Gargrave AFC

Gargrave 4 – 3 Skipton LMS

August 30, 2009

Gargrave  were hit badly by player unavailablility on Bank Holiday Saturday and this forced the cancellation of the Reserve game . The first team game was played with just the basic squad of eleven players.

Player ManagerMatt Brown was the first to test the visiting keeper. LMS hit the post but made no mistake with the rebound. Joel Timmins, Richard Orme, Matt Brown and Oliver Hurst all had attempts on goal but shots were either just wide or saved. LMS scored a second just before the break.

Though Gargrave were giving the visitors a game and a half it was LMS who scored once more taking a 3-0 lead. Gargrave kept their discipline and focus whilst LMS seemingly thought they had the game in the bag. Timmins went close. Matt Brown passed the ball through to his brother Ben who scored from eight yards. LMS rattled the bar. A sweet pass from Joel Timmins to Paul Wilkin saw a neat tap in find the back of the net to bring the game to the boil. A long low strike from Ben Brown levelled the scores 3-3. The come back Kings could taste victory. Superb play from Oliver Hurst was rewarded as he scored the winning goal moments before time. Defender Dan Thompson earned the man of the match award whilst Luke Howsen was impressive for LMS.

Craven FA Cup draws..

August 28, 2009

Craven Challenge Cup – First Round Draw- Saturday September 19th

Gargrave  Vs  Rimington.  Referee: W.Naylor

Norman Pratt Trophy-Preliminary round Draw- Saturday September 19th

Grindleton  Vs  Gargrave Reserves. Referee  I.Walsh

Pendle Athletic 7 – 3 Gargrave AFC

August 26, 2009

This was not one of Gargraves finest performances though they did take the lead through a  Joel Timmins goal. Pendle levelled. Sam Watson put the visitors ahead again but the floodgates opened as Pendle scored five in a row! Gargrave did manage to pull one back through Al Tudhope but Pendle had the final word as they scored the last goal of the game.

A disappointing result for last years runners up in the Premiership but on the night Pendle were the better stronger side.

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 3 Bingley Town

August 26, 2009

Gargrave started the game the much brighter of the two sides and totally dominated the first twenty minutes of play, passing the ball well and having numerous forays on goal. Nick Kendalls free kick from just outside the box was parried over by the keeper. Rob Barkers long low shot and a neat tap in from Sam Ashby were saved by the alert Bingley keeper. Bingley broke free on the half hour and scored, a second closely followed, a long range unstoppable shot. A run through the defence created their third. Gargrave were awarded a penalty but luck was against them as the shot cruelly hit the post. Their bad luck continued when keeper Adam Hudson was forced to leave the field at half time with a recurring ankle problem.

Phil Cooke replaced the injured keeper and was soon called upon to produce some saves. Jodie Lonsdale was making a fine debut for the club and a great shot from him was saved by the Bingley keeper. Gargrave pressured for the last ten but could just not find that vital touch. A good performance from all their players particularly man of the match Jonathan Chapman who was always in the thick of the action.

Reserves game off…

August 26, 2009

The Reserves scheduled game for Saturday 29th August away against Bingley Town has been cancelled due to a shortage of players – holidays,cricket,work commitments etc. Unfortunately it means we will incurr a £25 fine from the league for cancelling a game but it cannot be helped. It was always going to be a problem getting two sides out over a Bank Holiday weekend. The Reserves next game will be at home on Thursday 3rd September vs Silsden Whitestar.

The first team will be in action against their old rivals Skipton LMS  on Saturday 29th August. Kick off 2.p.m at home ( GARGRAVE)

Cup Draws….

August 24, 2009

Northern Plant Hire Trophy:

Gargrave FC  Vs  Embsay FC   ( last years finalists).

League Cups:

Gargrave FC  Vs  Waddington FC

Gargrave Reserves  Vs  AFC  Padiham

Dates of the above games are to be advised.

A very disappointing turn out for the clearing of the show ground on Saturday evening. We have a total of 36 players and officials – how many helped ? – 4.

Huge thanks to Chris, Jane and Jonathan who are not involved with the club but chose to help out and to the young Beckwith and Harrison brothers who collected all the posts. The show committee give the club a very generous donation each year for clearing the field, half a dozen extra helpers and the job would have been done easily in an hour not two and  a half. It is such an easy and quick way of raising much needed funds but it  is no joke when it lands on the same people each year.

If anyone wants to redeem themselves there is plenty of voluntary work crying out to be done at the ground. Goal posts and railings need painting ( paint and brushes are in the tunnel), the sign at the end of the drive needs painting, grass needs strimming in the car park and edges of the pitch etc. etc. Do you know anyone who wants a sign board putting up to advertise their business? They arrange the making of the sign and the fitting onto the railings and then give us a donation of £50.00 per year. Where else can you advertise your business for less than  a £1  per week?

Reserves first game of the season..

August 19, 2009

Settle Utd 8 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

The Reserves travelled to Settle to meet the same opponents they were up against in the first game of the season last year. Fortunately this year the result was kept in single figures!

Gargrave started the game well with several of their players making their debut for the club. Settle took advantage of some errors in play and were 2-0 up at half time. Gargrave continued to battle bravely against a strong Settle contingent who notched up a further six goals before the    final whistle blew. The visitors did not allow Settle a clean sheet, a good passing move from Robert Barker to the lively Matthew Hurst then gave Jonathan Chapman the opportunity to claim a good goal. Man of the match for Gargrave was Martin Eyles.

First result of the new season…

August 18, 2009

Gargrave  4  -  2  Grassington Utd

Gargrave caught Grassington on the back foot almost from the whistle. The home clubs first shot on goal from Christian Moon found the net minutes into the game. Moon soon followed this up with a lob which casually drifted over the stranded keeper. The Premierships top scorer last year, Ben Brown, fired into the top corner to make it 3-0. He was soon in the midst of the action again, sprinting for goal alongside a Grassington defender, Brown just made the necassary touch to claim his second of the match. A clearance off the line from James Wilkin made sure Gargrave kept their 4-0 lead at half time.

Grassington had a player dismissed just into the second half of play but they did come back into the game, scoring two well taken goals to make it 4-2 at the final whistle. This was a good solid performance from Gargrave and a confident start to the season.

( The first team game due to be held on Saturday 22nd August has now been postponed ).

Game Postponed

August 18, 2009

The first team game due to be held on Saturday 22nd August vs WFC Clitheroe has now been postponed.

Gargrave show committee give the club a very generous donation for taking down the fencing, rings etc after the annual show which takes place on Saturday 22nd August. Will players please meet at the showfield on Eshton road at 6.p.m on Saturday to help with this task. It can be done really quickly if there are enough bodies. The  football chairman will no doubt give us instructions on how it should all be done!!

Fixture changes..

August 10, 2009

There is a change of fixture on Saturday 22nd August.

The first team game vs WFC Clitheroe will now take place at Gargrave and not at WFC Clitheroe`s new ground at Great Harwood .

The Reserve team game vs Silsden Whitestar is cancelled and will now be played on Thursday 3rd September at Gargrave.

* The first game for the Reserve squad will now take place on Wednesday 19th August, away vs Settle Utd.

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