Gargrave AFC

Gargrave AFC Reserves 1 – 2 Earby Town FC

April 10, 2009

Earby Town opened the scoring minutes into the game with a long low shot, they continued to look dangerous on the break and Mattie Simpson foiled a second shot when he blocked on the line. Gargrave began to come back into the game but a soft header from Tom Varey went straight to the keepers hands. A good pacey move from the hosts found the receiving player off side and then Gargrave had to clear from the line as Earby broke through again.Gargrave continued to work hard and Simpson played the ball to the hard working defender Chris Manger who crossed the ball to the head of Jonathan Chapman who levelled the score.

The second half of play saw Simpson`s long range power shot go just wide whilst Earby had a  good chance on goal but the shot was high. The visitors second goal was a high lob which went just beyond the keepers reach. Again Gargrave strived for a leveller and despite all the players working hard, their hopes faded as did the light.

Man of the match award went to Aidie Eyles in the heart of defence.

The Reserves play the last of their League games on Saturday, at home versus Bingley FC.

* Please can all outstanding fines and subs be paid on Saturday.

Early kick off for the Northern Plant Hire Trophy game:

April 7, 2009

Gargrave travel to Skipton LMS on Saturday ( 11th April ) for the second round of The Northern Plant Hire Trophy competition. Please note this is an early kick off: 1.30.p.m.

Gargrave AFC 3 – 2 Hellifield Sports FC

April 6, 2009

A local Derby game which always seems to be a close encounter, the last time the teams met was at the first game of the season when the score was a roller coaster with Gargrave taking the lead,Hellifield levelling,Gargrave going in front again and so it continued to see Hellifield eventually winning 7-6!

Gargrave were hoping for a victory on Saturday to keep them near the head of their division but knew Hellifield would put in a good performance. The hosts began confidently creating chances, Christian Moon soon provided top scorer Ben Brown with an opportunity but Brown did not sieze the day. Hellifield began to attack more and broke free but midfielder Jameson ran back to cover well. A Joel Timmins shot was well defended but Ben Browns neat turn on a sixpence foiled Hellifield and it was 1-0 to the hosts. Timmins made no mistake and soon doubled the score with a cracking shot.The  Hellifield strikers were kept under control by the Gargrave defence who proved hard to penetrate with a rock solid performance from Lee Barrett. Top scorer Ben Brown increased the lead to 3-0 just before the break.Gargrave felt comfortable.

Hellifield returned to the second half and began to create more chances, a header was closely followed by a one on one and they were back in the game with a 3-2 scoreline. Gargrave began to wonder if this was going to be another roller coaster of a game? Both teams pushed for goal, Browns shot from an acute angle hit the post, Hellifields Stanforth beat the keeper with his shot and Gargrave defender Dan Thompson needed all his pace to run back and clear off the line, sliding into the posts in the process. End to end action, Hellifields keeper ran up as a corner was taken, the ball was cleared,  Brown sprinted back down the pitch with a clear goal in sight, but it was time out for the whistle blew as he reached the half way line. Another fine encounter from these two local teams.

Cowling 3 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

April 3, 2009

A difficult game for the visitors which began before the whistle blew with the Crosshills & District rush hour traffic, this combined with the Leagues new ruling on players having played six matches or more in a higher division during the season being deemed ineligible to play caused a few problems. ( a harsh ruling, out of around twenty games, can a player turning out six times for the first team be really classed as a first team player and then have to miss his last few games with his regular Reserve squad. All clubs with two teams have their floating players who play at times with both squads)???

Keeping the ball on the ground was the key for as soon as it was allowed to bounce on the rock hard surface it could have gone to anyones feet. Cowling seemed to have this theory under control and played some decent football reflecting their status in the division. They were the first on the score sheet as the theory was put into practice .

Gargrave came back into the game in the second half of play and it was Jeff Rotherham who produced another solid performance for his side.

Man of the match, Mattie Simpson ( I`ve got the biggest collection of yellow cards this season) produced a long throw straight to the head of Richard Scott who created a consolation goal for the visitors.

Squad to face Hellifield Sports at home (4/4/2009)

April 2, 2009


Stewart Wilson


Alexander Tudhope

Lee Barrett

Daniel Thompson

James Wilkin


Jeff Rotherham

Richard Orme

Sam Watson

Liam Jameson


Christian Moon

Ben Brown

Joel Timmins

Paul Wilkin

Matthew Brown

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