Gargrave AFC

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 3 Bingley Town

August 26, 2009

Gargrave started the game the much brighter of the two sides and totally dominated the first twenty minutes of play, passing the ball well and having numerous forays on goal. Nick Kendalls free kick from just outside the box was parried over by the keeper. Rob Barkers long low shot and a neat tap in from Sam Ashby were saved by the alert Bingley keeper. Bingley broke free on the half hour and scored, a second closely followed, a long range unstoppable shot. A run through the defence created their third. Gargrave were awarded a penalty but luck was against them as the shot cruelly hit the post. Their bad luck continued when keeper Adam Hudson was forced to leave the field at half time with a recurring ankle problem.

Phil Cooke replaced the injured keeper and was soon called upon to produce some saves. Jodie Lonsdale was making a fine debut for the club and a great shot from him was saved by the Bingley keeper. Gargrave pressured for the last ten but could just not find that vital touch. A good performance from all their players particularly man of the match Jonathan Chapman who was always in the thick of the action.

Reserves first game of the season..

August 19, 2009

Settle Utd 8 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

The Reserves travelled to Settle to meet the same opponents they were up against in the first game of the season last year. Fortunately this year the result was kept in single figures!

Gargrave started the game well with several of their players making their debut for the club. Settle took advantage of some errors in play and were 2-0 up at half time. Gargrave continued to battle bravely against a strong Settle contingent who notched up a further six goals before the    final whistle blew. The visitors did not allow Settle a clean sheet, a good passing move from Robert Barker to the lively Matthew Hurst then gave Jonathan Chapman the opportunity to claim a good goal. Man of the match for Gargrave was Martin Eyles.

Gargrave AFC Reserves 3 – 2 Bingley Town FC

April 12, 2009

This was the Reserves last league game of the season and initially it looked like it would be the hardest. The Craven Leagues new ruling which deems a player ineligible to play in the Reserve Squad if they have played in six or more games for their first team combined with some last minute cry offs meant the squad facing Bingley Town comprised of just ten men. Bingley Town needed a win to keep them out of relegation and so keeper Adam Hudson was warned he could be in for a busy day! Manager Jimmy McLachlan joined the defence alongside rugby player/fell runner Matthew Hurst with the experienced defender Aidie Eyles acting as their mentor.

The opening moves of the game were scrappy with neither side looking particularly settled though Hudson looked confident in goal despite his earlier warnings. Mattie Simpson came close but it was a close range power shot from Bingley which opened the scoring. Was this the opening of the floodgates?

Gargrave pushed forwards and Jonathan Chapman almost levelled, Simpson played through to Richard Scott but the whistle was blown for offside. Lone ranger Simpson had goal in sight when he faced a one on one with the keeper and a brave lob levelled. Bingleys frustration began to show as Gargraves ten men began to play as a unit despite some of the players inexperience.

The second half opened with Richard Scott playing a long ball through to the pacey Simpson who again had only the keeper between him and the goal, he expertly rounded him to place the ball in the corner of the net. Scott almost had goal in sight himself but over ran the ball and then a longe range shot from him just skimmed the bar. A diving header from Bingley levelled the score at 2-2.

Despite the heat of the day the Gargrave players gave their all and continued to push forwards, Bevan Bolland had a good game, passing the ball with composure and at times playing a defensive role too but it was to be Mattie Simpsons day as he notched up a hat-trick, yet another  one on one with the Bingley keeper.  3-2 to the hosts.

A great result for Gargrave with the ten men squad gaining in the circumstances their finest result of the season.

Gargrave AFC Reserves 1 – 2 Earby Town FC

April 10, 2009

Earby Town opened the scoring minutes into the game with a long low shot, they continued to look dangerous on the break and Mattie Simpson foiled a second shot when he blocked on the line. Gargrave began to come back into the game but a soft header from Tom Varey went straight to the keepers hands. A good pacey move from the hosts found the receiving player off side and then Gargrave had to clear from the line as Earby broke through again.Gargrave continued to work hard and Simpson played the ball to the hard working defender Chris Manger who crossed the ball to the head of Jonathan Chapman who levelled the score.

The second half of play saw Simpson`s long range power shot go just wide whilst Earby had a  good chance on goal but the shot was high. The visitors second goal was a high lob which went just beyond the keepers reach. Again Gargrave strived for a leveller and despite all the players working hard, their hopes faded as did the light.

Man of the match award went to Aidie Eyles in the heart of defence.

The Reserves play the last of their League games on Saturday, at home versus Bingley FC.

* Please can all outstanding fines and subs be paid on Saturday.

Cowling 3 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

April 3, 2009

A difficult game for the visitors which began before the whistle blew with the Crosshills & District rush hour traffic, this combined with the Leagues new ruling on players having played six matches or more in a higher division during the season being deemed ineligible to play caused a few problems. ( a harsh ruling, out of around twenty games, can a player turning out six times for the first team be really classed as a first team player and then have to miss his last few games with his regular Reserve squad. All clubs with two teams have their floating players who play at times with both squads)???

Keeping the ball on the ground was the key for as soon as it was allowed to bounce on the rock hard surface it could have gone to anyones feet. Cowling seemed to have this theory under control and played some decent football reflecting their status in the division. They were the first on the score sheet as the theory was put into practice .

Gargrave came back into the game in the second half of play and it was Jeff Rotherham who produced another solid performance for his side.

Man of the match, Mattie Simpson ( I`ve got the biggest collection of yellow cards this season) produced a long throw straight to the head of Richard Scott who created a consolation goal for the visitors.

AFC Padiham 2 – 1 Gargrave AFC Reserves

March 23, 2009

Gargrave started the game well and enjoyed most of the possession but it was Padiham who took the lead against the run of play with a good finish from their striker. The visitors were not down hearted and were playing confidently and were soon rewarded when Mattie Simpson drew level,he received  the ball on the edge of the area and then fired it into the bottom corner of the net.

The game remained level until the final minute when a cruel bounce took the ball over the head of the Gargrave keeper and into the empty net. Gargrave made the long journey home disappointed not to be taking a share of the points with them.

Midfielder Sam Watson impressed the hosts who named him as man of the match.

* Please note the Reserves have no game on Saturday March 28th but can all regular Reserve players try to be available for their next   game which is on Wednesday evening, April 1st, away vs Cowling, kick off 6.30.p.m.

Will Managers please note the new ruling which has been brought in this season ( League handbook, rule N, page 12) . There may be exceptions to this ruling regarding floating players but the Management Committee must be notified and permission given prior to them playing.

Gargrave AFC Reserves 3 – 1 Embsay FC

March 16, 2009

Gargrave AFC Reserves  3  -  1  Embsay FC

A much improved performance gave Gargrave Reserves a good win on Saturday against Embsay.

The strong winds initially were the dominant factor but Gargrave enjoyed much of the early play though Embsay did begin to settle as the half progressed. The hosts played well as a unit stringing together some better passes than of late despite the conditions.

Mark ( goal a game ) Webb had his eye firmly on goal and took the direct route when he neatly nutmegged the keeper to notch up the first for Gargrave. Embsays danger man, Dave Greenwood, hit the post with a fine strike and promptly hit it again moments later. He made no mistake on his third attempt with a wind assisted ball from close range. A fine run by Neil Banks created the opening for Mattie Simpson to take a 2-1 lead as the half drew to a close.

Good passing moves from Tom Varey to the hard working Geoff Rotherham saw a precise cross to the feet of the well  positioned Richard Scott who  tapped in from close range.Scott went wide just minutes later whilst a brave save from keeper Adam Hudson thwarted Embsays attempts to get back into the game as Gargrave continued to dominate.

A good performance from the hosts in which every man played their part. Mattie Simpson took the eye of the oposition when they named him as man of the match.

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Trawden Celtic 3 – 1 Gargrave AFC Reserves

March 8, 2009

Conditions were difficult to say the least when Gargrave visited Trawden Celtic on Saturday. The strong winds and driving rain hampered the play for both squads.

Trawden were looking for a result after their  O – O draw at the last meeting back in October, and early on in the game they notched up their first goal. Gargrave were quick to reply with a free kick from Mark Webb on his first outing of the season.

Trawden began to take control of the game, scoring two  more to give them a 3-1 cushion.

Goal keeper, Adam Hudson impressed the hosts who awarded him the man of the match award, but for his endeavours the score may have been greater.

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Norman Pratt Trophy Quarter Final Result:

February 23, 2009

Gargrave AFC Reserves  3  -  4  Rimington AFC Reserves

Gargrave Reserves knew they were in for a tough game when they were drawn against the holders of the Craven FA Norman Pratt Trophy, Rimington Reserves. However as past winners of the trophy back in 2005 and also in 2006 this on paper was going to be a close encounter.

Rimington Reserves were a well disciplined and organised side and this was to pay them dividends almost from the off when a good  move split the Gargrave defence and their keeper Stewart Wilson was given little chance. Gargrave began to put in some better moves and Matthew Simpson was given a chance on goal but his shot went over. The  keeper was kept on his toes as Rimington attacked,Wilson saved,Rimington hit the woodwork, defender Aidie Eyles blocked a shot off the goal line but finally Rimington shot from close range to take a 2-0 lead. Midfielder Simon Boatwrights long range pin point free kick found the head of Tom Varey but the resulting header was just inches wide.Nick Manger making a welcome return to the club after a long lay off was working hard up front and this paid off as he brought Gargrave back into the game with a close range shot. 2-1 at the break.

Gargrave returned after the break knowing now that there was little to choose between the two sides. Tom Varey continued to push hard on goal and some well worked moves saw his shot go just wide of target. Rimington hit the bar at the other end of play. The visitors were awarded a penalty which was well saved by the keeper but disappointingly the resulting rebound created a third goal for Rimington. Gargrave continued to push for another opening making Rimington work hard. An exquisite  free kick was taken by Richard Scott which instilled the confidence back into the Gargrave game as soon as it stroked the side of the net . The game was back on! The final whistle was fast approaching as Gargrave were awarded another free kick, Scotty had to be the choice to take it,with shouts of ” the same again” that is just what he did! – another exquisite shot- Scotty the Hero. However as they say all good things come to an end and with Gargrave thoughts on extra time and only a couple of minutes of play left, Rimington strove to the other end of play and scored the winning goal. A disappointing end for Gargrave but a decent game of football with two fabulous goals from Scotty and a debut goal for the returning Nick Manger.

Gargrave AFC Reserves 0 – 2 AFC Padiham

February 16, 2009

Gargrave were slow to settle on the heavy pitch and were punished when Padiham scored just minutes into the game. The visitors had the advantage of a run of corner balls but could not convert further. Jonathan Chapman went close at the other end of play when his shot hit the bar. Padiham missed a golden opportunity to score followed by a shot which went just wide and then they were denied by a fine block from man of the match defender Aidie Eyles. Gargrave began to settle though were still guilty of playing balls in haste, more composed moves did create some chances and Tom Varey came close but his shot went over the bar as half time loomed.

Padiham went close early in the second half of play when their shot hit the bar. Gargrave rallied and pushed for goal but again it was a case of more haste less speed. Keeper Adam Hudson made a great save at feet, the return shot hit the bar and a follow up was well saved again. Padiham scored their second goal minutes from the full time whistle taking the result beyond Gargraves reach.

Defender Geoff Rotherham had a solid composed game at the back playing some of the best football on the pitch.

Gargrave Reserves look forward to their quarter final match in the Craven FA Norman Pratt Trophy competition on Saturday 21st February vs Rimington Reserves to be played at Gargrave. KICK OFF 2.P.M

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