Gargrave AFC

Embsay FC 3 – 2 Gargrave FC

February 28, 2011

Both teams were in agreement to switch the game to the all weather pitch at Sandylands as the Embsay ground was waterlogged.

Gargrave dominated the first half of play and looked comfortable on the all weather surface where they passed the ball well. A Ben Brown free kick opened the scoring and following some good work on the wing a cross found Brown who was left free to deliver into an open net.

The second half saw a total role reversal with Embsay enjoying possession and taking control of the proceedings. They scored three goals to take the lead with no reply from Gargrave.

Gargrave Reserves 2 – 5 Embsay Reserves

February 28, 2011

Gargrave knew this would be a tough game after meeting the same opponents last week in the Craven FA  Norman Pratt Cup quarter final where they were on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline.

The first ten minutes of the game saw a fair distribution of the action but it was Embsay who scored with a long low shot against the run of play. The visitors were then awarded a penalty which was easily converted. Gargrave in turn were awarded a penalty on the half hour mark but this was saved by the keeper. The hosts continued to play with great spirit and a free kick from William Beckwith went  just wide but a goal mouth scramble gave Gargrave some hope as Lee Dent just got the final touch to bring his team back into the game.

Embsay extended their lead in the second half after a one on one with the keeper and a fourth goal was scored from a glancing shot. Luke Maude made a great save to stop Embsay from extending their 4-1 lead. Gargrave continued to push forwards and worked hard in the now heavy ground conditions. Gargrave were rewarded for their lively all round team performance when Robert Barker scored their second goal with a superb shot .Unfortunately it was Embsay who had the last word when they scored a late goal to bring the final score to 5-2.

Barnoldswick Town 4 – 1 Gargrave AFC

February 20, 2011

This was always going to be a difficult fixture for Gargrave but as it drew nearer it became harder still with players on holiday, injured and unwell. Eleven players were available.

Barnoldswick dominated the first half of play and though Hudson in the Gargrave goal made some good saves, the hosts were able to go into the second half with a 3-0 cushion.

Gargrave improved in the second half and created a number of chances but the Barnoldswick defence were quick to act. Ben Brown scored a consolation goal ten minutes from time and it was disappointing when a defensive error gifted Barnoldswick their fourth.

Embsay Reserves 4 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

February 20, 2011

The quarter final fixture of the Craven FA  Norman Pratt Trophy was switched to the ground at Gargrave on Saturday due to the wintery conditions at Embsay.

Embsay attacked from the very start and almost scored two minutes into the game when a shot from a corner ball hit the bar. Shortly afterwards they made no mistake when a long range shot gave stand in keeper Martin Eyles no chance . Gargrave worked hard but were given few attempts on goal.Embsay scored their second.

Gargrave began to come back into the game in the second half of play though it was Embsay who scored to take them into a 3-0 lead. The hosts continued to attack and a consolation close range goal from Harry Thompson gave them re-newed confidence. However it was Embsay who had the last word with a great strike into the top corner of the net in a game which saw them take a worthy place in the semi final of the cup competition.

Gargrave 1 – 2 WFC Clitheroe

February 14, 2011

Neither side showed much potential in a lack lustre game with both teams getting off to a slow start. Poor passing let much of the play down. Clitheroe were awarded a penalty for an alleged hand ball but this was well saved by the keeper Adam Hudson.

With a 0-0 scoreline at half time, things could only improve. A well worked solo effort saw Ben Brown score from an acute angle. Clitheroe levelled. Gargrave pushed forwards but to no avail and it was Clitheroe who took the points with a late goal minutes from time. On the teams performances a share of the points would have been a fairer reflection on the game.

Gargrave AFC 3 – 1 Waddington FC

February 6, 2011

Gargrave`s hopes of moving up the Premiership table received a welcome boost on Saturday when they took the full three points from the clash with the visiting club Waddington FC. The game was one of the few to go ahead in the Craven league and despite the torrential rain, both sets of players remarked on how well the playing surface had held up despite the conditions.

A composed pass from Al Tudhope allowed Ben Brown to place a low shot neatly into the back of the net on the two minute mark. Simon Boatwright came close and Paul Wilkin turned and shot from distance but was just wide. Adam Hudson in goal made a brave block from a close range shot from the visitors. A shot from Matt Brown was deflected away from goal after another dangerous cross from Al Tudhope. A powerful free kick from Richard Orme just needed the slightest of touches from man of the match defender Matt Brennand in the goalmouth to glance it into the net but Brennand was just inches away from contact. Ben Brown hit an unstoppable strike to give Gargrave a deserved 2-0 cushion, he almost made it 3-0 but his shot was superbly tipped over the bar by the Waddington keeper . Brown made no mistake moments later when he claimed his hat trick with another great strike.

The hosts kept up the pressure in the second half and always looked comfortable. Simon Boatwright`s crossed shot almost hit the target and Paul Wilkin was close with a long range strike. Waddington scored a consolation goal via a free kick and began to put some pressure on the hosts but the defence held firm allowing Gargrave to claim a well earned victory.

Division Two League Cup….

January 29, 2011

Gargrave Reserves  1  -  4  Earby Town

This was certainly not a case of the luck of the draw when next to the bottom of the table Gargrave Reserves had to face top of the table Earby Town in the first round of the Division Two cup. However Gargrave did not allow Earby to have a run away victory, they gave the visitors more than a run for their money. The first goal for Earby came after the ball was well controlled by their striker who placed it neatly in the back of the net on the ten minute mark. A shot from Josh Prell could have levelled but he was just offside, Aidie Eyle`s free kick was headed away by the Earby defence and a good effort from Lee Dent was just wide of the mark. Luke Maude looked confident in goal but a scrambled shot in the goalmouth on the 43rd minute just beat him. 2-0 to the leaders in Division Two at the break.

A free kick from substitute Chris Cox went just wide in the opening exchanges of the second half whilst Earby scored their third after a break away when the shot was placed beyond the keepers reach. Maude parried a shot over the bar soon after but the resulting corner allowed Earby to score their fourth. Gargrave did not give in and continued to press for a consolation goal and their pressure in the box paid off when they forced the Earby defence to concede an own goal. A good all round team performance from a young, battling Gargrave squad with right back Richard Lord having an outstanding game.

The two teams meet up again next week at Earby recreation ground for a league game.

Skipton LMS 3 – 3 Gargrave AFC

January 24, 2011

Bottom of the table Gargrave surprised LMS with their spirited performance and return to form. They took the lead in the first half when Ben Brown scored after a one on one with the LMS keeper. Gargrave continued to push for goal and were denied a bigger lead when two efforts were cleared from the line. The visitors defence held firm giving LMS no clear cut chances.

LMS returned in the second half and gave a stronger performance, scoring a second goal to give them a slender 2-1 lead. Gargrave levelled through defender Matt Brennand with a header from a corner ball. LMS took the lead again but Gargrave pushed forwards and scored to level through Paul Wilkin with five minutes to go. A well deserved point from a good all round team performance with Richard Orme gaining the man of the match award for Gargrave.

Gargrave Reserves p – p Embsay Reserves

January 22, 2011

Unfortunately the game on Saturday 22nd January had to be cancelled due to a frozen pitch.

Gargrave AFC 0 – 1 Embsay FC

January 16, 2011

Gargrave`s decision to leave a covering of grass on the pitch during the autumn months paid dividends on Saturday with the game against Embsay able to go ahead despite the heavy rain throughout Friday night and Saturday. Both teams were delighted to finally get a game played when so many others in the league were cancelled due to their waterlogged pitches.

Gargrave took control from the start with neat interplay and attacking moves. Christian Moon had a shot headed away by an Embsay defender and Matt Brown saw a shot go just wide. Embsay were gifted a rare goal scoring opportunity from an otherwise resolute defence but they fluffed it. Simon Boatwright shot wide and a shot from Moon was easily saved. The Gargrave keeper, Adam Hudson made two heroic saves just before the half time whistle blew to keep the score at 0-0.

The home side dominated the first twenty minutes of the second half with more attacking play but the final touches were too tentative , either just not precise enough or lacking any real power. Matt Brown came the closest to taking his side into a lead when the his strike hit the bar.Paul Wilkin, Ben Brown and Richard Orme were all unlucky not to get on the score sheet. Embsay were given few attempts to even get close on goal. The Gargrave defence all played well and Embsay acknowledged this when they awarded defender Matthew Brennand with the man of the match award. A rare break saw the visitors hit the bar but Gargrave continued to push forwards with another three shots just wide of target, plus a free kick from Orme and a shot from Matt Brown easily saved. A point each looked likely from the game though Gargrave deserved the lions share but nothing is certain until the final whistle blows and with five minutes to go Embsay substitute Ian Piper slotted the ball into the bottom corner to give Embsay victory.

A disappointing result for Gargrave but a great improvement in their overall game.

Apologies to all players and officials for the lack of water supply to the changing rooms but also a thank you to them for their understanding of the situation.

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