Gargrave AFC

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 3 Bingley Town

August 26, 2009

Gargrave started the game the much brighter of the two sides and totally dominated the first twenty minutes of play, passing the ball well and having numerous forays on goal. Nick Kendalls free kick from just outside the box was parried over by the keeper. Rob Barkers long low shot and a neat tap in from Sam Ashby were saved by the alert Bingley keeper. Bingley broke free on the half hour and scored, a second closely followed, a long range unstoppable shot. A run through the defence created their third. Gargrave were awarded a penalty but luck was against them as the shot cruelly hit the post. Their bad luck continued when keeper Adam Hudson was forced to leave the field at half time with a recurring ankle problem.

Phil Cooke replaced the injured keeper and was soon called upon to produce some saves. Jodie Lonsdale was making a fine debut for the club and a great shot from him was saved by the Bingley keeper. Gargrave pressured for the last ten but could just not find that vital touch. A good performance from all their players particularly man of the match Jonathan Chapman who was always in the thick of the action.

Reserves first game of the season..

August 19, 2009

Settle Utd 8 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

The Reserves travelled to Settle to meet the same opponents they were up against in the first game of the season last year. Fortunately this year the result was kept in single figures!

Gargrave started the game well with several of their players making their debut for the club. Settle took advantage of some errors in play and were 2-0 up at half time. Gargrave continued to battle bravely against a strong Settle contingent who notched up a further six goals before the    final whistle blew. The visitors did not allow Settle a clean sheet, a good passing move from Robert Barker to the lively Matthew Hurst then gave Jonathan Chapman the opportunity to claim a good goal. Man of the match for Gargrave was Martin Eyles.

First result of the new season…

August 18, 2009

Gargrave  4  -  2  Grassington Utd

Gargrave caught Grassington on the back foot almost from the whistle. The home clubs first shot on goal from Christian Moon found the net minutes into the game. Moon soon followed this up with a lob which casually drifted over the stranded keeper. The Premierships top scorer last year, Ben Brown, fired into the top corner to make it 3-0. He was soon in the midst of the action again, sprinting for goal alongside a Grassington defender, Brown just made the necassary touch to claim his second of the match. A clearance off the line from James Wilkin made sure Gargrave kept their 4-0 lead at half time.

Grassington had a player dismissed just into the second half of play but they did come back into the game, scoring two well taken goals to make it 4-2 at the final whistle. This was a good solid performance from Gargrave and a confident start to the season.

( The first team game due to be held on Saturday 22nd August has now been postponed ).

Gargrave 4 – 3 Cowling (AET)

May 11, 2009

The final of The Northern Plant Hire Trophy took place on Thursday evening between Gargrave AFC and newly promoted Cowling FC as a capacity crowd watched on.

The competition was first held back in the 1993/4 season when the president of Gargrave football club, Mr Paul Watson offered to sponsor the event. The final has always been held at the home of the club and they were the first team to have their name engraved on the trophy sixteen years ago.

It was a case of deja vous for one player, Lee Barrett, for he was also in the winning side sixteen years ago!

Mr. Watson has continued to sponsor the competition and was delighted to present the trophy to the Gargrave players on Thursday evening, though up to minutes before the whistle for full time it looked as though Cowling would be the recipients.

The blustery conditions hampered the quality of the football and it was difficult for either side to settle. An in swinging corner from soon gave Cowling a lead and Gargrave keeper Stuart Wilson had to make a diving save to stop a free kick. Another in swinging corner from Cowling went desperately near.

But it was Christian Moon who brought the scores to level pegging as half time approached. His tactic of standing still at corners paid dividends, as he found himself unmarked and he calmly headed the ball into the empty net.

Almost on the restart Cowling pulled ahead again to make the score 2 – 1.

Gargrave pushed forwards, a long range strike from Paul Wilkin rattled the bar and substitute Liam Jameson’s header hit the post. The introduction of Gargraves third substitute, Matt Brown at last turned the game in their favor, for with just seconds to go before the final whistle he cooly levelled the score to the delight of the home crowd.

Extra time seemed to bring out the best of the Gargrave play and man of the match Paul Wilkin provided a cool finish into the bottom corner to give Gargrave the lead for the 1st time. Richard Orme lived up to his Twinkle Toes name as he deftly worked his way through the stunned Cowling defence, dribbling past 3 defenders before unselfishly passing to Ben Brown who tapped the ball into an empty net.

Cowling lost a player through indiscipline, but found a consolation goal through a free kick just moments before time.

Gargrave held out and a pitch invasion from the home supporters followed to mark an end to an enthrawling game of local football.

Northern Plant Hire Semi Final – Gargrave AFC 2 – 1 Embsay FC

May 1, 2009

It was a fairly local affair in the semi final of The Northern Plant Hire Trophy when Gargrave were hosts to Embsay FC on Thursday evening.

Gargrave looked the more confident in the opening exchanges and were soon 1-0 ahead courtesy of a cross resulting from a Ben Brown free kick with in form player, centre back, Lee Barrett,  ghosting in with a precise bullet header. Gargrave continued to pass the ball well though it was Embsay who almost scored when a rare foray through the defence hit the post. Gargrave took control again but Hurst was brought down and his verbal re-action earned him a red card. Terrific play from right back  Al Tudhope  enabled Paul Wilkin to secure a second goal for the hosts. A powerful shot from Richard Orme almost created a third but it was parried over the goal by the Embsay keeper. Gargrave ended the half 2-0 up but one man down.

Minutes into the second half of the game, captain Liam Jameson was also shown a red card for dissent. Both of the dismissed players were midfielders so it was left to the lone ranger in the middle of the park, Richard Orme to steady the ship. Manager, Boatwright, brought on army physical instructor Geoff Rotherham to provide cover on the flanks. Rotherham soon made a mark on the game with a cross to Paul Wilkin who missed an open goal. Embsays full contingent of eleven men pushed forwards and broke through to pull a goal back. Gargrave continued to work hard and their defence remained firm but a sigh of relief was audible as the final whistle blew.

The final will be held at Gargrave on Thursday 7th May vs Cowling FC who beat WFC Clitheroe in the other semi final.

Grindleton 0 – 5 Gargrave

April 26, 2009

Gargrave secured a convincing 5 – 0 win against Grindleton to cement their position as runners up in the Premier division of the craven league.

Gargrave arrived to the Grindleton playing field ground at around 1pm, the game was due to start at 2.

Unfortunately, nerves were getting the better of everyone with so much at stake, and the kick off was delayed by the Gargrave keepers reluctance to kick off whilst a pile of excrement lay on his goal line. Luckily Liam Jameson instructed Stuart Wilson to look for a spade in the Grindleton tool shed, but Stuart Wilson couldn’t hear him and stood looking at the faeces, Matthew Brennand then went to the tool shed and found a spade with a triangular head and gave it to Stuart Wilson. Stuart Wilson then dug a hole around the waste and removed it from the field of play. It was a shit start to the game.

The pitch was hard, the weather hot, the ball round. And this seemed to suit Gargrave, who dominated the early stages with Richard Orme pulling the strings in the middle of the park. The deadlock was soon broken as Christian Moon latched on to a cross field ball, pulled the ball down onto his chest and fired in an unstoppable volley with his left boot. He dedicated his goal to “all those kids out there that have dreams, this is for you – never stop dreaming”

A second goal was soon added by the returning Oliver Hurst as he rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home into an empty net. He didn’t dedicate the goal to anyone.

Gargrave were on top and always looked threatening, but Grindleton did muster a few chances on the counter attack. The best coming when a through ball almost found it’s way to the 34 year old Grindleton winger but he collided with the Gargrave keeper in what the referee called a “bloody lovely 50/50 challenge, it puts a smile on my face”.

Half time arrived, and this gave the Gargrave team chance to take on some much needed water.

As manager Boatwright pointed out “2 – 0 is a very dangerous scoreline, you think you are in control but you could end up losing 5 – 2, so don’t throw it away”.

Ben Brown listened to his managers wise words and got on the score sheet twice to take Gargraves lead to 4. The final goal was added by Paul Wilkin with an unstoppable volley that flew like a North Korean missile into the top corner of the Grindleton net to bring an end to the scoring.

After the game Gargrave were presented with runners up trophies, and Peter Brennand took some team photos with a silver digital camera (LCD screen, no flash).

Skipton LMS 0 – 0 Gargrave AFC

April 14, 2009

Skipton LMS  0 – 0  Gargrave AFC

Gargrave and Skipton LMS met again on Tuesday evening for their second encounter in four days. Both clubs are at the top end of the Premiership table and all three points would have been welcome to aid them in their quest for the runners up position. However it was a point a piece as the final whistle blew which was a fair result as there was little to choose between the two sides. Gargrave tried to penetrate the LMS defence but it was the final ball which let them down each time. LMS were gifted a chance through a goal keeping error but Ian Craven somehow failed to convert. Gargrave throught they had a winner through Ben Brown only to be ruled offside.
Man of the match Sam Watson had a strong game in midfield and the defensive quartet of Al Tudhope, Dan Thompson, Lee Barrett and James Wilkin dealt admirably with the LMS attack.
The Gargrave squad can now have a well earned rest as they have a free day on Saturday. They play their final league game of the season on Saturday 25th April away at Grindleton and then they face Embsay on Thursday 30th April at home in the semi final of the Northern Plant Hire Trophy.

Gargrave AFC Reserves 3 – 2 Bingley Town FC

April 12, 2009

This was the Reserves last league game of the season and initially it looked like it would be the hardest. The Craven Leagues new ruling which deems a player ineligible to play in the Reserve Squad if they have played in six or more games for their first team combined with some last minute cry offs meant the squad facing Bingley Town comprised of just ten men. Bingley Town needed a win to keep them out of relegation and so keeper Adam Hudson was warned he could be in for a busy day! Manager Jimmy McLachlan joined the defence alongside rugby player/fell runner Matthew Hurst with the experienced defender Aidie Eyles acting as their mentor.

The opening moves of the game were scrappy with neither side looking particularly settled though Hudson looked confident in goal despite his earlier warnings. Mattie Simpson came close but it was a close range power shot from Bingley which opened the scoring. Was this the opening of the floodgates?

Gargrave pushed forwards and Jonathan Chapman almost levelled, Simpson played through to Richard Scott but the whistle was blown for offside. Lone ranger Simpson had goal in sight when he faced a one on one with the keeper and a brave lob levelled. Bingleys frustration began to show as Gargraves ten men began to play as a unit despite some of the players inexperience.

The second half opened with Richard Scott playing a long ball through to the pacey Simpson who again had only the keeper between him and the goal, he expertly rounded him to place the ball in the corner of the net. Scott almost had goal in sight himself but over ran the ball and then a longe range shot from him just skimmed the bar. A diving header from Bingley levelled the score at 2-2.

Despite the heat of the day the Gargrave players gave their all and continued to push forwards, Bevan Bolland had a good game, passing the ball with composure and at times playing a defensive role too but it was to be Mattie Simpsons day as he notched up a hat-trick, yet another  one on one with the Bingley keeper.  3-2 to the hosts.

A great result for Gargrave with the ten men squad gaining in the circumstances their finest result of the season.

Skipton LMS 1 – 2 Gargrave

April 11, 2009

Serviceman Avoids Somali Pirates To Sink LMS

On another Saturday Army fitness instructor Geoff Rotherham could possibly have been found fighting Somali pirates, but on Saturday 11th April he joined his civilian team mates and fired in an extra time winner to take Gargrave through to the next round of the Paul Watson trophy.

It was always going to be a tough game between two of the premier division’s top teams, and the hot weather, combined with the immense LMS pitch tested the fitness levels of both sides.

The game started with both teams very evenly matched, but it was Gargrave who took the lead when an ungainly tackle from an LMS defender brought Gargrave a free kick on the edge of the area. Ben Brown stood over the ball, and took some deep breaths, despite them not going anywhere as he has no chest; strange. This didn’t seem to bother him however, as he calmly slotted the ball around the LMS wall and into the bottom corner of the net.

LMS pushed for an equalizer but found the youthful (and Lee) Gargrave defence hard to penetrate. They did however always look a threat from set pieces, and a corner was headed into the net at the far post to bring the game level.

Chances were hard to come by with Gargrave getting into some good positions but failing to find that final pass that would have brought the goal. LMS huffed and puffed but failed to blow the house (defence) down as they were limited to long shots, with only 1 worrying the Gargrave keeper.

The 2nd half was played out in competitive fashion but neither team could muster any meaningful chances as the defences of both teams continued to dominate.

The only notable moment of the half came when Gargrave substitute Joel Timmins declared that engine shed lane was his “highway to the danger zone” and he donned his Top Gun sunglasses and burst onto the pitch. It was all downhill from there, as Timmins managed to touch the ball no less than 3, and no more than 5 times during his hour on the field.

The referee brought an end to the game with nothing to choose between the 2 teams after 90 minutes, so the game went into extra time.

This is when great managers make the big decisions that change games, unfortunately for Manager Boatwright the decision was made for him, as midfield Richard Orme has blisters on his hooves and Geoff Rotherham was the only substitute left, so Manager Boatwright made the brave decision to make the substitution.

And it paid dividends when the Army Fitness Instructor (PE teacher for men) put the thoughts of his broken toe to the back of his mind, and fired in a drive from the edge of the area that found its way into the bottom corner of the net, beating the LMS keeper to make it 2 – 1 to Gargrave.

LMS pushed for an equalizer but the hot weather and the huge pitch were taking their toll and Gargrave finished the game victorious.

The two teams meet again on Tuesday night (16th April) for the Craven Premier League clash, a Gargrave win would almost certainly guarantee them a 2nd place finish in the league.

Gargrave AFC Reserves 1 – 2 Earby Town FC

April 10, 2009

Earby Town opened the scoring minutes into the game with a long low shot, they continued to look dangerous on the break and Mattie Simpson foiled a second shot when he blocked on the line. Gargrave began to come back into the game but a soft header from Tom Varey went straight to the keepers hands. A good pacey move from the hosts found the receiving player off side and then Gargrave had to clear from the line as Earby broke through again.Gargrave continued to work hard and Simpson played the ball to the hard working defender Chris Manger who crossed the ball to the head of Jonathan Chapman who levelled the score.

The second half of play saw Simpson`s long range power shot go just wide whilst Earby had a  good chance on goal but the shot was high. The visitors second goal was a high lob which went just beyond the keepers reach. Again Gargrave strived for a leveller and despite all the players working hard, their hopes faded as did the light.

Man of the match award went to Aidie Eyles in the heart of defence.

The Reserves play the last of their League games on Saturday, at home versus Bingley FC.

* Please can all outstanding fines and subs be paid on Saturday.

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