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|5||East End Park||24|
|13||Brighouse Old Boys||13|
|1||Ilkley Town Res||26|
|2||Whitkirk W'erers Res||23|
|3||B'bridge AFC Res||20|
|4||Aberford Albion Res||18|
|5||Garforth R'ers Res||12|
|6||Baildon T.A. Res||12|
|7||Otley Town Res||11|
|8||Rothwell Town Res||10|
|9||Howden Clough Res||10|
|10||Pool AFC Res||9|
|12||Sherburn W.R. Res||2|
|4 Dec - Coghlin Completes Charity March
Boroughbridge AFC Assistant Manager Steve Coghlin successfully completed his sponsored march around Camp Bastion on Sunday, raising money for cancer charity MacMillan. Coghlin marched 50 kilometres around the Afghanistan base with colleagues Mark Standen and Robert Robson for a charity that is very close to their hearts, having all been affected by cancer recently. The trio completed the march in a time of 7 hours and 50 minutes, inside their target time of nine hours, and have smashed their fundraising target of £1000, garnering donations totalling well in excess of £3800 when combined. MacMillan need no introduction, doing excellent work in providing support for those suffering from cancer, and you can support them by donating to Steve by clicking here.
|4 Dec - Derby Day Rewind: 'Bridge's Revenge
After yesterday's profile of City's class performance in the 11/12 Whitworth Cup Final, today's Derby Day rewind moves forward twelve months and shifts from the CNG Stadium to Station View, with a re-match of that Final in the 12/13 edition of the Whitworth Cup. With memories of the prior season's five one victory, Ripon came into the match full of confidence, and looking to extend a seven game winning run over 'Bridge in all competitions, not to mention seeking to do the double by retaining their trophy to add it to the League Cup they had won the prior week. City were without their regular 'keeper, however, and 'Bridge were boosted by the return of Baz O'Neill and Lee Sherrife to the starting line-up, as well as having had all league pressures lifted by securing Premier Division survival the prior weekend.
With both sides looking to gain some early momentum in the match, James McDaid ensured it would be 'Bridge who got off to the perfect start as he fired in a long-range free kick in the 15th minute which sailed past everybody in the box to ripple the back of the net. Daz Ekin's men wouldn't hold the lead into half time, however, as Duncan Terry hit home in the 38th minute to restore parity for ex-'Bridge Captain Paul Vincent's side. The goal allowed City to regain the momentum and even the match out, but as the second half began the effects of a long season were beginning to show with some tired legs, and it looked increasingly likely the next goal would win it. That next goal came in the form of Matt Thompson, who linked up with Sherrife's cross ten minutes into the half to line up his shot and strike it sweetly into the back of the net. City never gave up, introducing fresh legs knowing that a game can turn in seconds, but with Ekin freshening up his side as well 'Bridge held firm to cap what had up until then been a rather disappointing season with some silverware. 'Bridge went on to gain four points from their final two matches of the season, enough to leave them twelfth in the table, whilst City won their one remaining game to finish an excellent season in fifth place in the table on 52 points.
|4 Dec - Match Reports
Match reports are now online from Saturday afternoon's block of three fixtures. Boroughbridge AFC returned empty handed from St. Anthony's Road following a five two defeat but Man of Match performance from Liam Healy, whilst Stephen Coles was star man as the Reserves beat Howden Clough Reserves four one at Aldborough Road. The 'A' team won by an identical scoreline to their Reserve team counterparts with Ollie Bone the stand out performer in that match.
Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 4-1 Howden Clough Reserves
Ripon Red Arrows 1-4 Boroughbridge AFC 'A'
|3 Dec - Derby Day Rewind: City's Cup Class
For the second match in our Derby Day rewind of the most memorable recent meetings between 'Bridge and Ripon City we've skipped forward to the 11/12 season, when City claimed the Whitworth Cup from the 'Bridge trophy cabinet with a class performance under the lights at the CNG Stadium. Daz Ekin's men came into the match defending the cup having beaten Knaresborough Town in the previous season's final, and also looking to keep their double defence alive having won the League Cup the prior season also, and with a Semi-Final in that competition against Bardsey fast approaching. The road to the final had seen fast progression for 'Bridge, with nine three and seven nil victories easing them into the showpiece fixture. Ripon had already overcome Knaresborough Town on their route to the final, and came into the match in confident mood, boasting Harrogate Town players Jack Emmett and Ben Cohen in their line-up but without their regular 'keeper, whilst Ekin was forced to leave his Town star Paul Beesley out of the squad through injury.
City started the match as they meant to go on, and were ahead after just 19 minutes as Tom Leeming hit home. 'Bridge kept pace with their opponents throughout the half, but with it looking like they would keep the half time deficit to one, a lapse of concentration deep into injury time allowed Town star Cohen to find the space he needed to double City's lead. Not to be beaten, Ekin's squad emerged into the second half firing, but found themselves up against stand-in 'keeper Mark Tyson, who used to play at Aldborough Road, in magnificent form, with a spectacular quadruple save on the hour mark highlighting the sort of evening he would have. This gave City back the momentum, and Cohen made no mistake in adding a third on 64 minutes before completing his hat-trick and ending any remaining 'Bridge hopes four minutes later. By the 72nd minute City had their fifth as Marc Hill fired home, and despite a late consolation goal from Ben Jones, Charlie Brown's side lifted the Whitworth Cup high into the Harrogate evening. 'Bridge would go on to lose their League Cup Semi-Final against Bardsey by the same scoreline, and lost three of their remaining four league matches. City also ended their season poorly, losing all four of their remaining games to finish just above 'Bridge in eighth, having been chasing a top-four finish for much of the second half of the season.
|3 Dec - Fantasy Football: Same Old Rebounds
After falling behind in the race at the top last week, Same Old Same Old surged at the weekend to outscore nearest rival Unliklies by 34 points and cut the gap to first to just 31 points, but as November comes to a close, however, the leader has outscored the second-placed chaser by 381 points to 369. Unliklies isn't the highest scorer of the month though, with Beercelona adding a week-high 131 points at the weekend to tally 382 in November and move up to sixth overall behind the place-switching trio of Stan James XI, The 4 King Idiots and Tea Bar Belles. The top ten names stayed constant at the weekend, but 353 points now separates JimBob Bruisers in tenth from the top spot.
On the pitch, meanwhile, there was little to pick between the 'keepers on Saturday with both Josh Donnelly and Jordi Halifax scooping up three points, but on the month overall its Halifax who comes out on top in out-scoring Donnelly 32 points to three. Into defence and Stephen Coles added 28 points to his tally when played as a defender to end the month top of that position on 61 points to Steve Kirby's 42 points, and moving into midfield a goal on Saturday helped boost Baz O'Neill to top positional score of the weekend with 19 points, but it was James McDaid who ended the monthly stakes the highest with 59 points. Ross Mardon, meanwhile, added 17 to his total to end the month as best offensive midfielder with 55 points, and up front Ollie Bone continued his bumper season with another 34 points at the weekend to end the month at top scorer overall on 87 points, followed by fellow striker Paul Scaife who ended 20 back of Bone. The full table can be viewed by clicking here.
|3 Dec - Dream Team: Horner's Hotshots Movin'
Horner's Hotshots kept movin' on up at the weekend, surging into second place after taking over third last week. Its still Hand of Cod who leads at the top, but the lead is just 40 points with Marching on Together displaced to third, seven points back. Things are tight just behind the leading trio, meanwhile, with just three points separating fourth through seventh and tenth place onto a further 20 points back. The full table can be viewed by clicking here.
|2 Dec - Derby Day Weather Watch
Inclement weather has yet to claim any of Boroughbridge AFC's matches so far this season, but with conditions turning ever colder postponements are beginning to become an ever closer reality. At this early stage in the week Saturday is forecast to be free from rain with light cloud cover, meaning good news for spectators attending the Derby Day encounter. Temperatures, however, are set to plummet with the mercury dipping to minus two overnight on both Thursday and Friday, not climbing above one degree on Friday. Saturday is set to be warmer though, meaning at this early stage the weather doesn't look as if it will intervene on proceedings at Mallorie Park Drive.
|2 Dec - Derby Day Rewind: Opening Day Win
Exactly one month ago Boroughbridge AFC beat Ventus Yeadon/Celtic six two at Aldborough Road and Ripon City defeated Bardsey three two in extra time at Mallorie Park Drive to spark a Derby Day County Cup collision course which is now in its final countdown, with the two sides facing-off this Saturday for a place in the Fourth Round and Last Sixteen of this season's County Challenge Cup. This week on BAFC Online we'll be presenting build-up to the match with a series of rewinds to past Derby Day encounters and various other features, before bringing you the latest as it happens on the day as Matchday Live returns for its first appearance of the season.
Today's Derby Day rewind takes us back to the Opening Day of the 08/09 season. With both Manager Daz Ekin and Assistant Manager Tony Coles absent, 'Bridge made the trip to Mallorie Park Drive looking to get their Premier Division campaign off to a winning start under the stewardship of physio John Chubb. The 'Bridge squad on that day included names such as Paul Vincent, Mark Tyson and 'keeper Alastair Hogg, all of whom now call Ripon their home, and it was Vincent who got the scoring underway as he hit home an eighth minute penalty. A twentieth minute 40-yard drive from Danny Purves doubled the lead, before Ben Darville added the third from half that distance to take Chubb's side in three nil to the good at the break. City didn't give up in the second half and took the game to their visitors, but in the last ten minutes of the match Vincent hit home a second from the spot and debutant Nick Murphy found the back of the net to deliver 'Bridge a five goal to nil victory, their largest margin of victory at Mallorie Park Drive in a number of seasons. 'Bridge would go on to lose their next nine league matches, also exiting the County Cup at the first hurdle in that period. City would lose their next three league matches before getting off the mark at the end of August, but would fall to 'Bridge in the return fixture at Aldborough Road in April.
|2 Dec - Around The Leagues: Bardsey To First
The West Yorkshire League saw a new name take control at its helm on Saturday afternoon as Bardsey moved top of the Premier Division, forcing Leeds City down into second. The new leaders capitalised on City being in League Cup action against Hunslet Club and returned from Horbury Town with a three one victory to move two points clear at the top of the table. Third-placed Beeston St. Anthony's also closed the gap to the top with their win over 'Bridge, moving two points off City and four off the top, whilst the chasing pack of Field, East End Park and Ripon City all kept pace thanks to bumper wins of six one at Wetherby Athletic, five one against Shelley and five nil at Whitkirk Wanderers respectively. Down at the bottom Kippax continued their resurgence in form of late with a healthy five two victory at eighth-placed Oxenhope Recreation. The side who occupy the base position in the division have now doubled their season's points tally over the last fortnight, moving onto eight points on Saturday. In the Alliance Division Two, meanwhile, both Ilkley Town Reserves and Whitkirk Wanderers Reserves retained their one-two positioning at the top with eight nil and four nil wins over twelfth-placed Sherburn White Rose Reserves and eleventh-placed Barwick Reserves respectively. Aberford Albion Reserves, however, fell to a five two loss at Baildon Trinity Athletic Reserves, meaning they drop to fourth in the table to the benefit of 'Bridge Reserves who move up to third. Elsewhere on Saturday Pool AFC Reserves beat Rothwell Reserves two one and Garforth Rangers Reserves won three one against Otley Town Reserves.
Into the Harrogate & District Division Two and cup action for both second-placed Bramham at Pateley Bridge and third-placed FC Harrogate at Rawdon Old Boys sees the lead at the top into double-figures, with 'Bridge now ten points clear of their closest rivals having played two more games. Wetherby Athletic 'B' beat Pannal Sports 'A' four two to move up to forth as Bramhope dropped points with a one all draw against Pool AFC 'A', whilst at the bottom there was also defeat for Kirkby Malzeard Reserves against Addingham. Finally, in the Claro Sunday League Division One there was just one match in addition to 'Bridge's trip to Harrogate CSC, with second-placed Atlanta returning from Wetherby Athletic with all three points after a narrow one nil victory.
|1 Dec - Result: CSC Run Riot On Sunday
[Updated - score correction]
'Bridge Sunday fell to the penultimate position in the Claro Sunday League's top division earlier today after an embarrassing eight goal to one thrashing by fellow strugglers Harrogate CSC at Killinghall Moor. Alex Coombes offered the only positive for Wayne Fisher's men as he hit home his sixth Sunday goal of the season, but it couldn't disguise a very poor performance and 'Bridge's sixth defeat in their last seven matches.
Claro Sunday League Division One
Harrogate CSC 8-1 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday
BAFC Scorer: Alex Coombes
|30 Nov - Results: Beeston Sweep Aside 'Bridge
[Updated 1 Dec - 'A' team score correction]
After last Saturday's heroics, Boroughbridge AFC came crashing back down to earth earlier today after a penalty and a suicidal back pass sealed their fate in the first half at title contenders Beeston St. Anthony's. The hosts had established a three goal cushion by half time at the ground they had fired five past 'Bridge last season for no reply, and quickly made it four as the second half begun. The introduction of Jimmy Tucknott and Ben Mudd, coupled with goals from James McDaid and Baz O'Neill re-ignited any remaining hopes of a comeback for Daz Ekin's men, but the result was sealed by a last minute goal as Beeston secured a five two win to cut the gap to the top of the West Yorkshire Premier Division to four points. 'Bridge Reserves, meanwhile, moved back up to third in the Alliance Division Two table with a four one win over Howden Clough Reserves. In truth, the scoreline made the result look more comfortable than it actually was for the hosts, with mistakes rather than creativity giving the scoreline its gloss, but goals from Ross Mardon, Stephen Coles, Phil Wix and Marcus Philpott nevertheless gave Elliott Sheeran's side the three points as they climb above Aberford Albion Reserves in the table. 'Bridge 'A', finally, moved their win column into double figures as they recorded a tenth victory in eleven games thanks to a four one win over a much improved Ripon Red Arrows in a below standard performance. Jamie Duncan levelled Ollie Bone's opener on 35 minutes for Arrows, but further goals from Bone, Chris Chapman and a Steve Kirby penalty secured the result. 'Bridge remain top of the Harrogate & District Division Two with the victory, moving ten points clear of chasing Bramham.
West Yorkshire Premier Division
Beeston St. Anthony's 5-2 Boroughbridge AFC
BAFC Scorers: James McDaid, Baz O'Neill
BAFC Man of Match: Liam Healy
West Yorkshire Alliance Division Two
Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 4-1 Howden Clough Reserves
BAFC Scorers: Ross Mardon, Stephen Coles, Phil Wix, Marcus Philpott
Harrogate & District Division Two
Ripon Red Arrows 1-4 Boroughbridge AFC 'A'
BAFC Scorers: Ollie Bone 2, Chris Chapman, Steve Kirby (pen)
|29 Nov - Matchday: Beeston Trip In Store
Team sheets are now online and in Matchday for this weekend's block of four fixtures, including Boroughbridge AFC's trip to Beeston St. Anthony's tomorrow afternoon. Daz Ekin's men make the journey to St. Anthony's Road to face the side currently sitting third in the West Yorkshire Premier Division following last week's last gasp victory over top of the table Leeds City for a 2 p.m. kick-off. At Aldborough Road, meanwhile, 'Bridge Reserves will welcome Howden Clough Reserves in the Club's only home game of the weekend, whilst the 'A' team make the short trip to Camp Close for a derby match against Ripon Red Arrows, 1.30 p.m. kick-off and the Sunday side visit Harrogate CSC the following morning.
|29 Nov - Match Reports
Match reports are now online from last Saturday's two remaining fixtures. 'Bridge Reserves returned from Sherburn with all three points after a five two win and good performances from James Bottomley, Jake Fletcher and Paul Scaife, who all shared the Man of Match award, whilst 'Bridge 'A' suffered some nervy final moments but eventually prevailed to beat FC Harrogate four three with Tom Ekin the star man.
Boroughbridge AFC 4-3 FC Harrogate
|29 Nov - Bardsey Exit From Sunday League
Claro Sunday League Division One high fliers Bardsey have made a sudden shock decision to withdraw from the League with immediate effect, it was revealed yesterday. The side, who play in the same division as 'Bridge's Sunday side, had been sitting in third position in the table this season having amassed eighteen points from their eight games so far, and with enough games in hand to move top of the table with a set of victories. The news was announced on the Claro Sunday League's official website, however, with a simple statement reading "Bardsey have resigned from CNG CSAFL as from today" and comes in the wake of the side's postponed clash with Harrogate CSC last weekend. 'Bridge suffered a two one home defeat to Bardsey on 22nd September this season.
|28 Nov - Fan Forum Tomorrow Evening
A reminder that the Club will be holding its Fan Forum style feedback event tomorrow evening in the Aldborough Road clubhouse. The event is open to all and is a chance to find out about what is happening in your club and both to quiz members of the managerial staff and committee and to join the debate on the better running of your club. The evening will start at 7.30 p.m. with the bar open for refreshments from 7 p.m. and all are welcome, be you player, official or supporter, to attend.
|28 Nov - Lucky Seven: Table Switch-Up
There's a new leader atop the Lucky Seven table this week with tricky holding a one point lead from Riverside in second. The change comes after points were re-allocated following an error found in the published week thirteen results, with the win for that week now going to blackbird, who also took the victory last week to occupy the hot seat this week. The selection this week features six games from England and one from north of the border, so if you think you can predict the result of the likes of Peterborough United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers, head over to the Lucky Seven page and get your entry in.
|27 Nov - Fantasy Football: Lead Stretched
After a couple of weeks with little to separate the top two in this season's 'Bridge Fantasy Football competition, a bumper week has seen Unliklies establish more of a cushion back to Same Old Same Old, outscoring the second-placed side by 48 points on the week to open up a lead of 66 points overall. Just behind the top two the switching of places continues as Stan James XI climbs to third, pushing Tea Bar Belles and The 4 King Idiots back to fourth and fifth respectively, whilst JimBob Bruisers also enjoyed a strong week with 115 points to move back inside the top ten.
On the pitch, meanwhile, Jordi Halifax was pick of the 'keepers in outscoring Lee Dearden by eleven points to one, whilst in defence the first team quartet of Liam Healy, Danny Webster, Steve Paffett and Andy Layton were rewarded for their clean sheet with a top scoring fourteen points each. Ashley Richardson's goal helped boost him to top scorer in midfield with seventeen points to Sean Corbett's fourteen, but there were slim pickings for the offensive midfielders as Paul Eagling and Mark Burniston top scored with four. Far from slim pickings at the head of the field, however, as Paul Scaife set the mark with 47 points on the week to catapult him above Olle Bone, 32 on the week, as top scorer this month so far on 60 points. Jake Fletcher was second in attack with 33 points. The full table can be viewed by clicking here.
|27 Nov - Match Report
The match report is now online from Saturday afternoon's victory over league leaders Leeds City at Aldborough Road. Ben Jones' 94th minute strike was the difference between the two sides, but Paul Diamond in the 'Bridge goal put in a Man of Match performance to set-up the victory.
|26 Nov - Dream Team: Horner's Hotshots Hot
The second Dream Team transfer window is now closed, and its Horner's Hotshots who have emerged from the international break on red hot form, surging four positions in the table up to third and 70 points off Hand of Cod who still leads from Marching on Together. The top ten is separated by just 99 points meaning that all is still to play for as the first half of the season edges nearer to drawing to a close. The full table can be viewed by clicking here.
|25 Nov - Around The Leagues: Premier Closes
The West Yorkshire League was back to near normality at the weekend with most teams engaged in league action, and at the top of the Premier Division the situation is a lot tighter than it was before Saturday with leaders Leeds City's margin slashed to just one point after their one nil defeat at Aldborough Road. Chasing Bardsey did enough to get the job done with a one nil win against Hunslet Club to close to within a single point of City with a game in hand, whilst third placed Beeston St. Anthony's hit five past Wetherby Athletic for no reply to move to within five points of first with two games in hand. In mid-table there were wins for East End Park and Oxenhope Recreation, whilst at the base of the table Kippax added their fifth point of the season with a one all draw at Shelley, but second-from-bottom Otley Town did even better after returning from Whitkirk Wanderers with all three points and a two one win to show fo their efforts. At the top of the Alliance Division Two, meanwhile, there was little change as all of Ilkley Town Reserves, Aberford Albion Reserves and 'Bridge Reserves added three points, whilst Whitkirk Wanderers Reserves were triumphant in League Trophy action. The situation remains, therefore, that Elliott Sheeran's side trail Ilkley by six points with three games in hand and Whitkirk now by three points with one game in hand. The bottom three of Sherburn White Rose Reserves, Pool AFC Reserves and Barwick Reserves were all beaten by one of the aforementioned top four, leaving just Howden Clough Reserves and Otley Town Reserves to play out a one all draw and stay sixth and fifth respectively.
Into the Harrogate & District Division Two and Richard Donohoe's men strengthened their position at the top after their victory over third-placed FC Harrogate combined with second-placed Bramham's one all draw at fourth-placed Bramhope to stretch the lead to seven points having played one game more than their closest challengers and the same number as FC Harrogate. At the bottom, eleventh-placed Pannal Sports 'A' were beaten four nil by twelfth-placed Kirkby Malzeard Reserves precipitating a switch in league positions of the respective sides. Finally, it was another weekend of high scores for one side in particular in the Claro Sunday League Division One, as Byron Littlefair hit home the same number as the combined goals in the weekend's two other games to help top of the table Sherwood on their way to an eleven nil win over bottom of the pack FC Harrogate. Alongside 'Bridge's two one loss to Wetherby Athletic was a two nil win for fourth-placed FC Boston over second-placed Showbiz Whites, whilst Harrogate CSC's trip to Bardsey was postponed.
|1||Hand of Cod||665|
|3||Marching on Together||618|
|5||Chief Lords XI||570|
|2||Same Old Same Old||1529|
|3||Stan James XI||1310|
|4||The 4 King Idiots||1300|
|5||Tea Bar Belles||1280|
|7||The Empty Heads||1253|
|10||blue is the colour||6.5|