April 30, 2009
Please can all outstanding subs and fines be paid as soon as possible.
There are three outstanding fines of £8.00 each and one of £9.00. Players names and the dates the fines were first imposed are on the noticeboard in the home changing room.
Thanks, one of the fines was paid last night ( 30th April ), two sendings off last night will probably equate to £35.00 each.Please pay these as soon as I confirm the amounts as I pay them personally the money does not come out of club funds.
P.S There are a few training tops, t-shirts,sweat shirts etc which have been left in the kit bags or the changing rooms over the season. They will be available to collect from the changing rooms on Thursday 7th May at the final of the NPH Trophy.
April 26, 2009
Gargrave secured a convincing 5 – 0 win against Grindleton to cement their position as runners up in the Premier division of the craven league.
Gargrave arrived to the Grindleton playing field ground at around 1pm, the game was due to start at 2.
Unfortunately, nerves were getting the better of everyone with so much at stake, and the kick off was delayed by the Gargrave keepers reluctance to kick off whilst a pile of excrement lay on his goal line. Luckily Liam Jameson instructed Stuart Wilson to look for a spade in the Grindleton tool shed, but Stuart Wilson couldn’t hear him and stood looking at the faeces, Matthew Brennand then went to the tool shed and found a spade with a triangular head and gave it to Stuart Wilson. Stuart Wilson then dug a hole around the waste and removed it from the field of play. It was a shit start to the game.
The pitch was hard, the weather hot, the ball round. And this seemed to suit Gargrave, who dominated the early stages with Richard Orme pulling the strings in the middle of the park. The deadlock was soon broken as Christian Moon latched on to a cross field ball, pulled the ball down onto his chest and fired in an unstoppable volley with his left boot. He dedicated his goal to “all those kids out there that have dreams, this is for you – never stop dreaming”
A second goal was soon added by the returning Oliver Hurst as he rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home into an empty net. He didn’t dedicate the goal to anyone.
Gargrave were on top and always looked threatening, but Grindleton did muster a few chances on the counter attack. The best coming when a through ball almost found it’s way to the 34 year old Grindleton winger but he collided with the Gargrave keeper in what the referee called a “bloody lovely 50/50 challenge, it puts a smile on my face”.
Half time arrived, and this gave the Gargrave team chance to take on some much needed water.
As manager Boatwright pointed out “2 – 0 is a very dangerous scoreline, you think you are in control but you could end up losing 5 – 2, so don’t throw it away”.
Ben Brown listened to his managers wise words and got on the score sheet twice to take Gargraves lead to 4. The final goal was added by Paul Wilkin with an unstoppable volley that flew like a North Korean missile into the top corner of the Grindleton net to bring an end to the scoring.
After the game Gargrave were presented with runners up trophies, and Peter Brennand took some team photos with a silver digital camera (LCD screen, no flash).
April 26, 2009
Congratulations to the First team who secured the runners up position in the Premiership after a resounding 5-0 win at Grindleton on Saturday. They were presented with their awards by the Craven League chairman, Mr.Gerry Aldersley.
The squad now face Embsay in the semi final of The Northern Plant Hire Trophy on Thursday 30th April at Gargrave. Kick off 6.30.p.m.
April 14, 2009
Skipton LMS 0 – 0 Gargrave AFC
Gargrave and Skipton LMS met again on Tuesday evening for their second encounter in four days. Both clubs are at the top end of the Premiership table and all three points would have been welcome to aid them in their quest for the runners up position. However it was a point a piece as the final whistle blew which was a fair result as there was little to choose between the two sides. Gargrave tried to penetrate the LMS defence but it was the final ball which let them down each time. LMS were gifted a chance through a goal keeping error but Ian Craven somehow failed to convert. Gargrave throught they had a winner through Ben Brown only to be ruled offside.
Man of the match Sam Watson had a strong game in midfield and the defensive quartet of Al Tudhope, Dan Thompson, Lee Barrett and James Wilkin dealt admirably with the LMS attack.
The Gargrave squad can now have a well earned rest as they have a free day on Saturday. They play their final league game of the season on Saturday 25th April away at Grindleton and then they face Embsay on Thursday 30th April at home in the semi final of the Northern Plant Hire Trophy.
April 14, 2009
April 14, 2009
Tuesday 14th April. Kick Off 6.30.p.m.
Skipton LMS Vs Gargrave AFC
Saturday 18th April – NO GAME
Saturday 25th April. Kick Off 2.p.m.
Grindleton FC Vs Gargrave AFC
Thursday 30th April. Kick Off 6.30.p.m
Northern Plant Hire Semi Final.
Gargrave AFC vs Embsay FC
Referee: To be arranged.
April 14, 2009
Congratulations to the squad for their win over LMS on Saturday in the Northern Plant Hire Quarter Final. 2-1 (aet). Scorers, Ben Brown and Geoff Rotherham.
The semi final draw has taken place and Gargrave will play hosts to Embsay on Thursday the 30th April.
Two more games remain before then in the Premier Division :
Tuesday 14th April. LMS Vs Gargrave. Referee – N.McEvoy
Saturday 25th April. Grindleton Vs Gargrave . Referee – M.Doyle
April 12, 2009
This was the Reserves last league game of the season and initially it looked like it would be the hardest. The Craven Leagues new ruling which deems a player ineligible to play in the Reserve Squad if they have played in six or more games for their first team combined with some last minute cry offs meant the squad facing Bingley Town comprised of just ten men. Bingley Town needed a win to keep them out of relegation and so keeper Adam Hudson was warned he could be in for a busy day! Manager Jimmy McLachlan joined the defence alongside rugby player/fell runner Matthew Hurst with the experienced defender Aidie Eyles acting as their mentor.
The opening moves of the game were scrappy with neither side looking particularly settled though Hudson looked confident in goal despite his earlier warnings. Mattie Simpson came close but it was a close range power shot from Bingley which opened the scoring. Was this the opening of the floodgates?
Gargrave pushed forwards and Jonathan Chapman almost levelled, Simpson played through to Richard Scott but the whistle was blown for offside. Lone ranger Simpson had goal in sight when he faced a one on one with the keeper and a brave lob levelled. Bingleys frustration began to show as Gargraves ten men began to play as a unit despite some of the players inexperience.
The second half opened with Richard Scott playing a long ball through to the pacey Simpson who again had only the keeper between him and the goal, he expertly rounded him to place the ball in the corner of the net. Scott almost had goal in sight himself but over ran the ball and then a longe range shot from him just skimmed the bar. A diving header from Bingley levelled the score at 2-2.
Despite the heat of the day the Gargrave players gave their all and continued to push forwards, Bevan Bolland had a good game, passing the ball with composure and at times playing a defensive role too but it was to be Mattie Simpsons day as he notched up a hat-trick, yet another one on one with the Bingley keeper. 3-2 to the hosts.
A great result for Gargrave with the ten men squad gaining in the circumstances their finest result of the season.
April 11, 2009
April 11, 2009
Serviceman Avoids Somali Pirates To Sink LMS
On another Saturday Army fitness instructor Geoff Rotherham could possibly have been found fighting Somali pirates, but on Saturday 11th April he joined his civilian team mates and fired in an extra time winner to take Gargrave through to the next round of the Paul Watson trophy.
It was always going to be a tough game between two of the premier division’s top teams, and the hot weather, combined with the immense LMS pitch tested the fitness levels of both sides.
The game started with both teams very evenly matched, but it was Gargrave who took the lead when an ungainly tackle from an LMS defender brought Gargrave a free kick on the edge of the area. Ben Brown stood over the ball, and took some deep breaths, despite them not going anywhere as he has no chest; strange. This didn’t seem to bother him however, as he calmly slotted the ball around the LMS wall and into the bottom corner of the net.
LMS pushed for an equalizer but found the youthful (and Lee) Gargrave defence hard to penetrate. They did however always look a threat from set pieces, and a corner was headed into the net at the far post to bring the game level.
Chances were hard to come by with Gargrave getting into some good positions but failing to find that final pass that would have brought the goal. LMS huffed and puffed but failed to blow the house (defence) down as they were limited to long shots, with only 1 worrying the Gargrave keeper.
The 2nd half was played out in competitive fashion but neither team could muster any meaningful chances as the defences of both teams continued to dominate.
The only notable moment of the half came when Gargrave substitute Joel Timmins declared that engine shed lane was his “highway to the danger zone” and he donned his Top Gun sunglasses and burst onto the pitch. It was all downhill from there, as Timmins managed to touch the ball no less than 3, and no more than 5 times during his hour on the field.
The referee brought an end to the game with nothing to choose between the 2 teams after 90 minutes, so the game went into extra time.
This is when great managers make the big decisions that change games, unfortunately for Manager Boatwright the decision was made for him, as midfield Richard Orme has blisters on his hooves and Geoff Rotherham was the only substitute left, so Manager Boatwright made the brave decision to make the substitution.
And it paid dividends when the Army Fitness Instructor (PE teacher for men) put the thoughts of his broken toe to the back of his mind, and fired in a drive from the edge of the area that found its way into the bottom corner of the net, beating the LMS keeper to make it 2 – 1 to Gargrave.
LMS pushed for an equalizer but the hot weather and the huge pitch were taking their toll and Gargrave finished the game victorious.
The two teams meet again on Tuesday night (16th April) for the Craven Premier League clash, a Gargrave win would almost certainly guarantee them a 2nd place finish in the league.