Gargrave AFC

Skipton LMS Reserves 1 – 4 Gargrave

March 26, 2012

It was a hot day in Skipton, so Matthew Brennand turned up to this local derby wearing shorts.

The game started with the referees whistle, and it was Gargrave who took the lead when a through ball from the lively Richard Orme founds its way to Christian Moon who prodded the ball past the goalkeeper. Christian Moon soon added another after skinning a couple of defenders, and smashing the ball into the back of the net.

Half time arrived with Gargrave 2 – 0 up.

The 2nd half was to produce a moment that nobody on the ground would forget in a hurry when a clinical pass from Dan Thompson founds its way to the feet of one Simon Boatwright who was through on goal, one on one with the goalkeeper. In a situation like this, everyone was expecting Boatwright to miss, and rightly so based on past form, but to everyones surprise, he managed to scuff the ball past the LMS goalkeeper and it trickled over the line, to the disbelief of everyone in attendance.

LMS pulled a goal back with a long range effort, but Gargrave snatched a 4th on the break with Christian Moon completing his hat trick with a confident close range finish.

The game came to an end with nothing else of note happening, not even an overhead kick from Matthew Brennand, now into his second pair of shorts of the day. (These shorts were then changed back to the original shorts upon completion of the game)


Gargrave AFC 0 – 2 Trawden Celtic

March 19, 2012

Stand in keeper James Walker gave a good account of himself and his safe hands kept the visitors goals to a minimum. Top of the table Trawden scored on the twenty minute mark with a well placed goal. Gargrave looked dangerous on the break with some strong runs from man of the match Matthew Simpson who always looked a threat. Trawden were quick to see a gap in the  defence and tapped in their second goal from close range.

Gargrave had a good deal of attacking play in the second half but the goals just would not materialize.


Gargrave AFC 3 – 1 Skipton LMS Reserves

March 12, 2012

Gargrave were in control for the majority of the game and LMS never looked a real threat. Christian Moon hit the upright but it was Matt Brown who put Gargrave ahead on the twenty minute mark. Gargrave continued to attack and a second goal should have come after an awesome long pass from man of the match Dan Thompson found  Ben Brown which gave him a golden opportunity to score but luck was not on the veteran strikers side. LMS came close with a crossed shot on the turn which went just over the bar.

The visitors had their second chance of the game five minutes into the second half but the shot was just wide whilst Matt Brown hit the post at the other end of play. A free kick from Ben Brown was saved by the LMS keeper. Persistent work by Ben Brown after another Thompson cross saw Gargrave take a 2-0 lead. LMS hit the bar with a header from a corner ball.The keeper parried two shots over the bar one from striker Brown and another from Andy Seddon. LMS were gifted with a chance after a defensive error but could not find the target. A great cross from Andy Seddon was tapped in by Ben Brown with LMS finding a consolation goal from a goal mouth scramble towards the end of play.

Gargrave AFC 2 – 4 Wilsden FC

March 4, 2012

Wilsden scored an early goal with a well placed shot  just  four minutes into the game. Both teams struggled to find any real form on the heavy pitch and the game was pretty scrappy. A header from Gargrave was pushed just wide by the Wilsden keeper and a powerful shot on goal at the other end of play was well saved by Gargrave newcomer, Craig Harris.

A long range shot from John Beckwith was fumbled by the keeper which gave the hosts a welcome leveller. Wilsden replied,  firstly with a tap in and their third goal came via a close range shot. A pass from John Beckwith was picked up by veteran striker Ben Brown who finished with a good strike.

Wilsdens lead increased to 4-2 in the second half despite Gargraves best efforts. Man of the match for Gargrave was the versatile Dan Thompson.

Bingley Town FC 0 – 1 Gargrave AFC

February 27, 2012

Gargrave travelled to Bingley knowing that a win would cement a more respectable mid table position and help to keep their 2012 unbeaten run on course.

It was to prove a difficult task however with veteran striker Ben Brown otherwise engaged with a log cabin in Lincoln meaning that last weeks hat trick hero, but not man of the match ,James French, was left to plough a lone furrow in his role as lone striker.

The game started with no corner flags much to the annoyance of Andy Seddon, this was soon rectified.

An even first half meant that neither side could take control of the game or create any meaningful chances but the deadlock was broken on the half hour when prolific goal scoring midfielder Dan Thompson capitalised on some hesitant defending to find himself one on one with the keeper. The seasoned finisher made no mistake and calmly slotted the ball past the Bingley keeper.

Half time arrived with neither side creating any further chances. Gargrave were forced into a substitution when their only recognised striker, James French had to leave the field of play with what looked like a mild case of polio. He was replaced by Brenners Dads friend, Chris. Chris ploughed a lone furrow up front.

Bingley pushed for an equaliser but were unable to break down Gargraves strong rear guard defences.

In what proved to be a defining moment to the game, rugged midfielder Simon Boatwright was forced to leave the field of play with what looked like another case of mild polio most likely caught from James French. He was replaced by Tom “sometimes I get a lift to the game with big Jim” Kaye and it was in the dying minutes that Kaye proved his worth and booked a place in Gargrave folk lore when a Bingley header bounced over the head of new goalkeeper, Brenners Dads friend, Craig, and was about to go over the line when Kaye rose like a salmon and cleared the ball off the line, sealing Gargraves victory.

Gargrave AFC 4 – 0 Bingley Town FC

February 19, 2012

It was a clean sheet for Ben Heap one of Gargrave`s old keepers returning for his debut game of the season.  Gargrave had the best of the attacking play in the first half . A lone run from James French and a resulting intelligent lob notched up the first goal for the home side. Bingleys chances on goal were few and their first real effort came on the half hour mark but Gargraves returning hero was in control. A one on one with Heap went wide and Al Tudhope was unlucky when his shot went straight to the keeper. The dynamic Simon Boatwright and man of the match defender turned midfielder Dan Thompson combined well in the middle and provided some good through balls. James French scored his second of the game from close range just before the break. French continued to press for goal and was soon rewarded with his hat trick. Bingley went down to ten men after a second yellow card offence. Gargrave continued with their attacking play and a powerful shot from Al Tudhope rattled the bar. Matthew Brennand took advantage of a static Bingley defence with a close range shot which sealed his sides solid 4-0 win.

Oakworth FC 1 – 2 Gargrave AFC

January 14, 2012

Gargrave maintained their 100% unbeaten run in 2012 with a hard fought victory over Oakworth in a bottom of the table nine pointer.                         Oakworth started brightly but failed to create any meaningful chances and it was Gargrave who took the lead with a dreamy through ball from James French which fell to the feet of veteran striker Ben Brown who calmly slotted the ball past the keeper. The second half opened with both teams looking for the second elusive goal of the game and it was eventually Oakworth who supplied it. A shot was deflected into the path of the Oakworth striker , he squared the ball to his strike partner who tapped the ball into an open net. This angered manager Brown – two passionate substitutions were made with James Walker and Simon Boatwright replaced by Josh Town and Andy Seddon and the two substitutes combined well to create Gargraves winning goal of the game. Town played a pinpoint cross to attacking midfielder Seddon who calmly slotted home with a first touch finish. Oakworth almost snatched an equaliser from a corner, but divine intervention from a higher power stopped the ball going in the net. Man of the match for Gargrave was the bubbly Richard Orme.




Gargrave 3 – 4 Hellifield

November 20, 2011

Match report from the Craven Cup tie between Gargrave and Hellifield on the 19/11/11, by “Hapless Goalkeeper” James Walker, if you are deaf, this match report isn’t for you:

Gargrave AFC 0 – 1 Oakworth FC

November 14, 2011

Gargrave changed keepers a total of three times in a lack lustre game on a heavy pitch. The regular keeper was unavailable so striker Ben Brown donned the keepers jersey first, brother Matt took a knock so they changed positions. Neither the home or away keepers were called upon much in the first half with both defences stopping any real chances.

The second half saw Matt forced to leave the field with his injury so James Walker took over in the nets. Again the defences worked hard and a  header off the line by centre back  Dan Thompson gave the hosts a chance of a share of the points. Oakworth hit the bar and then two minutes from time they were awarded a free kick, the long range shot was headed into the back of the net. Disappointment for Gargrave when a share of the points would have been a fairer reflection of the game. Man of the match for Gargrave was mid fielder Richard Orme.

Earby Town FC p – p Gargrave AFC

November 6, 2011

The game was postponed on Saturday morning due to a waterlogged pitch.

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