Gargrave AFC

Gargrave Reserves 3 – 3 Rolls Royce Reserves

April 3, 2011

Gargrave began the game in confident mode after an excellent performance against Crosshills mid week. Jonathan Chapman came close in the first minutes of the game with a long low shot.Rolls rattled the bar and a corner from Gargrave carried by the wind also hit the bar. Neat passing through to Chapman saw his shot hit the back of the net for Gargrave to take a 1-0 lead on the half hour mark. Harry Thompson weaved his way into the box and placed his shot into the corner of the net for the hosts to enjoy a 2-0 lead at the break. Rolls just minutes into the second half pulled the score back to 2-1. A lob from Gargrave was just short but Rolls made no mistake when they levelled. A defensive error gifted Rolls their third and took them into the lead. Gargrave continued to push for goal spurred on by the hard working Jonathan Chapman who was rewarded for his endeavours when he brought the score back to 3 all. Gargrave almost claimed the winner with a lobbed shot which went just inches wide but a share of the points was welcome.

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 1 Crosshills FC

April 3, 2011

With an 8-0 deficit against league leaders Earby Town the previous Saturday and the same scoreline against second placed Crosshills at the start of the season it should on paper have been a walk over for Crosshills on Wednesday night when they faced bottom of the table Gargrave Reserves. However the West Yorkshire squad were more than surprised by the performance of their hosts who battled for every ball with every player giving one hundred per cent. The defence were excellent as the final scoreline reflects and it was only a cruel own goal that gave Crosshills the points.

Earby Town FC 8 – 0 Gargrave Reserves

March 28, 2011

The is was a top vs bottom of the table clash. Gargrave Reserves more than held their own for the first thirty five minutes of the game but as soon as Earby got their vital first goal the floodgates then opened. Stand in keeper Tom Wood  performed extremely well and but for his efforts the scoreline may have been greater.

Gargrave Reserves 1 – 4 Hellifield Sports

March 14, 2011

It was local derby day on Saturday when Gargrave Reserves were hosts to Hellifield Sports. The visitors were taken by surprise when Gargrave were more than a match for them despite their lowly position in the league. Gargrave maintained much of the possession and played a decent passing game well marshalled by their player managers Jonathon Chapman and Adrian Eyles. Hellifield claimed the first goal of the game on the twenty minute mark but Robert Barker was quick to equalise. The young Gargrave side continued to play some good football but were unable to convert their chances.

The visitors pulled a goal ahead in the second half when the ball went through the defence, an equaliser almost came but the chance was headed off the line by a Hellifield defender. Gargrave continued to push forwards with the pace of Craven Minor Oliver Wild always a threat to the Hellifield defence but like the first half the hosts were unable to convert their chances into goals. Hellifield took advantage of their opportunities and scored a further two goals to take the score to 4-1. They were awarded a penalty but this was saved by keeper Luke Maude. A  share of the points would have been a fairer result  after a sterling performance from Gargrave.

Bradley FC 2 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

March 5, 2011

A young Gargrave side again played with great spirit and a positive attitude. Bradley scored the first goal of the game but Gargrave levelled following some good passing moves and a clinical finish from Sam Ashby.

Gargrave continued to push forwards in their attempt to take the lead but Bradley scored on the break half way through the second half of play. Their was little to choose between the two sides but it was Bradley who took the three points with their slender lead.

Gargrave Reserves 2 – 5 Embsay Reserves

February 28, 2011

Gargrave knew this would be a tough game after meeting the same opponents last week in the Craven FA  Norman Pratt Cup quarter final where they were on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline.

The first ten minutes of the game saw a fair distribution of the action but it was Embsay who scored with a long low shot against the run of play. The visitors were then awarded a penalty which was easily converted. Gargrave in turn were awarded a penalty on the half hour mark but this was saved by the keeper. The hosts continued to play with great spirit and a free kick from William Beckwith went  just wide but a goal mouth scramble gave Gargrave some hope as Lee Dent just got the final touch to bring his team back into the game.

Embsay extended their lead in the second half after a one on one with the keeper and a fourth goal was scored from a glancing shot. Luke Maude made a great save to stop Embsay from extending their 4-1 lead. Gargrave continued to push forwards and worked hard in the now heavy ground conditions. Gargrave were rewarded for their lively all round team performance when Robert Barker scored their second goal with a superb shot .Unfortunately it was Embsay who had the last word when they scored a late goal to bring the final score to 5-2.

Embsay Reserves 4 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

February 20, 2011

The quarter final fixture of the Craven FA  Norman Pratt Trophy was switched to the ground at Gargrave on Saturday due to the wintery conditions at Embsay.

Embsay attacked from the very start and almost scored two minutes into the game when a shot from a corner ball hit the bar. Shortly afterwards they made no mistake when a long range shot gave stand in keeper Martin Eyles no chance . Gargrave worked hard but were given few attempts on goal.Embsay scored their second.

Gargrave began to come back into the game in the second half of play though it was Embsay who scored to take them into a 3-0 lead. The hosts continued to attack and a consolation close range goal from Harry Thompson gave them re-newed confidence. However it was Embsay who had the last word with a great strike into the top corner of the net in a game which saw them take a worthy place in the semi final of the cup competition.

Division Two League Cup….

January 29, 2011

Gargrave Reserves  1  -  4  Earby Town

This was certainly not a case of the luck of the draw when next to the bottom of the table Gargrave Reserves had to face top of the table Earby Town in the first round of the Division Two cup. However Gargrave did not allow Earby to have a run away victory, they gave the visitors more than a run for their money. The first goal for Earby came after the ball was well controlled by their striker who placed it neatly in the back of the net on the ten minute mark. A shot from Josh Prell could have levelled but he was just offside, Aidie Eyle`s free kick was headed away by the Earby defence and a good effort from Lee Dent was just wide of the mark. Luke Maude looked confident in goal but a scrambled shot in the goalmouth on the 43rd minute just beat him. 2-0 to the leaders in Division Two at the break.

A free kick from substitute Chris Cox went just wide in the opening exchanges of the second half whilst Earby scored their third after a break away when the shot was placed beyond the keepers reach. Maude parried a shot over the bar soon after but the resulting corner allowed Earby to score their fourth. Gargrave did not give in and continued to press for a consolation goal and their pressure in the box paid off when they forced the Earby defence to concede an own goal. A good all round team performance from a young, battling Gargrave squad with right back Richard Lord having an outstanding game.

The two teams meet up again next week at Earby recreation ground for a league game.

Gargrave Reserves p – p Embsay Reserves

January 22, 2011

Unfortunately the game on Saturday 22nd January had to be cancelled due to a frozen pitch.

Craven FA – Norman Pratt Trophy game

November 20, 2010

Gargrave Reserves  1  -  0  Pendle Renegades Reserves

A lively start to the game from both sides. Luke Maude looked confident in the home goal and handled the ball well. Every Gargrave player gave 100% throughout the game but it was Chris Cox who broke the deadlock mid way into the first half when his well placed shot found the corner of the net.

Lee Dent was unlucky not to score just after the re-start and again luck was not on his side when he faced a one on one with the keeper. Robert Barker came close and was enjoying more freedom in midfield after a change in the teams formation. Impossible to name all the players – but why not-Luke Maude, Richard Lord, Luke Chapman, Adrian Eyles, Oliver Wild, Ben Wilson, Will Beckwith, Jonathan Chapman, Lee Dent, Chris Cox, Robert Barker, Tom Wood and Luke Cartman , all a credit to the club, and in particular to the club stalwarts, Jonathan Chapman and Adrian Eyles who have stepped into the breach after the resignation of the Reserve Manager. A good result for the players who are beginning to look sharper on the ball and stronger in their physical tackles. A good confidence boost.

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