Comfortable win for Earby

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Earby ran out comfortable winners against Gargrave.

But it took until the last 10 minutes of the first half before they opened the scoring.

Jonathan Farrell saw his free header from a corner go wide of the post, then Wayne Hooper had two chances - the first well saved by the keeper, before his second, after a neat back heel by Farrell, flew over.

Farrell then saw his shot from palmed wide of the post by the keeper, and Stuart Metcalfe then had two headers sail over from corners.

Farrell opened the scoring when he sneaked between the centre backs to finish Anthony Dean’s cross.

Full back Ashley Garbutt popped up to score with a shot on the turn to make it 2-0, and Paul Oldroyd added a third on the stroke of half-time from a Jake Palmer cross.

Earby scored at regular intervals in the second half. Farrell got his second after the keeper saved an Oldroyd shot, then Oldroyd’s cut back found Farrell unmarked to complete his hat-trick just after the hour.

Jimmy Wright then saw his bicycle kick on the edge of the box saved by the feet of the keeper on the line, before Earby scored the goal of the game when Wright played the ball wide to Palmer on the right, who first-time cross to substitute Daniel Ibbetson was squared to Oldroyd to side-foot in from 10 yards.

Substitute Stuart Rigby then scored direct from a free kick, and Ibbetson latched onto a loose ball to fire in from the edge of the box to complete the scoring.

Final Score: Earby Town 8, Gargrave Res 0

On Saturday Town are at Silsden White Star, and the reserves host Grassington, match sponsor Kitchens of Desire.