Gargrave AFC

An Easter report……much improved but could be better

March 25, 2009

Just before Christmas I sat and contemplated my position and the capabilities of our team. Then as we began in January something had changed, we had become a “team”, we were no longer a group of individuals, we have had performances of differing standards but mostly we have achieved success.

Now for some reason this season our ability to play football has stopped when we have met Grassington, they have torn us apart twice, something they will be incredibly happy about because apparently beating me is the most important thing in their lives! As their striker exclaimed to me “Now we’ll see the headline in the Craven Herald” – quick note to the vastly intelligent striker, I don’t write those reports but you know when you’re misinformed and uneducated about a situationĀ just shout anything and people will probably laugh! I have no quarms that Grassington have been vastly superior to us each time we have played them but we still have the same amount of points as them and they are reigning champions where we are technically a newly promoted club. Only goal difference separates us….so as much as they want to brag about their 9-0 aggregate victory over us, bottom line is we are still up there challenging at the top, we are now a force to be reckoned within this division and we are an ever improving side.

We have 4 games to go…we want maximum points – last year the Reserve team won the league with 46 points, Grassington won the Premiership with 47 points, if we can pick up 10 points or more we will have improved on last season’s tally and more than doubled last season’s first team points tally. We have already made Gargrave a stronger club, the second team is solid in their league and the first team will finish in the top four at least this year. However, this season is not over yet…I expect the team to really perform from now on…there is no pressure, we go out and we play with all the confidence our training suggests we should have!

We have at least 5 games left….let’s up that number…up our league position and go for that Cup…

Your adoring First Team Manager,

Lukey B

The Marmite of the Craven League

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