Gargrave AFC

Gargrave 2 – 0 Oxenhope

March 29, 2009

Fisherman Brown Destroys Oxenhope’s Sole

It was the perfect day for fishing as Oxenhope braved the elements at the Canal Side stadium in Gargrave. The home team were looking to bounce back from their recent defeat and the visitors were looking for revenge.

The game started and it looked as though it would only be a matter of time until Gargrave broke the deadlock, but some good defending, and a lack of neck muscle mass from Joel Timmins meant goals were going to be hard to come by.

Oxenhopes lack of pace upfront was making it difficult for them to mount any attacks, but they almost went infront when a ghastly bounce deceived the Gargarve goalkepper and only some last minute defending stopped the ball from going into the empty net.

The rest of the first half remained very even, with the only notable moment coming when Christian Moon fell over onto the Oxenhope bucket causing it to smash into a million pieces. (He counted them all)

At half time manager Boatwright asked the players to win the game for the village, he said “the people of this village are suffering from severe depression and a loss today won’t help things, I don’t want to have their depression on my hands so pull your fingers out and go win this game”. He then put on his sunglasses.

The half time team talk had no effect.

Gargrave continued to find it difficult to break down a well drilled Oxenhope team, but just as it looked like the game was heading for a draw. Gargraves resident fisherman Ben Brown managed to latch onto a searching through ball from left back James Wilkin. Brown tickled the ball like he tickles his trout and produced a delicate finish over the keepers head to make it 1 – 0 to Gargrave.

A 2nd goal soon followed as iron man Joel Timmins found himself 1 on 1 with the keeper and made no mistake with a composed finish from close range to put the game out of Oxenhopes reach.

The game finished 2 – 0 to Gargrave but Oxenhope will feel unlucky to have lost the game.

An Easter report……much improved but could be better

March 25, 2009

Just before Christmas I sat and contemplated my position and the capabilities of our team. Then as we began in January something had changed, we had become a “team”, we were no longer a group of individuals, we have had performances of differing standards but mostly we have achieved success.

Now for some reason this season our ability to play football has stopped when we have met Grassington, they have torn us apart twice, something they will be incredibly happy about because apparently beating me is the most important thing in their lives! As their striker exclaimed to me “Now we’ll see the headline in the Craven Herald” – quick note to the vastly intelligent striker, I don’t write those reports but you know when you’re misinformed and uneducated about a situation just shout anything and people will probably laugh! I have no quarms that Grassington have been vastly superior to us each time we have played them but we still have the same amount of points as them and they are reigning champions where we are technically a newly promoted club. Only goal difference separates us….so as much as they want to brag about their 9-0 aggregate victory over us, bottom line is we are still up there challenging at the top, we are now a force to be reckoned within this division and we are an ever improving side.

We have 4 games to go…we want maximum points – last year the Reserve team won the league with 46 points, Grassington won the Premiership with 47 points, if we can pick up 10 points or more we will have improved on last season’s tally and more than doubled last season’s first team points tally. We have already made Gargrave a stronger club, the second team is solid in their league and the first team will finish in the top four at least this year. However, this season is not over yet…I expect the team to really perform from now on…there is no pressure, we go out and we play with all the confidence our training suggests we should have!

We have at least 5 games left….let’s up that number…up our league position and go for that Cup…

Your adoring First Team Manager,

Lukey B

The Marmite of the Craven League

First Team Squad v Oxenhope (h) (28/3/2009)

March 25, 2009

Goalkeeper -

Stewart Wilson

Defenders –

Alexander Tudhope

Daniel Thompson

Matthew Brennand

Lee Barrett

James Wilkin

Midfielders –

Liam Jameson

Richard Orme

Sam Watson

Richard Scott

Simon Boatwright

Attackers –

Ben Brown

Joel Timmins

Paul Wilkin

Matthew Brown

Christian Moon

I know this is currently too many, however, I have picked a big squad as the second team do not have a game, I will trim the sqaud as the week progresses.

Your adoring First Team Manager,

Lukey B

The Marmite of the Craven Lague

Players who have played 6 or more league matches for the first team -

March 23, 2009

Stewart Wilson

Alexander Tudhope

James Wilkin

Daniel Thompson

Richard Orme

Liam Jameson

Oliver Hurst

Sam Watson

Joel Timmins

Ben Brown

Paul Wilkin

Christian Moon

Nicolas Kendall

Lee Barrett

Kristian Hodgson

Matt Brown

Matt Brennand

AFC Padiham 2 – 1 Gargrave AFC Reserves

March 23, 2009

Gargrave started the game well and enjoyed most of the possession but it was Padiham who took the lead against the run of play with a good finish from their striker. The visitors were not down hearted and were playing confidently and were soon rewarded when Mattie Simpson drew level,he received  the ball on the edge of the area and then fired it into the bottom corner of the net.

The game remained level until the final minute when a cruel bounce took the ball over the head of the Gargrave keeper and into the empty net. Gargrave made the long journey home disappointed not to be taking a share of the points with them.

Midfielder Sam Watson impressed the hosts who named him as man of the match.

* Please note the Reserves have no game on Saturday March 28th but can all regular Reserve players try to be available for their next   game which is on Wednesday evening, April 1st, away vs Cowling, kick off 6.30.p.m.

Will Managers please note the new ruling which has been brought in this season ( League handbook, rule N, page 12) . There may be exceptions to this ruling regarding floating players but the Management Committee must be notified and permission given prior to them playing.

Change of fixture: Tuesday 31st March

March 21, 2009

The first scheduled evening match for the First team squad on the 31st March has been cancelled.

The game will now take place on Saturday 26th April, away vs Grindleton.

Fixtures for 28th March to 11th April

March 20, 2009

Saturday 28th March

No Game

Wednesday April 1st. Kick Off 6.30.p.m

Cowling FC  Vs  Gargrave AFC Reserves

Referee: P.Gorman

Saturday 4th April

No Game

Wednesday 8th April. Kick Off 6.30.p.m

Gargrave AFC Reserves  Vs  Earby Town FC

Referee: Alan Robinson

Saturday 11th April. Kick Off 2.p.m

Gargrave AFC Reserves  Vs  Bingley Town FC

Referee: M.Wojtas

First team fixtures: 28th March to 11th April.

March 20, 2009

* Though all the league cups are cancelled the Northern Plant Hire Trophy will still go ahead.

Saturday 28th March. Kick Off 2.p.m.

Gargrave  AFC  Vs  Oxenhope Recreation FC

Referee: Brian Booth.

Tuesday 31st March. Kick Off 6.30.p.m.

Grindleton FC  Vs  Gargrave AFC

Referee: Charles Veighey.

Saturday 4th April. Kick off 2.p.m.

Gargrave FC  Vs  Hellifield FC

Referee: Awaiting appointment.

Saturday 11th April. Kick Off  1.30.p.m

Northern Plant Hire Trophy.

Skipton LMS  Vs  Gargrave AFC

Referee: Charles Veighey.

Gargrave AFC Reserves 3 – 1 Embsay FC

March 16, 2009

Gargrave AFC Reserves  3  -  1  Embsay FC

A much improved performance gave Gargrave Reserves a good win on Saturday against Embsay.

The strong winds initially were the dominant factor but Gargrave enjoyed much of the early play though Embsay did begin to settle as the half progressed. The hosts played well as a unit stringing together some better passes than of late despite the conditions.

Mark ( goal a game ) Webb had his eye firmly on goal and took the direct route when he neatly nutmegged the keeper to notch up the first for Gargrave. Embsays danger man, Dave Greenwood, hit the post with a fine strike and promptly hit it again moments later. He made no mistake on his third attempt with a wind assisted ball from close range. A fine run by Neil Banks created the opening for Mattie Simpson to take a 2-1 lead as the half drew to a close.

Good passing moves from Tom Varey to the hard working Geoff Rotherham saw a precise cross to the feet of the well  positioned Richard Scott who  tapped in from close range.Scott went wide just minutes later whilst a brave save from keeper Adam Hudson thwarted Embsays attempts to get back into the game as Gargrave continued to dominate.

A good performance from the hosts in which every man played their part. Mattie Simpson took the eye of the oposition when they named him as man of the match.

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Grassington 5 – 0 Gargrave

March 15, 2009

With Grassington’s regular pitch still out of commission, 2nd place Gargrave made the short trip to Skipton for the Craven League Premier encounter. The changing rooms provided good shelter and hot water facilities.

The game was to be played on the old “Skipton Bulldogs” pitch, next to the Rugby ground. The pitch was somewhat rugged to say the least, and this, combined with the strong winds, would prove difficult to cope with for both sides.

The game started on time.

Grassington began the game attacking into the wind, but found a lot of long balls carrying either to the Gargrave keeper, or straight out of play. Both midfields were struggling to have any impact on the game with the conditions making it impossible to mount any meaningful passes together.

It was however Grassington who took the lead, when an in swinging corner flew towards the back post and was headed into the Gargrave net.

Manager Boatwrights revolutionary “circumference of opponents head” based marking system* at corners proved to be somewhat flawed, as Grassington added a 2nd, and then a 3rd, both coming from in swinging wind assisted corners.

*Measure circumference of own head, estimate circumference of opponents head, if measurement is within 0.8% mark the player

Christian Moon and Ben Brown both had good chances to get Gargrave onto the score sheet but were thwarted by the Grassington defence and some poor finishing.

At half time the score remained 3 – 0 to Grassington. Manager Boatwright again worse sunglasses, possibly slightly darker sunglasses than the previous week.

Gargrave started the 2nd half attacking with the wind, but like Grassington in the 1st half, were finding it difficult not to over hit their passes.

But it was Grassington who managed to grab a 4th goal as a cross from the touch line blew back out towards the 6 yard box to be headed into the net past the Gargrave goalkeeper and defenders. “It’s just making a mockery of the laws of physics” said the frustrated James Wilkin.

Gargrave then started to come back into the game and Ben Brown almost grabbed a goal for the visitors with a well placed volley that narrowly went over the bar. Mr Richard Orme was also finding the goal difficult to penetrate as 3 free kicks from similar angles went narrowly wide, or were well saved by the keeper.

Despite coming close on a number of occasions it was Grassington who scored a 5th goal as they capitalized on a tiring Gargrave defence. A Cross from the right found it’s way directly onto the head of the big Grassington striker who glanced the ball past the keeper.

The game ended with a whistle and the surprising news that Liverpool had beaten Man UTD 4 – 1, Al Tudhopes predictions once again coming true, proving he is the love child of Mystic Meg and Derek Acorah.

By Luke Boatwright (Skipton) (Beard) (Sunglasses) (Hair)

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