Gargrave AFC

Pendle 1 – 5 Gargrave

January 19, 2009

Gargrave finally made their return to Craven League action as they took on Pendle Athletic at Victory Park in Barnoldswick.

Gargrave arrived to find an impressive new changing facility, upon seeing this Christian Moon remarked that “It must be the only building in Barnoldswick that doesn’t have any smashed up windows and graffiti.” Al Tudhope didn’t like this and told him to stop making “such stereotypical statements, Barnoldswick is a place full of character and history.”

The two agreed to disagree and walked inside the new changing facilities. Richard Orme thought the tap handles were very similar to those in his girlfriend’s house.

The match was always going to play second fiddle to the new changing facilities, but it needed to be played and Gargrave promoted Veteran centre half Lee Barrett from the 2nd team and he made an immediate impact by putting up one of the goal nets so the game could get underway.

Both teams looked rusty and the first 10 minutes were played out at a frantic pace with both teams struggling to impose themselves on the game. Both teams started to find their feet and Gargrave took the lead when a pin point long ball found captain Liam Jameson who took 1 touch to control the ball and then another to volley home into the roof of the net making the scoreline 1 – 0 to Gargrave.

Pendle came back strong and forced a number of corners, it was from one of these that Pendle scored and brought the game level after some bad marking from the visitors.

This only seemed to anger the sleeping Dragons as they started once again to go looking for blood. (goals)

They were soon rewarded when adventurer Joel Timmins found himself 1 on 1 with the keeper and made no mistake in slotting the ball home to make it 2 – 1 to Gargrave. Sir Ranolf would have been proud.

The referee’s whistle brought the half to a close. Manager Boatwright concluded that Gargrave were playing at 70% of their possible output, but in truth everyone was too busy laughing at his bizarre tinted glasses to take any notice. “They are for my eye’s” he said; a true statement if ever there was one.

Gargrave started the 2nd half well, with Lee Barrett rolling back the years and marshaling the young Gargrave defence, this restricted Pendle to very few chances on goal.

The only danger seemed to be when Gargrave keeper Stewart Wilson decided to play a game of Chicken with the Pendle striker after a back pass, luckily it came to nothing and Gargrave took the lead when Richard Orme scored with a bullet header, which of course, he dedicated to his new girlfriend. He actually arrived quite late to the game because he had to drop his girlfriend off at his girlfriends house because his girlfriend didn’t have a car. Next time he’s going to bring his girlfriend with him to watch him play because his girlfriend quite likes football.

The 3 – 1 deficit was always going to prove difficult for Pendle to come back from, and it was made even harder when some good work by man of the match Ben Brown set up Joel Timmins for his second goal of the game. Timmin’s proceeded to shed a tear and dedicated the goal to all those great people that have gone off to discover new frontiers and never returned.

With Gargrave now dominating the game, they added a fifth, and final goal when substitute, and fellow explorer Paul Wilkin scored from close range firing into the roof of the net to make it 5 – 1 to Gargrave.

The rest of the game was played out with Gargrave pleased to have restarted the season with a win after the winter lay-off.


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