Gargrave AFC

Gargrave 2 – 0 WFC Clitheroe

November 23, 2008

Gargrave played host to WFC Clitheroe in this weeks game at the Rabbits Warren pavilion. Despite the near freezing conditions a capacity crowd was on hand to witness one of the most exciting games of the season so far.

As the game commenced, both teams began to play some fantastic local football that wouldn’t have looked out of place at a higher level. It was Gargrave that took the lead mid way through the 1st half when the chestless (Verb: to have no chest) Ben Brown rounded the keeper, only to be brought down as he looked ready to slot the ball into an empty net.

Despite the protests of the Clitheroe number 7, the penalty was given and Ben Brown followed on from his goal last week and slotted home the spot kick. This seemed to incense the Clitheroe number 7 even more, but his exasperation did nothing to adhere himself to the capacity Gargrave crowd who began to chant..

“We could Possibly Play Football As Well, If Not Better Than You…Number 7….OOOOO…AAAAA…OOOO…AAAA….Number 7″ (x3)

Unfortunately Gargrave’s fans are somewhat lacking when it comes to creating songs.

After the goal Clitheroe decided to push men forward and go all out  to attack in the hopes of leveling the game. Unfortunately they found the uncompromising mad dog Joel Timmins in unbeatable form at the heart of the Gargrave defence.

The game remained level at half time, and Gargrave went into the stinky changing rooms knowing that the next goal would be crucial. Manager Boatwright shared his words of wisdom with the team..

“In football manager, I’d drag a forward arrow on Al Tudhope and take off Christian Moons make inward runs option…so do that”

And in the second half Gargrave did.

Al Tudhope received the ball, and proceeded to run in the direction that arrow told him to. He eventually laid the ball off to Christian Moon, who followed his instruction to the letter and ran down the wing, eventually playing a dangerous ball across the box which found it’s way to the tango based Paul Wilkin who made no mistake from 3 yards out.

Gargrave always looked in control after the 2nd goal and played out the rest of the game for what in the end, turned out to be a comfortable victory, however there were still a few noteable points to come.

1. The Clitheroe number 8 was sick on the pitch

2. A Clitheroe player has an irrational hatred of fizzy orange based drinks, and decided to take it out on Paul Wilkins leg

3. Oliver Hurst came on as a sub for the last 10 minutes and didn’t get booked

Man of the match was awarded to the Gargrave midfielder Richard Orme (Yeah, seriously, Richard Orme!) who managed to play the full 90 minutes, despite having to rush off after the game so he didn’t miss a flight to Kiev.

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Gargrave 6 – 1 Bentham

November 17, 2008

The league games made way for the Craven Challenge Cup this week with Gargrave playing hosts to Bentham at the Eagles Nest memorial ground. Bentham arrived in a mini-bus, whilst Ben Brown arrived in a car.

The game got underway, and both teams seemed to be coping well with the heavy playing conditions which weren’t helped by Gargrave’s micro-climate, consisting of 90% rain, and 7% drizzle. (3% of weather remains unaccounted for)

Gargrave however started to impose themselves on the visitors, and it wasn’t long before they took a deserved lead. Some good build up play from the Wilkin brothers (like the Neville brothers but a little more auburn) lead to confusion in the Bentham box, the ball finally dropping to Christian Moon who finished with all of the coolness and composure of Gargrave’s top scorer and substitute for the day Ben Brown.

Moon soon scored what could only be described as his 2nd goal of the game shortly after. Faced with only the goalkeeper and a selection of defenders to beat, Moon coolly slotted home to give Gargrave a 2 goal cushion. After the goal, Moon pointed over to someone in the stand and mouthed “That was for you”, we later found out it was Ben Brown.

To their credit, Bentham refused to lie down and began to fight back but they found Gargrave goalkeeper Adam Hudson on top form. Gargrave looked like going into half time with the 2 – 0 lead, but Bentham managed to sneak a goal back after a shot took a double deflection and left the Gargrave keeper with no chance. Ben Brown threw his water bottle down in disgust.

Despite getting “impress” mixed up with “impose” Eg:

“You need to impress yourselves on the game”

Manager Boatwright’s half time team talk seemed to do the trick, as Gargrave came out like the proverbial house on fire, and it wasn’t long before they restored their 2 goal lead with Joel Timmins breaking through the Bentham defense and slotted the ball home past the onrushing keeper, Ben Brown “luved it when Joel scored that goal, luved it.”

The best goal of the game was still to come, and it can from left winger Paul “It would be unfair to mention anything bad about his tan again” Wilkin. Some great build up play from St Nicholas Kendall and Christian Moon allowed Wilkin to rifle home into the roof of the net, in what can only be described as a Ben Brown like finish.

Gargrave continued to look threatening everytime they went forward and added 2 more goals through substitute Ben Brown and Paul Wilkin.

Both teams played out the final 10 minutes without incident, although Ben Brown did make some good runs but he was unable to add to the Gargrave total, despite his best efforts. Gargrave ended the game as deserved winners and will go on to play Barnoldswick in the next round of the Craven Cup, scheduled to be played on the 20th December.

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Result – Craven FA Norman Pratt Trophy Competition-

November 17, 2008

Settle Utd Reserves  1  -  2  Gargrave AFC Reserves

Gargrave Reserves booked themselves a place in the quarter finals of The Craven FA Norman Pratt Trophy Competition after a 2-1 win over Settle Utd Reserves on Saturday.

Assistant Manager Sam Ashby`s header opened the scoring. Jonathan Chapmans strong run through the defence followed by a neat tap in notched up a second goal. Settle desperately tried to pull back the deficit in the second half but Gargrave  maintained their hold on the game and the defence held firm. A consolation goal did however come for the hosts just minutes before the final whistle was blown, but for them it was too little too late.

Gargrave Reserves will meet either Grassington Reserves or Rimington Reserves in the next round ( this will probably be played in January). The name of the opposing team will be confirmed after their game has been played on the 20th December.


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Rolls Royce 2 – 1 Gargrave AFC Reserves

November 10, 2008

Gargrave Reserves knew they had a tough challenge ahead of them when they faced the League leaders, Rolls Royce on Saturday.

Player un-availability and injury forced manager, Jimmy McLachlan out of retirement and into defence. He was well supported by Geoff Rotherham and Kristian Hodgson who were outstanding. The versatile Hodgson was awarded the man of the match award for his endeavours.

The non arrival of the official referee saw Rolls Royce provide a stand in through Robin Chapman. Gargrave worked hard throughout the game with the fitness and commitment of Richard Scott, Jonathan Chapman and Matthew Simpson paying a premium as always. Rolls took a 2-0 lead but Gargrave pulled one back minutes from time after some good passing play found former Gargrave junior player Neil Banks un-marked and ready to notch up his first of the season.

Gargrave were unlucky not to come away with a share of the points but on the day it was a creditable result against some top class opponents. Manager McLachlan was upbeat and pleased with his teams performance and looks forward to the return game when hopefully a full strength squad will be available.

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Oxenhope 0 – 6 Gargrave

November 9, 2008

The Dragon’s ventured through the middle of Keighley on a busy Saturday afternoon and eventually made it to the Oxenhope sports ground for a mid-table Premier division encounter.

Captain Liam Jameson performed with great spirit and determination by winning the toss and choosing to change ends, allowing Gargrave to play the first half going up the famous slope of doom.

The game started very evenly with Gargrave defending well against a competitive Oxenhope team, managing to restrict them to very few shots on goal.

Gargrave always looked threatening up front with the pace of lone striker Ben Brown, and wing men Jamie Cartman and Paul Wilkin. It was the pace of Brown that brought Gargrave the 1st goal, he broke through the Oxenhope back line and shot past the keeper, with the ball trickling into the net Jamie Cartman was on hand to make sure from close range.

The 2nd goal came shortly after, and it came from an unusual source. The ball dropped in the area and at the 2nd attempt, Wilsden resident and Oxenhope local Richard Orme volleyed home an unstoppable shot with his cultured left foot. The celebrations almost surpassed the goal, with Orme running away pointing to a group of houses on the horizon and shouting “THAT’S MY HOUSE THAT IS”.

Gargrave took the 2 – 0 lead into half time and were pleased to have kept Oxenhope off the score sheet in the 1st half, with Gargrave now playing down the slope they knew more goals were possible.

They got off too a nervy start however, with Oxenhope winning around 17 corners in the opening 5 minutes of the 2nd half. Gargrave again defended well, and managed to score a 3rd through prolific striker Benjamin Brown.

In scoring the goal, Ben Brown proved once again that he is infact made out of glass, after a collision with the keeper meant he couldn’t continue, which meant substitute Kevin Newhouse had around 30 minutes to make his mark on the game.

And make his mark he did with an un-stoppable shot from the edge of the area, giving the keeper no chance and bringing Gargrave’s tally for the game to 4.

Gargrave weren’t finished, and a 5th goal was soon added by the orange skinned Paul Wilkin who calmly placed his shot into the bottom corner of the Oxenhope net.

The away side looked like scoring every time they went forward, but there was only one more goal to come, and again, it was from the substitute Kevin Newhouse. A trademark burst into the box by Newhouse was followed by a rash tackle from an Oxenhope defender, referee Mr W Naylor had no hesitation in blowing his loud whistle and pointing to the penalty spot.

Newhouse immediately grabbed the ball and placed it on the spot. He wasn’t going to let anyone else have the penalty and the rest of his team soon found out why. He powered home the penality, and ran away jubilant in his celebrations, dedicating both of his goals to the new US president in waiting, Barack Obama.

Gargrave’s man of the match was the tireless midfielder Sam “Ginger Peril” Watson, and a special mention to little Al Tudhope, who ran his little socks off, up and down that not so little slope.

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Earby 2 – 5 Gargrave Res

November 3, 2008

3 points were up for grabs as Gargrave made the short trip to local rivals Earby. Manager Jimmy Mc showed the team his intentions in the changing room, promising he wasn’t scared to make 3 substitutions at half time if they were needed.

This seemed to relight Gargrave’s fire as they took the lead early on in the first half with a well placed shot from Liam Jameson, there was a hint of “own goal” surrounding the strike, but manager Mc thought that giving Jameson the goal would do wonders for team morale.

Gargrave continued to have chances, but Matthew Simpson soon found out that it only takes a minute to concede a penalty, fowling an Earby player in the box. Stand in goalkeeper Dan Thompson made a valiant attempt at saving the penalty, making a sprawling dive to the bottom left corner, unfortunately the Earby player cooly slotted the ball in the bottom right, bringing the scores level.

Gargrave again took the lead after some good play from Richard “Two Forenames” Scott, Scott played the ball across the area allowing Jamie Cartman to tap the ball into the net.

To their credit, the home side refused to let Gargrave shine and managed to bring the game level yet again when an Earby player broke free of the Gargrave defence and fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the Gargrave goal, bringing the game level going into half time.

Strong words were issued at half time by Jimmy, reminding Gargrave that they needed to up their performance if they were to get anything from the game.

Gargrave showed plenty of patience early on in the second half, but they managed to retake the lead when Jamie Cartman broke free of the Earby defence to score his second goal of the game.

He soon had the chance to grab his hat trick when a rash challenge by an Earby defender resulted in a Gargrave penalty. Lee Barrett, now back for good with Gargrave after a long career spanning various clubs, walked forward to take the penalty. However manager Jimmy McLachlan had made a number of promises to his players at the start of the season, one being that if a player was on 2 goals, they should be allowed to take a penalty to convert the 2 goals into a hat trick, so Jamie Cartman eventually slotted home the penalty to make the score 4 – 2 to Gargrave.

Earby continued to press for a 3rd goal but the Gargrave defence stood firm. Gargrave added a fifth goal in stoppage time when a looping cross from everyones favourite asthmatic; Si Boatwright was headed into the net by 6ft 7″ striker Tom Varey.

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Gargrave 3 – 0 Rolls Royce

October 26, 2008

Gargrave welcomed Rolls Royce to the Foxes Den on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon, both teams were eager to progress to the next round of the Northern Plant Hire cup and battled admirably against the conditions.

The early exchanges were very even with Rolls Royce coming close to penetrating Gargraves back line on a number of occasions, but it was the Premiership side that took the lead when a well placed cross found keen mountaineer Paul Wilkin in acres of space in the Rolls Royce box and he made no mistake, scoring his first, or possibly second goal of the season.

As the game went on into the second half, Gargrave began to dominate proceedings. Sam Watson got on the end of a through ball and when faced with the Rolls Royce keeper, proceeded to kick the ball straight at him, but luckily for Mr Watson the ball the ball cannoned off the keepers legs and into the roof of the net, leaving him Sam with a big smile on his face, he was a very happy bunny indeed.

The pitch was now starting to take it’s toll on a certain member of the Gargrave team, who decided not to bring any studded boots with him on one of the wettest days of the year. Manage Luke Boatwright decided he couldn’t let this mistake go unpunished and substitued striker Joel Timmins for Wilsden resident, and Oxenhope local Richard Orme.

It was Orme who was instrumental in Gargraves 3rd goal. He found himself in space in the Gargrave half, and played a pass with the outside of his little left toe, through the Rolls Royce defence, allowing the sometimes blonde, sometimes brown haired Christian Moon to score his 10th goal of the season.

Gargrave played out the game and ended with a much welcome clean sheet, with ladies man Jeff Rotherham having a very solid game on his first start of the season for the 1st team.

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Oakworth FC 0 – 4 Gargrave FC Reserves

October 25, 2008

Eleven men were raised at the eleventh hour so the game against Oakworth could go ahead. Full credit to assistant manager Sam Ashby who had the difficult task of forming a squad besieged with injury, unavailability and frustrating last minute repeals.

It was debut day for both Martin Eyles and Stuart Dolan who performed way and beyond the call of duty. Stepping into the un-enviable job of keeper was Christian Hodgson who was quite simply the business – a clean sheet with a quaility performance.

The playing conditions were difficult with soft ground underfoot and strong winds. The latter element aided a curling corner from Simon Boatwright which opened the scoring. Matthew Simpson`s solo effort as he ran from the half way line, slipping the ball past the keeper was the goal of the game. Richard Scott`s tap in from Sam Ashbys volley notched up the third. The fourth and final goal was an Ashby/Scott reversal with Sam tapping in the ball from a Richard Scott volley.

A fine victory with an excellent performance from all eleven players. A solid display from the rock in defence, man of the match, Aidie Eyles.

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Bingley Town 1 – 3 Gargrave AFC Reserves

October 20, 2008

A great all round team performance secured a good win for Gargrave Reserves on Saturday when they visited Bingley Town.

Richard Scott opened the scoring on four minutes with a shot which hit the roof of the net. Tom Varey made no mistake with the second. Bingley Town pulled a goal back but Gargrave continued with some sweet passing football and Matthew Simpson neatly rounded the keeper to secure a fine victory.The score could have been greater but for some spurned missed chances but the goals have started to come as the side becomes more settled. A good performance from Sam Ashby earned him the man of the match award.

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Gargrave 2 – 4 Long Lee Juniors

October 19, 2008

Long Lee juniors were this weeks visitors to the Dragon’s Lair for a top of the table clash that would prove to be a closely fought encounter. The Gargrave North stand was packed to the rafters with Nathan Lockey and two other people, whilst the South “Canal Side” was occupied by a group of traveling pirates.

The picturesque referee, Mr Alan Robinson blew his whistle and got the game underway. Chances were few and far between but Gargrave were more than holding their own. Unfortunately Gargrave’s defensive frailties were quickly exposed as Long Lee managed to pinch the lead.

Ben Brown squandered a good chance to bring the Dragon’s back level, but the ball would soon find it’s way into the net through Joel Timmins. Inspired by the rare sight of the Gargrave President, Mr P Watson on the sidelines, the defensive pin of linch Dan Thompson took hold of the ball and delivered what can only be described as a “Fabregas like…wasted in defence” through ball that cut Long Lee in half, allowing Gargrave’s own JT to slot the ball past the oncoming keeper.

The goal gave Gargrave a kick up the backside and they began to dominate proceedings, grabbing another goal through top scorer Ben Brown.

Unfortunately Gargrave’s defence was again found to be lacking when, against the run of play Long Lee scored 2 goals just before the half time interval.

Manager Luke Boatwright’s half time team talk proved somewhat misguided and costly, as he urged his Gargrave players to “Go into those tackles 100%, if you don’t go in 100% you’ll end up breaking a leg”. Shortly after that Gargrave midfielder Oliver Hurst went into a 50/50 tackle and gave it 100%…the game was delayed for around 20 minutes whilst the ambulance took him away to the hospital. [Source]

The game restarted and it took a while for both teams to re-find their feet after the long stoppage. Gargrave refused to give in and almost snatched an equalizer through Joel Timmins, Liam Jameson and GEOFF.

Unfortunately for the home side Long Lee scored a 4th as Gargrave pushed for the equalizer and they managed to achieve a feat that has so far only been acomplished by St George*, they managed to slay the dragons.

Next week see’s Rolls Royce make the journey to the dragon’s lair, where Gargrave will be looking to show they do indeed have plenty of bouncebackability and progress to the next round of the cup.

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*+ LMS, Hellifield, and Grassington.

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