Gargrave AFC

Gargrave 6 – 1 Bentham

November 17, 2008

The league games made way for the Craven Challenge Cup this week with Gargrave playing hosts to Bentham at the Eagles Nest memorial ground. Bentham arrived in a mini-bus, whilst Ben Brown arrived in a car.

The game got underway, and both teams seemed to be coping well with the heavy playing conditions which weren’t helped by Gargrave’s micro-climate, consisting of 90% rain, and 7% drizzle. (3% of weather remains unaccounted for)

Gargrave however started to impose themselves on the visitors, and it wasn’t long before they took a deserved lead. Some good build up play from the Wilkin brothers (like the Neville brothers but a little more auburn) lead to confusion in the Bentham box, the ball finally dropping to Christian Moon who finished with all of the coolness and composure of Gargrave’s top scorer and substitute for the day Ben Brown.

Moon soon scored what could only be described as his 2nd goal of the game shortly after. Faced with only the goalkeeper and a selection of defenders to beat, Moon coolly slotted home to give Gargrave a 2 goal cushion. After the goal, Moon pointed over to someone in the stand and mouthed “That was for you”, we later found out it was Ben Brown.

To their credit, Bentham refused to lie down and began to fight back but they found Gargrave goalkeeper Adam Hudson on top form. Gargrave looked like going into half time with the 2 – 0 lead, but Bentham managed to sneak a goal back after a shot took a double deflection and left the Gargrave keeper with no chance. Ben Brown threw his water bottle down in disgust.

Despite getting “impress” mixed up with “impose” Eg:

“You need to impress yourselves on the game”

Manager Boatwright’s half time team talk seemed to do the trick, as Gargrave came out like the proverbial house on fire, and it wasn’t long before they restored their 2 goal lead with Joel Timmins breaking through the Bentham defense and slotted the ball home past the onrushing keeper, Ben Brown “luved it when Joel scored that goal, luved it.”

The best goal of the game was still to come, and it can from left winger Paul “It would be unfair to mention anything bad about his tan again” Wilkin. Some great build up play from St Nicholas Kendall and Christian Moon allowed Wilkin to rifle home into the roof of the net, in what can only be described as a Ben Brown like finish.

Gargrave continued to look threatening everytime they went forward and added 2 more goals through substitute Ben Brown and Paul Wilkin.

Both teams played out the final 10 minutes without incident, although Ben Brown did make some good runs but he was unable to add to the Gargrave total, despite his best efforts. Gargrave ended the game as deserved winners and will go on to play Barnoldswick in the next round of the Craven Cup, scheduled to be played on the 20th December.

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