Gargrave AFC

Pendle Renegades 2 – 0 Gargrave Res

April 25, 2013

Gargrave travelled to Earby for their final game of the season against Pendle Renegades.

The home team came out of the traps quickly clearly up for the game as they were chasing an automatic promotion place. There was little to choose between the teams though in the opening 30 minutes with both defences on top limiting the forwards chances. Pendle nearly took the lead from a corner but a close range header produced a great reflex save from the Gargrave keeper. Gargrave worked hard and tried to utilise the big pitch but didn’t offer too much going forward. Pendle took the lead with a counter attack a few minutes before half time.

Gargrave had the luxury of a substitute and brought on fresh legs just after the break. The second half was a fairly uneventful affair with the home side playing long ball football at every given opportunity. They doubled their lead to take the game of out Gargraves reach.

Gargrave came close to their first shot on target when Gaz Lord’s powerful slide tackle turned into an attempt on goal, this however summed up Gargraves night. Gargrave now have to rely on the teams below them to not pick up any points if they are to survive relegation.

It’s been a tough season for Gargrave but, if the current team they have now played from the first game of the season it may well have been a different story.

Gargrave Res 1 – 2 Ingrow Res

April 22, 2013

Gargrave were fortunate to be playing in Saturdays semi final league cup clash with Ingrow due to the Barons breaking the 6 game rule with multiple players in the previous round.

Gargrave kicked off and right from the offset the game was open with both defences being stretched. Ingrow looked the more dangerous though forcing good saves from keeper Hudson and they hit a post too. Gargrave had their fair share of possession but didn’t create too many clear cut chances the final ball seemed to let them down. Suprisingly the game was 0-0 at the break.

The second half started much the same as the first with open attacking football being played. Ingrow took the lead early on in the second half when a fierce 30 yard half volley appeared to be saved by the Gargrave keeper but instead of the ball being pushed over the bar it slipped through his fingers and landed in the back of the net. With Gargrave low on confidence they lacked the spark they needed to pick themselves up and then went two nil down when the ingrow forward had all the time in the world to control the ball in the box and volley home into the bottom corner.

With only 15 minutes remaining Gargrave went for it and played 3 at the back with Gaz Lord as an additional midfielder it almost immediately paid dividends when his rasping shot forced a great save from the keeper. Gargrave battled hard and started to show their fighting spirit pressing the Ingrow players high up the pitch. Gargrave scored after a great team move was rounded off by Carl Tetley who lobbed the keeper with an assured finish.

It was all too little too late though and Gargrave crashed out of the league cup….again

Earby Res 2 – 2 Gargrave Res

April 17, 2013

Gargrave had little recovery time from the weekend in Monday nights encounter at Earby. Harry “Collocini” McEneaney thankfully passed a late fitness test.

Gargrave started brightly and looked confident in possession the compact pitch seemed to suit Gargrave whilst the home side kept lumping the ball forward and the Gargrave back line watched as the ball sailed harmlessly out of play on several occasions. Earby did provide the first chances of the game though forcing two great saves from Gargrave’s Adam Hudson. However Gargrave then took the league with a signature break away goal Seddon and Town linked well as they have done all season. Andy Seddons through ball saw Josh Town make no mistake one on one with the keeper. Gargrave took control of the game their midfield trio held their positions well and the back line worked hard for each other too and Earby weren’t able to break Gargrave down. Gargrave doubled their lead when Carl Tetley’s looping shot caused pandemonium in the Earby box and Andy Seddon calmly nodded the ball into the back of the net. An unusual and unfamiliar position for Gargrave to be in at half time.

Earby changed things at half time bringing on another forward and played two up front, this had an immediate impact and they really came at Gargrave. The warning signs were there but Gargrave held firm and defended well. Earby pulled a goal back when a harmless shot somehow ended up in the back of the net, keeper Hudson got his angles all wrong and instead of watching the ball go wide of his post it crept in. Earby had momentum and kept coming at Gargrave and they soon equalised after Richard Lords failed speculative clearance allowed their winger to cross the ball into the box and the striker tapped in from close range. A familiar story had unfolded where Gargrave had been punished again by individual errors.

It was a lively finish to the game with Earby probably edging it on chances, so all in all a point was a decent result for Gargrave. Gargrave only have one game left in the league now where only a win will do. If other results are kind too the great escape could be possible.

Bingley 2 – 1 Gargrave Res

April 16, 2013

Gargrave faced Bingley Town on Saturday needing to win to boost their chance of survival. Key absentees were going to make their task even more difficult.

Gargrave were slow to start, the wind and bobbly pitch was making it difficult for them to get the ball on the ground and play football. It was turning out to be a scrappy game with little quality on show. Bingley played with the wind in the first half and had most of the ball but didn’t create too many chances. Gargrave could only clear their lines and not get a hold of the ball due to the wind. It was a fairly uneventful first half until the stroke of half time. Gargrave were hoping to go in level at the break but unfortunately they conceded right on the half time whistle as they did last week. The Gargrave keeper came out to claim a routine catch but spilled it and it fell to the feet of the grateful striker who tapped the ball into an empty net.

Gargrave made a tactical change at half time and played 4-4-2 and they looked a different side. Playing with the wind now, Josh Town started to get involved and he and Andy Seddon looked dangerous. Gargrave had Bingley on the back foot and now it was them who couldn’t get out of their half. Gargrave deservedly levelled the scores after some great one touch football between Jack Harrison and Josh Town saw the ball passed to Seddon who curled his effort into the top corner.

Gargrave’s jubilation was short lived as Bingley countered quickly and a cross from the right found the striker who had all the time in the world to calmly slot the ball home. Gargrave had two great chances to equalise though. Gaz Lord made a burst down the right skipping past their winger and full back and bundled his way into the box and played it across to the normally prolific Simon Boatwright but he couldn’t convert from close range. Andy Seddon had a great effort saved by the keeper too. Gargrave rallied in the second half and were unlucky not to draw the game.

Gargrave Res 0 – 2 Embsay Res

April 2, 2013

Gargrave faced top of the table Embsay in Saturdays big game of the day and both teams needed the points for very different reasons.

Embsay started brightly playing some good football but never really threatened the Gargrave goal. Gargrave then came into the game and looked comfortable in possession but couldn’t create any clear cut chances. Craig Gregory had a few sights on goal but he was restricted to long range efforts that never tested the Embsay keeper.

Embsay took the lead from the penalty spot after a clumsy Clocky-esque tackle from Harry McEneaney. It was an edgy first half and Gargrave were unlucky to be one nil down.

The second half was much the same as the first with Gargrave having most of the ball but they just couldn’t find the break through. Embsay then extended their lead after a good passing move. Gargrave pressed but again were reduced to long shots that never really threatened. It took until the 89th minute for Gargrave to finally have a shot on goal bringing a good save from the Embsay keeper. Gargrave almost claimed a late consolation when Carl Tetley’s bullet header again forced another good save from the keeper.

Gargrave deserved at least a draw from the game but just weren’t clinical enough in front of goal.

Gargrave Res 2 – 0 Pendle Renagades

March 12, 2013

Gargrave faced promotion chasing Pendle on Saturday with both teams desperately needing the three points. Gargraves chief scout Harry McEneaney had been busy in the build up to the big game and managed to bring in Tom Smith from overseas just before the transfer window closed.

Pendle started brightly and almost immediately went one nil up with their first attack of the game but their striker missed a free header from two yards out. Pendle again came close with two long distance shots but Adam Hudson made two great saves to deny Pendle the lead. Gargrave then came to life and played some good passing football, Andy Seddon had a couple of half chances but he was unable to convert. Gargrave took the lead after Simon Boatwrights teasing free kick caused panic in the Pendle area and Tom Smith appeared to have scored a debut goal but his header seemed to stop on the goal line. A poor defensive clearance fell to the feet of the lively Craig Gregory who danced around two Pendle defenders before slotting home to give gargrave a deserved lead. Gargrave were confident in possession and certainly didn’t look like a team rooted to the bottom of the league. Gargrave soon doubled their lead when the George Best of the craven league Josh Town calmly placed the ball into the bottom corner after he found himself unmarked in the box. Town is currently struggling to contain his massive drink problem and is refusing to admit he has issues.

Gargrave were hoping to see out the half and were counting down the clock and then up stepped Michael Mclachlan. To make for a more interesting game Mclachlan decided to give away his customary penalty of the match and with the Pendle forward seemingly about to run the ball out of play he made a trademark tackle/assault on the forward and bundled him to the ground giving the ref no option but to point to the spot. Fortunately for the defender and for Gargrave the strikers penalty was blazed over the bar.

Gargrave survived and it appeared luck was going to be on their side today. The second half saw Pendle pushing men forward and creating chances with Hudson having to make more good saves to keep his side in it. However, Gargrave defended superbly throughout and managed to hang on and claim a vital three points and a clean sheet. Tom Smith was awarded the match point with an impressive debut at the heart of the defence but the whole team had worked hard and each player was integral in the teams good performance….apart from Josh Town.

Barnoldswick Barons Res 1 – 1 Gargrave Res (1 – 2 AET)

February 18, 2013

Gargrave faced lower league opposition in the cup and were hoping for a confidence boosting win to lift morale after their devastating defeat to LMS last time out.

However things didn’t go exactly to plan and the home side soon took the lead a ferocious shot from the edge of the box flew into the top corner leaving Gargrave shell shocked. Gargrave had lots of time on the ball but were always looking for the killer pass and stopped doing the simple things. The players were uncharacteristically starting to get on each others backs and were growing more and more frustrated as the game wasn’t going as planned. Gargrave started to put their foot on the ball and in patches controlled the game well but just couldn’t get their equaliser. Simon Boatwright came close with a long range drive but it was the home side who almost doubled their lead when they hit the post. Gargrave were glad of the half time whistle none more so then the usually ever reliable Gaz Lord who seemed to forget how to play football for the first 45 minutes!

The dynamics of the game immediately changed in the second half as Gargrave completely dominated procedures. Gargrave were camped in the Barons half and it was wave after wave of attack but they could not find the back of the net. Gargrave made a change after 10 minutes as Lee Dent made way for Billy Boland, the change paid dividends as Boland equalised for Gargrave when the goal keepers sliced clearance allowed him to volley the ball into the back of the empty net. Now was the time for Gargrave to put the game to bed Barons were tiring and a few opposition players seemed to have given up. Gargrave created chance after chance and had corner after corner but could not kill the game off. Debutant centre back Harry Milner headed wide, Andy Seddon missed chances and Harry Mceneaney saw a header go just over the bar in the closing stages. However, after 90 minutes it was still 1-1, extra time beckoned.

Extra time proved to be the same story as the second half where Gargrave dominated possession but could not score. That was until Richard Orme played a signature through ball that Josh Town latched onto and found himself one on one with the keeper and he showed great composure and slotted the ball home. Josh Town almost immediately grabbed another when he hit a sweet volley that struck the post. Barons offered very little in the second half of the game or in extra time but there was a huge sigh of relief from Gargrave as the final whistle sounded.

There was to be no cup upset today but Gargrave made very hard work of their win but most importantly are in the next round of the cup.

Game stats courtesy of Opta

Possession
Gargrave 90%
Barons 10%

Corners
Gargrave 512
Barons 0

Shots on and off target
Gargrave 317
Barons 2

Craven FA Norman Pratt Trophy – Second round

February 16, 2013

Barnoldswick Barons Reserves  1  -  2  Gargrave Reserves

A.E.T

Gargrave Res 1 – 2 LMS Res

February 5, 2013

Gargrave hosted Skipton LMS reserves on Saturday, a relegation 6 pointer if ever there was one. Gargrave were missing several key players too on a day they really needed to field their strongest 11. However, they did welcome back Tom Kay at left back who has had a lengthy period out of action due to a series of injuries.

The game kicked off and it was a very scrappy affair with both teams cancelling each other out. Gargrave had brief spells of good possession but couldn’t offer too much going forward for the fear of being caught out on the counter attack. LMS did break through but Adam Hudson made an excellent brave diving save to thwart the striker. Cries of “Penalty” from the masses of away fans (all two of them and a passer by on the canal path) but the ref made the correct decision and waved play on.

It was Gargrave who took the lead after a fine through ball from Richard Orme caught the LMS defence napping and saw Andy Seddon through on goal his first effort was saved by the keeper but he made no mistake with the follow up. A deserved goal for the Gargrave front man for all his hard work in the first half. Gargrave then appeared to be in control and were happy to see out the first half with LMS not causing many problems. That was until a clumsy challenge in the box from stand in centre back Michael Mclachlan saw the referee have no option but to point to the spot. The LMS front man slotted home to equalise.

The second half began much the same as the first half with very little quality on show and very little goal mouth action. LMS took the the lead when their forward collected the ball on the edge of the box with his back toward goal, chipped up the ball, swivelled and hit an unbelievable volley that nestled in the top corner. A fantastic strike.

Gargrave have played some of their best football in the latter parts of games this season but it just was not their day and the absentees were sorely missed. Gargrave created very little in the second half but did have the chance to equalise right at the death. A fantastic free kick whipped into the box by Simon Boatwright saw Richard Orme completely unmarked but he wasnt able to convert.

The game finished 2-1, a disappointing result but Gargrave are not dead and buried yet and still have a chance of survival.

Gargrave Res 4 – 0 Earby Town Res

January 15, 2013

Gargrave hosted high flying Earby Town reserves on Saturday and only a win would do, to help ease their treacherous looking league position.

Gargrave started brightly, a tactical change of formation allowed Richard Orme the freedom of the middle of the park and he certainly made the most of it. A trademark through ball from Orme found Josh Town free in the penalty area but his touch let him down and the chance was gone. Josh Town soon had another chance but he blazed over. Gargrave were in complete control and the deadlock appeared to be broken when Richard Orme played a delightful chipped ball through to free scoring Simon Boatwright who found the back of the net, however the goal was disallowed and flagged as offside. Gargrave continued to press and the hard working Will Beckwith opened the scoring with a hard low drive from the edge of the box that hit the post and went in. Gargrave thoroughly deserved their lead at the break.

Gargrave started the second half well playing some nice football but not creating too many chances. The visitors rarely threatened and didnt trouble the Gargrave back line who had defended well all day. Will Beckwith then doubled Gargraves lead and Josh Town made it 3-0 soon after. The scoring was not quite finished there, Ben Wilson added a fourth and what a goal it was too. The roaming left back unleashed a ferocious shot into the roof of the net.

A fantastic team performance, every player worked their socks off and Gargrave thoroughly deserved the three points. The match point could have been awarded to most Gargrave players on the field but deservedly went to Richard Orme who had his best game of the season, but also a special mention to Andy Seddon and Gaz Lord who were also outstanding.

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