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Trawden Celtic FC 6 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

November 16, 2009

The heavy ground took its toll on Gargrave and though their were chances on goal the visitors were unable to convert them. Trawden notched up half a dozen goals whilst Gargrave were able to claim a consolation one through the hard working Jonathan Chapman. Man of the match for Gargrave was mid fielder Harry Thompson.

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 5 Embsay FC…..

November 7, 2009

Gargrave Reserves  0  -  5  Embsay FC

Despite the weeks wet weather the game at Gargrave was able to go ahead due to the efforts of the team manager Jimmy McLachlan.His hard work in making the pitch playable on Saturday morning ensured the game could take place.

. High flying Embsay had all the attacking play in the first forty five minutes. Stephen Speak scored the first of their goals with Adam Longden lobbing the ball over the keeper for the second. Longdens close range shot and Speaks header completed the four goal rout. Gargraves lone attempt courtesy of Mark Webb was nudged over by the Embsay keeper.

Gargrave gave a better performance in the second half but luck was against them when they conceded a deflected own goal. The energetic hard working Matthew Hurst earned the man of the match award though Jonathan Chapman matched his endeavours. Substitute Stuart Dollan continues to improve contributing some skilfull  play to the game.

Gargrave Reserves 2 – 4 Ighton Leigh

November 1, 2009

Martin Eyles gamely stepped in as stand in keeper on Saturday and was soon in the action as Ighton Leigh began their forays on goal. More changes were necassary when Nick Kendall was forced to leave the field of play with a hamstring injury. Ighton Leigh continued to push forwards and were three goals to the good when the whistle blew for half time.

Gargrave were awarded a penalty early on in the second half of play and this was converted well by Mark Webb. Stuart Dollan single handedly seemed to breathe new life into the Gargrave squad when he deftly controlled the ball and lobbed the stranded keeper, a draw now seemed within the reach of the hosts and it was now Gargrave who pushed forwards. Defender Adrian Eyles swopped positions with his brother Martin in goal but though Gargrave seemed to have new heart as they pushed for an equaliser it was Ighton Leigh who scored. An unstoppable angled shot which took the game beyond Gargraves reach. A 4-2 win for the Lancashire visitors.

Good performances from the consistent Luke Chapman,Michael McLachlan and the man of the match Jodie Lonsdale. Andy Fisher was named as man of the match for Ighton Leigh.

Silsden Whitestar 2 – 0 Gargrave Reserves

October 25, 2009

Gargrave Reserves were slow out of the starting blocks on Saturday. Silsden Whitestar took advantage and scored a couple of goals in the first twenty minutes of play. A change of formation in the second half improved the visitors game but Silsden were the more physical side and it was hard to break through their defence. Adam Hudson in the Gargrave goal had another solid game whilst a good performance from Jonathan Chapman earned him the man of the match accolade.

Craven FA Norman Pratt Trophy:Grindleton Reserves 5 – 3 Gargrave Reserves

October 18, 2009

Gargrave Reserves were only just able to raise eleven men for their game on Saturday with players unavailable through either work, leisure , injury or cup tied. Numbers were further hindered by some  unforeseen circumstances which had left one player hospitalized the previous evening and another searching for his lost eagle.

However there was a good team spirit on the day and Lee Richards opened the scoring with a well taken goal from a tight angle. Grindleton equalised but Jonathan Chapman gave Gargrave the lead again with a quality finish. A clever free kick fed Nick Kendall who neatly slotted home to give Gargrave a 3-1 half time lead.

Gargrave began to tire in the second half and Grindleton brought on all three subs at once which did not help the visitors tired legs. The home side went on to score a further four goals despite the best efforts of the Gargrave defence.

A great effort by Gargrave who entered the game on the day in very difficult circumstances.  The team return to League activity next week when they visit Silsden Whitestar.

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 1 Oakworth FC

October 12, 2009

Oakworth attacked from the off, first hitting the post and then the bar. Mark Webbs well placed free kick into the box looked dangerous but failed to find a Gargrave head. Oakworth continued to attack and the Gargrave defence had to work hard. Keeper and man of the match Adam Hudson was in the thick of the action putting in some great saves. Sam Ashbys pass to his brother Ben saw the shot go just wide,Stuart Dollan came close and a speculative long range lob from Jodie Lonsdale was tantalizingly close.

Gargrave came back into the game in the second half of play with improved passing moves and Oakworth began to loose some of their composure. Cricketer Ed Stanley and Scott Eggleston both put in good performances on their debut. Hudson continued to put in some great saves but a last minute ( literally) foray by Oakworth saw them take the lead. A cruel blow for the hosts after a mammoth defensive performance. Man of the match for the visitors was Andrew Tanner.

The Reserves will be in action in the Craven FA Norman Pratt Trophy on Saturday, away vs Grindleton Reserves. The winners of this game will meet Skipton Town Reserves in the next round.

AFC Padiham 1 – 2 Gargrave Reserves

October 5, 2009

Gargrave Reserves were delighted to take the full three points at their game vs AFC Padiham on Saturday.

The Lancashire hosts were the first to score but Gargrave levelled through a superb strike from Mark Webb on his first outing of the season. The wind was making play difficult for both sides but the Gargrave defence held well, marshalled by the experienced Adrian Eyles and Nick Kendall and aided admirably by young Luke Chapman and ex Rugby player Michael McLachlan. Gargraves winner came after man of the match Harry Thompson weaved his way from midfield into the box, cutting back to Jonathan Chapman who scored from close range.  A welcome three points.

LMS Reserves 2 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

September 28, 2009

There was little to choose between the two sides but it was to be LMS who took the points with just the odd goal advantage. Matthew Hurst opened the scoring in the first half of play with a cool finish on goal. The Gargrave defence held firm with young  left back Luke Chapman solid in the midst of the action.

LMS scored twice in the second half of play, both through two free kicks, one an unstoppable shot. Gargrave began to tire but continued to strive for a share of the points and were only denied by the LMS keeper after he made a good save from a strike by Lee Richards .

Centre half Nick Kendall caught the eye of the opposition when they named him as man of the match whilst Richard Osadzenko took the honours for LMS.

Gargrave Reserves 1 – 4 Chatburn FC

September 9, 2009

Chatburn dominated the first half of play and keeper Adam Hudson was soon called upon. Chatburn put constant pressure on the Gargrave defence and their first goal was scored within the first fifteen minutes. Gargrave tried to get back into the game but Chatburn scored a second with a tap in and then a third from close range.

Gargrave came back out in the second half of play and looked a different team, turning the tables on Chatburn and putting the pressure on them. Sam Ashby was unlucky not to score after a one on one with the keeper. Gargrave continued to push forward and Matthew Hurst came close but was stopped by the alert Chatburn keeper. The visitors scored a cruel goal on a rare break but Matthew Hurst did score a well earned consolation goal for the hosts in the last fifteen minutes. Man of the match for Gargrave was midfielder Nick Kendall.

Reserve team game cancelled…

September 3, 2009

The Reserve team game due to have taken place this evening ( Thursday 3rd September) at home vs Silsden Whitestar has unfortunately had to be cancelled.

Despite the atrocious weather the pitch has held up well and with some work in the goal mouths prior to the game it would have been playable. However the game has had to be cancelled because the Silsden manager had not been notified about the fixture from his club.

The Reserves have no game on Saturday but the first team may need some extra players for their home game against Long Lee Juniors. Please contact Matt Brown if you are available.

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