Gargrave AFC

Craven League Top Scorer Award -

May 29, 2009

Congratulations to Ben Brown who has won the Premier League top scorer award for the season 2008/9. The awards were presented at the Annual General meeting of the Craven League on Thursday evening, 28th May.

More Congratulations- all the best to Jen and Ben on the 13th June, have a brilliant wedding day-from all of us at Gargrave football club.


May 14, 2009

Saturday 30th of May 2009

All the team are expected to attend – no excuses accepted!

Everyone must be wearing army wear (preferably camp army wear) and must be in the Red Lion at 12pm – if you are late or not appropriately dressed you will be fined!

See you all there,

Lukey B

Northern Plant Hire Trophy Winner 2008/2009 and The Marmite of the Craven League

Gargrave 4 – 3 Cowling (AET)

May 11, 2009

The final of The Northern Plant Hire Trophy took place on Thursday evening between Gargrave AFC and newly promoted Cowling FC as a capacity crowd watched on.

The competition was first held back in the 1993/4 season when the president of Gargrave football club, Mr Paul Watson offered to sponsor the event. The final has always been held at the home of the club and they were the first team to have their name engraved on the trophy sixteen years ago.

It was a case of deja vous for one player, Lee Barrett, for he was also in the winning side sixteen years ago!

Mr. Watson has continued to sponsor the competition and was delighted to present the trophy to the Gargrave players on Thursday evening, though up to minutes before the whistle for full time it looked as though Cowling would be the recipients.

The blustery conditions hampered the quality of the football and it was difficult for either side to settle. An in swinging corner from soon gave Cowling a lead and Gargrave keeper Stuart Wilson had to make a diving save to stop a free kick. Another in swinging corner from Cowling went desperately near.

But it was Christian Moon who brought the scores to level pegging as half time approached. His tactic of standing still at corners paid dividends, as he found himself unmarked and he calmly headed the ball into the empty net.

Almost on the restart Cowling pulled ahead again to make the score 2 – 1.

Gargrave pushed forwards, a long range strike from Paul Wilkin rattled the bar and substitute Liam Jameson’s header hit the post. The introduction of Gargraves third substitute, Matt Brown at last turned the game in their favor, for with just seconds to go before the final whistle he cooly levelled the score to the delight of the home crowd.

Extra time seemed to bring out the best of the Gargrave play and man of the match Paul Wilkin provided a cool finish into the bottom corner to give Gargrave the lead for the 1st time. Richard Orme lived up to his Twinkle Toes name as he deftly worked his way through the stunned Cowling defence, dribbling past 3 defenders before unselfishly passing to Ben Brown who tapped the ball into an empty net.

Cowling lost a player through indiscipline, but found a consolation goal through a free kick just moments before time.

Gargrave held out and a pitch invasion from the home supporters followed to mark an end to an enthrawling game of local football.

Northern Plant Hire Semi Final – Gargrave AFC 2 – 1 Embsay FC

May 1, 2009

It was a fairly local affair in the semi final of The Northern Plant Hire Trophy when Gargrave were hosts to Embsay FC on Thursday evening.

Gargrave looked the more confident in the opening exchanges and were soon 1-0 ahead courtesy of a cross resulting from a Ben Brown free kick with in form player, centre back, Lee Barrett,  ghosting in with a precise bullet header. Gargrave continued to pass the ball well though it was Embsay who almost scored when a rare foray through the defence hit the post. Gargrave took control again but Hurst was brought down and his verbal re-action earned him a red card. Terrific play from right back  Al Tudhope  enabled Paul Wilkin to secure a second goal for the hosts. A powerful shot from Richard Orme almost created a third but it was parried over the goal by the Embsay keeper. Gargrave ended the half 2-0 up but one man down.

Minutes into the second half of the game, captain Liam Jameson was also shown a red card for dissent. Both of the dismissed players were midfielders so it was left to the lone ranger in the middle of the park, Richard Orme to steady the ship. Manager, Boatwright, brought on army physical instructor Geoff Rotherham to provide cover on the flanks. Rotherham soon made a mark on the game with a cross to Paul Wilkin who missed an open goal. Embsays full contingent of eleven men pushed forwards and broke through to pull a goal back. Gargrave continued to work hard and their defence remained firm but a sigh of relief was audible as the final whistle blew.

The final will be held at Gargrave on Thursday 7th May vs Cowling FC who beat WFC Clitheroe in the other semi final.

Northern Plant Hire Final – Thursday 7th May

May 1, 2009

Northern Plant Hire Trophy Final

Thursday 7th May
6.30pm KO

Gargrave Vs Cowling

Gargrave AFC