Gargrave AFC

Gargrave AFC Reserves 0 – 0 Trawden Celtic

October 13, 2008

Goal keeper Adam Hudson was the hero of the hour for Gargrave Reserves when they faced Trawden Celtic. His penalty save kept Gargrave in the game and a draw against a youthful Trawden side left manager Jimmy McLachlan well satisfied. Captain Adrian Eyles led his team well both through play and verbal encouragement. Lee Barrett was as always solid in defence and his early long range shot was the first to test the Trawden keeper. Gargrave had the best of the early play but Trawden soon turned up the heat, though their young eagerness saw many shots blasted either wide or over target.

Adam Hudsons penalty restored the home sides confidence in the second half of play. Excellent work by the consistent Matthew Simpson almost created the winner for Gargrave moments from time. His pin point cross to the feet of Tom Varey looked like there was an un-missable shot on the cards but it became a stoppable one with the Trawden keeper fortunate to be perfectly placed to block the shot. Hard working mid fielder Richard Scott was named as man of the match.

There was disappointment from some of the Trawden players when they found their teacher Richard Orme was playing for the Gargrave first team at Skipton town, they were looking forward to some pay back!

Skipton Town 2 – 5 Gargrave AFC

October 13, 2008

Gargrave produced a solid display to gain their first win in three league games. With three of the regular first team players absconding for a drunken scramble up a alrge hill which can be viewed on the internet (I’m not bitter about them all going at all) Al Tudhope was recalled to the starting eleven despite only rating himself as 60-70% fit to play. Simon Boatwright was also called up to warm the bench, also he provided tips on the best way to use a sunbed and why sideburns are not an essential tool – his metrosexual comments were enlightening if not a little disturbing. Most agreed that it won’t belong until Simon is to be seen on the big screen – Supermarket Sweep is looking for a new host.

Anyway back to the game…..

Gargrave started off with guile and self-belief but lacking any composure and when the Town striker broke past the ostrich-like Dan Thompson and fired the ball home the omens did not look good. However, this early goal seemed to spark Gargrave into action – it was a catalyst if you will. On the twenty minute mark, Christian Moon was set free and whilst the keeper proved to be a match for Moon’s shot, the four defenders on the line were not a match for Ben Brown’s fierce rebound. Brown got his second moments later, jinking passed two defenders with consumate ease and slotting the ball into the corner of the net.

Gargrave still did not look defensively settled, however, and were it not for Stewart Wilson’s excellence between the sticks, Skipton could have been in a very commanding position. Three successive sensual saves (maybe not the best description but syllabance works for emphasis!) made sure that Skipton did not get an equaliser. In fact, it was Gargrave who added to their goal tally before the break, Ben Brown skimming the ball into the corner of the net from 18 yards.

Half time team talk was simple – tighten up defensively and keep going forward as we had been doing.


Skipton came out the sharper of the two sides and an error meant that the Skitpon player had time to pick his corner, Wilson was left with no chance. Yet, once again this proved to stoke the fires smouldering within the bellies of the Gargrave side. Each player upped their game and a superb piece of interchange found Ben Brown, who’s irresistible form continued, when he dinked the ball over the oncoming goalkeeper. Gargrave were in the ascendancy, some of the football was superb….it was total and indeed beautiful football. Simon Boatwright’s introduction added a perma-tan to the proceedings but it did not affect the quality, if anything it improved it. It was in fact Simon Boatwright – moments after two fresh-air shots - who found Ben Brown for Brown’s fifth, a delightful shot which found the bottom left corner of the net.

This sealed the points, although Nick Kendall beleived there was still much to play for….30 seconds from the end earning himself a yellow card for what I think can be labelled an over-zealous challenge. The fact that he got the ball is unquestionable – his intent…..retribution???


A good performance….more of the same needed

Embsay 1 – 0 Gargrave AFC Reserves

October 6, 2008

The weather was the prominent factor at Embsay with strong gusts of wind hampering much of the play. Both teams had their chances but failed to convert them and a share of points would have been a fair result on the day. However luck was on the side of Embsay when a strong gust of wind drew the ball away from the Gargrave keepers reach and landed at the feet of one of their men who tapped in the winner.

There were good performances from Geoff Rotherham,Jonathan Chapman and Lee Barrett, the latter earning the man of the match award for Gargrave whilst David Greenwood took the award for Embsay.

It was good to see Pete Thomas playing again after receiving a bad break to his leg in one of the last league games last season.

Gargrave AFC 0 – 2 Skipton LMS

October 6, 2008

There was little to choose between the two sides with much of the play taking place in mdfield. Poor weather conditions hampered long ball control and the slippy surface saw most of the players up-ended at some stage through the game. Chances on goal were few and far between for both teams, though the best shots of the day came from Gargrave, the first from Ben Brown but the LMS keeper parried his shot over the bar.

Five minutes into the second half a simple close range shot from LMS saw them take the lead. Gargrave almost levelled through Joel Timmins and LMS were unlucky when they hit the bar. Gargrave pushed forward in earnest and Paul Wilkin came close but luck was on the side of LMS when a simple tap in sealed their win. Dan Thompson was impressive in the heart of defence whilst the lively Christian Moon took the man oif the match award.

Ingleton 2 – 4 Gargrave

September 25, 2008

Gargrave produced a wonderful display at Ingleton in the 1st round of the Craven Cup to gain an unexpected win against a North Craven side who are renowned cup fighters.

Chris Bibby took advantage of some slack defending to give the home side an early lead. The visitors remained composed and played some good football with the midfield of Oliver Hurst and Sam Watson proving strong throughout the game. Gargrave were soon level when Christian Moon produced a good finish following good approach play. The same player put his side into the lead with a goal from an acute angle.

As expected Ingleton came out in the second half pressuring the visitors and levelling matters through the hard-working Paul Bruce.

However Gargrave weathered the storm and always looked dangerous on the break and it came as no surprise when Joel Timmins outran the home defence to put Gargrave back in front. Their afternoon was completed when sub Paul Wilkin sealed the win with a goal in the final minutes.

Ingleton gave a sub-standard display by their own high standards but they could not take anything away from the winners and the game was complete with match official 66-year-old Raymond Akrigg of Hornby giving a near faultless display.

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 5 Cowling FC

September 22, 2008

Gargrave Reserves were hosts to the Division One leaders, Cowling on Saturday.

It was soon evident that Cowling were a strong footballing unit but Gargrave were not phased and they were the first to break the defences when Tom Vareys shot rattled the bar. However ten minutes into the game the visitors power shot gave stand in keeper Andrew Foulds little chance. Some awesome tackling from man of the match Chris Manger kept further attempts on goal blocked.

 A one goal deficit at the break still saw Gargrave in with a chance but Cowling came out in the second half with a must win/clean sheet mentality. A break away goal which outpaced the defence was soon followed by a third from a goal mouth scramble. Gargraves endeavours seemed to have accounted for little and motivation began to fade as a fourth goal came from a defensive error. The fifth and final goal of the game was the result of a penalty.

Again always some positives to work on, with sterling performances from the lively Matty Simpson, Jamie Cartman and promising new player Jamie Rotherham.

No Division One game next week ( Saturday 27th Sept ).

Gargrave 0 – 4 Grassington Utd

September 16, 2008

Simple errors from Gargrave allowed Grassington to walk away with all three points and a flattering scoreline on Saturday.

There was little to choose between the two sides as the game progressed with entertaining end to end action. A cross from Ben Brown to the head of Paul Wilkin saw Gargrave come close in the early stages but it was to be a header from last seasons premiership top scorer Grassingtons Adam Steventon which opened the scoring. A long low shot then took them into a 2-0 lead at the break.

There were harsh words from manager Luke Boatwright in the interval as he tried to spur his side on knowing they were capable of a win. However two more howlers allowed the visitors a comfortable 4-0 lead.

A disappointing result for Gargrave who of late have played some good passing football. The squad can only learn from their mistakes, pick up their pace at the back, learn to quicken their speed of thought and interpretate the game in a more focused and determined way. Despite the unflattering scoreline which was not a true reflection of the game there were some good solid performances. Man of the match was midfielder Richard Orme who was well supported by both Sam Watson and Oliver Hurst.

The squad probably face their toughest challenge of the season on Saturday when they travel to North Craven to play Ingleton in the first round of the Craven FA Challenge Cup.

Gargrave FC Reserves 2 – 2 Settle Utd

September 11, 2008

Gargrave Reserves took Settle by surprise in  their return game on Wednesday 10th September. The first encounter a few weeks ago was a harsh lesson for Gargrave who had just begun to form their squad and Settle celebrated with an 11-0 win.

The early pressure came from the hosts and United soon realised this was no easy ride.However the latter scored the first goal of the game through a close range header. Tom Varey came close just before half time  skilfully trapping  the ball, but his shot went just wide. Young Mattie Simpson, maturing by the game and playing some great football was rewarded with his first goal of the season to level. Richard Scott denied Settle the lead when he headed off the line. Good passing moves allowed debutant Jamie Cartman to notch up his first of the season. There was end to end action as both teams battled hard in the rapidly fading light. Richad Scott shot just wide of goal while at the other end keeper Adam Hudson made an excellent save at feet. Settle did level through a penalty but were given a big surprise from a more resolute and settled side than they encountered in their first match.

Cononley 2 – 3 Gargrave

September 10, 2008

By Bevan Bolland

Goals from Gargrave’s on-form frontmen Ben Brown and Christian Moon ensured Gargrave stretched their winning streak to three games.

The win also owed a lot, yet again, to the performances of their midfield trio, amongst whom, Sam Watson produced a man of the match display, as he deputised for the absent Liam Jameson.

The heavy pitch contributed to the majority of the first half being contested tenaciously in the midfield. Chances had been few and far between until Watson emerged from midfield with the ball before sliding a delicate through ball perfectly into the path of Ben Brown who expertly converted his first chance of the match.

Gargrave held their 1-0 lead as the half time whistle sounded, although how it wasn’t level only Cononley’s number 10 knows, heading a golden opportunity from 6-yards high over the bar.

The second half, rather unexpectedly, blossomed into an exciting spectacle.

Gargrave dominated the early exchanges of the second period, and deservedly scored a second goal. Moon nodding the ball over the line after a wicked deflection on Wilkin’s shot had left the Cononley goalkeeper stranded.

Cononley were there for the taking, but despite their control of the game, Gargrave failed to create further opportunities.

Against the run of play, Cononley snatched a goal back as Gargrave’s defence failed to deal with a seemingly harmless lofted ball into the area, and their number 15 stroked the ball into the net.

This goal renewed their vigour band work ethic, and for the first time in the game Gargrave looked vulnerable. An equalizer arrived. A Cononley corner was only partially cleared, landing at the feet of Cononley’s number 7, who turned his man, before curling a low drive from the edge of the area, into the bottom left corner. 2-2.

Level pegging was arguably a little unbefitting of Gargrave’s display thus far, but as the match wore on it was Cononley who looked the most likely to score a third. Dan Thompson had to execute a crucial last-ditch tackle, and goalkeeper Burns acrobatically tipped the ball over the bar, as Cononley pushed for a third goal.

This Gargrave team is full of character though, and despite having their lead erased, the players found enough in them to get themselves ahead once again. Ben Brown scored his second of the game, and eighth of the season when another through ball, this time from Hurst, evaded the Cononley’s backline allowing Brown to slide the ball into the net in a similar fashion to his first.

Brown’s second goal was just reward for his tireless display at the focal point of Gargrave’s attack. Whilst at times looking a little isolated up front, he had converted both the chances that had his fallen his way up to this point in the game.

The impetus had been sapped from Cononley’s game with that goal, and Gargrave had opportunities to wrap the game up, but Brown, surprisingly, spurned a chance for his hat trick, before, first Hurst, and then substitute Matty Brown went close. It lead to a tense final few minutes, but Gargrave held on for the 3-2 victory.

Gargrave 4 – 2 Pendle Athletic

September 2, 2008

By Bevan Bolland

Gargrave produced another 4-2 win tonight against a battling Pendle side as their season begins to pick up pace.

The first half was a tightly contested affair with plenty of full-blooded challenges flying in. Ben Brown opened the scoring by slotting home after being put clean through.

Pendle’s midfield got to grips with the game though after that and an equaliser was on the cards. It duly arrived when a ball from the halfway line cut Gargrave’s static backline wide open, and the Pendle striker knocked it past Wilson and into the bottom corner. Pendle’s confidence grew and began asking more questions of the Gargrave defence.

Pendle had a golden opportunity after Kendall mistimed a tackle in the area but the resulting penalty was blazed over.

Honours were even at half-time, and Gargrave needed to increase the tempo if they were going to notch their second consecutive win of the season.

Manager Luke Boatwright had ordered a “bigger effort” in the second half and the players didn’t disappoint. A more fluid Gargrave side emerged playing slick short passes and making better use of the ball. The midfield trio of Jameson, Hurst and Orme stamped their authority on the game and dominated the second half. The wide-men, Moon and Wilkin, found themselves in a lot more space as the Pendle defence began to drop off. The defence also tightened up, limiting Pendle to very few opportunities.

It didn’t take long for Gargrave to retake the lead. A corner from the right was met powerfully by Hurst’s head, and Moon guided it into the net from a couple of yards.

A third goal soon followed, neat interplay between Moon and Wilkin in the inside-right channel released Wilkin, who found Brown in the area, Brown sidestepped his marker before drilling a low shot into the bottom left hand corner. In truth the Pendle goalkeeper should have done better with it though.

Gargrave’s fourth arrived just past the hour mark. Ben Brown’s ambitious overhead kick somehow found its way into the net, Moon swears he got a touch to it, but the decision as to whose goal it really is will have to left to the Craven League’s dubious goals panel to decide once they have seen the video replay.

The foot was taken of the pedal slightly after Gargrave had extended their lead to three goals, but the Pendle keeper was still tested by a header from Hurst and shots from Wilkin and Jameson.

Pendle grabbed a superb consolation with only 10 minutes to go, when Wilson who had produced a marvellous save from a similar shot earlier on the game, was beaten by a 20-yard strike which flew into the top right-hand corner from Pendle’s number 7.

There was still time for Gargrave to almost score a fifth. Substitutes Matty Brown and Tom Varey linked up well, leading to Brown’s shot from the edge of the area being tipped around the post.

All in all, it was a solid performance from Gargrave, and the players should go into the next match, against WFC Clitheroe on Saturday, full of confidence.

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