Gargrave AFC

Gargrave AFC Reserves 3 – 2 Rolls Royce FC

February 1, 2009

Gargrave got off to a dream start when a Mattie Simpson free kick found the back of the net on the two minute mark. However any fluency in play was then halted by the cruel wind and arctic bite, much of the ball play was in the air with little passing to feet from either side. An easy flick through from Rolls found an un-marked player who slotted the ball past the keeper to level the scores. The return of Chris Manger and a change of position for Richard Scott from left wing to centre back added strength to the Gargrave defence who kept the scoreline at 1-1 as the half time whistle blew.

A soft goal early on in the second half gave Rolls a 2-1 lead. Gargrave began to have spells of playing better football and a searching long range  cross came close from Mattie Simpson. Tom Varey made no mistake with a well controlled lob, there was a touch from the keeper but not enough to keep the ball out of the net, levelling the scores again. Both sides worked hard to create the winning goal and it was an on form Simpson who weaved his way through the Rolls defence, a touch to Sam Ashby who in turn flicked the ball back to Simpson who placed the ball neatly on target. Rolls responded with attacks on goal but keeper Adam Hudson put in some heroic saves to maintain the hosts lead and earn himself the man of the match award. Gargrave had a couple more attempts on goal but were content with a 3-2 win over the top of the table,not the best performance from them but nevertheless  a valuable three points gained.

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Gargrave AFC Reserves 1 – 2 Oakworth FC

January 18, 2009

Despite working hard and running their legs off on the heavy ground the hosts just could not convert their chances. Tom Varey was the first to come close with a speculative ( he may say spectacular ) overhead kick which went wide of the target.

An unlucky bounce went under the keepers diving arm to give Oakworth their first goal on the half hour mark. Two excellent saves from the visiting keeper denied striker Mattie Simpson a  brace of goals just before the half time whistle.

A soft goal from close range gave Oakworth a 2-0 cushion and there was almost a third when they hit the bar and then a penalty was shot well over target. Gargrave continued to battle though Oakworth were playing the better football. Sam Ashby scored a consolation goal for Gargrave through a neat header whilst at the other end of play, Adam Hudson saved well to deny Oakworth.

Defender Aidie Eyles had a solid game to claim the man of the match award with Kristian Hodgson also acting as a lynch pin at the back with a tireless and committed performance.

The Reserves travel to AFC Padiham next week and then they can look forward to a long run of home games.

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Bradley FC 1 – 2 Gargrave AFC Reserves

November 23, 2008

The latest game in a long run of away fixtures was played at Bradley on Saturday.

A quick goal on the three minute mark came from Bradley which seemed to wake up the Gargrave defence who from then on remained solid. Mattie Simpson was in fine form and relishing playing against the side he initially joined pre the season commencing. His free kick notched up the equaliser. The second goal was again courtesy of Simpson as he ran through the Bradley defence and fired home a bullet shot.

It was a sterling performance from Gargrave as they overcame the perils of the sloping Bradley pitch. Lee Barrett caught the eye of the opposition when they named him as the man of the match.

The side can enjoy a brief break next week as they have no game and then on the 6th December they will be away once more at Padiham. The following week, Saturday 13th December they are away again in the League cup at Embsay.

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Result – Craven FA Norman Pratt Trophy Competition-

November 17, 2008

Settle Utd Reserves  1  -  2  Gargrave AFC Reserves

Gargrave Reserves booked themselves a place in the quarter finals of The Craven FA Norman Pratt Trophy Competition after a 2-1 win over Settle Utd Reserves on Saturday.

Assistant Manager Sam Ashby`s header opened the scoring. Jonathan Chapmans strong run through the defence followed by a neat tap in notched up a second goal. Settle desperately tried to pull back the deficit in the second half but Gargrave  maintained their hold on the game and the defence held firm. A consolation goal did however come for the hosts just minutes before the final whistle was blown, but for them it was too little too late.

Gargrave Reserves will meet either Grassington Reserves or Rimington Reserves in the next round ( this will probably be played in January). The name of the opposing team will be confirmed after their game has been played on the 20th December.


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Rolls Royce 2 – 1 Gargrave AFC Reserves

November 10, 2008

Gargrave Reserves knew they had a tough challenge ahead of them when they faced the League leaders, Rolls Royce on Saturday.

Player un-availability and injury forced manager, Jimmy McLachlan out of retirement and into defence. He was well supported by Geoff Rotherham and Kristian Hodgson who were outstanding. The versatile Hodgson was awarded the man of the match award for his endeavours.

The non arrival of the official referee saw Rolls Royce provide a stand in through Robin Chapman. Gargrave worked hard throughout the game with the fitness and commitment of Richard Scott, Jonathan Chapman and Matthew Simpson paying a premium as always. Rolls took a 2-0 lead but Gargrave pulled one back minutes from time after some good passing play found former Gargrave junior player Neil Banks un-marked and ready to notch up his first of the season.

Gargrave were unlucky not to come away with a share of the points but on the day it was a creditable result against some top class opponents. Manager McLachlan was upbeat and pleased with his teams performance and looks forward to the return game when hopefully a full strength squad will be available.

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Earby 2 – 5 Gargrave Res

November 3, 2008

3 points were up for grabs as Gargrave made the short trip to local rivals Earby. Manager Jimmy Mc showed the team his intentions in the changing room, promising he wasn’t scared to make 3 substitutions at half time if they were needed.

This seemed to relight Gargrave’s fire as they took the lead early on in the first half with a well placed shot from Liam Jameson, there was a hint of “own goal” surrounding the strike, but manager Mc thought that giving Jameson the goal would do wonders for team morale.

Gargrave continued to have chances, but Matthew Simpson soon found out that it only takes a minute to concede a penalty, fowling an Earby player in the box. Stand in goalkeeper Dan Thompson made a valiant attempt at saving the penalty, making a sprawling dive to the bottom left corner, unfortunately the Earby player cooly slotted the ball in the bottom right, bringing the scores level.

Gargrave again took the lead after some good play from Richard “Two Forenames” Scott, Scott played the ball across the area allowing Jamie Cartman to tap the ball into the net.

To their credit, the home side refused to let Gargrave shine and managed to bring the game level yet again when an Earby player broke free of the Gargrave defence and fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the Gargrave goal, bringing the game level going into half time.

Strong words were issued at half time by Jimmy, reminding Gargrave that they needed to up their performance if they were to get anything from the game.

Gargrave showed plenty of patience early on in the second half, but they managed to retake the lead when Jamie Cartman broke free of the Earby defence to score his second goal of the game.

He soon had the chance to grab his hat trick when a rash challenge by an Earby defender resulted in a Gargrave penalty. Lee Barrett, now back for good with Gargrave after a long career spanning various clubs, walked forward to take the penalty. However manager Jimmy McLachlan had made a number of promises to his players at the start of the season, one being that if a player was on 2 goals, they should be allowed to take a penalty to convert the 2 goals into a hat trick, so Jamie Cartman eventually slotted home the penalty to make the score 4 – 2 to Gargrave.

Earby continued to press for a 3rd goal but the Gargrave defence stood firm. Gargrave added a fifth goal in stoppage time when a looping cross from everyones favourite asthmatic; Si Boatwright was headed into the net by 6ft 7″ striker Tom Varey.

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Oakworth FC 0 – 4 Gargrave FC Reserves

October 25, 2008

Eleven men were raised at the eleventh hour so the game against Oakworth could go ahead. Full credit to assistant manager Sam Ashby who had the difficult task of forming a squad besieged with injury, unavailability and frustrating last minute repeals.

It was debut day for both Martin Eyles and Stuart Dolan who performed way and beyond the call of duty. Stepping into the un-enviable job of keeper was Christian Hodgson who was quite simply the business – a clean sheet with a quaility performance.

The playing conditions were difficult with soft ground underfoot and strong winds. The latter element aided a curling corner from Simon Boatwright which opened the scoring. Matthew Simpson`s solo effort as he ran from the half way line, slipping the ball past the keeper was the goal of the game. Richard Scott`s tap in from Sam Ashbys volley notched up the third. The fourth and final goal was an Ashby/Scott reversal with Sam tapping in the ball from a Richard Scott volley.

A fine victory with an excellent performance from all eleven players. A solid display from the rock in defence, man of the match, Aidie Eyles.

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Bingley Town 1 – 3 Gargrave AFC Reserves

October 20, 2008

A great all round team performance secured a good win for Gargrave Reserves on Saturday when they visited Bingley Town.

Richard Scott opened the scoring on four minutes with a shot which hit the roof of the net. Tom Varey made no mistake with the second. Bingley Town pulled a goal back but Gargrave continued with some sweet passing football and Matthew Simpson neatly rounded the keeper to secure a fine victory.The score could have been greater but for some spurned missed chances but the goals have started to come as the side becomes more settled. A good performance from Sam Ashby earned him the man of the match award.

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Gargrave AFC Reserves 0 – 0 Trawden Celtic

October 13, 2008

Goal keeper Adam Hudson was the hero of the hour for Gargrave Reserves when they faced Trawden Celtic. His penalty save kept Gargrave in the game and a draw against a youthful Trawden side left manager Jimmy McLachlan well satisfied. Captain Adrian Eyles led his team well both through play and verbal encouragement. Lee Barrett was as always solid in defence and his early long range shot was the first to test the Trawden keeper. Gargrave had the best of the early play but Trawden soon turned up the heat, though their young eagerness saw many shots blasted either wide or over target.

Adam Hudsons penalty restored the home sides confidence in the second half of play. Excellent work by the consistent Matthew Simpson almost created the winner for Gargrave moments from time. His pin point cross to the feet of Tom Varey looked like there was an un-missable shot on the cards but it became a stoppable one with the Trawden keeper fortunate to be perfectly placed to block the shot. Hard working mid fielder Richard Scott was named as man of the match.

There was disappointment from some of the Trawden players when they found their teacher Richard Orme was playing for the Gargrave first team at Skipton town, they were looking forward to some pay back!

Embsay 1 – 0 Gargrave AFC Reserves

October 6, 2008

The weather was the prominent factor at Embsay with strong gusts of wind hampering much of the play. Both teams had their chances but failed to convert them and a share of points would have been a fair result on the day. However luck was on the side of Embsay when a strong gust of wind drew the ball away from the Gargrave keepers reach and landed at the feet of one of their men who tapped in the winner.

There were good performances from Geoff Rotherham,Jonathan Chapman and Lee Barrett, the latter earning the man of the match award for Gargrave whilst David Greenwood took the award for Embsay.

It was good to see Pete Thomas playing again after receiving a bad break to his leg in one of the last league games last season.

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