Gargrave AFC

Norman Pratt Trophy Quarter Final Result:

February 23, 2009

Gargrave AFC Reserves  3  -  4  Rimington AFC Reserves

Gargrave Reserves knew they were in for a tough game when they were drawn against the holders of the Craven FA Norman Pratt Trophy, Rimington Reserves. However as past winners of the trophy back in 2005 and also in 2006 this on paper was going to be a close encounter.

Rimington Reserves were a well disciplined and organised side and this was to pay them dividends almost from the off when a good  move split the Gargrave defence and their keeper Stewart Wilson was given little chance. Gargrave began to put in some better moves and Matthew Simpson was given a chance on goal but his shot went over. The  keeper was kept on his toes as Rimington attacked,Wilson saved,Rimington hit the woodwork, defender Aidie Eyles blocked a shot off the goal line but finally Rimington shot from close range to take a 2-0 lead. Midfielder Simon Boatwrights long range pin point free kick found the head of Tom Varey but the resulting header was just inches wide.Nick Manger making a welcome return to the club after a long lay off was working hard up front and this paid off as he brought Gargrave back into the game with a close range shot. 2-1 at the break.

Gargrave returned after the break knowing now that there was little to choose between the two sides. Tom Varey continued to push hard on goal and some well worked moves saw his shot go just wide of target. Rimington hit the bar at the other end of play. The visitors were awarded a penalty which was well saved by the keeper but disappointingly the resulting rebound created a third goal for Rimington. Gargrave continued to push for another opening making Rimington work hard. An exquisite  free kick was taken by Richard Scott which instilled the confidence back into the Gargrave game as soon as it stroked the side of the net . The game was back on! The final whistle was fast approaching as Gargrave were awarded another free kick, Scotty had to be the choice to take it,with shouts of ” the same again” that is just what he did! – another exquisite shot- Scotty the Hero. However as they say all good things come to an end and with Gargrave thoughts on extra time and only a couple of minutes of play left, Rimington strove to the other end of play and scored the winning goal. A disappointing end for Gargrave but a decent game of football with two fabulous goals from Scotty and a debut goal for the returning Nick Manger.

Clitheroe 1 – 2 Gargrave

February 16, 2009

Gargrave made the trip to Clitheroe knowing there would be a lot of obstacles to overcome if they wanted to keep there unbeaten streak alive.

The first of these obstacles was the pay and display car park that has claimed many a Gargrave victim in the past. Luckily 2 hours WAS enough time to get changed, play a game of football, get changed again and make it back to the car without getting a ticket.

With the tricky 1st obstacle overcome, Gargrave ventured into the rustic changing rooms to get ready for the not so local Clitheroe derby. It was here we learnt that Kristian Hodgson purchased not only some flowers, and not only some baloons – he actually had them delivered to his girlfriend in a van, possibly a ford transit van, valentines day is alive and kicking in the Gargrave squad.

After the shock of hearing this news, Gargrave were forced to confront an unexpected obstacle that arrived in the form of Clitheroe council.

Craven Herald letter writers get your pens primed, because we know where all the grit has gone!

Big patches of sandy grit (not cockney rhyming slang) were found on the playing surface, and the referee deemed this unsafe and ordered a change of pitch. The nets were taken down and quickly put up on an adjoining pitch that contained slightly fewer patches of sandy grit, the game then finally got underway.

In truth watching the nets been moved from pitch to pitch was probably more exciting to watch than the actual game. Both teams found the surface tough to play on, and neither were able to string any meaningful moves together.

Gargrave eventually took the lead when a long free kick was….booted forward by centre back Lee Barrett, Clitheroe failed to clear the ball and it fell to the feet of Gargrave captain Liam Jameson who slotted the ball home from close range.

Clitheroe managed to create a couple of good chances before half time but were denied by some good saves from Gargrave keeper Stewart Wilson.

Manager Boatwright said some words at half time, but they were mostly forgettable.

The 2nd half began as the 1st left off, with both teams unable to create any clear cut chances.

It remained this way until around 20 minutes from the end, when a Clitheroe corner was headed in at the far post, despite James Wilkin standing directly on the post. From some angles it looked like the ball actually went through his head.

The score didn’t stay level for long however, as Gargrave went up the other end of the pitch and a snap cross/shot from Ben Brown somehow managed to find it’s way past the Clitheroe keeper and into the net, leaving Clitheroe somewhat despondent.

The most exciting moment of the game was still to come though, with Oliver Hurst and a Clitheroe player both seeing red after their valentines day scuffle – apparently Oliver had sent the Clitheroe player a box of Quality Street when he had specifically asked for a box of Celebrations.

Gargrave AFC Reserves 0 – 2 AFC Padiham

February 16, 2009

Gargrave were slow to settle on the heavy pitch and were punished when Padiham scored just minutes into the game. The visitors had the advantage of a run of corner balls but could not convert further. Jonathan Chapman went close at the other end of play when his shot hit the bar. Padiham missed a golden opportunity to score followed by a shot which went just wide and then they were denied by a fine block from man of the match defender Aidie Eyles. Gargrave began to settle though were still guilty of playing balls in haste, more composed moves did create some chances and Tom Varey came close but his shot went over the bar as half time loomed.

Padiham went close early in the second half of play when their shot hit the bar. Gargrave rallied and pushed for goal but again it was a case of more haste less speed. Keeper Adam Hudson made a great save at feet, the return shot hit the bar and a follow up was well saved again. Padiham scored their second goal minutes from the full time whistle taking the result beyond Gargraves reach.

Defender Geoff Rotherham had a solid composed game at the back playing some of the best football on the pitch.

Gargrave Reserves look forward to their quarter final match in the Craven FA Norman Pratt Trophy competition on Saturday 21st February vs Rimington Reserves to be played at Gargrave. KICK OFF 2.P.M

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Waddington 1 – 3 Gargrave

February 2, 2009

It was a game of two pitches, rather than a game of two halves as Gargrave traveled (some further than others MOON) to Waddington for this Craven League encounter.

Gargrave started the game defending in the “beach” half of the pitch, the quicksand traps set out by Waddington seemed to be working as the opening encounters were very even with Waddigton try to take advantage of the conditions.

It was Gargrave that took the lead though when Paul Wilkin took the ball away from goal, and whilst it looked like the chance had gone, he managed to square the ball to Ben “The Bachelor” Brown who calmly slotted home from close range to give Gargrave the lead.

This seemed to settle Gargrave down, but Waddington came back and caught Gargrave on the break leaving the defence outnumbered, this allowed the Waddington winner to run down the pitch unchallenged and he made no mistake firing his shot past the Gargrave keeper Stewart Wilson from a tight angle.

Gargrave continued to fight and were almost rewarded when a stray turtle shell took down Christian Moon on the edge of the box, and Richard Orme’s resulting free kick would have sailed into the top corner if it wasn’t for the acrobatics of the Waddington keeper.

He could do nothing about Gargraves second goal however, and it came courtesy of the worlds angriest person, Oliver Hirst. Hirst picked the ball up in midfield and ran at the Waddington defence, unleashing a fierce shot that clipped the underside of the cross bar before settling in the back on the net to make it 2 – 1 to the visitors.

The score remained the same at the half time interval, where manager Boatwright continued to wear his glasses, despite some libelous claims about then from a section of the Gargrave squad.

The second half began where the first left off, but this time Gargrave were playing down into the quicksand. Despite this the game remained level, and Waddington looked like they could perhaps come back into the game as Gargrave squandered a lot of good chances, but they eventually increased their lead thanks to a confident finish from top scorer Ben Brown.

The rest of the game was played out with neither side troubling the score sheet and it finished 3 – 1 to Gargrave.

Gargrave AFC Reserves 3 – 2 Rolls Royce FC

February 1, 2009

Gargrave got off to a dream start when a Mattie Simpson free kick found the back of the net on the two minute mark. However any fluency in play was then halted by the cruel wind and arctic bite, much of the ball play was in the air with little passing to feet from either side. An easy flick through from Rolls found an un-marked player who slotted the ball past the keeper to level the scores. The return of Chris Manger and a change of position for Richard Scott from left wing to centre back added strength to the Gargrave defence who kept the scoreline at 1-1 as the half time whistle blew.

A soft goal early on in the second half gave Rolls a 2-1 lead. Gargrave began to have spells of playing better football and a searching long range  cross came close from Mattie Simpson. Tom Varey made no mistake with a well controlled lob, there was a touch from the keeper but not enough to keep the ball out of the net, levelling the scores again. Both sides worked hard to create the winning goal and it was an on form Simpson who weaved his way through the Rolls defence, a touch to Sam Ashby who in turn flicked the ball back to Simpson who placed the ball neatly on target. Rolls responded with attacks on goal but keeper Adam Hudson put in some heroic saves to maintain the hosts lead and earn himself the man of the match award. Gargrave had a couple more attempts on goal but were content with a 3-2 win over the top of the table,not the best performance from them but nevertheless  a valuable three points gained.

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Gargrave 4 – 0 Skipton Town

January 26, 2009

Gargrave returned to home action this week as they faced bottom of the table Skipton Town in a local derby.

They didn’t get off to a good start however, when inspirational midfielder Simon Boatwright failed a late fitness test on his finger. This meant that the plague-ridden Richard Orme was forced to deputise for him in central midfield.

Before the game could get underway, Gargrave held a minutes applause for the brand new match ball that was purchased DURING the credit crunch – mavericks!

With the new match ball initiation complete, Skipton Town got the game underway. Despite being bottom of the table, Skipton Town showed that they weren’t going to lie down as they battled a strong Gargrave side.

Gargrave came close to taking the lead when everyone’s favourite mobile sandwich delivery man Joel Timmins broke through the Skipton Town defence, only to have his shoulder pop out of place just as he was about to pull the trigger. This lead manager Boatwright to bring off Timmins and replace him with top scorer Ben Brown.

Town continued to hold their own until a rash tackle on the edge of the area allowed Ben Brown to slot home the resulting free kick after some questionable wall positioning.

Gargrave began to dominate but were unable to add to their lead bringing the half to a close with Gargrave leading 1 – 0.

The 2nd half started after the 1st.

The next goal was always going to be crucial, and it came (possibly) through a Ben Brown penalty. Some good dribbling by Christian Moon, combined with a lucky touch took him into the Skipton Town penalty box where he was chopped down by a Town defender. Brown made no mistake slotting home the spot kick in the usual place. (If you are a visiting team keeper reading this, he always hits it down the middle so don’t dive)

The 2nd goal seemed to take the wind out of the Skipton Town sails as Gargrave started to impose themselves on the game. A 3rd goal was added by Paul Wilkin who finished well from close range.

The best goal of the game was still to come, and it came from captain Liam Jameson.

A searching cross from the right of the pitch made it’s way towards Jameson who was stood on the edge of the area with his back to goal. He proceeded to leap into the air and managed to connect with an overhead bicycle kick with his weaker left foot, the ball sailed past the stranded keeper into the top corner of the net. IT DIDN’T JUST HIT HIS LEG FROM 4 YARDS OUT AND GO IN.

Gargrave played out the rest of the game and were happy with keeping a clean sheet.

Pendle 1 – 5 Gargrave

January 19, 2009

Gargrave finally made their return to Craven League action as they took on Pendle Athletic at Victory Park in Barnoldswick.

Gargrave arrived to find an impressive new changing facility, upon seeing this Christian Moon remarked that “It must be the only building in Barnoldswick that doesn’t have any smashed up windows and graffiti.” Al Tudhope didn’t like this and told him to stop making “such stereotypical statements, Barnoldswick is a place full of character and history.”

The two agreed to disagree and walked inside the new changing facilities. Richard Orme thought the tap handles were very similar to those in his girlfriend’s house.

The match was always going to play second fiddle to the new changing facilities, but it needed to be played and Gargrave promoted Veteran centre half Lee Barrett from the 2nd team and he made an immediate impact by putting up one of the goal nets so the game could get underway.

Both teams looked rusty and the first 10 minutes were played out at a frantic pace with both teams struggling to impose themselves on the game. Both teams started to find their feet and Gargrave took the lead when a pin point long ball found captain Liam Jameson who took 1 touch to control the ball and then another to volley home into the roof of the net making the scoreline 1 – 0 to Gargrave.

Pendle came back strong and forced a number of corners, it was from one of these that Pendle scored and brought the game level after some bad marking from the visitors.

This only seemed to anger the sleeping Dragons as they started once again to go looking for blood. (goals)

They were soon rewarded when adventurer Joel Timmins found himself 1 on 1 with the keeper and made no mistake in slotting the ball home to make it 2 – 1 to Gargrave. Sir Ranolf would have been proud.

The referee’s whistle brought the half to a close. Manager Boatwright concluded that Gargrave were playing at 70% of their possible output, but in truth everyone was too busy laughing at his bizarre tinted glasses to take any notice. “They are for my eye’s” he said; a true statement if ever there was one.

Gargrave started the 2nd half well, with Lee Barrett rolling back the years and marshaling the young Gargrave defence, this restricted Pendle to very few chances on goal.

The only danger seemed to be when Gargrave keeper Stewart Wilson decided to play a game of Chicken with the Pendle striker after a back pass, luckily it came to nothing and Gargrave took the lead when Richard Orme scored with a bullet header, which of course, he dedicated to his new girlfriend. He actually arrived quite late to the game because he had to drop his girlfriend off at his girlfriends house because his girlfriend didn’t have a car. Next time he’s going to bring his girlfriend with him to watch him play because his girlfriend quite likes football.

The 3 – 1 deficit was always going to prove difficult for Pendle to come back from, and it was made even harder when some good work by man of the match Ben Brown set up Joel Timmins for his second goal of the game. Timmin’s proceeded to shed a tear and dedicated the goal to all those great people that have gone off to discover new frontiers and never returned.

With Gargrave now dominating the game, they added a fifth, and final goal when substitute, and fellow explorer Paul Wilkin scored from close range firing into the roof of the net to make it 5 – 1 to Gargrave.

The rest of the game was played out with Gargrave pleased to have restarted the season with a win after the winter lay-off.

Gargrave AFC Reserves 1 – 2 Oakworth FC

January 18, 2009

Despite working hard and running their legs off on the heavy ground the hosts just could not convert their chances. Tom Varey was the first to come close with a speculative ( he may say spectacular ) overhead kick which went wide of the target.

An unlucky bounce went under the keepers diving arm to give Oakworth their first goal on the half hour mark. Two excellent saves from the visiting keeper denied striker Mattie Simpson a  brace of goals just before the half time whistle.

A soft goal from close range gave Oakworth a 2-0 cushion and there was almost a third when they hit the bar and then a penalty was shot well over target. Gargrave continued to battle though Oakworth were playing the better football. Sam Ashby scored a consolation goal for Gargrave through a neat header whilst at the other end of play, Adam Hudson saved well to deny Oakworth.

Defender Aidie Eyles had a solid game to claim the man of the match award with Kristian Hodgson also acting as a lynch pin at the back with a tireless and committed performance.

The Reserves travel to AFC Padiham next week and then they can look forward to a long run of home games.

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Barnoldswick Town Res 4 – 1 Gargrave

December 22, 2008

Despite the previous days torrential rain, the Craven Cup tie between Barnoldswick Town and Gargrave went ahead as planned, thanks to some rapid sand spreading by the Silentnight Stadium grounds man.

Unfortunately for Gargrave, a number of their players had anything but a silent night the previous evening as “Builders Friday” claimed some noticeable victims. To get around this yearly problem, Gargrave’s builders contingent planned to turn “Builders Friday” into “Builders Wednesday”, unfortunately, being builders, they turned up 3 days late. (Insert “ba doom tish” sound effect here)

One player might have wished he had used the “Builders Friday” excuse, as manager Boatwright let slip that “Rocket Man” Oliver “Candle In The Wind” Hurst “Are You Ready For Love” Hurst “The Bitch Is Back” Hurst “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” Hurst “Daniel” Hurst “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” Hurst “I’m Still Standing” Hurst had missed the game due to an Elton John concert.

And with almost 2 paragraphs of excuses written down, you can probably tell that the game didn’t go very well for the Dragon’s.

Barnoldswick kicked off and dominated immediately, having a number of shots on goal, luckily for Gargrave the Barnoldswick strikers had bananas stuffed into their boots, causing the long shots to go way off target.

Gargrave then went a goal behind in unfortunate circumstances as Barnoldswick scored directly from a corner that looped in at the back post, just evading the alice band of Gargrave’s Matthew Brown on the back post.

The initial Barnoldswick onslaught had left the out of shape Gargrave defence for want of a better word – knackered, and a through ball past Dan Thompson’s (I’m a man, I can take criticism) tired right leg allowed the 8ft 2″ Barnoldswick striker to round the keeper and slot home into an empty net to make it 2 – 0.

To Gargrave’s credit they didn’t let their heads drop and created a couple of chances of their own, the most notable being a free kick on the edge of the area, that Ben Brown managed to hit over the Barnoldswick club house behind the goal, which must surely signal that it’s time for a certain defender to take free kicks from now on. (Me, not Wilkin)

The teams went in at half time with the score remaining 2 – 0 to Barnoldswick. Manager Boatwright wasn’t disheartened however as he had seen his team come back from bigger deficits in the past. His rowsing team talk seemed to have an effect on midfielder Sam Watson who started to steam like a horse.

Unfortunately it didn’t have the same effect on the rest of the Gargrave team as Barnoldswick scored 2 more goals at the beginning of the 2nd half, leaving manager Boatwright scratching his head and checking his portable Football Manager 2009 tips n’ tricks book for guidance.

The book told him to substitute left back James Wilkin and bring on Gargrave legend Simon Boatwright. This seemed to add more balance to the team and Gargrave scored a consolation goal through the cultured right foot of Paul Wilkin.

In truth the scoreline could have been a lot more flattering to Barnoldswick if they had taken their chances, but some bad shooting and heroic goal keeping from Adam Hudson kept the score at a somewhat respectable 4 – 1 to the hosts.

But the game will always be overshadowed by the fact that Oliver Hurst missed a game to go to an Elton John concert.

Bradley FC 1 – 2 Gargrave AFC Reserves

November 23, 2008

The latest game in a long run of away fixtures was played at Bradley on Saturday.

A quick goal on the three minute mark came from Bradley which seemed to wake up the Gargrave defence who from then on remained solid. Mattie Simpson was in fine form and relishing playing against the side he initially joined pre the season commencing. His free kick notched up the equaliser. The second goal was again courtesy of Simpson as he ran through the Bradley defence and fired home a bullet shot.

It was a sterling performance from Gargrave as they overcame the perils of the sloping Bradley pitch. Lee Barrett caught the eye of the opposition when they named him as the man of the match.

The side can enjoy a brief break next week as they have no game and then on the 6th December they will be away once more at Padiham. The following week, Saturday 13th December they are away again in the League cup at Embsay.

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