Sheffield FC 3 v Garforth Town FC 5 PDF Print E-mail

By Paul Bracewell

Town striker Adam Priestley put in a dazzling performance to post a four goal salvo and shoot Garforth Town into the next round of the Evo Stik Presidents Cup.

It looked far from possible in a first half where the visitors were overrun by a lively Sheffield side and deservedly took an early two goal lead.  A poor defensive header allowed David Graham to steal in and shoot home after only 10 mins, and it wasn’t long before Brian Cusworth made it two for the home side, rising unchallenged at the far post to place a looping header into the opposite corner of the net.

A glimmer of hope for Town came in the last five mins of the half,  a Chris Howarth shot was blocked, Jamie Price headed just wide of the up right and Adam Priestley raced through into the box only to drag his effort wide.

Early into the second half David Graham could have extended Sheffield’s lead to three on several occasions and put the tie to bed,  when only Town keeper Brendan Wood to beat he shot wide,  and then he failed to convert a penalty. 

The visitors took confidence from this and began to press forward. Jamie Price shot dipped narrowly over the bar, and a Declan Normaschild header was cleared off the line. Priestley finally got his reward on the hour mark, reducing the deficit, Howarth placing a perfectly weighted through ball for him to run onto and shoot past Pettinger.   

Steve Nichol brought on substitutes Paul Walker and Dominic Blair as Town began to dominate. Priestley at this stage was rampant causing numerous problems to a tiring defence.  It was therefore no surprise when the equaliser came, again getting behind the home defence to fire home.  His hatrick goal came moments later, Pettinger parried a Price drive only for the ball to fall at the feet of  Priestley who prodded home.

Sheffield’s Graham took the game into extra time with a well executed lob over Wood, but Priestley produced the goal of the game shortly in to the first period, racing on from his own half, he went past three defenders and shot wide of Pettinger into the net.  Dominic Blair sealed the victory late on with a exquisite outside of the foot lob.


Chester City 2 v Garforth Town FC 0 PDF Print E-mail

By Paul Bracewell

Garforth Town put in a spirited display in front of a large home crowd in the newly renamed Exacta Stadium, but their continued failure to convert chances led to their ultimate defeat.

The visitors playing much the more controlled football in the first half kept the Chester supporters quiet, as they witnessed Adam Priestley twice having opportunities to put Garforth ahead, as he raced past a slow home defence to find himself one on one with the keeper, however a mixture of a lack of composure from the young forward, and keeper Richard Whiteside’s legs denied him on both occasions. For the home side ex Chorley and Lancaster City winger Roger Sharrock was a constant threat down the flanks but Town stopper Lee Kelsey had little to do.

It however was to prove decisive as the home side punished their visitors with a clinical Michael Wilde finish, albeit in slightly controversial circumstances, referee Marsden appeared to be reaching for his whistle following an obvious Ben Small foul, however amid Town’s defenders uncertainty he allowed play to go on, Wilde was allowed to juggle the ball unchallenged and shoot on the turn into the net.

Much more controversial, just before half time, was Marsden’s decision to allow home defender Carl Ruffer to remain on the pitch.  Given a torrid time by Adam Priestley, he wrestled down the striker stopping him from getting away in what looked like a last man position, to most present he luckily only received a yellow card.  

Garforth were unable to play with as much freedom in the second half as Chester began to pressurise, played a higher line up the field, and compressed play in the midfield area’s.   Sharrock worked his way past two Town defenders but Kelsey saved well with his feet and a Nick Rogan drive narrowly went past the post proved to be the highlights of the half before the home side doubled their lead. Mark Peers put in a low dangerous cross from the left hand flank for Nick Rogan’s well timed run to perfectly latch onto, sending his effort high into the roof of the net.

Steve Nichol brought on youth players Kyle Collins & Cameron Lynn late on to inject some pace but they were unable to influence the proceedings, as Town fell to their 5th defeat.


Lee Kelsey, Curtis Collentine, Andy Villerman (Kyle Collins), Milton Turner, Tom Marron, Ben Small,         Adam Priestley (Cameron Lynn), Liam Ormsby (Indy Aujla), Paul Walker, Chris Howarth, Chris Fisher.        Subs not used  Joe Fella, Danny Greaves

Garforth Town Man of the Match  -  Adam Priestley

Last Updated on Monday, 13 September 2010 08:28
Garforth Town AFC 5 v Warrington Town FC 3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Williams
Saturday, 20 March 2010 17:59
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An eight goal thriller on a very wet day in Garforth had the home fans leaving happy as they added another 3 points to those picked up last Tuesday.

Garforth got off to a good start with top scorer Tom Greaves netting after 29 minutes, his 25th of the season, to set up a lead going into the half time interval. The homes side began slowly after the restart conceeding two goals in quick succession to strikes from Chris Gaghan and Gavin Salmon to reverse the advantage. On 58 minutes Dominique Blair evened the scores, coming off the bench to finish a well worked move. 

Garforth built on their lead through Paul Walker who put together a second half hat-trick with goals on 66, 69 and 87 minutes as the constant pressure on the Warrington back line led to space for the striker to slot home.

Tony Evans got a consolidation goal for Warrington in the last minute but it was too late against a Garforth side on form and full of confidence.

The Miners will look to continue their run of wins on Saturday when they are in action at the Genix Healthcare Stadium as hosts to Leigh Genesis, kick off 3pm. Tickets available on the gate at £7 adults, £4 for concessions.


Last Updated on Saturday, 20 March 2010 18:18
Garforth Town AFC 4 v Ossett Albion 3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Close
Sunday, 21 February 2010 11:55

Garforth Town AFC 4 v Ossett Albion 3

Garforth Town AFC thoroughly deserved victory in this local derby which was the proverbial 6 pointer at the wrong end of the UniBond League First Division North. An early goal was well taken by Tom Greaves as Garforth mounted some early pressure but were caught by a sucker punch after 23 minutes when Jason Bentley followed up a parried shot. Bentley put Osset into the lead three minutes later nipping in at the front post to head home and was involved in the goal mouth scramble that saw ex Garforth player Shane Kelsey double the lead taking the away side into half time with a 3-1 advantage.

Town came out the better in the second half and a brace by Duncan Williams levelled the scoring after the hour mark. The rest of the game was all Garforth and they sealed the victory in the 88th minute when Paul Walker volleyed home his first goal for the club.

A fantastically entertaining game in difficult conditions, Town are next in action on Tuesday night at the Genix Healthcare Stadium when they take on Wakefield in the Semi Final of the West Riding County Cup, the trophy they won last season.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 February 2010 11:57