Gargrave AFC

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 AFC 3 – 1 Earby Town FC

December 10, 2012

The game was late starting when the appointed referee failed to appear. Fortunately Mr.Peter Brennand was able to step into the breach once a spare pair of boots were found for him.

Gargrave opened the scoring through Tom Varey from a goal mouth scramble. John Beckwith added a second from the penalty spot after a hand ball. A good shot from Al Tudhope hit the back of the net but was disallowed due to the offside ruling. Earby found it increasingly hard to penetrate a solid Gargrave defence with stand in keeper Liam Jameson having  an outstanding game.

The visitors did however manage to get on the score sheet but Gargrave increased their lead to 3-1 through a second goal from Varey.







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.













Gargrave AFC 1 – 2 Hellifield Sports

November 12, 2012

A defensive error allowed Hellifield to take the lead. Jonathan Chapman came close to equalising when his shot skimmed the bar.

A powerful free kick from Hellifield was well saved and a quick break gave John Beckwith a good chance to level with his solo effort. There was little to choose between the two teams with their 1-1 scoreline but an angled well controlled lob put Hellifield back into the lead. An injury to the keeper forced a change with Dan Thompson going in goal and Liam Cartman coming off the subs bench. The latter having a shot saved just before the break.

The second half of play again saw a fairly even game but with neither side managing any further goals it was Hellifield who took the points in this local derby. Man of the match for Gargrave was the hard working club stalwart Aidie Eyles who put in an excellent performance.







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.

Gargrave AFC 2 – 3 Barnoldswick Barons

October 29, 2012

Gargrave were hosts to Barnoldswick Barons in the second round of  The Northern Plant Hire Trophy.

The Barons opened the scoring from a free kick from ten yards out which found the goal through a sea of players. The lack lustre game continued with neither side really creating any real chances. Matthew Simpson had a shot but it was lacking in any power. A penalty was awarded to Gargrave after a player was brought down in the area but John Beckwiths shot was saved. A header from Simpson hit the bar. Barnoldswick Barons increased their lead to 2-0 when they successfully converted a penalty shot.

Some good passing moves from the hosts was soon rewarding them with their first goal courtesy of Tom Varey.A close range header from defender Matthew Brennand levelled the scores.

Minutes from time Barnoldswick Barons managed that all important goal nudged in from the goal line.

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 AFC 3 – 1 Barnoldswick Town Utd

October 20, 2012

Gargrave were hosts to East Lancashire side Barnoldswick Town Utd in the first round of the Craven FA  Craven Challenge Cup.

Gargrave got off to a flying start scoring two goals in the early exchanges. Liam Jameson with a well placed close range strike and Matthew Simpson with a header.

Barnoldswick began to settle and scored a superb shot on the volley from a corner ball. Barnoldswick competed well in the second half of play enjoying much of the possession.Gargrave hit the bar and a penalty awarded to Barnoldswick went high and wide of target. Both teams squandered their chances from then on but fortunately for the hosts they had the advantage of a slender lead.

A close range shot towards the end of play from Thomas Varey gave Gargrave a 3-1 home win and it was game over for the newly formed team, Barnoldswick Town Utd.

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