Gargrave AFC

Gargrave AFC 3 – 1 Oakworth FC

March 3, 2013

Another good performance from Gargrave.

Christian Moon opened the scoring with an excellent finish. Oakworth were allowed to equalise after a dubious penalty was awarded for an alleged handball.

Gargrave went back in front after John Beckwith found the back of the net with a header from close range. Oakworth almost came back into the game when a shot hit the post.

Gargrave pushed forwards in the second half hoping to extend their slender lead. The Oakworth keeper made a good save from a Beckwith strike. Oakworth began to put more pressure on the Gargrave defence but they held firm. Gargrave made a triple substitution and made sure of victory and three points when John Beckwiths well placed shot into the top corner took the score to 3-1.

Silsden Whitestar 2 – 7/8 Gargrave AFC

February 25, 2013

The first round of the Division One league cup was switched to Gargrave`s ground on Saturday due to a few problems with the Silsden pitch.

Regular keeper Stewart Wilson was unavailable so player Manager Jonathon Chapman moved into his position and looked comfortable in the role.

Gargrave played an attacking game from the start with Matthew Simpson unlucky not to score with a diving header and John Beckwith hitting the post. Ben Wilson played a good through ball to Simpson who made no mistake with a tap in to open the scoring. A second soon followed with a good finish by Simpson. John Beckwiths one on one with the keeper gave Gargrave a 3-0 lead and a good save from Chapman gave Gargrave a clean sheet as the whistle was blown for half time.

A great free kick from Liam Jameson took the Silsden defence by surprise and extended the hosts lead to 4-0. A one on one with the keeper allowed Simpson to claim his hat trick and John Beckwith grabbed his second of the game. A long low shot from Simpson took the score to 7-0.

Silsden managed a couple of consolation goals in the latter part of the game and Gargrave possibly scored another .

#Final score  Gargrave 7 or 8  -  2  Silsden Whitestar.

Barnoldswick Barons Res 1 – 1 Gargrave Res (1 – 2 AET)

February 18, 2013

Gargrave faced lower league opposition in the cup and were hoping for a confidence boosting win to lift morale after their devastating defeat to LMS last time out.

However things didn’t go exactly to plan and the home side soon took the lead a ferocious shot from the edge of the box flew into the top corner leaving Gargrave shell shocked. Gargrave had lots of time on the ball but were always looking for the killer pass and stopped doing the simple things. The players were uncharacteristically starting to get on each others backs and were growing more and more frustrated as the game wasn’t going as planned. Gargrave started to put their foot on the ball and in patches controlled the game well but just couldn’t get their equaliser. Simon Boatwright came close with a long range drive but it was the home side who almost doubled their lead when they hit the post. Gargrave were glad of the half time whistle none more so then the usually ever reliable Gaz Lord who seemed to forget how to play football for the first 45 minutes!

The dynamics of the game immediately changed in the second half as Gargrave completely dominated procedures. Gargrave were camped in the Barons half and it was wave after wave of attack but they could not find the back of the net. Gargrave made a change after 10 minutes as Lee Dent made way for Billy Boland, the change paid dividends as Boland equalised for Gargrave when the goal keepers sliced clearance allowed him to volley the ball into the back of the empty net. Now was the time for Gargrave to put the game to bed Barons were tiring and a few opposition players seemed to have given up. Gargrave created chance after chance and had corner after corner but could not kill the game off. Debutant centre back Harry Milner headed wide, Andy Seddon missed chances and Harry Mceneaney saw a header go just over the bar in the closing stages. However, after 90 minutes it was still 1-1, extra time beckoned.

Extra time proved to be the same story as the second half where Gargrave dominated possession but could not score. That was until Richard Orme played a signature through ball that Josh Town latched onto and found himself one on one with the keeper and he showed great composure and slotted the ball home. Josh Town almost immediately grabbed another when he hit a sweet volley that struck the post. Barons offered very little in the second half of the game or in extra time but there was a huge sigh of relief from Gargrave as the final whistle sounded.

There was to be no cup upset today but Gargrave made very hard work of their win but most importantly are in the next round of the cup.

Game stats courtesy of Opta

Gargrave 90%
Barons 10%

Gargrave 512
Barons 0

Shots on and off target
Gargrave 317
Barons 2

Craven FA Norman Pratt Trophy – Second round

February 16, 2013

Barnoldswick Barons Reserves  1  -  2  Gargrave Reserves


Craven Challenge Cup -second round….

February 16, 2013

Gargrave AFC  3  -  2  Embsay FC


Gargrave AFC 2 – 2 Cononley FC

February 10, 2013

An evenly matched game in which a draw was a fair result for both sides.

Tom Varey scored first for Gargrave with an excellent strike. Al Tudhope defended well when he cleared the ball from a Cononley close range shot. A dubious penalty was given in Cononleys favour but this was saved by the keeper, Stewart Wilson.

A quick back heel gave Cononley the equaliser and then an angled shot put the visitors in the lead. Good passing moves provided player/manager Jonathon Chapman with the opportunity to level when his well placed shot hit the back of the net.

An excellent team performance from all players particularly Gareth Lord who stepped up from the Reserve squad to fill in for unavailable regular first teamers.

Pendle FC 3 – 1 Gargrave AFC

February 6, 2013

Gargrave did not start the day well when they turned up to play Pendle FC at their old pitch at Nelson so an about turn to Holt House at Colne was neccassary.

Pendle took all three points in the game with a 3-1 win.  Liam Jameson scored  for Gargrave . Defender Dan Thompson was awarded the man of the match by the opposition.

Gargrave Res 1 – 2 LMS Res

February 5, 2013

Gargrave hosted Skipton LMS reserves on Saturday, a relegation 6 pointer if ever there was one. Gargrave were missing several key players too on a day they really needed to field their strongest 11. However, they did welcome back Tom Kay at left back who has had a lengthy period out of action due to a series of injuries.

The game kicked off and it was a very scrappy affair with both teams cancelling each other out. Gargrave had brief spells of good possession but couldn’t offer too much going forward for the fear of being caught out on the counter attack. LMS did break through but Adam Hudson made an excellent brave diving save to thwart the striker. Cries of “Penalty” from the masses of away fans (all two of them and a passer by on the canal path) but the ref made the correct decision and waved play on.

It was Gargrave who took the lead after a fine through ball from Richard Orme caught the LMS defence napping and saw Andy Seddon through on goal his first effort was saved by the keeper but he made no mistake with the follow up. A deserved goal for the Gargrave front man for all his hard work in the first half. Gargrave then appeared to be in control and were happy to see out the first half with LMS not causing many problems. That was until a clumsy challenge in the box from stand in centre back Michael Mclachlan saw the referee have no option but to point to the spot. The LMS front man slotted home to equalise.

The second half began much the same as the first half with very little quality on show and very little goal mouth action. LMS took the the lead when their forward collected the ball on the edge of the box with his back toward goal, chipped up the ball, swivelled and hit an unbelievable volley that nestled in the top corner. A fantastic strike.

Gargrave have played some of their best football in the latter parts of games this season but it just was not their day and the absentees were sorely missed. Gargrave created very little in the second half but did have the chance to equalise right at the death. A fantastic free kick whipped into the box by Simon Boatwright saw Richard Orme completely unmarked but he wasnt able to convert.

The game finished 2-1, a disappointing result but Gargrave are not dead and buried yet and still have a chance of survival.

Gargrave Res 4 – 0 Earby Town Res

January 15, 2013

Gargrave hosted high flying Earby Town reserves on Saturday and only a win would do, to help ease their treacherous looking league position.

Gargrave started brightly, a tactical change of formation allowed Richard Orme the freedom of the middle of the park and he certainly made the most of it. A trademark through ball from Orme found Josh Town free in the penalty area but his touch let him down and the chance was gone. Josh Town soon had another chance but he blazed over. Gargrave were in complete control and the deadlock appeared to be broken when Richard Orme played a delightful chipped ball through to free scoring Simon Boatwright who found the back of the net, however the goal was disallowed and flagged as offside. Gargrave continued to press and the hard working Will Beckwith opened the scoring with a hard low drive from the edge of the box that hit the post and went in. Gargrave thoroughly deserved their lead at the break.

Gargrave started the second half well playing some nice football but not creating too many chances. The visitors rarely threatened and didnt trouble the Gargrave back line who had defended well all day. Will Beckwith then doubled Gargraves lead and Josh Town made it 3-0 soon after. The scoring was not quite finished there, Ben Wilson added a fourth and what a goal it was too. The roaming left back unleashed a ferocious shot into the roof of the net.

A fantastic team performance, every player worked their socks off and Gargrave thoroughly deserved the three points. The match point could have been awarded to most Gargrave players on the field but deservedly went to Richard Orme who had his best game of the season, but also a special mention to Andy Seddon and Gaz Lord who were also outstanding.

Rolls Royce Reserves 1 – 2 Gargrave AFC

January 15, 2013

Gargrave played their first game of the New Year after a long break due to the weather conditions.

Liam Jameson returned after an ankle operation and scored Gargraves first goal from the edge of the box.

Rolls levelled and the score remained at 1-1 until the dying minutes when Player Manager Jonathon Chapman made sure his squad won all three points by scoring the winning goal of the game, a well taken shot with a clinical finish.






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