Gargrave AFC

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April 11, 2009

Serviceman Avoids Somali Pirates To Sink LMS

On another Saturday Army fitness instructor Geoff Rotherham could possibly have been found fighting Somali pirates, but on Saturday 11th April he joined his civilian team mates and fired in an extra time winner to take Gargrave through to the next round of the Paul Watson trophy.

It was always going to be a tough game between two of the premier division’s top teams, and the hot weather, combined with the immense LMS pitch tested the fitness levels of both sides.

The game started with both teams very evenly matched, but it was Gargrave who took the lead when an ungainly tackle from an LMS defender brought Gargrave a free kick on the edge of the area. Ben Brown stood over the ball, and took some deep breaths, despite them not going anywhere as he has no chest; strange. This didn’t seem to bother him however, as he calmly slotted the ball around the LMS wall and into the bottom corner of the net.

LMS pushed for an equalizer but found the youthful (and Lee) Gargrave defence hard to penetrate. They did however always look a threat from set pieces, and a corner was headed into the net at the far post to bring the game level.

Chances were hard to come by with Gargrave getting into some good positions but failing to find that final pass that would have brought the goal. LMS huffed and puffed but failed to blow the house (defence) down as they were limited to long shots, with only 1 worrying the Gargrave keeper.

The 2nd half was played out in competitive fashion but neither team could muster any meaningful chances as the defences of both teams continued to dominate.

The only notable moment of the half came when Gargrave substitute Joel Timmins declared that engine shed lane was his “highway to the danger zone” and he donned his Top Gun sunglasses and burst onto the pitch. It was all downhill from there, as Timmins managed to touch the ball no less than 3, and no more than 5 times during his hour on the field.

The referee brought an end to the game with nothing to choose between the 2 teams after 90 minutes, so the game went into extra time.

This is when great managers make the big decisions that change games, unfortunately for Manager Boatwright the decision was made for him, as midfield Richard Orme has blisters on his hooves and Geoff Rotherham was the only substitute left, so Manager Boatwright made the brave decision to make the substitution.

And it paid dividends when the Army Fitness Instructor (PE teacher for men) put the thoughts of his broken toe to the back of his mind, and fired in a drive from the edge of the area that found its way into the bottom corner of the net, beating the LMS keeper to make it 2 – 1 to Gargrave.

LMS pushed for an equalizer but the hot weather and the huge pitch were taking their toll and Gargrave finished the game victorious.

The two teams meet again on Tuesday night (16th April) for the Craven Premier League clash, a Gargrave win would almost certainly guarantee them a 2nd place finish in the league.


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