Gargrave AFC

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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