Gargrave AFC

Team to face WFC Clitheroe (a)

February 12, 2009

Goalkeeper -

Stewart Wilson

Defenders

Alexander Tudhope

Dan Thompson

Lee Barrett

James Wilkin

Kristian Hodgson

Midfielders -

Sam Watson

Oliver Hurst

Liam Jameson

Attackers –

Joel Timmins

Ben Brown

Paul Wilkin

Christian Moon (if fit)

Only 13 players so far…..more may be necessarily added due to injuries and need for cover in certain areas….

Your adoring Manager,

Lukey B

The Marmite of the Craven League

Saturday 7th February – Game Off

February 7, 2009

Saturday 7th February – Gargrave AFC  Vs  Grindleton FC – Game called off due to a  frozen pitch.

First Team Squad to face Grindleton FC (h)

February 5, 2009

Goalkeepers -

Stewart Wilson

Defenders -

Alexander Tudhope

Dan Thompson

Lee Barrett (if fit)

James Wilkin

Midfielders -

Sam Watson

Oliver Hurst

Liam Jameson

Simon Boatwright

Attackers -

Joel Timmins

Ben Brown

Chrstian Moon

Paul Wilkin

Only 13 chosen so far but with no second team game I will be calling up some more people. Aslo to note – Joelly and Lee are struggling for fitness so they may need to be replaced

Your adoring First Team Manager,

Lukey B

The Marmite of the Craven League

Waddington 1 – 3 Gargrave

February 2, 2009

It was a game of two pitches, rather than a game of two halves as Gargrave traveled (some further than others MOON) to Waddington for this Craven League encounter.

Gargrave started the game defending in the “beach” half of the pitch, the quicksand traps set out by Waddington seemed to be working as the opening encounters were very even with Waddigton try to take advantage of the conditions.

It was Gargrave that took the lead though when Paul Wilkin took the ball away from goal, and whilst it looked like the chance had gone, he managed to square the ball to Ben “The Bachelor” Brown who calmly slotted home from close range to give Gargrave the lead.

This seemed to settle Gargrave down, but Waddington came back and caught Gargrave on the break leaving the defence outnumbered, this allowed the Waddington winner to run down the pitch unchallenged and he made no mistake firing his shot past the Gargrave keeper Stewart Wilson from a tight angle.

Gargrave continued to fight and were almost rewarded when a stray turtle shell took down Christian Moon on the edge of the box, and Richard Orme’s resulting free kick would have sailed into the top corner if it wasn’t for the acrobatics of the Waddington keeper.

He could do nothing about Gargraves second goal however, and it came courtesy of the worlds angriest person, Oliver Hirst. Hirst picked the ball up in midfield and ran at the Waddington defence, unleashing a fierce shot that clipped the underside of the cross bar before settling in the back on the net to make it 2 – 1 to the visitors.

The score remained the same at the half time interval, where manager Boatwright continued to wear his glasses, despite some libelous claims about then from a section of the Gargrave squad.

The second half began where the first left off, but this time Gargrave were playing down into the quicksand. Despite this the game remained level, and Waddington looked like they could perhaps come back into the game as Gargrave squandered a lot of good chances, but they eventually increased their lead thanks to a confident finish from top scorer Ben Brown.

The rest of the game was played out with neither side troubling the score sheet and it finished 3 – 1 to Gargrave.

Gargrave AFC Reserves 3 – 2 Rolls Royce FC

February 1, 2009

Gargrave got off to a dream start when a Mattie Simpson free kick found the back of the net on the two minute mark. However any fluency in play was then halted by the cruel wind and arctic bite, much of the ball play was in the air with little passing to feet from either side. An easy flick through from Rolls found an un-marked player who slotted the ball past the keeper to level the scores. The return of Chris Manger and a change of position for Richard Scott from left wing to centre back added strength to the Gargrave defence who kept the scoreline at 1-1 as the half time whistle blew.

A soft goal early on in the second half gave Rolls a 2-1 lead. Gargrave began to have spells of playing better football and a searching long range  cross came close from Mattie Simpson. Tom Varey made no mistake with a well controlled lob, there was a touch from the keeper but not enough to keep the ball out of the net, levelling the scores again. Both sides worked hard to create the winning goal and it was an on form Simpson who weaved his way through the Rolls defence, a touch to Sam Ashby who in turn flicked the ball back to Simpson who placed the ball neatly on target. Rolls responded with attacks on goal but keeper Adam Hudson put in some heroic saves to maintain the hosts lead and earn himself the man of the match award. Gargrave had a couple more attempts on goal but were content with a 3-2 win over the top of the table,not the best performance from them but nevertheless  a valuable three points gained.

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