Gargrave AFC

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.


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