Gargrave AFC

Chatburn FC 6 – 3 Gargrave AFC

October 31, 2011

Gargrave knew they were in for a tough game after being well beaten at home a few weeks ago by Chatburn. A number of regular players were out injured and unavailable but fortunately some new signings were on hand. Gargrave were playing up the slope in the first half of play and found themselves at the wrong end of a 5-0 scoreline when the whistle blew.

The squad began to make amends in the second half and looked a much better side. An inspired substitution saw attacking midfielder Andy Seddon introduced and he made an immediate impact with a well taken goal. Gargrave continued to look dangerous but a bizzare turn of events led to Chatburns sixth goal of the game. A shot from the hosts rebounded off both goal posts and fell to the feet of left back Josh Town who managed to fire the goal into his own net from six feet out. Gargrave did not let their heads drop and continued to push forwards and their determination was rewarded with  two goals from Matt Brown which made for a more respectable scoreline of 6-3. Al Tudhope was back to his best after early season injuries and  was named as man of the match.

Trawden Celtic FC 0 – 3 Gargrave AFC

October 23, 2011

Player/Manager Matt Brown opened the scoring for Gargrave with a long range effort from outside the area. Gargrave were always the dominant force in the game and a second goal was added from man of the match Harry Thompson with a well taken finish. The visitors defended strongly and gave Trawden little chance on goal. Matthew Simpson burst through the home defence and scored with the last kick of the game to give Gargrave a well deserved and comprehensive win.

Craven Cup – First Round

October 15, 2011

Gargrave  5  -  1  Skipton Town

This was a scrappy first half with Skipton Town opening the scoring. Gargrave levelled through a penalty from Ben Brown. Brown scored again to take the lead.

The second half saw Gargrave fortunately up their game . Substitute Harry Thompson`s sliced shot gave Gargrave a 3-1 lead. A further two goals came courtesy of Ben Brown both from the penalty spot. The lively Billy Bolland in midfield had to leave the field through injury so the last ten minutes was played with ten men.

* Unfortunately Billy had actually broken his leg !  Get well soon.

Gargrave AFC 0 – 1 Crosshills FC

October 10, 2011

This was a game when the points were decided by penalties. One scored and one saved! Unfortunately for Gargrave theirs was the latter.

Work commitments meant that regular keeper Sean Kennedy was unavailable again so striker Ben Brown opted to take on his role . Crosshills had the better part of the play for the first fifteen minutes and a good break from the visitors saw Brown tested in goal when he faced a one on one but some brave keeping kept the score at 0-0. Excellent play from Christian Moon gave Matt Brown the chance to open the scoring for the hosts but the shot went wide. Both teams pressed for goal but both defences held firm.

Gargrave were awarded a penalty midway through the second half and Ben Brown changed back to striker role ( or maybe not ) his resulting shot was saved easily by the Crosshills keeper. Gargrave had their chances to take the lead but luck was against them . Simon Boatwright just missed contact with a diving header and the hard working Billy Bolland saw his shot hit the keeper, and then the rebounding shot hit the bar. Crosshills were awarded a penalty and this was well taken and gave Brown no chance in goal. Man of the match for Gargrave was defender Matt Brennand.

Gargrave AFC 1 – 5 Chatburn FC

October 2, 2011

Gargrave started the game at a disadvantage with players unavailable through injury and unavailability. The main problem was the lack of a regular keeper but player manager Matt Brown stepped into the breach. Ten minutes into the game Chatburn took the lead. Man of the match Christian Moon looked dangerous as he ran through the Chatburn defence but the shot was just wide. Brown denied the visitors a second as he parried a shot over the bar but he had no answer to a long range effort from Chatburn. Ben Brown replied with a goal for the hosts. Chatburn hit the bar, a third goal was created from a cool tap in and a header from an acute angle took the score to 4-1.

Midfielder Richard Orme had to leave the field at half time through injury and with the substitute Billy Bolland having already been introduced it left Gargrave with ten men. However despite the heat of the day Gargrave battled on and denied Chatburn any more real goal scoring opportunities, defender Matthew Brennand almost got a consolation goal when he ran through the defence and faced a one on one with the keeper. Chatburn had the last word when a soft goal meandered over the line.

Crosshills FC 0 – 6 Gargrave AFC

September 26, 2011

A six goal haul from Gargrave started with a bullet header from centre back Matt Brennand courtesy of a corner ball from Matt Brown. Ben Brown soon upped the scoreline to 3-0 with a couple of well taken goals. Christian Moon`s left footed shot created Gargraves fourth of the day and James Walker made no mistake from a bullet header from a corner. The game came to a close with Ben Brown completing his hat trick. A good result from a back to strength Gargrave side. Man of the match for Gargrave was Richard Orme.

Wilsden Juniors 4 – 0 Gargrave AFC

September 19, 2011

An understrength Gargrave team struggled to find any form against a lively Wilsden side and the home side deserved all three points. Gargrave had few if any real attempts on goal but Wilsden found the back of the net on four occasions. New signing, Tom Wilds was awarded the man of the match for Gargrave .

Gargrave AFC 2 – 2 Earby Town

September 10, 2011

Gargrave were the more dominant side in the first half . Player Manager, Matt Brown curled a free kick into the corner of the net to take the lead and Captain, Al Tudhope scored with a rare header. Brown hit the post with a shot just before the break.The home side at that point looked comfortable with a 2-0 lead.

Earby came out strong in the second half and began to put the pressure on Gargrave, a shot hit the bar but there was no mistake from the visitors when a header found the back of the net.The introduction of their substitutes was a good tactical move from the Earby management and a driven long low shot brought the score level. Both teams pushed for a goal to take the lead but the score remained level with the points shared. Man of the match for Gargrave in his debut season with the club was defender Joe Westhead and for Earby Town, Wayne Hooper.


Gargrave AFC 3 – 6 Skipton LMS

April 15, 2011

This was Gargraves last game of the season against one of the top clubs in the Premiership. Manager Matt Brown was unavailable so brother Ben stepped into the breach. Regular keeper Adam Hudson was injured so in an unusual move of positions striker and top scorer Ben went between the sticks. Clearly having kept his keeper skills under wraps all these years with the club Ben looked more than comfortable in goal. Though on the ten minute mark after a strong run from Chris Simpson who found the head of team mate the ball was headed with power into the net. Midfielder Richard Orme soon levelled with an excellent free kick and it was game on. Brown played well and continued to make some good saves as Gargrave struggled to hold some of the more physically strong players in the LMS squad. An unstoppable shot gave LMS a 2-1 lead, followed by a close range effort and then a fourth goal to give the visitors a good 4-1 cushion at the break.

It was Simpson again who caused problems minutes into the second half when his angled shot found the back of the net. Gargrave never gave up the cause and the famous Orme free kick found the head of defender and captain Matthew Brennand who made no mistake.Ben Brown then reverted to his striker role and handed his goalkeeper jersey to defender Dan Thompson. An injury or two also meant a re-shuffle and the young Reserve team players William Beckwith and Josh Prell were brought on, both adding extra bite to the game. LMS were to score their sixth goal of the game but Gargrave came back yet again with the best goal of the game a forty yard screamer from Si Boatwright. Man of the match for Gargrave was the hard working Christian Moon.

Gargrave AFC 1 – 3 Cowling FC

April 8, 2011

Gargrave were unfortunately not at full strength when they entertained one of the top teams in the division, Cowling FC. Regular players were absent through work commitments and injury and were further restricted by the Craven league ruling that after the 31st March players must have played six games or more for the club to be allowed to take part in any games after that date. Disappointing for players who work on weekends and are only around for night games. However young William Beckwith took time out from his duties with the Reserve squad and more than played his part in the game, scoring on his debut with the first team. Cowling were a strong and well organised side but Gargrave competed for much of the game and did not let Cowling have it all their own way. Defender Dan Thompson was man of the match for the hosts.

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