Gargrave AFC

Gargrave AFC 0 – 1 Embsay FC

January 16, 2011

Gargrave`s decision to leave a covering of grass on the pitch during the autumn months paid dividends on Saturday with the game against Embsay able to go ahead despite the heavy rain throughout Friday night and Saturday. Both teams were delighted to finally get a game played when so many others in the league were cancelled due to their waterlogged pitches.

Gargrave took control from the start with neat interplay and attacking moves. Christian Moon had a shot headed away by an Embsay defender and Matt Brown saw a shot go just wide. Embsay were gifted a rare goal scoring opportunity from an otherwise resolute defence but they fluffed it. Simon Boatwright shot wide and a shot from Moon was easily saved. The Gargrave keeper, Adam Hudson made two heroic saves just before the half time whistle blew to keep the score at 0-0.

The home side dominated the first twenty minutes of the second half with more attacking play but the final touches were too tentative , either just not precise enough or lacking any real power. Matt Brown came the closest to taking his side into a lead when the his strike hit the bar.Paul Wilkin, Ben Brown and Richard Orme were all unlucky not to get on the score sheet. Embsay were given few attempts to even get close on goal. The Gargrave defence all played well and Embsay acknowledged this when they awarded defender Matthew Brennand with the man of the match award. A rare break saw the visitors hit the bar but Gargrave continued to push forwards with another three shots just wide of target, plus a free kick from Orme and a shot from Matt Brown easily saved. A point each looked likely from the game though Gargrave deserved the lions share but nothing is certain until the final whistle blows and with five minutes to go Embsay substitute Ian Piper slotted the ball into the bottom corner to give Embsay victory.

A disappointing result for Gargrave but a great improvement in their overall game.

Apologies to all players and officials for the lack of water supply to the changing rooms but also a thank you to them for their understanding of the situation.


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