Gargrave AFC

Happy Christmas

December 22, 2008

A Happy Christmas from all at Gargrave football club.

Fixtures re-commence on Saturday 3rd January.

Barnoldswick Town Res 4 – 1 Gargrave

December 22, 2008

Despite the previous days torrential rain, the Craven Cup tie between Barnoldswick Town and Gargrave went ahead as planned, thanks to some rapid sand spreading by the Silentnight Stadium grounds man.

Unfortunately for Gargrave, a number of their players had anything but a silent night the previous evening as “Builders Friday” claimed some noticeable victims. To get around this yearly problem, Gargrave’s builders contingent planned to turn “Builders Friday” into “Builders Wednesday”, unfortunately, being builders, they turned up 3 days late. (Insert “ba doom tish” sound effect here)

One player might have wished he had used the “Builders Friday” excuse, as manager Boatwright let slip that “Rocket Man” Oliver “Candle In The Wind” Hurst “Are You Ready For Love” Hurst “The Bitch Is Back” Hurst “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” Hurst “Daniel” Hurst “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” Hurst “I’m Still Standing” Hurst had missed the game due to an Elton John concert.

And with almost 2 paragraphs of excuses written down, you can probably tell that the game didn’t go very well for the Dragon’s.

Barnoldswick kicked off and dominated immediately, having a number of shots on goal, luckily for Gargrave the Barnoldswick strikers had bananas stuffed into their boots, causing the long shots to go way off target.

Gargrave then went a goal behind in unfortunate circumstances as Barnoldswick scored directly from a corner that looped in at the back post, just evading the alice band of Gargrave’s Matthew Brown on the back post.

The initial Barnoldswick onslaught had left the out of shape Gargrave defence for want of a better word – knackered, and a through ball past Dan Thompson’s (I’m a man, I can take criticism) tired right leg allowed the 8ft 2″ Barnoldswick striker to round the keeper and slot home into an empty net to make it 2 – 0.

To Gargrave’s credit they didn’t let their heads drop and created a couple of chances of their own, the most notable being a free kick on the edge of the area, that Ben Brown managed to hit over the Barnoldswick club house behind the goal, which must surely signal that it’s time for a certain defender to take free kicks from now on. (Me, not Wilkin)

The teams went in at half time with the score remaining 2 – 0 to Barnoldswick. Manager Boatwright wasn’t disheartened however as he had seen his team come back from bigger deficits in the past. His rowsing team talk seemed to have an effect on midfielder Sam Watson who started to steam like a horse.

Unfortunately it didn’t have the same effect on the rest of the Gargrave team as Barnoldswick scored 2 more goals at the beginning of the 2nd half, leaving manager Boatwright scratching his head and checking his portable Football Manager 2009 tips n’ tricks book for guidance.

The book told him to substitute left back James Wilkin and bring on Gargrave legend Simon Boatwright. This seemed to add more balance to the team and Gargrave scored a consolation goal through the cultured right foot of Paul Wilkin.

In truth the scoreline could have been a lot more flattering to Barnoldswick if they had taken their chances, but some bad shooting and heroic goal keeping from Adam Hudson kept the score at a somewhat respectable 4 – 1 to the hosts.

But the game will always be overshadowed by the fact that Oliver Hurst missed a game to go to an Elton John concert.

First fixtures of 2009

December 18, 2008

Saturday 3rd January. Kick Off 2.p.m.

Gargrave AFC Reserves  Vs  Oakworth FC

Referee: T.Davey.

Saturday 10th January. Kick Off 2.p.m.

AFC Padiham  Vs  Gargrave AFC Reserves

Referee: M.Mercer.

First fixtures of 2009

December 18, 2008

Saturday 3rd January. Kick Off 2.p.m

Waddington FC  Vs  Gargrave AFC

Referee: D.Helliwell.

Saturday 10th January. Kick Off 2.p.m.

Gargrave AFC  Vs  Skipton Town FC

Referee: A.Bentham.

Craven FA Cup – Saturday 20th December.

December 18, 2008

The first team will be in action on Saturday 20th December when they visit Barnoldswick Town in the quarter finals of The Craven and District Football Association Smart & Cook inc Slater Marchant Craven Challenge Cup. Please note the early kick off time of 1.30.p.m

All support most welcome.

The Reserve squad have a free day with no scheduled league game. Their opponents in the quarter finals of the Craven FA Norman Pratt Cup have yet to be decided with the match between Rimington Reserves and Grassington Reserves yet to be played.

Saturday 13th Dec- Premiership Cup Game Off & Division One

December 12, 2008

The Premiership cup tie between WFC Clitheroe and Gargrave AFC due to be played on Saturday 13th December has been called off.

The council pitches at Clitheroe were deemed unfit on Thursday lunchtime due to the heavy frosts. Mick Holgate, the Clitheroe secretary and first team manager kindly offered to switch the venue if the Gargrave pitch was playable. However despite a slight thaw, the Skipton road pitch remained covered in snow and a pitch inspection on Friday lunchtime confirmed there was no chance of the game going ahead as the attached pictures show. The playing surface was covered with both ice and snow with frost underneath.

  The Division One cup tie at Embsay was called off on Saturday morning due to the pitch being under water after a thaw and heavy overnight rain.  Embsay tried to relocate the game to the all weather pitch at Sandylands but to no avail as the pitch was fully booked. Sam Ashby,  Gargrave Reserves assistant manager checked the condition of the Gargrave pitch but that too was under water. So game off.

Saturday 13th December – Early Kick Off

December 10, 2008

Both squads should be involved in league cup games on Saturday, weather permitting.

The first team travel to WFC Clitheroe in the Premiership Cup whilst the Reserve Squad travel to Embsay in the Division One Cup.

Both games have an early Kick Off time of 1.30.p.m.

Saturday 6th December – Games Off.

December 5, 2008

Padiham Vs Gargrave Reserves – Game postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Gargrave Vs Oxenhope – Game postponed due to snow and ice.

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