Gargrave AFC

Saturday 29th November – game off

November 29, 2008

Saturday 29th November

Skipton LMS  Vs  Gargrave AFC – GAME OFF

Game cancelled due to a frozen pitch.

Boots left at Bradley -

November 24, 2008

A pair of Puma boots in an Adidias boot bag were left in the changing rooms after the Bradley game. They are now with the Reserve team kit. If you need them before the next Reserve team game please contact Dan and he can bring them to training.

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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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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Fixtures- Saturday 29th Nov – Saturday 13th Dec

November 21, 2008

Saturday 29th November.

Reserve squad – No Game.

Saturday 6th December. Kick Off

AFC Padiham  Vs  Gargrave AFC Reserves.

Referee: M.Doyle.

Saturday 13th December. KICK OFF 1.30.P.M.

Division One League Cup.

Embsay FC  Vs  Gargrave AFC Reserves

Referee: A.Greenwood.

Fixtures – Saturday 29th Nov to Saturday 13th Dec

November 21, 2008

Saturday 29th November. Kick Off 2.p.m

Skipton LMS  Vs  Gargrave AFC

Referee: R.Halley.

Saturday 6th December. Kick Off 2.p.m

Gargrave AFC  Vs  Oxenhope FC

Referee: A.Greenwood.

Saturday 13th December. KICK OFF 1.30.P.M


WFC Clitheroe  Vs  Gargrave AFC

Referee: M.Mercer

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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Craven FA Cup Competitions – Both squads a win.

November 17, 2008

The Craven FA held their Cup Competitions on Saturday 15th November and both the First team and the Reserve team had a good win over their opponents and booked themselves places in the quarter finals.

The First team were hosts to Bentham in the Craven Challenge Cup and notched up a comprehensive win. Bentham, playing in the North Lancashire League came in confident mode after some excellent league results, beaten I think in only one game this season. However Gargrave turned up the heat early on in the game, scorers: Paul Wilkin(2), Christian Moon(2), Joel Timmins and Ben Brown. Good performance from Adam Hudson in goal. Final Score: Gargrave AFC 6  -  1  Bentham FC

Quarter final draw: Barnoldswick Town Vs Gargrave AFC. To be played on the 20th December.

The Reserve squad travelled to North Craven to play Settle Utd Reserves. Goals were supplied courtesy of Sam Ashby and Jonathan Chapman. Final Score: Settle Utd Reserves 1  -  2  Gargrave AFC Reserves

Quarter final draw: Gargrave AFC Reserves  Vs  Rimington Reserves/Grassington Reserves.

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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Craven FA Cup day on Saturday.

November 10, 2008

Both the First and Reserve team will be involved in  cup action on Saturday.  ( 15th November ).

The first team will be playing Bentham in the Craven FA  Smart & Cook inc Slater Marchant Craven Challenge Cup. The game will be played at Gargrave with a kick off time of 1.30.p.m.

The Reserve squad will be playing Settle Reserves in the Craven FA Norman Pratt Trophy at Bridge End ground, Settle, kick off 1.30.p.m.

All support welcome.

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