Gargrave AFC

First Team Squad v Grindleton (h) 28/2/2009

February 26, 2009

Goalkeeper -

Stewart Wilson

Defenders -

Alexander Tudhope

Dan Thompson

Lee Barrett

James Wilkin

Kristian Hodgson

Midfielders -

Oliver Hurst

Liam Jameson

Sam Watson

Richard Orme

Attackers -

Joel Timmins

Ben Brown

Paul Wilkin

Christian Moon

 

There may need to be changes due to injuries or such like but this is my fourteen as of now…..

 

Your adoring First Team Manager,

Lukey B

The Marmite of the Craven League

Long Lee 1 – 1 Gargrave

February 24, 2009

It was the battle of the Craven Leagues top clubs as top of the table Long Lee juniors played host to 2nd placed Gargrave at the Marley recreational sports centre.

A strong wind was blowing across the pitch which would prove to hamper both teams, but as the game started it was Gargrave who looked the most likely to take the lead with top scorer Ben Brown missing some chances that on other days would surely have found the back on the net.

Long Lee also did their best to break the deadlock, but they found the re-shuffled Gargrave defence difficult to penetrate, with Kristian Hodgson and Matthew Brennand both making claims for a regular starting place.

The first half came to a close with very little to choose between the 2 teams. Christian Moon did his bit at half time by dishing out water bottles for his team mates, whilst also showing his slight OCD tendencies by making sure there was never an uneven number of water bottles in the bottle holder. (If he see’s any items grouped unevenly he has to tap his left ear 3 times and his right ear 4 times to cancel it out)

The 2nd half then got underway, but the water bottles must have been put back unevenly as Long Lee started to get the upper hand, forcing a number of corners and free kicks, which eventually lead to a well taken goal making in 1 – 0 to the hosts.

Gargrave continued to fight back, but they thought lady luck might not have been on their side when midfielder Oliver Hurst fell to the ground with what seemed like a serious injury. Luckily the injury was not as serious as first thought, when it was revealed the problem was caused by right back Al Tudhope using Hurt’s mentula as a rope, causing a slight hyper-extension. Hurst was able to run the injury off and was soon back in the thick of the action.

With around 10 minutes to go, it looked like Gargraves chances of bringing the game level had gone. But a goal mouth scramble allowed the returning Joel “Less than 50% of my sandwiches contain salmonella” Timmins to back heel the ball into the net to bring the game level.

Gargrave could then have snatched a late winner when Oliver Hurst found himself 1 on 1 with the keeper but he pulled his shot wide.

The game finished 1 – 1, with both teams pleased not to have lost the game.

Norman Pratt Trophy Quarter Final Result:

February 23, 2009

Gargrave AFC Reserves  3  -  4  Rimington AFC Reserves

Gargrave Reserves knew they were in for a tough game when they were drawn against the holders of the Craven FA Norman Pratt Trophy, Rimington Reserves. However as past winners of the trophy back in 2005 and also in 2006 this on paper was going to be a close encounter.

Rimington Reserves were a well disciplined and organised side and this was to pay them dividends almost from the off when a good  move split the Gargrave defence and their keeper Stewart Wilson was given little chance. Gargrave began to put in some better moves and Matthew Simpson was given a chance on goal but his shot went over. The  keeper was kept on his toes as Rimington attacked,Wilson saved,Rimington hit the woodwork, defender Aidie Eyles blocked a shot off the goal line but finally Rimington shot from close range to take a 2-0 lead. Midfielder Simon Boatwrights long range pin point free kick found the head of Tom Varey but the resulting header was just inches wide.Nick Manger making a welcome return to the club after a long lay off was working hard up front and this paid off as he brought Gargrave back into the game with a close range shot. 2-1 at the break.

Gargrave returned after the break knowing now that there was little to choose between the two sides. Tom Varey continued to push hard on goal and some well worked moves saw his shot go just wide of target. Rimington hit the bar at the other end of play. The visitors were awarded a penalty which was well saved by the keeper but disappointingly the resulting rebound created a third goal for Rimington. Gargrave continued to push for another opening making Rimington work hard. An exquisite  free kick was taken by Richard Scott which instilled the confidence back into the Gargrave game as soon as it stroked the side of the net . The game was back on! The final whistle was fast approaching as Gargrave were awarded another free kick, Scotty had to be the choice to take it,with shouts of ” the same again” that is just what he did! – another exquisite shot- Scotty the Hero. However as they say all good things come to an end and with Gargrave thoughts on extra time and only a couple of minutes of play left, Rimington strove to the other end of play and scored the winning goal. A disappointing end for Gargrave but a decent game of football with two fabulous goals from Scotty and a debut goal for the returning Nick Manger.

First team v Long Lee (a) 21/2/2009

February 21, 2009

Goalkeeper -

Adam Hudson

Defenders -

Alexander Tudhope

Matthew Brennand

Dan Thompson

Kristian Hodgson

Midfielders -

Liam Jameson

Oliver Hurst

Sam Watson

Attackers -

Chrstian Moon

Ben Brown

Joel Timmins

Matthew Brown

Paul Wilkin

Your adoring First Team Manager,

Lukey B

The Marmite of the Craven League

Norman Pratt Trophy – KICK OFF 2.P.M.

February 17, 2009

Saturday 21st February – Norman Pratt Quarter Final – Gargrave Reserves  Vs  Rimington Reserves

PLEASE NOTE THE KICK OFF IS  2P.M, not 1.30 as first indicated ( sorry  my mistake ).

Weather claims the League Cup games.

February 17, 2009

The minutes have been received from the Craven League Management Committee meeting held on the 12th February. The committee have decided that because there is such a backlog of league games due to cancellations resulting from the bad weather conditions that all League Cup competitions will be cancelled this season. The remaining League games will be played out on Saturdays and evening fixtures.

This decision will not affect the Northern Plant Hire Trophy nor any of the Craven FA Cups ( Craven cup,Morrison Cup,Norman Pratt Trophy).

Fixtures for Saturday 28th February to March 14th

February 17, 2009

Saturday 28th February.

No Game scheduled.

Saturday 7th March. Kick Off 2.p.m.

Trawden Celtic FC  Vs  Gargrave AFC Reserves

Referee: M.Wojtas

Saturday 14th March

Gargrave AFC Reserves  Vs  Embsay FC

Referee: T.Venn

Fixtures for 21st February to 14th March

February 17, 2009

Saturday 21st February. Kick Off 2.p.m.

Long Lee Juniors  Vs  Gargrave FC

Referee: M.Wojtas

Saturday 28th February. Kick Off 2.p.m.

Gargrave FC  Vs  Grindleton FC

Referee: M.Wojtas

Saturday 7th March. Kick Off 2.p.m.

Gargrave FC  Vs  Cononley Sports FC

Referee: A.Bentham

Saturday 14th March. Kick Off 2.p.m.

Grassington United  Vs  Gargrave FC

Referee: D.Fryer

Clitheroe 1 – 2 Gargrave

February 16, 2009

Gargrave made the trip to Clitheroe knowing there would be a lot of obstacles to overcome if they wanted to keep there unbeaten streak alive.

The first of these obstacles was the pay and display car park that has claimed many a Gargrave victim in the past. Luckily 2 hours WAS enough time to get changed, play a game of football, get changed again and make it back to the car without getting a ticket.

With the tricky 1st obstacle overcome, Gargrave ventured into the rustic changing rooms to get ready for the not so local Clitheroe derby. It was here we learnt that Kristian Hodgson purchased not only some flowers, and not only some baloons – he actually had them delivered to his girlfriend in a van, possibly a ford transit van, valentines day is alive and kicking in the Gargrave squad.

After the shock of hearing this news, Gargrave were forced to confront an unexpected obstacle that arrived in the form of Clitheroe council.

Craven Herald letter writers get your pens primed, because we know where all the grit has gone!

Big patches of sandy grit (not cockney rhyming slang) were found on the playing surface, and the referee deemed this unsafe and ordered a change of pitch. The nets were taken down and quickly put up on an adjoining pitch that contained slightly fewer patches of sandy grit, the game then finally got underway.

In truth watching the nets been moved from pitch to pitch was probably more exciting to watch than the actual game. Both teams found the surface tough to play on, and neither were able to string any meaningful moves together.

Gargrave eventually took the lead when a long free kick was….booted forward by centre back Lee Barrett, Clitheroe failed to clear the ball and it fell to the feet of Gargrave captain Liam Jameson who slotted the ball home from close range.

Clitheroe managed to create a couple of good chances before half time but were denied by some good saves from Gargrave keeper Stewart Wilson.

Manager Boatwright said some words at half time, but they were mostly forgettable.

The 2nd half began as the 1st left off, with both teams unable to create any clear cut chances.

It remained this way until around 20 minutes from the end, when a Clitheroe corner was headed in at the far post, despite James Wilkin standing directly on the post. From some angles it looked like the ball actually went through his head.

The score didn’t stay level for long however, as Gargrave went up the other end of the pitch and a snap cross/shot from Ben Brown somehow managed to find it’s way past the Clitheroe keeper and into the net, leaving Clitheroe somewhat despondent.

The most exciting moment of the game was still to come though, with Oliver Hurst and a Clitheroe player both seeing red after their valentines day scuffle – apparently Oliver had sent the Clitheroe player a box of Quality Street when he had specifically asked for a box of Celebrations.

Gargrave AFC Reserves 0 – 2 AFC Padiham

February 16, 2009

Gargrave were slow to settle on the heavy pitch and were punished when Padiham scored just minutes into the game. The visitors had the advantage of a run of corner balls but could not convert further. Jonathan Chapman went close at the other end of play when his shot hit the bar. Padiham missed a golden opportunity to score followed by a shot which went just wide and then they were denied by a fine block from man of the match defender Aidie Eyles. Gargrave began to settle though were still guilty of playing balls in haste, more composed moves did create some chances and Tom Varey came close but his shot went over the bar as half time loomed.

Padiham went close early in the second half of play when their shot hit the bar. Gargrave rallied and pushed for goal but again it was a case of more haste less speed. Keeper Adam Hudson made a great save at feet, the return shot hit the bar and a follow up was well saved again. Padiham scored their second goal minutes from the full time whistle taking the result beyond Gargraves reach.

Defender Geoff Rotherham had a solid composed game at the back playing some of the best football on the pitch.

Gargrave Reserves look forward to their quarter final match in the Craven FA Norman Pratt Trophy competition on Saturday 21st February vs Rimington Reserves to be played at Gargrave. KICK OFF 2.P.M

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