Gargrave AFC

Gargrave AFC 3 – 2 Hellifield Sports FC

April 6, 2009

A local Derby game which always seems to be a close encounter, the last time the teams met was at the first game of the season when the score was a roller coaster with Gargrave taking the lead,Hellifield levelling,Gargrave going in front again and so it continued to see Hellifield eventually winning 7-6!

Gargrave were hoping for a victory on Saturday to keep them near the head of their division but knew Hellifield would put in a good performance. The hosts began confidently creating chances, Christian Moon soon provided top scorer Ben Brown with an opportunity but Brown did not sieze the day. Hellifield began to attack more and broke free but midfielder Jameson ran back to cover well. A Joel Timmins shot was well defended but Ben Browns neat turn on a sixpence foiled Hellifield and it was 1-0 to the hosts. Timmins made no mistake and soon doubled the score with a cracking shot.The  Hellifield strikers were kept under control by the Gargrave defence who proved hard to penetrate with a rock solid performance from Lee Barrett. Top scorer Ben Brown increased the lead to 3-0 just before the break.Gargrave felt comfortable.

Hellifield returned to the second half and began to create more chances, a header was closely followed by a one on one and they were back in the game with a 3-2 scoreline. Gargrave began to wonder if this was going to be another roller coaster of a game? Both teams pushed for goal, Browns shot from an acute angle hit the post, Hellifields Stanforth beat the keeper with his shot and Gargrave defender Dan Thompson needed all his pace to run back and clear off the line, sliding into the posts in the process. End to end action, Hellifields keeper ran up as a corner was taken, the ball was cleared,  Brown sprinted back down the pitch with a clear goal in sight, but it was time out for the whistle blew as he reached the half way line. Another fine encounter from these two local teams.

Cowling 3 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

April 3, 2009

A difficult game for the visitors which began before the whistle blew with the Crosshills & District rush hour traffic, this combined with the Leagues new ruling on players having played six matches or more in a higher division during the season being deemed ineligible to play caused a few problems. ( a harsh ruling, out of around twenty games, can a player turning out six times for the first team be really classed as a first team player and then have to miss his last few games with his regular Reserve squad. All clubs with two teams have their floating players who play at times with both squads)???

Keeping the ball on the ground was the key for as soon as it was allowed to bounce on the rock hard surface it could have gone to anyones feet. Cowling seemed to have this theory under control and played some decent football reflecting their status in the division. They were the first on the score sheet as the theory was put into practice .

Gargrave came back into the game in the second half of play and it was Jeff Rotherham who produced another solid performance for his side.

Man of the match, Mattie Simpson ( I`ve got the biggest collection of yellow cards this season) produced a long throw straight to the head of Richard Scott who created a consolation goal for the visitors.

Gargrave 2 – 0 Oxenhope

March 29, 2009

Fisherman Brown Destroys Oxenhope’s Sole

It was the perfect day for fishing as Oxenhope braved the elements at the Canal Side stadium in Gargrave. The home team were looking to bounce back from their recent defeat and the visitors were looking for revenge.

The game started and it looked as though it would only be a matter of time until Gargrave broke the deadlock, but some good defending, and a lack of neck muscle mass from Joel Timmins meant goals were going to be hard to come by.

Oxenhopes lack of pace upfront was making it difficult for them to mount any attacks, but they almost went infront when a ghastly bounce deceived the Gargarve goalkepper and only some last minute defending stopped the ball from going into the empty net.

The rest of the first half remained very even, with the only notable moment coming when Christian Moon fell over onto the Oxenhope bucket causing it to smash into a million pieces. (He counted them all)

At half time manager Boatwright asked the players to win the game for the village, he said “the people of this village are suffering from severe depression and a loss today won’t help things, I don’t want to have their depression on my hands so pull your fingers out and go win this game”. He then put on his sunglasses.

The half time team talk had no effect.

Gargrave continued to find it difficult to break down a well drilled Oxenhope team, but just as it looked like the game was heading for a draw. Gargraves resident fisherman Ben Brown managed to latch onto a searching through ball from left back James Wilkin. Brown tickled the ball like he tickles his trout and produced a delicate finish over the keepers head to make it 1 – 0 to Gargrave.

A 2nd goal soon followed as iron man Joel Timmins found himself 1 on 1 with the keeper and made no mistake with a composed finish from close range to put the game out of Oxenhopes reach.

The game finished 2 – 0 to Gargrave but Oxenhope will feel unlucky to have lost the game.

AFC Padiham 2 – 1 Gargrave AFC Reserves

March 23, 2009

Gargrave started the game well and enjoyed most of the possession but it was Padiham who took the lead against the run of play with a good finish from their striker. The visitors were not down hearted and were playing confidently and were soon rewarded when Mattie Simpson drew level,he received  the ball on the edge of the area and then fired it into the bottom corner of the net.

The game remained level until the final minute when a cruel bounce took the ball over the head of the Gargrave keeper and into the empty net. Gargrave made the long journey home disappointed not to be taking a share of the points with them.

Midfielder Sam Watson impressed the hosts who named him as man of the match.

* Please note the Reserves have no game on Saturday March 28th but can all regular Reserve players try to be available for their next   game which is on Wednesday evening, April 1st, away vs Cowling, kick off 6.30.p.m.

Will Managers please note the new ruling which has been brought in this season ( League handbook, rule N, page 12) . There may be exceptions to this ruling regarding floating players but the Management Committee must be notified and permission given prior to them playing.

Gargrave AFC Reserves 3 – 1 Embsay FC

March 16, 2009

Gargrave AFC Reserves  3  -  1  Embsay FC

A much improved performance gave Gargrave Reserves a good win on Saturday against Embsay.

The strong winds initially were the dominant factor but Gargrave enjoyed much of the early play though Embsay did begin to settle as the half progressed. The hosts played well as a unit stringing together some better passes than of late despite the conditions.

Mark ( goal a game ) Webb had his eye firmly on goal and took the direct route when he neatly nutmegged the keeper to notch up the first for Gargrave. Embsays danger man, Dave Greenwood, hit the post with a fine strike and promptly hit it again moments later. He made no mistake on his third attempt with a wind assisted ball from close range. A fine run by Neil Banks created the opening for Mattie Simpson to take a 2-1 lead as the half drew to a close.

Good passing moves from Tom Varey to the hard working Geoff Rotherham saw a precise cross to the feet of the well  positioned Richard Scott who  tapped in from close range.Scott went wide just minutes later whilst a brave save from keeper Adam Hudson thwarted Embsays attempts to get back into the game as Gargrave continued to dominate.

A good performance from the hosts in which every man played their part. Mattie Simpson took the eye of the oposition when they named him as man of the match.

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Grassington 5 – 0 Gargrave

March 15, 2009

With Grassington’s regular pitch still out of commission, 2nd place Gargrave made the short trip to Skipton for the Craven League Premier encounter. The changing rooms provided good shelter and hot water facilities.

The game was to be played on the old “Skipton Bulldogs” pitch, next to the Rugby ground. The pitch was somewhat rugged to say the least, and this, combined with the strong winds, would prove difficult to cope with for both sides.

The game started on time.

Grassington began the game attacking into the wind, but found a lot of long balls carrying either to the Gargrave keeper, or straight out of play. Both midfields were struggling to have any impact on the game with the conditions making it impossible to mount any meaningful passes together.

It was however Grassington who took the lead, when an in swinging corner flew towards the back post and was headed into the Gargrave net.

Manager Boatwrights revolutionary “circumference of opponents head” based marking system* at corners proved to be somewhat flawed, as Grassington added a 2nd, and then a 3rd, both coming from in swinging wind assisted corners.

*Measure circumference of own head, estimate circumference of opponents head, if measurement is within 0.8% mark the player

Christian Moon and Ben Brown both had good chances to get Gargrave onto the score sheet but were thwarted by the Grassington defence and some poor finishing.

At half time the score remained 3 – 0 to Grassington. Manager Boatwright again worse sunglasses, possibly slightly darker sunglasses than the previous week.

Gargrave started the 2nd half attacking with the wind, but like Grassington in the 1st half, were finding it difficult not to over hit their passes.

But it was Grassington who managed to grab a 4th goal as a cross from the touch line blew back out towards the 6 yard box to be headed into the net past the Gargrave goalkeeper and defenders. “It’s just making a mockery of the laws of physics” said the frustrated James Wilkin.

Gargrave then started to come back into the game and Ben Brown almost grabbed a goal for the visitors with a well placed volley that narrowly went over the bar. Mr Richard Orme was also finding the goal difficult to penetrate as 3 free kicks from similar angles went narrowly wide, or were well saved by the keeper.

Despite coming close on a number of occasions it was Grassington who scored a 5th goal as they capitalized on a tiring Gargrave defence. A Cross from the right found it’s way directly onto the head of the big Grassington striker who glanced the ball past the keeper.

The game ended with a whistle and the surprising news that Liverpool had beaten Man UTD 4 – 1, Al Tudhopes predictions once again coming true, proving he is the love child of Mystic Meg and Derek Acorah.

By Luke Boatwright (Skipton) (Beard) (Sunglasses) (Hair)

Gargrave AFC 3 – 1 Cononley FC

March 9, 2009

Gargrave knew they would have a hard game against their old rivals Cononley, and this was plain to see straight from the first whistle. The physical presence of the Cononley squad was too much for a Gargrave team that featured the worlds tallest dwarf Alan (according to Lee) Tudhope, and the worlds fattest thin person, Ben Brown.

Keeper Stewart Wilson was instrumental in keeping his side in the game producing a couple of quality saves early on in the half.  Cononley were  pulling the strings for long periods and their reward finally came when they found the net.  Another great save from Wilson kept the score at 1-0 as the half drew to a close.

Manager Boatwright spoke words at half time, whilst still wearing his sun glasses.

The 2nd half began and Gargrave levelled through Paul Wilkin as he fired into the roof of the net from close range after some good build up play from the 2 Gargrave record breakers, Al Tudhope and Ben Brown.

Gargrave were back in the game, however it looked like top scorer Ben Brown with twenty two goals to his credit already this season might have seen the last of the action as he fell to the ground after a bone crunching move from the keeper. Like a coiled spring he was soon back on his feet and took the lead for Gargrave with a well placed goal.

Mr Richard Orme, a physical match for his opponents, made no mistake with a precise header from a corner to give the hosts a 3-1 lead and a welcome victory over some very tough opponents.

Gargraves winning streak continues, but Cononley will feel unfortunate not to be leaving the Dragon’s Lair with at least a point after such a dominating 1st half.

Trawden Celtic 3 – 1 Gargrave AFC Reserves

March 8, 2009

Conditions were difficult to say the least when Gargrave visited Trawden Celtic on Saturday. The strong winds and driving rain hampered the play for both squads.

Trawden were looking for a result after their  O – O draw at the last meeting back in October, and early on in the game they notched up their first goal. Gargrave were quick to reply with a free kick from Mark Webb on his first outing of the season.

Trawden began to take control of the game, scoring two  more to give them a 3-1 cushion.

Goal keeper, Adam Hudson impressed the hosts who awarded him the man of the match award, but for his endeavours the score may have been greater.

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Gargrave 4 – 1 Grindleton

March 2, 2009

Grindleton were this weeks opponents for an in form Gargrave side who were looking to continue their recent winning streak.

Despite playing on a pitch that resembled Wembley (after an American football game) Gargrave found Grindleton a tough team to break down, despite enjoying the majority of the possession.

It was a frustrating 1st half for the home side, and this was demonstrated when Oliver Hurst, still reeling from Ryan Airs decision to charge people to use the toilets, found himself in the referees book, making him the most cautioned player in Gargrave’s history. An award that will disappoint the previous record holder Jock Bradburry who picked up 17 yellow cards in the 1938/39 season.

It looked like the score would remain goalless leading into the half time interval, but with not long to go (probably) Gargrave put together some good passes down the right wing and a cross into the box was met on the volley by the ever auburn Paul Wilkin to make it 1 – 0 to Gargrave.

Despite the set back Grindleton were not disheartened and they managed to bring the game back level just before half time.

Gargrave went into the changing rooms at half time, manager Boatwright wore sunglasses.

The 2nd half started with the referees whistle.

With neither teams able to take control of the game, it was left to Gargrave captain Liam Jameson to produce a moment of magic as he fired in an unstoppable volley from the edge of the area to make it 2 – 1 to Gargrave.

Then came the defining moment of the game, when a highly dubious penalty decision gave Grindleton the chance to level the game. Thankfully for Gargrave the Grindleton striker resembled David Bently as he put the spot kick wide of the post.

This seemed to give Gargrave the boost they needed, and they took the score to 3 – 1 when little Al Tudhope produced a fine finish to increase his seasons goal tally to 1.

The game was then wrapped up as Paul Wilkin scored his 2nd goal of the game, firing a tap in into the roof of the net.

Final Score: 4 – 1
Attendance: 11 (a 95% increase on the previous week)

Long Lee 1 – 1 Gargrave

February 24, 2009

It was the battle of the Craven Leagues top clubs as top of the table Long Lee juniors played host to 2nd placed Gargrave at the Marley recreational sports centre.

A strong wind was blowing across the pitch which would prove to hamper both teams, but as the game started it was Gargrave who looked the most likely to take the lead with top scorer Ben Brown missing some chances that on other days would surely have found the back on the net.

Long Lee also did their best to break the deadlock, but they found the re-shuffled Gargrave defence difficult to penetrate, with Kristian Hodgson and Matthew Brennand both making claims for a regular starting place.

The first half came to a close with very little to choose between the 2 teams. Christian Moon did his bit at half time by dishing out water bottles for his team mates, whilst also showing his slight OCD tendencies by making sure there was never an uneven number of water bottles in the bottle holder. (If he see’s any items grouped unevenly he has to tap his left ear 3 times and his right ear 4 times to cancel it out)

The 2nd half then got underway, but the water bottles must have been put back unevenly as Long Lee started to get the upper hand, forcing a number of corners and free kicks, which eventually lead to a well taken goal making in 1 – 0 to the hosts.

Gargrave continued to fight back, but they thought lady luck might not have been on their side when midfielder Oliver Hurst fell to the ground with what seemed like a serious injury. Luckily the injury was not as serious as first thought, when it was revealed the problem was caused by right back Al Tudhope using Hurt’s mentula as a rope, causing a slight hyper-extension. Hurst was able to run the injury off and was soon back in the thick of the action.

With around 10 minutes to go, it looked like Gargraves chances of bringing the game level had gone. But a goal mouth scramble allowed the returning Joel “Less than 50% of my sandwiches contain salmonella” Timmins to back heel the ball into the net to bring the game level.

Gargrave could then have snatched a late winner when Oliver Hurst found himself 1 on 1 with the keeper but he pulled his shot wide.

The game finished 1 – 1, with both teams pleased not to have lost the game.

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