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Gargrave Reserves 2 – 5 Ingrow & Worth Valley

January 6, 2013

Gargrave Reserves had a bad start to the New Year losing at home to Ingrow on Saturday. They started slowly and after defensive errors soon found themselves 3 – 0 down.

Gargrave  had a brief spell of possession but never really threatened the Ingrow goal and created few chances. The visitors added another two goals before half time.

Gargrave came out fighting in the second half and immediately pegged one back when a great through ball from Kristian Hodgson found Josh Town one on one with the keeper and he made no mistake with a cool lobbed finish. Gargrave continued to press and Josh Town was unlucky not to score again when his shot hit the bar. The goal of the game came soon after when Simon Boatwright fired home from close range with an emphatic finish. However there was to be no great comeback and the game finished 5-2.

Harry McEneaney was man of the match for Gargrave.










Ingrow 4 – 4 Gargrave Res

December 11, 2012

Gargrave started off brightly and were unlucky not to take the lead in the first few minutes with Josh Town blazing over the bar from two yards out. Gargrave kept on attacking and soon took the lead with the move of the match, with some great one touch football from Josh Town, Andy Seddon, Simon Boatwright and marquee signing Craig Gregory. Jack Harrison finished off the move with a brilliant curling shot that found the top corner. The home side were stunned by the quick start from Gargrave but soon took the game by the scruff of the neck and equalised with an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Ingrow then completely dominated the half and added a second and third before the break.

Gargrave came out fighting in the second half after some strong words from stand in captain Kristian Hodgson. However, it was Ingrow that scored again after a dubious refereeing decision that saw a clear foul on the Gargrave keeper who dropped the ball and it fell to the Ingrow striker who tapped into the net.

Gargrave did not let their heads drop and soon made the score 4-2 when Ben Wilson poked the ball into the roof of the net from close range. Gargrave had the wind in their sails and then from out of no where Carl “Roberto Carlos” Tetley unleashed a ferocious shot from 30 yards out that looked well wide but the ball dipped and swerved and ended up in the back of the net, a moment to forget for the Ingrow keeper. But a moment to savour for young Carl Tetley as he claimed his first senior goal for the club. Gargrave continued to press and deservedly grabbed the equaliser after some more great work from Craig Gregory who set up Andy Seddon who found himself completely free in the box and one on one with the keeper and cooly placed the ball into the bottom corner. A terrific comeback and a deserved goal for Seddon who worked tirelessly all afternoon.

Gargrave were happy with the point and it proved to be a thoroughly entertaining match with the crowd (of 5) fully getting their money’s worth. Gargrave’s man of the match was Craig Gregory who terrified the home side all afternoon. Sky Sports understands the club are keen to move for him in the January window, manager Boatwright refused to comment.

Gargrave Reserves 5 – 0 Skipton LMS Reserves

November 18, 2012

Gargrave hosted Skipton LMS Reserves in the first round of the Craven FA Norman Pratt Cup. Gargrave were hoping for a good cup run to help with their precarious looking league position.

LMS started the better of the two teams but never really threatened the Gargrave goal. It was a cagey first half with few goal scoring opportunities, the best of the half falling to Will Beckwith who blazed over the bar after some good link up play between Andy Seddon and Josh Town.

Gargrave started well in the second half and soon took the lead, a hopeful long ball into the box from Dan Thompson turned out to be a perfect pin point cross for Richard Orme who used all his pace off the ball to direct his header into the bottom corner. Gargrave continued to press and created chance after chance. The move of the match saw Andy Seddon and Josh Town link up again, Seddon back heeled the ball and Town saw his placed shot go just wide.

It looked as if it was not to be Gargraves day after so many missed chances but then the floodgates opened. Andy Seddon headed in Jack Harrisons cross to make it 2-0. A fine solo goal from  Josh Town made it 3-0 and a screamer from Jack Harrison made it four. Seddon grabbed his second of the game and completed the scoring with a low shot into the corner.

An emphatic win for Gargrave and thoroughly deserved. They will meet Barnoldswick Barons away in the second round.













Silsden Whitestar Reserves 6 – 4 Gargrave Reserves

November 12, 2012

Silsden were extremely quick out of the blocks and took the lead in the first two minutes. Their corner was headed in by the Whitestar forward. More pressure was piled on with Gargrave struggling to get the ball out of their own half. When it eventually did a quick break away saw Andy Seddon through one on one with the keeper, his low shot trickled towards the goal keeper and to everyone’s amazement crept into the back of the net! The Gargrave striker wasn’t aware he had even scored!

The goal rallied Gargrave for a short while but the home side took the lead again when a deflected shot left the Gargrave keeper with no chance. Gargrave then went to pieces, defensive errors and some good finishing saw Silsden in no time at all score three more goals and they led 5-1 at half time. The second game in a row that Gargrave have trailed by this deficit at the break.

Silsden sat back in the second half and Gargrave pushed on to try and salvage something from the game. A neat one two between Gaz Lord and Andy Seddon saw Seddon grab his second goal of the game with a cool finish past the keeper. Gargrave were then caught on the break as they pushed men forward and a defensive mix up saw the Whitestar forward through on goal and he made the score 6-2 with a calm lobbed finish. Gargrave heads did not drop though and Andy Seddon completed his hat trick with a brilliant header. Richard Orme made the scores 6-4 with a well placed shot into the bottom corner. Gargrave turned up the heat and were extremely unlucky not to increase the scoring with Josh Town missing a speculative over head kick, Harry Mceneaney had his shot cleared off the line, Kristian Hodgson saw his free kick well saved and Gaz Lord missing a sitter from 3 yards out.

A spirited second half display from Gargrave made for a thoroughly entertaining game and the visitors were unlucky not to share the points on the day.

Embsay Reserves 5 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

October 29, 2012

Gargrave started slowly and were punished by Embsay with their quick wingers and strikers causing problems from the off and the visitors soon found themselves facing a 3-0 deficit. Gargrave did have their chances in the first half. Andy Seddon was only denied by a good save from the keeper and Richard Orme came close with a bullet diving header which went just wide. Gargrave conceded one more before the break when a long shot from outside the box caught their keeper off guard.

The side came out fighting in the second half and played some good football. Josh Town scored a consolation goal sneaking in at the back post but as Gargrave continued to push forwards they were caught on the break and Embsay scored their fifth of the afternoon.

Skipton LMS Reserves 1 – 0 Gargrave Reserves

October 21, 2012

Gargrave made the short trip to Skipton on Saturday as they faced Skipton LMS Reserves.

Gargrave started brightly and some good first time passing had LMS on the back foot. Simon Boatwright had a good chance to open the scoring but his volley was hit straight at the LMS keeper.

Gargrave dominated the first half with Richard Orme and Simon Boatwright providing some great through balls but the Gargrave front line just lacked that cutting edge.

The second half was a completely different story as LMS came out much stronger and looked more threatening, pegging Gargrave back for much of the half. Stand in keeper Dan Thompson was forced to make some good saves to stop LMS taking the lead. Gargrave were reduced to counter attacks only, but the high defensive line of LMS worked well and the Gargrave forwards were caught offside for the majority of the time. Lee Dent chanced a speculative shot from twenty five yards which almost reached the LMS net.

The deadlock was finally broken ten minutes from time when a long ball caught out the Gargrave defence and the LMS forward found himself through on goal. Dan Thompson made a great save initially but the ball broke kindly for the forward who scuffed it over the line.

A share of the points would probably have been a fairer result particularly after Gargraves superior first half performance . Debutant fullbacks Gaz Lord and Garth Beckwith both had solid games in the Gargrave colours.

Gargrave Reserves 6 – 1 Silsden Whitestar Reserves

October 16, 2012

Gargrave hosted Silsden Whitestar Reserves and a win was much needed as Gargrave have found themselves at the wrong end of the table.

The hosts started well and played some good football. Jack Harrison was a constant threat on the right hand side. However for all their possession Gargrave did not create too many scoring opportunities. Richard Orme played one of his signature long balls over the top that set Josh Town free but his half volley went high and wide. Gargrave were then awarded a penalty and up stepped Harry McEneaney but to the delight and relief of the away crowd the shot was dragged just wide. Will Beckwith was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty moments afterwards when a defender clearly handled the ball in the box but the referee was unable to see through the sea of players.

The second half started with a similar story for Gargrave this season, one long ball over the top and a defensive error gifted Silsden the lead. However Gargrave replied instantly when a great cross from Jack Harrison allowed Josh Town to equalise from close range.

Gargrave continued to dominate and to increase the pressure Player Manager Simon Boatwright gradually introduced his substitutes, big guns, Matty Simpson and John Beckwith which made for an exciting second half performance. John Beckwith scored a hat trick and man of the match Matty Simpson a brace. Matthew Brennand was unlucky not to collect the match point as he had an excellent game at the back.

Another good team performance from Gargrave and a thoroughly deserved three points.


Gargrave Reserves 4 – 2 Barnoldswick Barons

October 7, 2012

Gargrave hosted Barnoldswick Barons hoping for a better result than the last time the two sides met. Gargrave started slowly and some sloppy defending gave the visitors the lead. Gargrave had good chances in the first half, hard working Will Beckwith danced through the Barons defence and saw his curled shot go just wide. Tom Wood also came close with a header from the edge of the box. The visitors doubled their lead before the break.
Gargrave came out strongly in the second half and their hard work and pressure paid off when Will Beckwith’s shot deflected into the bottom corner. Gargrave piled the pressure on Barons but were then caught on the counter attack and a huge deflection left Gargrave’s keeper with no chance. The goal did not deter Gargrave and they kept on attacking, man of the match Lee Dent was unlucky not to score as he struck a post and Tom Wood came close again when his shot on the turn was well saved by the keeper.
Gargrave were caught out again though on the counter as they pushed more men forward. Versatile Andy Seddon’ had two attempts before finally finding the back of the net to make the final score 4-2. A good team performance from Gargrave in particular centre backs Harry McEneaney and Kristian Hodgson who were both excellent and it could have been a different story if they had converted their chances.

Barnoldswick Barons 9 – 0 Gargrave Reserves

September 23, 2012

A day to forget for Gargrave as they travelled to Barnoldswick Barons.

The makeshift defence could not handle the pace of the Barons centre forward and he gave them a torrid afternoon as he helped himself to four goals. An early injury to Gargraves striker James French did not help the visitors cause.

The 9-0 scoreline flattered the homesides performance but they were worthy of the three points as they completely outplayed Gargrave.

Gargrave Reserves 1 – 2 AFC Colne

September 16, 2012

Gargrave hosted newly promoted AFC Colne. Stand in captain Harry McEneaney opened the scoring for Gargrave with a freekick from outside the box. The visitors levelled when the Gargrave defence were caught out by a long ball over the top. Colne then took the lead in the early stages of the second half when a through ball split the Gargrave defence and the Colne forward slotted home. Gargrave pressed hard for the equaliser in the last few minutes but it wasn’t to be. Overall a fair result which saw a fairly lack lustre performance from Gargrave with few goal scoring opportunities. Debutant Mike Illingworth impressed on the left wing and was awarded the match point for Gargrave

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