Gargrave AFC

Gargrave 4 – 1 Grindleton

March 2, 2009

Grindleton were this weeks opponents for an in form Gargrave side who were looking to continue their recent winning streak.

Despite playing on a pitch that resembled Wembley (after an American football game) Gargrave found Grindleton a tough team to break down, despite enjoying the majority of the possession.

It was a frustrating 1st half for the home side, and this was demonstrated when Oliver Hurst, still reeling from Ryan Airs decision to charge people to use the toilets, found himself in the referees book, making him the most cautioned player in Gargrave’s history. An award that will disappoint the previous record holder Jock Bradburry who picked up 17 yellow cards in the 1938/39 season.

It looked like the score would remain goalless leading into the half time interval, but with not long to go (probably) Gargrave put together some good passes down the right wing and a cross into the box was met on the volley by the ever auburn Paul Wilkin to make it 1 – 0 to Gargrave.

Despite the set back Grindleton were not disheartened and they managed to bring the game back level just before half time.

Gargrave went into the changing rooms at half time, manager Boatwright wore sunglasses.

The 2nd half started with the referees whistle.

With neither teams able to take control of the game, it was left to Gargrave captain Liam Jameson to produce a moment of magic as he fired in an unstoppable volley from the edge of the area to make it 2 – 1 to Gargrave.

Then came the defining moment of the game, when a highly dubious penalty decision gave Grindleton the chance to level the game. Thankfully for Gargrave the Grindleton striker resembled David Bently as he put the spot kick wide of the post.

This seemed to give Gargrave the boost they needed, and they took the score to 3 – 1 when little Al Tudhope produced a fine finish to increase his seasons goal tally to 1.

The game was then wrapped up as Paul Wilkin scored his 2nd goal of the game, firing a tap in into the roof of the net.

Final Score: 4 – 1
Attendance: 11 (a 95% increase on the previous week)

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