Gargrave AFC

Skipton Town 2 – 5 Gargrave AFC

October 13, 2008

Gargrave produced a solid display to gain their first win in three league games. With three of the regular first team players absconding for a drunken scramble up a alrge hill which can be viewed on the internet (I’m not bitter about them all going at all) Al Tudhope was recalled to the starting eleven despite only rating himself as 60-70% fit to play. Simon Boatwright was also called up to warm the bench, also he provided tips on the best way to use a sunbed and why sideburns are not an essential tool – his metrosexual comments were enlightening if not a little disturbing. Most agreed that it won’t belong until Simon is to be seen on the big screen – Supermarket Sweep is looking for a new host.

Anyway back to the game…..

Gargrave started off with guile and self-belief but lacking any composure and when the Town striker broke past the ostrich-like Dan Thompson and fired the ball home the omens did not look good. However, this early goal seemed to spark Gargrave into action – it was a catalyst if you will. On the twenty minute mark, Christian Moon was set free and whilst the keeper proved to be a match for Moon’s shot, the four defenders on the line were not a match for Ben Brown’s fierce rebound. Brown got his second moments later, jinking passed two defenders with consumate ease and slotting the ball into the corner of the net.

Gargrave still did not look defensively settled, however, and were it not for Stewart Wilson’s excellence between the sticks, Skipton could have been in a very commanding position. Three successive sensual saves (maybe not the best description but syllabance works for emphasis!) made sure that Skipton did not get an equaliser. In fact, it was Gargrave who added to their goal tally before the break, Ben Brown skimming the ball into the corner of the net from 18 yards.

Half time team talk was simple – tighten up defensively and keep going forward as we had been doing.


Skipton came out the sharper of the two sides and an error meant that the Skitpon player had time to pick his corner, Wilson was left with no chance. Yet, once again this proved to stoke the fires smouldering within the bellies of the Gargrave side. Each player upped their game and a superb piece of interchange found Ben Brown, who’s irresistible form continued, when he dinked the ball over the oncoming goalkeeper. Gargrave were in the ascendancy, some of the football was superb….it was total and indeed beautiful football. Simon Boatwright’s introduction added a perma-tan to the proceedings but it did not affect the quality, if anything it improved it. It was in fact Simon Boatwright – moments after two fresh-air shots - who found Ben Brown for Brown’s fifth, a delightful shot which found the bottom left corner of the net.

This sealed the points, although Nick Kendall beleived there was still much to play for….30 seconds from the end earning himself a yellow card for what I think can be labelled an over-zealous challenge. The fact that he got the ball is unquestionable – his intent…..retribution???


A good performance….more of the same needed


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