Gargrave AFC

Bradley FC 2 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

February 8, 2010

Gargrave`s  run of bad luck continued even though they had much of the play but the ball would just not go in the back of the net. The Bradley keeper was on good form and saved numerous chances from the visitors over the ninety minute period. Play was difficult for both teams on the heavy pitch but Bradley scored a couple in the first half to give them a good advantage at half time.

Gargrave had the upper hand in the second half and Paul Wilkin pulled one back with a good finish. Despite the visitors best efforts an equaliser was not to be and the score remained at 2-1 in Bradleys favour. Another disappointing day when at least a share of the points would have been fair but there is much to play for yet and time for some good luck to return.

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 4 Skipton Town FC

February 1, 2010

This was an important game for the two sides lying at the bottom of the table and there was little to choose between them in the first half of play. Man of the match Jodie Lonsdale was the first to have a shot on goal. Skipton were awarded a free kick and the shot was headed off the line by defender Aidie Eyles. The visitors had a chance to take the lead with a one on one with the keeper but they just lacked the finishing composure. Good work from Michael McLachlan stopped Skipton Town as another foray on goal was attempted. Jon Christie had a shot but it lacked any power, the Skipton Town keeper easily saved a strike from Lonsdale. A lob went so close and it looked as if Gargrave had gained the advantage but it was deemed that the ball had not gone over the line. Skipton Town were spurred into action by the call and immediately went up field and scored to take the lead. A good shot from Jonathan Chapman was saved just before the half time whistle.

A long range effort from Ben Ashby went just wide and a header from Jodie Lonsdale went tantilisingly close. A good strike from Skipton Town gave them a 2-0 lead and as some of the Gargrave players began to tire, a third was added and then a fourth from close range. A welcome win for Skipton Town but a disappointing day for Gargrave.

Long Lee Juniors 2 – 1 Gargrave AFC

February 1, 2010

Top of the table Long Lee Juniors took the lead when a corner was cleared and the ball fell at the feet of  a player who volleyed the ball into the top corner of the net. Minutes later they gained a second when a free kick evaded everyone. Gargrave battled hard as the half continued but the elusive goal was hard to come by.

The second half saw player manager Matt Brown pull one back for the visitors through a free kick. Gargrave played well but were just unable to find the equaliser in a game which saw the sides well matched. Joel Timmins was man of the match for Gargrave.

Cowling FC 3 – 2 Gargrave AFC

January 23, 2010

Ben Brown opened the scoring for Gargrave with a cross come shot which deceived the Cowling keeper. The hosts pushed for an equaliser but Gargrave defended well.However it was their inability to clear a ball which led to Cowlings equaliser and at the half time break it was 1-1.

Gargrave took the lead again when Paul Wilkin scored on the break with a clever lob over the keeper. Cowling replied with a free kick which found the top corner of the net. Gargrave began to tire and it was Cowling who snatched the winner on the break.

Oliver Hirst earned himself the man of the match award with some strong play in midfield.

Next weeks game, away vs Long Lee.

Premier Division League Cup: Gargrave 5 – 3 Waddington FC

December 13, 2009

Gargrave were never really troubled by Waddington though the visitors were the first on the score sheet. Joel Timmins levelled with what was to be the first of  his four goal feast, adding his second soon after. Waddington did not allow Gargrave the advantage for long and scored to make it 2-2 just before the break. Ben Brown put Gargrave back in front and Timmins showed no mercy as he put another past the keeper to give Gargrave a 4-2 lead. Waddington tried to push forward and in doing so left gaps in their defence and though gaining a third goal they allowed Timmins through for the final goal of the game to give Gargrave a comprehensive 5-3 victory in this the first round of the Premier Division league cup.

Next Saturday Gargrave continue with cup action when they play hosts to Long Preston in the Craven FA Morrison Cup.Will players please note the early kick off time of 1.30.p.m.

The Reserves will be away  vs Chatburn.

Skipton LMS 4 – 2 Gargrave AFC

December 7, 2009

Gargrave started badly on the boggy pitch. LMS had a goal dis-allowed from a corner after a player was judged to have pushed the Gargrave keeper. The hosts then went ahead when Gargrave failed to clear a cross, a second was added from a corner and a third was to follow. Gargrave  pulled one back when Oliver Hurst shot from close range.

Gargrave improved their performance after the break and Richard Orme`s well placed free kick brought them back into the game. Gargrave pushed hard for the equaliser, missing several chances. LMS increased their lead to 4-2 with a breakaway goal which sealed the points for them. Man of the match for Gargrave was Joel Timmins.

The first round of the Premier Division League cup will be played at home on Saturday ( 12th December ) vs Waddington FC. Will all players please note this is a 1.30.p.m kick off.

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 5 Silsden Whitestar

November 30, 2009

Gargrave had the better of the play in the first half. A couple of early headers were just off target and Jonathan Chapman and Oliver Hurst both had chances. Whitestar`s only real threat was headed off the line by defender  Ben Ashby.  Man of the match Oliver Hurst made a welcome return in his first league game of the season  after a lengthy suspension and he controlled the game in midfield despite the poor conditions underfoot. Silsden pushed forwards hitting the bar with a shot, a melee in the area saw Gargrave give away a penalty which was well converted by the visitors.

Silsden increased their lead just into the second half of play with an easy tap in, Hurst almost levelled. A further three goals were added to the visitors tally, two were lobs over the stranded keeper. Gargrave continued to work hard though they knew the game was now beyond their reach on the heavy pitch. Al Tudhopes strike for a consolation goal went just wide. Despite receiving some physical knocks another great performance from young Luke Chapman in defence.

The Reserve squad play hosts to AFC Padiham on Saturday in the Division One league cup, will all players please note this is an early kick off of 1.30.p.m.

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 2 AFC Padiham

November 21, 2009

This was a brave performance by Gargrave particularly from those who were carrying injuries. Both Jodie Lonsdale and Jonathan Chapman had attempts on goal whilst keeper Adam Hudson kept the visitors at bay. Ben Ashby played well in the centre of defence and debutant Chris Cox was a good support. Left winger Ed Stanley rolled back the years with a fine performance.Despite both teams efforts on the heavy pitch the score remained goal-less at half time.

Padiham looked likely to score just into the second half but the shot was well blocked by keeper and man of the match Adam Hudson. A fine controlled  and thunderous strike from Jonathan Chapman was so close for Gargrave but it bounced off the underside of the bar and then out. Hudson saved well again. A goal mouth scramble saw the ball cleared but Padiham took advantage by scoring from the clearence. Minutes from time the visitors increased their lead to 2-0.

A sterling performance from Gargrave who could not be faulted for their committment. The squad look forward to reversing the result when Padiham visit them again on the 5th December in the league cup. The next league game is on Saturday at home vs Silsden Whitestar.

Craven FA Morrison Cup: Pendle Athletic 1 – 2 Gargrave AFC

November 21, 2009

Both sides were struggling with numbers as the game started with only nineteen players on the pitch; ten for Gargrave and nine for Pendle. Gargrave took advantage of their extra man, testing the oppositions  keeper on a number of occasions. Pendle bravely held out for the first twenty minutes but their defence was finally breached when Paul Wilkin fired a low shot into the back of the net. Gargrave continued to push forward but were unable to make their man advantage count further as the half time whistle blew.

Further reinforcements arrived to slightly bolster both of the squads for the second half of play. Pendle were able to play with ten men whilst Gargrave now had the full contingent. Surprisingly it was Pendle who levelled with a shot from the edge of the area. Gargrave continued to push forward and it was one of their late arrivals, Alex Dawson , who scored with a well directed free kick. The game came to a close with Gargrave the victors by a narrow one goal advantage but both teams would come away from the game disappointed that they had not a full squad of injury free and available players to choose from.

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.

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