Gargrave AFC

Gargrave 4 – 2 Waddington

August 31, 2008

Gargrave produced a great display in order to record their first win of the new season.

Gargrave started brightly and a superb piece of interchange set Oliver Hurst free who then found Christian Moon with a wonderful throughball. Christian Moon made no mistake, controlling well then placing the ball into the corner of the net for his fifth goal of the season so far. Gargrave then dropped off a little and allowed Waddington to play, the equaliser came from a terrific volley by Waddington’s no.6 from twenty yards out. Gargrave once again upped the tempo with Moon in terrific form and it was he who found Ben Brown in space and he made no mistake from 10 yards out to make it 2-1 to the home-side.

In the second half Gargrave raised their game to antoher level. The front three of Brown, Wilkin and Moon terrorised the Waddington defence and with jameson and Hurst on hand to support Waddington found themselves pegged back in their own half. It took till 65 minutes, though, for Gargrave to add to the scoreline, a tenacious run by Jonathan Chapman was cut short by lunging tackle by the Waddington defender, the result a penalty kick. Ben Brown dispatched this was cool precision. Moments later Ben Brown broke the offside trap and should have had a penalty when he was brought down in the area, the referee had other ideas and a free-kick on the edge of the area was awarded. This made little difference to Gargrave, however, they refused to play out the game and some intricate passing on the left eventually led to Hurst being free on the edge of the area, he fired the ball in the bottom corner to make it 4-1. Waddngton did not stop fighting and did get a penalty of their own late on, this was fired wildly wide. They did get a reward for their endeavour, however, scoring a consolation goal with the last kick of the game.


A special mention to Liam Jameson for his man-of-the-match performance, a real captain’s display. Should’ve been capped by a goal but closing your eyes and heading it straight up in the air is nearly as good.


Well done boys…..but still more improvements to be made

More Fixtures:

August 31, 2008

Wednesday 10th September Kick Off 6.30.p.m

Gargrave FC Reserves  Vs  Settle Utd

Referee: B.Booth

Saturday 13th September Kick Off 2.p.m

Bingley Town FC  Vs  Gargrave FC Reserves

Referee: A.Greenwood

More fixtures:

August 31, 2008

Tuesday 9th September  Kick Off 6.30.p.m

Cononley Sports FC  Vs  Gargrave FC

Referee: D.Fryer

Saturday 13th September Kick Off 2.p.m

Gargrave FC  Vs  Grassington Utd

Referee: T.Venn

Gargrave Reserves 2 – 0 Bradley FC

August 28, 2008

Gargrave looked a much more balanced side in their second game of the season. The defence remained solid, well marshalled by the experienced Adrian Eyles and complemented by a solid performance from Richard Scott. The young legs of Mattie Simpson in attack caused many a problem for the oppositions back men.

Gargrave scored a goal in each half. The first came from Harry Thompson, a one on one with the keeper,  slotted into the bottom left of the net. The second goal came courtesy of assistant manager Sam Ashby with a well placed header.

Settle United 12 – 0 Gargrave Res

August 28, 2008

The reserve squad knew their game against former East Lancashire side Settle United was always going to be their toughest challenge of the season.The players had not had the advantage of any friendly games and this was the first time they had been on a pitch together.There was a double whammy at the eleventh hour when one of the clubs regular keepers was unavoidably held up and could not get to the match. Midfielder Andrew Foulds bravely stepped into the breach.

Settle were always in control but Gargrave battled on in a game which the debut players and their aching limbs will remember for a long time. Man of the match was Simon Boatwright playing in his eleventh consecutive season for the club ( do not let his youthful good looks deceive you ). Despite the scoreline there were some positive performances and new manager Jimmy McLachlan looks forward to the next game which is on Wednesday evening, 27th August, at home to Bradley. Kick Off 6.30.p.m.

Match Ball Sponsors

August 28, 2008

Anybody wishing to sponsor a matchball ( £20 ) for the new season should contact Caroline. The sponsors name will appear at the bottom of the match reports on the web site and also on the weekly team sheets which are displayed in the paper shop.

Sign board advertising at the ground is also available at a cost of £50.00 per year. Where else can you advertise your business 365 days a year for less than a £1.00 per week?

Hellifield Sports 7 – 6 Gargrave AFC

August 19, 2008

It was goals a plenty in the local derby clash against old rivals Hellifield Sports in the first game of the new season.

Hellifield were quickly out of the blocks with a close range header from Steven Procter. Ben Brown squared the ball for Christian Moon to level. Richard Orme volleyed in Gargraves second from the near post. Carl Stanford was quick to level the scores again with a controlled lob. A quick throw in was neatly flicked on by Ben Brown for Moon to volley home and take the visitors into the lead. Hellifield replied with a cruel deflection. Level pegging again! Ben Brown made no mistake with an angled shot to put Gargrave into a 4-3 lead at half time.

Moon notched up another on the score sheet but Carl Stanford beat the Gargrave defence once more. A goal mouth scramble from the hosts brought the scores level again. Stanford hit a superb shot to put Hellifield back in the driving seat but Gargrave were not finished as their man of the match Christian Moon scored his fourth of the game. The thirteenth and winning goal of the game came from last years premiership player of the year, Carl Stanford.

Final score 7-6 to Hellifield. An entertaining start to the season with end to end action, but it just goes to prove thirteen is lucky for some but unlucky for others!

Show Cancellation

August 14, 2008

The organisers of Gargrave show  had no alternative but to cancel the annual event due to be held on Saturday 16th August because of the wet weather conditions. Unfortunately the cancellation also has a knock on effect for the finances of Gargrave football club. The show committee give a generous donation to the club for their work in clearing the showfield on the Saturday evening. We will not receive this amount in 2008.

Rising costs in keeping the club running had already prompted us to organise a Christmas Raffle. We would also welcome any match ball sponsors ( £20.00 per ball ),  or sign board advertisers. Players are reminded to pay their subs on time, £3 per game, please bring the correct money if you can or better still bring £5 and say keep the change! 

Match ball sponsors will be acknowledged after the match reports on the web site.

Craven League Fixtures

August 9, 2008

The first fixtures of the new season have now arrived, the first team will be in action first with a local derby match up at Hellifield Sports on Tuesday 19th August, kick off 6.30.p.m. The Reserve team will be travelling a little further when they visit Settle Utd on Wednesday 20th August, kick off 6.30.p.m. For details of  further games visit the fixtures section.

Please contact Luke, Jimmy, Sam  or Caroline as soon as possible if you haven`t yet completed a signing on form. Young players need to have reached their sixteenth birthday to be eligible to play.

The first fixtures of the New Season 2008/9

August 9, 2008

Wednesday 20th August. Kick Off 6.30.p.m

Settle Utd  Vs  Gargrave Reserves

Referee: P.Owen

Wednesday 27th August. Kick Off 6.30.p.m

Gargrave Reserves  Vs  Bradley FC

Referee: I.Walsh

Saturday 30th August – No Game

Wednesday 3rd September. Kick Off 6.30.p.m

Earby Town FC  Vs  Gargrave Reserves

Referee: T.Venn

Saturday 6th September – No Game

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