd November

November 7, 2008

Bradley FC   Vs   Gargrave AFC Reserves

Referee: G.Hoggarth

Kick Off 2.p.m.

Fixture for Saturday 22nd November

November 7, 2008

Gargrave  AFC   Vs   WFC Clitheroe

Referee: A.Bentham

Kick Off 2.p.m

Seen as though everybody keeps reading this…..they must have nothing else to do!

November 7, 2008

At the beginning of the season I wrote on this website, as per usual, stating my opinions on what I expected and what I thought of the opposition. After a mixed bag of results, I haven’t changed my mind in any way shape or form, I refuse to change my mind. What I have discovered is that on our day Gargrave AFC is a force to be reckoned with….you don;t beat Ingleton 4-2 at their spot if you’re a bad side. However, when we are not on it, we can lose to anybody….no matter how poor quality they are and how much it is apparent they are a one man team. This upsets me, largely because bragging rights can be lost by inept performances! However, from the responses we’ve had over the last few weeks I am confident we can cause some significant waves within the Premier Division and continue to cause some Cup upsets. Technically, we are a newly promoted team, yet we have so far equipped ourselves well…..bring on the rest of the season and more drunken people telling me to apologise for my comments! (that’s just not going to happen…..if you don’t want to get upset then don’t read the website…it’s not rocket science!!!)

Your adoring first team manager,

Lukey B

The Marmite of the Craven League

Earby 2 – 5 Gargrave Res

November 3, 2008

3 points were up for grabs as Gargrave made the short trip to local rivals Earby. Manager Jimmy Mc showed the team his intentions in the changing room, promising he wasn’t scared to make 3 substitutions at half time if they were needed.

This seemed to relight Gargrave’s fire as they took the lead early on in the first half with a well placed shot from Liam Jameson, there was a hint of “own goal” surrounding the strike, but manager Mc thought that giving Jameson the goal would do wonders for team morale.

Gargrave continued to have chances, but Matthew Simpson soon found out that it only takes a minute to concede a penalty, fowling an Earby player in the box. Stand in goalkeeper Dan Thompson made a valiant attempt at saving the penalty, making a sprawling dive to the bottom left corner, unfortunately the Earby player cooly slotted the ball in the bottom right, bringing the scores level.

Gargrave again took the lead after some good play from Richard “Two Forenames” Scott, Scott played the ball across the area allowing Jamie Cartman to tap the ball into the net.

To their credit, the home side refused to let Gargrave shine and managed to bring the game level yet again when an Earby player broke free of the Gargrave defence and fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the Gargrave goal, bringing the game level going into half time.

Strong words were issued at half time by Jimmy, reminding Gargrave that they needed to up their performance if they were to get anything from the game.

Gargrave showed plenty of patience early on in the second half, but they managed to retake the lead when Jamie Cartman broke free of the Earby defence to score his second goal of the game.

He soon had the chance to grab his hat trick when a rash challenge by an Earby defender resulted in a Gargrave penalty. Lee Barrett, now back for good with Gargrave after a long career spanning various clubs, walked forward to take the penalty. However manager Jimmy McLachlan had made a number of promises to his players at the start of the season, one being that if a player was on 2 goals, they should be allowed to take a penalty to convert the 2 goals into a hat trick, so Jamie Cartman eventually slotted home the penalty to make the score 4 – 2 to Gargrave.

Earby continued to press for a 3rd goal but the Gargrave defence stood firm. Gargrave added a fifth goal in stoppage time when a looping cross from everyones favourite asthmatic; Si Boatwright was headed into the net by 6ft 7″ striker Tom Varey.

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