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AFC Padiham 1 – 2 Gargrave Reserves

October 5, 2009

Gargrave Reserves were delighted to take the full three points at their game vs AFC Padiham on Saturday.

The Lancashire hosts were the first to score but Gargrave levelled through a superb strike from Mark Webb on his first outing of the season. The wind was making play difficult for both sides but the Gargrave defence held well, marshalled by the experienced Adrian Eyles and Nick Kendall and aided admirably by young Luke Chapman and ex Rugby player Michael McLachlan. Gargraves winner came after man of the match Harry Thompson weaved his way from midfield into the box, cutting back to Jonathan Chapman who scored from close range.  A welcome three points.

Gargrave AFC 1 – 1 Rolls Royce FC

October 5, 2009

The wind was the dominant factor in the game between Gargrave and the Premier Division leaders Rolls Royce FC. Gargrave scored straight from the whistle after Joel Timmins had gained possession allowing Ben Brown to neatly place the ball into the corner of the net. An overhead kick on the turn from Timmins went just wide whilst Rolls over ran the ball causing just too an acute angle for a precise shot. Keeper Stuart Wilson produced a couple of excellent saves to prevent Rolls levelling but a curling corner aided by the strong wind was just nudged over the line for the visitors to equalise.

The wind continued to gust but it was Gargrave who overcame the conditions,having the best of play, keeping the ball on the ground and passing well but that winning goal would just not come.

Al Tudhope was the man of the match for Gargrave with his tireless running which caused problems for the opposition both in defence and attack.

LMS Reserves 2 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

September 28, 2009

There was little to choose between the two sides but it was to be LMS who took the points with just the odd goal advantage. Matthew Hurst opened the scoring in the first half of play with a cool finish on goal. The Gargrave defence held firm with young  left back Luke Chapman solid in the midst of the action.

LMS scored twice in the second half of play, both through two free kicks, one an unstoppable shot. Gargrave began to tire but continued to strive for a share of the points and were only denied by the LMS keeper after he made a good save from a strike by Lee Richards .

Centre half Nick Kendall caught the eye of the opposition when they named him as man of the match whilst Richard Osadzenko took the honours for LMS.

Northern Plant Hire Trophy-first round….

September 28, 2009

Gargrave AFC  3  -  1   Embsay FC

Cup holders Gargrave were hosts to Embsay in the first round of the Northern Plant Hire Trophy competition. The two teams met last season in the semi final stages when Gargrave just had the edge to win 2-1.

Embsay opened the scoring but Ben Brown levelled with a superb free kick which curled into the corner of the net. Joel Timmins came close but a cruel bounce just denied the opportunity to take the lead. Greenwoods shot across goal at the other end was just wide whilst the lively Al Tudhope`s header went just over the bar. 1-1 at half time

Gargrave soon pulled ahead at the re-start with a goal of the season from Timmins. The strong breeze continued to cause problems for both sides but  neat passing moves from Joel Timmins to Geoff Rotherham gave Christian Moon the opportunity to head in the third and final goal of the game for Gargrave to enjoy a 3-1 win.

Craven FA Challenge Cup: Gargrave AFC 1 – 6 Rimington FC

September 22, 2009

Current holders of the FA Challenge Cup, high fliers Rimington were taken by surprise when Gargrave scored just minutes into the game. Ben Brown took his time and neatly placed the goal into the corner of the net. The hosts were in control for much of the next twenty minutes with keeper Stewart Wilson only troubled once and a save at feet kept Gargrave in the lead.

A close range goal from Rimington levelled and this was the catalyst in the game. Indecision in defence led to Rimington increasing their lead by 3-1 at the half time whistle. A goal mouth scramble led to a fourth with a fifth following shortly. Saves from keeper Wilson helped to keep the score at 5-1 but an unfortunate own goal was to increase Rimingtons tally to six.

Gargrave Reserves 1 – 4 Chatburn FC

September 9, 2009

Chatburn dominated the first half of play and keeper Adam Hudson was soon called upon. Chatburn put constant pressure on the Gargrave defence and their first goal was scored within the first fifteen minutes. Gargrave tried to get back into the game but Chatburn scored a second with a tap in and then a third from close range.

Gargrave came back out in the second half of play and looked a different team, turning the tables on Chatburn and putting the pressure on them. Sam Ashby was unlucky not to score after a one on one with the keeper. Gargrave continued to push forward and Matthew Hurst came close but was stopped by the alert Chatburn keeper. The visitors scored a cruel goal on a rare break but Matthew Hurst did score a well earned consolation goal for the hosts in the last fifteen minutes. Man of the match for Gargrave was midfielder Nick Kendall.

Gargrave AFC 3 – 1 Long Lee Juniors

September 6, 2009

Gargrave AFC   3  -  1  Long Lee Juniors

This was a meeting of last seasons top two teams in the Premiership . Long Lee had the upper hand last year when they took the league title, leaving Gargrave in runners up spot.

Long Lee were the first to score from the Penalty spot, twenty minutes into the game. Ben Brown levelled and then put his side ahead with a second goal after a mistake by the Long Lee keeper.

The visitors attacked but the Gargrave troops were well marshalled by their Army captain, midfielder Geoff Rotherham who earned himself the man of the match award .A comprehensive win was then finalised when the second of the Brown duo, Matt, scored with fifteen minutes left to play.

An excellent win for Gargrave, with a good solid all round team performance.

Reserve team game cancelled…

September 3, 2009

The Reserve team game due to have taken place this evening ( Thursday 3rd September) at home vs Silsden Whitestar has unfortunately had to be cancelled.

Despite the atrocious weather the pitch has held up well and with some work in the goal mouths prior to the game it would have been playable. However the game has had to be cancelled because the Silsden manager had not been notified about the fixture from his club.

The Reserves have no game on Saturday but the first team may need some extra players for their home game against Long Lee Juniors. Please contact Matt Brown if you are available.

Gargrave 4 – 3 Skipton LMS

August 30, 2009

Gargrave  were hit badly by player unavailablility on Bank Holiday Saturday and this forced the cancellation of the Reserve game . The first team game was played with just the basic squad of eleven players.

Player ManagerMatt Brown was the first to test the visiting keeper. LMS hit the post but made no mistake with the rebound. Joel Timmins, Richard Orme, Matt Brown and Oliver Hurst all had attempts on goal but shots were either just wide or saved. LMS scored a second just before the break.

Though Gargrave were giving the visitors a game and a half it was LMS who scored once more taking a 3-0 lead. Gargrave kept their discipline and focus whilst LMS seemingly thought they had the game in the bag. Timmins went close. Matt Brown passed the ball through to his brother Ben who scored from eight yards. LMS rattled the bar. A sweet pass from Joel Timmins to Paul Wilkin saw a neat tap in find the back of the net to bring the game to the boil. A long low strike from Ben Brown levelled the scores 3-3. The come back Kings could taste victory. Superb play from Oliver Hurst was rewarded as he scored the winning goal moments before time. Defender Dan Thompson earned the man of the match award whilst Luke Howsen was impressive for LMS.

Pendle Athletic 7 – 3 Gargrave AFC

August 26, 2009

This was not one of Gargraves finest performances though they did take the lead through a  Joel Timmins goal. Pendle levelled. Sam Watson put the visitors ahead again but the floodgates opened as Pendle scored five in a row! Gargrave did manage to pull one back through Al Tudhope but Pendle had the final word as they scored the last goal of the game.

A disappointing result for last years runners up in the Premiership but on the night Pendle were the better stronger side.

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