Gargrave AFC

Grassington 5 – 0 Gargrave

March 15, 2009

With Grassington’s regular pitch still out of commission, 2nd place Gargrave made the short trip to Skipton for the Craven League Premier encounter. The changing rooms provided good shelter and hot water facilities.

The game was to be played on the old “Skipton Bulldogs” pitch, next to the Rugby ground. The pitch was somewhat rugged to say the least, and this, combined with the strong winds, would prove difficult to cope with for both sides.

The game started on time.

Grassington began the game attacking into the wind, but found a lot of long balls carrying either to the Gargrave keeper, or straight out of play. Both midfields were struggling to have any impact on the game with the conditions making it impossible to mount any meaningful passes together.

It was however Grassington who took the lead, when an in swinging corner flew towards the back post and was headed into the Gargrave net.

Manager Boatwrights revolutionary “circumference of opponents head” based marking system* at corners proved to be somewhat flawed, as Grassington added a 2nd, and then a 3rd, both coming from in swinging wind assisted corners.

*Measure circumference of own head, estimate circumference of opponents head, if measurement is within 0.8% mark the player

Christian Moon and Ben Brown both had good chances to get Gargrave onto the score sheet but were thwarted by the Grassington defence and some poor finishing.

At half time the score remained 3 – 0 to Grassington. Manager Boatwright again worse sunglasses, possibly slightly darker sunglasses than the previous week.

Gargrave started the 2nd half attacking with the wind, but like Grassington in the 1st half, were finding it difficult not to over hit their passes.

But it was Grassington who managed to grab a 4th goal as a cross from the touch line blew back out towards the 6 yard box to be headed into the net past the Gargrave goalkeeper and defenders. “It’s just making a mockery of the laws of physics” said the frustrated James Wilkin.

Gargrave then started to come back into the game and Ben Brown almost grabbed a goal for the visitors with a well placed volley that narrowly went over the bar. Mr Richard Orme was also finding the goal difficult to penetrate as 3 free kicks from similar angles went narrowly wide, or were well saved by the keeper.

Despite coming close on a number of occasions it was Grassington who scored a 5th goal as they capitalized on a tiring Gargrave defence. A Cross from the right found it’s way directly onto the head of the big Grassington striker who glanced the ball past the keeper.

The game ended with a whistle and the surprising news that Liverpool had beaten Man UTD 4 – 1, Al Tudhopes predictions once again coming true, proving he is the love child of Mystic Meg and Derek Acorah.

By Luke Boatwright (Skipton) (Beard) (Sunglasses) (Hair)

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