Gargrave AFC

Gargrave Reserves 2 – 0 Bradley FC

March 26, 2012

Gargrave had their chances in the first minutes of the game. Indiscipline within the side began to creep in but fortunately this was controlled and prompted the side into more constructive play. A good run from Matthew Simpson saw his shot find the bottom corner of the net giving Gargrave a 1-0 lead. A fine through ball from Liam Cartman was wasted. Defender Ben Wilson worked hard thoughout the game and some confident headers kept Bradley`s chances to a minimum. A quick free kick from the visitors was deftly cleared by the feet of keeper Stewart Wilson.

Gargrave wound up their three points with a second goal from Matthew Simpson in the second half of play.

Gargrave AFC 0 – 2 Trawden Celtic

March 19, 2012

Stand in keeper James Walker gave a good account of himself and his safe hands kept the visitors goals to a minimum. Top of the table Trawden scored on the twenty minute mark with a well placed goal. Gargrave looked dangerous on the break with some strong runs from man of the match Matthew Simpson who always looked a threat. Trawden were quick to see a gap in the  defence and tapped in their second goal from close range.

Gargrave had a good deal of attacking play in the second half but the goals just would not materialize.


Bradley FC 2 – 3 Gargrave Reserves

March 12, 2012

Matthew Simpson returned from a forced lay off with a broken bone in his foot and marked his return with a couple of goals. Also on the score sheet was Liam Cartman. Bradleys second goal of the game was via a penalty in the last minutes which created an anxious ending for Gargrave who were looking for three points from the encounter. Man of the match was player manager Jonathon Chapman.

Gargrave AFC 3 – 1 Skipton LMS Reserves

March 12, 2012

Gargrave were in control for the majority of the game and LMS never looked a real threat. Christian Moon hit the upright but it was Matt Brown who put Gargrave ahead on the twenty minute mark. Gargrave continued to attack and a second goal should have come after an awesome long pass from man of the match Dan Thompson found  Ben Brown which gave him a golden opportunity to score but luck was not on the veteran strikers side. LMS came close with a crossed shot on the turn which went just over the bar.

The visitors had their second chance of the game five minutes into the second half but the shot was just wide whilst Matt Brown hit the post at the other end of play. A free kick from Ben Brown was saved by the LMS keeper. Persistent work by Ben Brown after another Thompson cross saw Gargrave take a 2-0 lead. LMS hit the bar with a header from a corner ball.The keeper parried two shots over the bar one from striker Brown and another from Andy Seddon. LMS were gifted with a chance after a defensive error but could not find the target. A great cross from Andy Seddon was tapped in by Ben Brown with LMS finding a consolation goal from a goal mouth scramble towards the end of play.

Gargrave AFC 2 – 4 Wilsden FC

March 4, 2012

Wilsden scored an early goal with a well placed shot  just  four minutes into the game. Both teams struggled to find any real form on the heavy pitch and the game was pretty scrappy. A header from Gargrave was pushed just wide by the Wilsden keeper and a powerful shot on goal at the other end of play was well saved by Gargrave newcomer, Craig Harris.

A long range shot from John Beckwith was fumbled by the keeper which gave the hosts a welcome leveller. Wilsden replied,  firstly with a tap in and their third goal came via a close range shot. A pass from John Beckwith was picked up by veteran striker Ben Brown who finished with a good strike.

Wilsdens lead increased to 4-2 in the second half despite Gargraves best efforts. Man of the match for Gargrave was the versatile Dan Thompson.

Bingley Town FC 0 – 1 Gargrave AFC

February 27, 2012

Gargrave travelled to Bingley knowing that a win would cement a more respectable mid table position and help to keep their 2012 unbeaten run on course.

It was to prove a difficult task however with veteran striker Ben Brown otherwise engaged with a log cabin in Lincoln meaning that last weeks hat trick hero, but not man of the match ,James French, was left to plough a lone furrow in his role as lone striker.

The game started with no corner flags much to the annoyance of Andy Seddon, this was soon rectified.

An even first half meant that neither side could take control of the game or create any meaningful chances but the deadlock was broken on the half hour when prolific goal scoring midfielder Dan Thompson capitalised on some hesitant defending to find himself one on one with the keeper. The seasoned finisher made no mistake and calmly slotted the ball past the Bingley keeper.

Half time arrived with neither side creating any further chances. Gargrave were forced into a substitution when their only recognised striker, James French had to leave the field of play with what looked like a mild case of polio. He was replaced by Brenners Dads friend, Chris. Chris ploughed a lone furrow up front.

Bingley pushed for an equaliser but were unable to break down Gargraves strong rear guard defences.

In what proved to be a defining moment to the game, rugged midfielder Simon Boatwright was forced to leave the field of play with what looked like another case of mild polio most likely caught from James French. He was replaced by Tom “sometimes I get a lift to the game with big Jim” Kaye and it was in the dying minutes that Kaye proved his worth and booked a place in Gargrave folk lore when a Bingley header bounced over the head of new goalkeeper, Brenners Dads friend, Craig, and was about to go over the line when Kaye rose like a salmon and cleared the ball off the line, sealing Gargraves victory.

Embsay Reserves 2 – 5 Gargrave Reserves

February 27, 2012

Gargrave started slowly but soon maintained much of the possession but again were missing some of their chances. A mix up in defence allowed Embsay to score the opening goal. Ten minutes later Gargrave levelled through player manager Jonathan Chapman. A defensive error by Embsay early on in the second half  allowed John Beckwith to score with a good finish. Gargraves third goal of the game was via a header across goal from Beckwith which was neatly finished by Harry Thompson. Substitute Liam Cartman scored the fourth goal from the edge of the area. Embsay scored a consolation goal but Gargrave took the points well beyond their reach with a late goal from Tom Varey.

Ingrow and Worth Valley FC 1 – 0 Gargrave Reserves

February 19, 2012

Gargrave Reserves were unlucky to come away without any points from this game. They had much of the possession and plenty of goal scoring opportunites but were thwarted by the Ingrow keeper. Ingrow took the lead twenty minutes from time with a close range goal, one of their few chances in the game. John Beckwith was man of the match for Gargrave.

Gargrave AFC 4 – 0 Bingley Town FC

February 19, 2012

It was a clean sheet for Ben Heap one of Gargrave`s old keepers returning for his debut game of the season.  Gargrave had the best of the attacking play in the first half . A lone run from James French and a resulting intelligent lob notched up the first goal for the home side. Bingleys chances on goal were few and their first real effort came on the half hour mark but Gargraves returning hero was in control. A one on one with Heap went wide and Al Tudhope was unlucky when his shot went straight to the keeper. The dynamic Simon Boatwright and man of the match defender turned midfielder Dan Thompson combined well in the middle and provided some good through balls. James French scored his second of the game from close range just before the break. French continued to press for goal and was soon rewarded with his hat trick. Bingley went down to ten men after a second yellow card offence. Gargrave continued with their attacking play and a powerful shot from Al Tudhope rattled the bar. Matthew Brennand took advantage of a static Bingley defence with a close range shot which sealed his sides solid 4-0 win.

Skipton Town FC 2 – 6 Gargrave Reserves

January 28, 2012

Gargrave Reserves had a comprehensive win over Skipton Town FC in the first round of the Division Two cup on Saturday. Gargrave started strongly but could not convert their chances and it was  Skipton Town who opened the scoring with a well taken goal. John Beckwith levelled with a tap in after the ball was squared from a run down the by line by Harry Thompson. It was a case of deja vous with Gargraves second but this time the ball was squared to Thomas Varey who also scored with a tap in. Gargrave remained the dominant force.    Town pulled a goal back in the second half of play but Gargrave soon took the lead again when Oliver Wild claimed his first goal of the season from a neat finish in the box. Harry Thompson rounded the keeper to slot home Gargraves fourth goal and Liam Cartman latched onto a through ball for the visitors fifth. Substitute Ben Wilson created the final goal of the game with a fine run through which then fell at the feet of John Beckwith. Skipton Town 2 – 6 Gargrave Reserves.


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