Gargrave AFC

Gargrave 4 – 0 Skipton Town

January 26, 2009

Gargrave returned to home action this week as they faced bottom of the table Skipton Town in a local derby.

They didn’t get off to a good start however, when inspirational midfielder Simon Boatwright failed a late fitness test on his finger. This meant that the plague-ridden Richard Orme was forced to deputise for him in central midfield.

Before the game could get underway, Gargrave held a minutes applause for the brand new match ball that was purchased DURING the credit crunch – mavericks!

With the new match ball initiation complete, Skipton Town got the game underway. Despite being bottom of the table, Skipton Town showed that they weren’t going to lie down as they battled a strong Gargrave side.

Gargrave came close to taking the lead when everyone’s favourite mobile sandwich delivery man Joel Timmins broke through the Skipton Town defence, only to have his shoulder pop out of place just as he was about to pull the trigger. This lead manager Boatwright to bring off Timmins and replace him with top scorer Ben Brown.

Town continued to hold their own until a rash tackle on the edge of the area allowed Ben Brown to slot home the resulting free kick after some questionable wall positioning.

Gargrave began to dominate but were unable to add to their lead bringing the half to a close with Gargrave leading 1 – 0.

The 2nd half started after the 1st.

The next goal was always going to be crucial, and it came (possibly) through a Ben Brown penalty. Some good dribbling by Christian Moon, combined with a lucky touch took him into the Skipton Town penalty box where he was chopped down by a Town defender. Brown made no mistake slotting home the spot kick in the usual place. (If you are a visiting team keeper reading this, he always hits it down the middle so don’t dive)

The 2nd goal seemed to take the wind out of the Skipton Town sails as Gargrave started to impose themselves on the game. A 3rd goal was added by Paul Wilkin who finished well from close range.

The best goal of the game was still to come, and it came from captain Liam Jameson.

A searching cross from the right of the pitch made it’s way towards Jameson who was stood on the edge of the area with his back to goal. He proceeded to leap into the air and managed to connect with an overhead bicycle kick with his weaker left foot, the ball sailed past the stranded keeper into the top corner of the net. IT DIDN’T JUST HIT HIS LEG FROM 4 YARDS OUT AND GO IN.

Gargrave played out the rest of the game and were happy with keeping a clean sheet.

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