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Gargrave Reserves 0 – 4 Ighton Leigh Reserves

September 19, 2010

Ighton Leigh Reserves started the game well, maintaining a good percentage of the possession. Their first goal came on the half hour mark and the second came just before the break.

Gargrave had their chances to score but it was Ighton Leigh who were to produce two more goals to double their tally. Gargrave continued to work hard and their young line up of players marshalled by their more experienced  man of the match Jonathan Chapman finished the game well. A good all round team performance from the hosts. Man of the match for the Lancashire side was Gary Hodgkiss.

A disappointing start to the season for Gargrave`s  Ben Ashby who unfortunately ended the afternoon in Airedale Hospital where he was found to have broken his ankle.

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 2 Earby Town FC

September 11, 2010

Gargrave Reserves were pleased with their performance despite Earby winning the game 2-0. Gargrave started with a weakened team due to cricket and work commitments. Martin Eyles stepped in as keeper and young Josh Prell made a good debut. The young squad played extremely well despite the absence of some of their stronger players. It was level pegging at half time but Earbys two good strikes early on in the second half gave them the points. Robert Barker earned the man of the match award for the hosts whilst Gary Davis earned the plaudits for the visitors.

Fixtures: 18th and 25th September

September 10, 2010

Saturday 18th September

Gargrave  Reserves  Vs  Ighton Leigh Reserves

Gargrave Football ground

Referee: Paul Gorman

Saturday 25th September

Hellifield Sports  Vs  Gargrave Reserves

Hellifield Recreation ground.

Referee: Alan Robinson.

Pendle Renegades 5 – 0 Gargrave Reserves

September 1, 2010

This was the first game of the new season for Reserve team Manager/Player Matty Simpson. Unfortunately it was one for him to watch from the sidelines after receiving some ligament damage to his ankle in a pre season friendly which has also put paid to him finishing a very successful cricket season with Bradley. It was also a debut game for five of Gargraves players with three of them just reaching the minimum age requirement. Pendle were always going to be tough opposition, a good team, well marshalled with some strong players . Gargrave`s first team had played them a couple of weeks previously in a pre season friendly when they had drawn 3-3.

Pendle started strongly and the Gargrave defence did well to hold them for much of the first half, the hosts first goal came from a cross into the box, 1-0 at half time. Pendle scored a second and Gargraves best chance of the game came after substitute Stuart Dollan played a through lob to Andrew Smithson who blasted the ball straight at the keeper. Pendle managed to break a further three times to claim a five goal win. The game was played in good sporting spirit with the better side earning the full three points. Harry Thompson in central defence earned the man of the match award for Gargrave and Matthew Nutter earned the plaudits for Pendle.

Oakworth FC 1 – 3 Gargrave Reserves

February 21, 2010

A  welcome three points for Gargrave Reserves who have been thwarted with bad luck for most of the season. Man of the match Paul Wilkin took the lead with a long range strike. The visitors continued to play some decent football but a penalty in the first half of stoppage time allowed Oakworth to level.

The hosts came out strong in the second half but found the Gargrave defence hard to penetrate. A good run from Matt Brown was abruptly halted by an Oakworth defender and a penalty was awarded and duly despatched by Brown. Oakworth began to tire on the heavy pitch and Brown took advantage with a one on one with the keeper to score a third for Gargrave. Man of the match for Oakworth was Joe Slater.

The Reserves will visit Chatburn FC on Saturday for a league game whilst the First team will be at home in the Northern Plant Hire Trophy vs Rolls Royce. The Plant Hire Trophy game will kick off at 1.30.p.m.

Gargrave Reserves 1 – 8 Skipton LMS Reserves

February 15, 2010

Gargrave started brightly with the first chance of the game going to Jonathan Chapman after some good interplay between Nick Kendall and Stuart Dollan. LMS went just wide and then a free kick was sent over the bar. The visitors best chance was thwarted by some excellent defending by Aidie Eyles. A goal mouth scramble created the first goal for LMS  when the ball just trickled over the line inches away from a defenders extended leg. Gargrave continued to attack with a lob from Jodie Lonsdale saved and a shot from Lonsdale just wide. Stuart Dollan was on target but again the shot was saved. Michael McLoughlan tried a shot but again the Gargrave luck or seasons lack of it was against them. likewise a long range effort from Lonsdale. An easy shot from LMS gave them a 2-0 lead and a defensive error gifted them a third. Gargrave cricket legend Ed Stanley weaved his way into the box and scored a well taken goal to lift the hosts spirits and keep them in with a chance. 3-1 at half time.

Gargrave came out in the second half the stronger of the two squads but their chances just lacked the finishing composure. Any attacks from LMS seemed to result in a goal and the visitors were soon 6-1 to the good. To Gargraves credit they never relented in their play and continued to pressurize LMS throughout the half. A long range shot from defender Ben Ashby went over the bar but LMS came back scoring a further two against the run of play. Ben Ashbys free kick was on target but was headed out by an LMS defender. A game where LMS deserved the points but perhaps not by the margin. Nick Kendall made a welcome return to the squad after injury and was awarded the man of the match award.

The Reserves are away at Oakworth next Saturday.

Bradley FC 2 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

February 8, 2010

Gargrave`s  run of bad luck continued even though they had much of the play but the ball would just not go in the back of the net. The Bradley keeper was on good form and saved numerous chances from the visitors over the ninety minute period. Play was difficult for both teams on the heavy pitch but Bradley scored a couple in the first half to give them a good advantage at half time.

Gargrave had the upper hand in the second half and Paul Wilkin pulled one back with a good finish. Despite the visitors best efforts an equaliser was not to be and the score remained at 2-1 in Bradleys favour. Another disappointing day when at least a share of the points would have been fair but there is much to play for yet and time for some good luck to return.

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 4 Skipton Town FC

February 1, 2010

This was an important game for the two sides lying at the bottom of the table and there was little to choose between them in the first half of play. Man of the match Jodie Lonsdale was the first to have a shot on goal. Skipton were awarded a free kick and the shot was headed off the line by defender Aidie Eyles. The visitors had a chance to take the lead with a one on one with the keeper but they just lacked the finishing composure. Good work from Michael McLachlan stopped Skipton Town as another foray on goal was attempted. Jon Christie had a shot but it lacked any power, the Skipton Town keeper easily saved a strike from Lonsdale. A lob went so close and it looked as if Gargrave had gained the advantage but it was deemed that the ball had not gone over the line. Skipton Town were spurred into action by the call and immediately went up field and scored to take the lead. A good shot from Jonathan Chapman was saved just before the half time whistle.

A long range effort from Ben Ashby went just wide and a header from Jodie Lonsdale went tantilisingly close. A good strike from Skipton Town gave them a 2-0 lead and as some of the Gargrave players began to tire, a third was added and then a fourth from close range. A welcome win for Skipton Town but a disappointing day for Gargrave.

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 5 Silsden Whitestar

November 30, 2009

Gargrave had the better of the play in the first half. A couple of early headers were just off target and Jonathan Chapman and Oliver Hurst both had chances. Whitestar`s only real threat was headed off the line by defender  Ben Ashby.  Man of the match Oliver Hurst made a welcome return in his first league game of the season  after a lengthy suspension and he controlled the game in midfield despite the poor conditions underfoot. Silsden pushed forwards hitting the bar with a shot, a melee in the area saw Gargrave give away a penalty which was well converted by the visitors.

Silsden increased their lead just into the second half of play with an easy tap in, Hurst almost levelled. A further three goals were added to the visitors tally, two were lobs over the stranded keeper. Gargrave continued to work hard though they knew the game was now beyond their reach on the heavy pitch. Al Tudhopes strike for a consolation goal went just wide. Despite receiving some physical knocks another great performance from young Luke Chapman in defence.

The Reserve squad play hosts to AFC Padiham on Saturday in the Division One league cup, will all players please note this is an early kick off of 1.30.p.m.

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 2 AFC Padiham

November 21, 2009

This was a brave performance by Gargrave particularly from those who were carrying injuries. Both Jodie Lonsdale and Jonathan Chapman had attempts on goal whilst keeper Adam Hudson kept the visitors at bay. Ben Ashby played well in the centre of defence and debutant Chris Cox was a good support. Left winger Ed Stanley rolled back the years with a fine performance.Despite both teams efforts on the heavy pitch the score remained goal-less at half time.

Padiham looked likely to score just into the second half but the shot was well blocked by keeper and man of the match Adam Hudson. A fine controlled  and thunderous strike from Jonathan Chapman was so close for Gargrave but it bounced off the underside of the bar and then out. Hudson saved well again. A goal mouth scramble saw the ball cleared but Padiham took advantage by scoring from the clearence. Minutes from time the visitors increased their lead to 2-0.

A sterling performance from Gargrave who could not be faulted for their committment. The squad look forward to reversing the result when Padiham visit them again on the 5th December in the league cup. The next league game is on Saturday at home vs Silsden Whitestar.

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