Gargrave AFC

Gargrave 3 – 0 Rolls Royce

October 26, 2008

Gargrave welcomed Rolls Royce to the Foxes Den on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon, both teams were eager to progress to the next round of the Northern Plant Hire cup and battled admirably against the conditions.

The early exchanges were very even with Rolls Royce coming close to penetrating Gargraves back line on a number of occasions, but it was the Premiership side that took the lead when a well placed cross found keen mountaineer Paul Wilkin in acres of space in the Rolls Royce box and he made no mistake, scoring his first, or possibly second goal of the season.

As the game went on into the second half, Gargrave began to dominate proceedings. Sam Watson got on the end of a through ball and when faced with the Rolls Royce keeper, proceeded to kick the ball straight at him, but luckily for Mr Watson the ball the ball cannoned off the keepers legs and into the roof of the net, leaving him Sam with a big smile on his face, he was a very happy bunny indeed.

The pitch was now starting to take it’s toll on a certain member of the Gargrave team, who decided not to bring any studded boots with him on one of the wettest days of the year. Manage Luke Boatwright decided he couldn’t let this mistake go unpunished and substitued striker Joel Timmins for Wilsden resident, and Oxenhope local Richard Orme.

It was Orme who was instrumental in Gargraves 3rd goal. He found himself in space in the Gargrave half, and played a pass with the outside of his little left toe, through the Rolls Royce defence, allowing the sometimes blonde, sometimes brown haired Christian Moon to score his 10th goal of the season.

Gargrave played out the game and ended with a much welcome clean sheet, with ladies man Jeff Rotherham having a very solid game on his first start of the season for the 1st team.

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Gargrave 2 – 4 Long Lee Juniors

October 19, 2008

Long Lee juniors were this weeks visitors to the Dragon’s Lair for a top of the table clash that would prove to be a closely fought encounter. The Gargrave North stand was packed to the rafters with Nathan Lockey and two other people, whilst the South “Canal Side” was occupied by a group of traveling pirates.

The picturesque referee, Mr Alan Robinson blew his whistle and got the game underway. Chances were few and far between but Gargrave were more than holding their own. Unfortunately Gargrave’s defensive frailties were quickly exposed as Long Lee managed to pinch the lead.

Ben Brown squandered a good chance to bring the Dragon’s back level, but the ball would soon find it’s way into the net through Joel Timmins. Inspired by the rare sight of the Gargrave President, Mr P Watson on the sidelines, the defensive pin of linch Dan Thompson took hold of the ball and delivered what can only be described as a “Fabregas like…wasted in defence” through ball that cut Long Lee in half, allowing Gargrave’s own JT to slot the ball past the oncoming keeper.

The goal gave Gargrave a kick up the backside and they began to dominate proceedings, grabbing another goal through top scorer Ben Brown.

Unfortunately Gargrave’s defence was again found to be lacking when, against the run of play Long Lee scored 2 goals just before the half time interval.

Manager Luke Boatwright’s half time team talk proved somewhat misguided and costly, as he urged his Gargrave players to “Go into those tackles 100%, if you don’t go in 100% you’ll end up breaking a leg”. Shortly after that Gargrave midfielder Oliver Hurst went into a 50/50 tackle and gave it 100%…the game was delayed for around 20 minutes whilst the ambulance took him away to the hospital. [Source]

The game restarted and it took a while for both teams to re-find their feet after the long stoppage. Gargrave refused to give in and almost snatched an equalizer through Joel Timmins, Liam Jameson and GEOFF.

Unfortunately for the home side Long Lee scored a 4th as Gargrave pushed for the equalizer and they managed to achieve a feat that has so far only been acomplished by St George*, they managed to slay the dragons.

Next week see’s Rolls Royce make the journey to the dragon’s lair, where Gargrave will be looking to show they do indeed have plenty of bouncebackability and progress to the next round of the cup.

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*+ LMS, Hellifield, and Grassington.

Skipton Town 2 – 5 Gargrave AFC

October 13, 2008

Gargrave produced a solid display to gain their first win in three league games. With three of the regular first team players absconding for a drunken scramble up a alrge hill which can be viewed on the internet (I’m not bitter about them all going at all) Al Tudhope was recalled to the starting eleven despite only rating himself as 60-70% fit to play. Simon Boatwright was also called up to warm the bench, also he provided tips on the best way to use a sunbed and why sideburns are not an essential tool – his metrosexual comments were enlightening if not a little disturbing. Most agreed that it won’t belong until Simon is to be seen on the big screen – Supermarket Sweep is looking for a new host.

Anyway back to the game…..

Gargrave started off with guile and self-belief but lacking any composure and when the Town striker broke past the ostrich-like Dan Thompson and fired the ball home the omens did not look good. However, this early goal seemed to spark Gargrave into action – it was a catalyst if you will. On the twenty minute mark, Christian Moon was set free and whilst the keeper proved to be a match for Moon’s shot, the four defenders on the line were not a match for Ben Brown’s fierce rebound. Brown got his second moments later, jinking passed two defenders with consumate ease and slotting the ball into the corner of the net.

Gargrave still did not look defensively settled, however, and were it not for Stewart Wilson’s excellence between the sticks, Skipton could have been in a very commanding position. Three successive sensual saves (maybe not the best description but syllabance works for emphasis!) made sure that Skipton did not get an equaliser. In fact, it was Gargrave who added to their goal tally before the break, Ben Brown skimming the ball into the corner of the net from 18 yards.

Half time team talk was simple – tighten up defensively and keep going forward as we had been doing.


Skipton came out the sharper of the two sides and an error meant that the Skitpon player had time to pick his corner, Wilson was left with no chance. Yet, once again this proved to stoke the fires smouldering within the bellies of the Gargrave side. Each player upped their game and a superb piece of interchange found Ben Brown, who’s irresistible form continued, when he dinked the ball over the oncoming goalkeeper. Gargrave were in the ascendancy, some of the football was superb….it was total and indeed beautiful football. Simon Boatwright’s introduction added a perma-tan to the proceedings but it did not affect the quality, if anything it improved it. It was in fact Simon Boatwright – moments after two fresh-air shots - who found Ben Brown for Brown’s fifth, a delightful shot which found the bottom left corner of the net.

This sealed the points, although Nick Kendall beleived there was still much to play for….30 seconds from the end earning himself a yellow card for what I think can be labelled an over-zealous challenge. The fact that he got the ball is unquestionable – his intent…..retribution???


A good performance….more of the same needed

Gargrave AFC 0 – 2 Skipton LMS

October 6, 2008

There was little to choose between the two sides with much of the play taking place in mdfield. Poor weather conditions hampered long ball control and the slippy surface saw most of the players up-ended at some stage through the game. Chances on goal were few and far between for both teams, though the best shots of the day came from Gargrave, the first from Ben Brown but the LMS keeper parried his shot over the bar.

Five minutes into the second half a simple close range shot from LMS saw them take the lead. Gargrave almost levelled through Joel Timmins and LMS were unlucky when they hit the bar. Gargrave pushed forward in earnest and Paul Wilkin came close but luck was on the side of LMS when a simple tap in sealed their win. Dan Thompson was impressive in the heart of defence whilst the lively Christian Moon took the man oif the match award.

Ingleton 2 – 4 Gargrave

September 25, 2008

Gargrave produced a wonderful display at Ingleton in the 1st round of the Craven Cup to gain an unexpected win against a North Craven side who are renowned cup fighters.

Chris Bibby took advantage of some slack defending to give the home side an early lead. The visitors remained composed and played some good football with the midfield of Oliver Hurst and Sam Watson proving strong throughout the game. Gargrave were soon level when Christian Moon produced a good finish following good approach play. The same player put his side into the lead with a goal from an acute angle.

As expected Ingleton came out in the second half pressuring the visitors and levelling matters through the hard-working Paul Bruce.

However Gargrave weathered the storm and always looked dangerous on the break and it came as no surprise when Joel Timmins outran the home defence to put Gargrave back in front. Their afternoon was completed when sub Paul Wilkin sealed the win with a goal in the final minutes.

Ingleton gave a sub-standard display by their own high standards but they could not take anything away from the winners and the game was complete with match official 66-year-old Raymond Akrigg of Hornby giving a near faultless display.

Gargrave 0 – 4 Grassington Utd

September 16, 2008

Simple errors from Gargrave allowed Grassington to walk away with all three points and a flattering scoreline on Saturday.

There was little to choose between the two sides as the game progressed with entertaining end to end action. A cross from Ben Brown to the head of Paul Wilkin saw Gargrave come close in the early stages but it was to be a header from last seasons premiership top scorer Grassingtons Adam Steventon which opened the scoring. A long low shot then took them into a 2-0 lead at the break.

There were harsh words from manager Luke Boatwright in the interval as he tried to spur his side on knowing they were capable of a win. However two more howlers allowed the visitors a comfortable 4-0 lead.

A disappointing result for Gargrave who of late have played some good passing football. The squad can only learn from their mistakes, pick up their pace at the back, learn to quicken their speed of thought and interpretate the game in a more focused and determined way. Despite the unflattering scoreline which was not a true reflection of the game there were some good solid performances. Man of the match was midfielder Richard Orme who was well supported by both Sam Watson and Oliver Hurst.

The squad probably face their toughest challenge of the season on Saturday when they travel to North Craven to play Ingleton in the first round of the Craven FA Challenge Cup.

Cononley 2 – 3 Gargrave

September 10, 2008

By Bevan Bolland

Goals from Gargrave’s on-form frontmen Ben Brown and Christian Moon ensured Gargrave stretched their winning streak to three games.

The win also owed a lot, yet again, to the performances of their midfield trio, amongst whom, Sam Watson produced a man of the match display, as he deputised for the absent Liam Jameson.

The heavy pitch contributed to the majority of the first half being contested tenaciously in the midfield. Chances had been few and far between until Watson emerged from midfield with the ball before sliding a delicate through ball perfectly into the path of Ben Brown who expertly converted his first chance of the match.

Gargrave held their 1-0 lead as the half time whistle sounded, although how it wasn’t level only Cononley’s number 10 knows, heading a golden opportunity from 6-yards high over the bar.

The second half, rather unexpectedly, blossomed into an exciting spectacle.

Gargrave dominated the early exchanges of the second period, and deservedly scored a second goal. Moon nodding the ball over the line after a wicked deflection on Wilkin’s shot had left the Cononley goalkeeper stranded.

Cononley were there for the taking, but despite their control of the game, Gargrave failed to create further opportunities.

Against the run of play, Cononley snatched a goal back as Gargrave’s defence failed to deal with a seemingly harmless lofted ball into the area, and their number 15 stroked the ball into the net.

This goal renewed their vigour band work ethic, and for the first time in the game Gargrave looked vulnerable. An equalizer arrived. A Cononley corner was only partially cleared, landing at the feet of Cononley’s number 7, who turned his man, before curling a low drive from the edge of the area, into the bottom left corner. 2-2.

Level pegging was arguably a little unbefitting of Gargrave’s display thus far, but as the match wore on it was Cononley who looked the most likely to score a third. Dan Thompson had to execute a crucial last-ditch tackle, and goalkeeper Burns acrobatically tipped the ball over the bar, as Cononley pushed for a third goal.

This Gargrave team is full of character though, and despite having their lead erased, the players found enough in them to get themselves ahead once again. Ben Brown scored his second of the game, and eighth of the season when another through ball, this time from Hurst, evaded the Cononley’s backline allowing Brown to slide the ball into the net in a similar fashion to his first.

Brown’s second goal was just reward for his tireless display at the focal point of Gargrave’s attack. Whilst at times looking a little isolated up front, he had converted both the chances that had his fallen his way up to this point in the game.

The impetus had been sapped from Cononley’s game with that goal, and Gargrave had opportunities to wrap the game up, but Brown, surprisingly, spurned a chance for his hat trick, before, first Hurst, and then substitute Matty Brown went close. It lead to a tense final few minutes, but Gargrave held on for the 3-2 victory.

Gargrave 4 – 2 Pendle Athletic

September 2, 2008

By Bevan Bolland

Gargrave produced another 4-2 win tonight against a battling Pendle side as their season begins to pick up pace.

The first half was a tightly contested affair with plenty of full-blooded challenges flying in. Ben Brown opened the scoring by slotting home after being put clean through.

Pendle’s midfield got to grips with the game though after that and an equaliser was on the cards. It duly arrived when a ball from the halfway line cut Gargrave’s static backline wide open, and the Pendle striker knocked it past Wilson and into the bottom corner. Pendle’s confidence grew and began asking more questions of the Gargrave defence.

Pendle had a golden opportunity after Kendall mistimed a tackle in the area but the resulting penalty was blazed over.

Honours were even at half-time, and Gargrave needed to increase the tempo if they were going to notch their second consecutive win of the season.

Manager Luke Boatwright had ordered a “bigger effort” in the second half and the players didn’t disappoint. A more fluid Gargrave side emerged playing slick short passes and making better use of the ball. The midfield trio of Jameson, Hurst and Orme stamped their authority on the game and dominated the second half. The wide-men, Moon and Wilkin, found themselves in a lot more space as the Pendle defence began to drop off. The defence also tightened up, limiting Pendle to very few opportunities.

It didn’t take long for Gargrave to retake the lead. A corner from the right was met powerfully by Hurst’s head, and Moon guided it into the net from a couple of yards.

A third goal soon followed, neat interplay between Moon and Wilkin in the inside-right channel released Wilkin, who found Brown in the area, Brown sidestepped his marker before drilling a low shot into the bottom left hand corner. In truth the Pendle goalkeeper should have done better with it though.

Gargrave’s fourth arrived just past the hour mark. Ben Brown’s ambitious overhead kick somehow found its way into the net, Moon swears he got a touch to it, but the decision as to whose goal it really is will have to left to the Craven League’s dubious goals panel to decide once they have seen the video replay.

The foot was taken of the pedal slightly after Gargrave had extended their lead to three goals, but the Pendle keeper was still tested by a header from Hurst and shots from Wilkin and Jameson.

Pendle grabbed a superb consolation with only 10 minutes to go, when Wilson who had produced a marvellous save from a similar shot earlier on the game, was beaten by a 20-yard strike which flew into the top right-hand corner from Pendle’s number 7.

There was still time for Gargrave to almost score a fifth. Substitutes Matty Brown and Tom Varey linked up well, leading to Brown’s shot from the edge of the area being tipped around the post.

All in all, it was a solid performance from Gargrave, and the players should go into the next match, against WFC Clitheroe on Saturday, full of confidence.

Gargrave 4 – 2 Waddington

August 31, 2008

Gargrave produced a great display in order to record their first win of the new season.

Gargrave started brightly and a superb piece of interchange set Oliver Hurst free who then found Christian Moon with a wonderful throughball. Christian Moon made no mistake, controlling well then placing the ball into the corner of the net for his fifth goal of the season so far. Gargrave then dropped off a little and allowed Waddington to play, the equaliser came from a terrific volley by Waddington’s no.6 from twenty yards out. Gargrave once again upped the tempo with Moon in terrific form and it was he who found Ben Brown in space and he made no mistake from 10 yards out to make it 2-1 to the home-side.

In the second half Gargrave raised their game to antoher level. The front three of Brown, Wilkin and Moon terrorised the Waddington defence and with jameson and Hurst on hand to support Waddington found themselves pegged back in their own half. It took till 65 minutes, though, for Gargrave to add to the scoreline, a tenacious run by Jonathan Chapman was cut short by lunging tackle by the Waddington defender, the result a penalty kick. Ben Brown dispatched this was cool precision. Moments later Ben Brown broke the offside trap and should have had a penalty when he was brought down in the area, the referee had other ideas and a free-kick on the edge of the area was awarded. This made little difference to Gargrave, however, they refused to play out the game and some intricate passing on the left eventually led to Hurst being free on the edge of the area, he fired the ball in the bottom corner to make it 4-1. Waddngton did not stop fighting and did get a penalty of their own late on, this was fired wildly wide. They did get a reward for their endeavour, however, scoring a consolation goal with the last kick of the game.


A special mention to Liam Jameson for his man-of-the-match performance, a real captain’s display. Should’ve been capped by a goal but closing your eyes and heading it straight up in the air is nearly as good.


Well done boys…..but still more improvements to be made

Hellifield Sports 7 – 6 Gargrave AFC

August 19, 2008

It was goals a plenty in the local derby clash against old rivals Hellifield Sports in the first game of the new season.

Hellifield were quickly out of the blocks with a close range header from Steven Procter. Ben Brown squared the ball for Christian Moon to level. Richard Orme volleyed in Gargraves second from the near post. Carl Stanford was quick to level the scores again with a controlled lob. A quick throw in was neatly flicked on by Ben Brown for Moon to volley home and take the visitors into the lead. Hellifield replied with a cruel deflection. Level pegging again! Ben Brown made no mistake with an angled shot to put Gargrave into a 4-3 lead at half time.

Moon notched up another on the score sheet but Carl Stanford beat the Gargrave defence once more. A goal mouth scramble from the hosts brought the scores level again. Stanford hit a superb shot to put Hellifield back in the driving seat but Gargrave were not finished as their man of the match Christian Moon scored his fourth of the game. The thirteenth and winning goal of the game came from last years premiership player of the year, Carl Stanford.

Final score 7-6 to Hellifield. An entertaining start to the season with end to end action, but it just goes to prove thirteen is lucky for some but unlucky for others!

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