Gargrave AFC

Northern Plant Hire Semi Final – Gargrave AFC 2 – 1 Embsay FC

May 1, 2009

It was a fairly local affair in the semi final of The Northern Plant Hire Trophy when Gargrave were hosts to Embsay FC on Thursday evening.

Gargrave looked the more confident in the opening exchanges and were soon 1-0 ahead courtesy of a cross resulting from a Ben Brown free kick with in form player, centre back, Lee Barrett,  ghosting in with a precise bullet header. Gargrave continued to pass the ball well though it was Embsay who almost scored when a rare foray through the defence hit the post. Gargrave took control again but Hurst was brought down and his verbal re-action earned him a red card. Terrific play from right back  Al Tudhope  enabled Paul Wilkin to secure a second goal for the hosts. A powerful shot from Richard Orme almost created a third but it was parried over the goal by the Embsay keeper. Gargrave ended the half 2-0 up but one man down.

Minutes into the second half of the game, captain Liam Jameson was also shown a red card for dissent. Both of the dismissed players were midfielders so it was left to the lone ranger in the middle of the park, Richard Orme to steady the ship. Manager, Boatwright, brought on army physical instructor Geoff Rotherham to provide cover on the flanks. Rotherham soon made a mark on the game with a cross to Paul Wilkin who missed an open goal. Embsays full contingent of eleven men pushed forwards and broke through to pull a goal back. Gargrave continued to work hard and their defence remained firm but a sigh of relief was audible as the final whistle blew.

The final will be held at Gargrave on Thursday 7th May vs Cowling FC who beat WFC Clitheroe in the other semi final.

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