Silsden Whitestar v Skipton Town at Gargrave AFC

6.30pm  15 May 2018

Craven and District League, Northern Plant Hire Trophy Final at Gargrave AFC
Silsden Whitestar 1 Skipton Town 0 (att 90)

I never visited Gargrave's impressive ground when the village had a team in local football but, fortunately, since the club's demise the venue has continued to host occasional cup finals.

I'm told the final of the Northern Plant Hire Trophy, the Craven League's league cup competition, is always held at Gargrave. It makes sense as not only is it currently guaranteed to be a neutral location, but the facilities are good.

The pitch is enclosed, it's partly railed off, and there's a large covered area for spectators. Tonight that was used by Skipton fans, while those supporting Silsden Whitestar gathered on the opposite touchline, where the ground borders the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

The site, on the edge of the village, is shared with the local cricket club, whose own ground is self-contained and right next door.

Premier Division Silsden Whitestar are on track to win the league, but were made to work hard before lifting the trophy by Skipton, who are near the top of division one and hoping for promotion.

It was a close game with few clear chances, settled by an unfortunate goalkeeping error after around an hour's play.

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