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Boroughbridge AFC Reserves Match Reports 07/08
August to December
18/08/07 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 6-0 Kippax Athletic Res - League
Despite struggling to get a side together Bridge got their season off to a flyer against newly promoted Kippax Athletic. Playing a high line the visitors were undone by the pace of the Bridge attack with the new formation of Tom Smith and Jon Hunt linking up well for Smith to open his account after only nine minutes. Smith went on to complete his hat trick, including a penalty, in the opening 30 minutes but the goal of the half came from Gary Shaw who completed a sweeping five-man move with a clinical finish from 15 yards. Smith went on to make it a nap hand with further goals in the 59th and 61st minutes but the game was not always as one sided as the scoreline suggests with Rich Stevenson twice denied by the alertness of Tony Harrison.
Man of Match - Tom Smith
25/08/07 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 5-0 Ossett Common Rovers Res - League
Bridge started brightly and had already forced Rovers keeper Chris Price into two fine saves before he was comprehensively beaten in the 8th minute by a Tom Smith free kick which he passed into the bottom corner of his net. Bridge lost the ubiquitous Ben Mudd in the 12minute but this did not deter the home side and Jon Hunt opened his account for the Club in the 21st minute. Ross Hamilton made it three on the stroke of half time and within three minutes of the resumption Jordan Midwood and Hunt had made it five to complete the scoring. Ossett did not fold however and late in the game Andy Shaw produced two fines out of Tony Harrison.
Man of Match - Jordan Midwood & Jon Hunt
01/09/07 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 2-2 Rothwell Athletic Res - League
After some early pressure Bridge fell behind when a Craig Hartley shot took a wicked deflection to leave Tony Harrison with no chance and they suffered a further setback on 33 minute when their inspirational captain Jimmy Binks was forced to retire. His replacement 17 year old Alex Croft soon made an impact when he got on the end of a Tony Lavery corner to put Bridge level with a powerful header four minutes later. It was almost déjà vu for Croft on 47minutes but this time Rothwell managed to scramble the ball clear. Bridge did take the lead on 62 minutes when the ball ran loose from a Tom Smith challenge and Ross Hamilton made the most of a difficult opportunity to volley home from 15 yards. Hamilton was then brought down in the box and when Lee Wood got down low to push away his resultant penalty it served to galvanise the visitors. Four minutes later Rothwell were level when Liam Morris powerfully headed home a free kick and despite further chances to both sides a share of the spoils was about right on the day.
08/09/07 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 1-1 Beeston St. Anthony's Res - League
With the visitors defending a 100% start to the season and Bridge looking to stretch their unbeaten run this was always going to be a close encounter but in the end a share of the points was probably about the right result. Beeston had the best chance of the early exchanges when Joe Corah latched onto a defensive mistake only to see his delicate chip bounce back of the bar with Harrison well beaten. This was on 15 minutes and six minutes later Bridge took the lead when Warren Wood twice thwarted efforts from Ross Hamilton and Phil Wix but it proved to be third time lucky for Bridge as the ball bounced back into the path of Phil to fire home the opener. This is how it stayed until the 55th minutes when Martin Kelly converted a disputed penalty and though both sides had further chances generally defences held the upper hand.
15/09/07 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 7-0 Bardsey Res - League
Bridge produced some of their best football of the season on the way to this convincing result. Excellent approach play, goal line clearances, strong penalty appeals and some determined defending by the visitors kept Bridge at bay until the 40th minute when Bardsey's resilience was finally broken by a superb finish from Baz O'Neill. It got better for Bridge as Andy Hall chipped home the second on the stroke of half time and seven minutes after the interval Dan Thirkell, on his Bridge debut, coolly stroked home a penalty. The introduction of Shaw, Darville & Metcalfe reinforced the home side's dominance and on 71 minutes Mark Waddington fired in a fourth following a corner. Seven minutes from time Gavin Richie could only parry a Jason Metcalfe effort with the predatory O'Neill on hand to knock home his second and two minutes later Metcalfe finished off another superb move. O'Neill completed his hat trick three minutes from time when Ben Darville effort came back off the post.
Man of Match - Baz O'Neill
22/09/07 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 6-2 Altofts Res - League
After last week's polished performance this was very much a case of after the Lord Mayor's show as Bridge produced a stuttering lethargic 45 minutes to leave the scoreline all square at the break. Luke Barraclough gave the visitors a surprise lead which was quickly cancelled out by a Tony Lavery chip but on 26 minutes Paul Holmes regained the lead for Altofts after Bridge had given away a needless penalty. A scrappy first half ended with the best move of the game as Den Darville set up Tom Smith for an easy tap-in. Bridge responded to a half time tongue lashing with a much improved performance and Darville put them in front for the first time from the penalty spot on 61 minutes. The points were secured in a spell between the 74 and 77th minute when Lavery added his second, Darville had a penalty saved by Steve Beeton but then made amends by heading home an Andy Hall cross. Darville went on to get his hat trick in the last minute of the game as Bridge completed a run of six successive home fixtures.
Man of Match - Mark Waddington
29/09/07 - Ripon City Res 2-0 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Bridge's ineptitude over the opening 45 minutes not only resulted in their first defeat of the season but also a bit of local pride as Ripon proved more up to the task. Playing away for the first time Bridge lacked cohesion and organisation and it was no more than the home side deserved when they took the lead on 20 minutes through Steve Long. The pace and movement of Tom Leeming proved to be a constant threat and on 43minutes he found himself space to strike home Ripon's second. The second half brought a distinct improvement from Bridge but they failed to make the most of their chances and their day was summed up when Tony Harrison was sent off in the 6th minute of injury time for handball and in the 9th minute Ben Darville blazed over a penalty. Bridge will certainly be looking for a turnaround for their trip to Lindley Liberal Club in the Challenge Trophy.
Man of Match - Jonathan Werrett
06/10/07 - Lindley Liberal Club 2-1 Boroughbridge AFC Res - County Trophy
Bridge travelled to Huddersfield to face Division 2 side Lindley only to exit the Challenge Trophy in the first round as they failed to adapt to a poor playing surface. The game was only three minutes in when a cross from Gary Holmes caught out a static Bridge defence and Darren Morris fired in the opener. This set the pattern for an opening half that the home side dominated and only a string of fine saves by Tony Harrison kept Bridge in the game. Their only effort of note was a Ben Darville shot that failed to trouble home keeper Tony Farrell but the opening 10 minutes of the second half it was Bridge who were the dominant force. It was Darville again who had their best opportunity from a superb Andy Hall cross which was probably a pivotal moment in the game as shortly afterwards Steve Perrin added a second for the home side. Bridge were thrown a lifeline on 72 minute when Waddington converted a Darville corner and despite constant pressure it was the visitors who posed the greater threat with Harrison keeping the scoreline respectable with some excellent late saves.
Man of Match - Tony Harrison
13/10/07 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 7-1 Sherburn White Rose Res - League
Following two unsuccessful away trips Bridge were glad to get back on home territory and return to winning ways with a comprehensive if somewhat flattering margin of victory. They got the fillip of a 12minute goal when Ben Mudd and Ben Darville combined to set up Phil Wix and doubled their advantage on 29 minutes after another good move, which Darville finished off. The striker added his second with a header to consolidate Bridge's position eight minutes before the break. It was not all one way however with Rich Robinson rattling the Bridge bar and James Cooper, on debut, making a couple of fine saves. The visitors started the second half positively and had opportunities to capitalise on Bridge's gung ho attitude well before the 63rd minute when Darren Horsefield scrambled the ball home. The home side's response was swift and regained their three goal advantage within a minute when Jon Werrett opened his account with a far post header to a Darville cross. Darville then went on a goal spree with a five minute hat trick, the third of which rocketed into the roof of the net whilst Sherburn keeper Scott Hudson looked on. Despite these setbacks Sherburn never gave up and with some steadier finishing could have given the scoreline a more respectable look.
Man of Match - Ben Darville
27/10/07 - Aberford Albion Res 0-3 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Even after a week's lay off it was a much changed side that travelled to Aberford but it did not effect their performance away with a hard earned victory and their first away win of the campaign. They signalled their intentions from the off with a Ben Mudd header bringing a fine save out of Jon Else following an Andy Hall cross. Bridge continued to dominate but did not get the breakthrough until the 29th minute with a 20 yard beauty from Mudd that gave Else no chance and they should have added to this before the break. The home side showed more determination after the break and had the opportunity to draw level when Steve Kirby gave away a needless penalty. Daz Bourke was handed the responsibility but he was twice denied by Anthony Harrison and with some fine handling and more critical saves from the keeper, Bridge regained some control when Tom Smith added their second. This was fifteen minutes from time and they tied up the points three minutes later when Dave Morley could only turn a cross from the indefatigable Phil Wix into his own net.
Man of Match - Tony Harrison
10/11/07 - Robin Hood Athletic Res 2-3 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
When Tom Smith's navigational skills failed him on his way to the ground Manager Dave Ekin was forced into action and with sharper instincts he could have got himself on the scoresheet prior to going off injured just before the break. Bridge had shown their attacking intentions from the start and the returning Paul Smith was unlucky to see his 25 yard effort rattle the bar with home keeper Mark Findlay well beaten. A confident Bridge pressed on and after spurning a couple of opportunities they took the lead on 32 minutes when Andy Hall nipped in to beat Findlay to a Jonathan Werrett cross. The home side struck back immediately through Dale Pickering who took advantage of a poor clearance to smack the ball past Tony Harrison from 20 yards. Undeterred Bridge maintained their attacking philosophy and Findlay was forced to produce two fine saves to deny Hall and Callum Willey before he was beaten again five minutes later as Phil Wix beat the offside trap to coolly finish off a Mark Waddington through ball. The visitors controlled the game in the second period with several gilt edged chances going begging and they paid the price for their profligacy on 85 minutes when poor defending allowed Reece Omidiran to finish from close range. Undaunted by this setback Bridge pressed on and two minutes from time Paul Smith converted Hall's cross to give them all three points.
Man of Match - Phil Wix
17/11/07 - Kirkby Malzeard Res 1-6 Boroughbridge AFC Res - Hulme Cup
Bridge had little difficulty progressing to the next round of the Hulme Cup even if the margin of victory was down to a couple of goalkeeping errors rather than a superior performance. A brace from Paul Smith in the opening 15 minutes paved the way with Jason Horn reducing the deficit on 21 minutes with a smart finish. A Dave Coffey free kick put Bridge back on track and a Steve Kirby headed goal consolidated their position just before the break. Paul Smith completed his hat trick on 66 minutes and the best was reserved until last when Chris Stephenson finished off an excellent move three minutes from time.
Man of Match - Andy Hall
24/11/07 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 4-1 Whitkirk Wanderers Res - League
In previous clashes between the two, Whitkirk have always held the upper hand, but on this occasion an emphatic home display put their nemesis to the sword. Bridge got off to an excellent start when from their first corner the visitors' keeper Neil Howard's punched clearance was volleyed back into the roof of the net by the impressive Dave Coffey. This was on 3 minutes and 5 minutes later they consolidated their position through man of the match Phil Wix who took advantage of a collision between Howard and Matt Fawcett to slide the ball home from 20 yards out. Danny Murtagh pegged the home side back when he scored from a narrow angle on 14 minutes only for Wix to restore the two goal cushion on 26 minutes with another excellent finish after being set up by Andy Hall. The second half was generally one way traffic as Bridge laid siege on the Whitkirk goal and the visitors plight was not helped by the dismissal of their full back just past the hour mark. Despite the pressure the home side could only add one more to their tally when Howard pushed out Ben Darville's stinging drive into the path of Metcalfe who capped a fine debut by powering the ball back into the net from the edge of the box.
Man of Match - Phil Wix
01/12/07 - Altofts Res 0-6 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Playing against a much changed side from the one that they beat earlier in the season Bridge had to accept second best for much of the first half despite having the advantage of the elements. The home side enjoyed plenty of possession without really hurting Bridge and it was the visitors who took the lead on 38 minutes through Ben Darville who drilled the ball past Alex Ellis for the opener. It looked a tenuous lead until 15 seconds after half time when Paul Smith headed an Altofts clearance into the path of Andy Hall and he took one touch before bending an unstoppable shot into the top corner. This knocked the stuffing out of Altofts and with Dave Coffey and Simon Metcalf bossing midfield Bridge took control with Phil Wix scoring on his 18th birthday from the penalty spot after Darville had been brought down. This was on 56 minutes and six minutes later Metcalf added number four with Darville getting his second in the 70minute. Adam Wix, making a brief guest appearance, came on as sub for the last few minutes and completed the scoring, which was also Bridge's 50th league goal of the season, from close range.
Man of Match - Simon Metcalf
22/12/07 - Knaresborough Town Res 2-0 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
After a three week lay off Bridge can have few complaints about this result as it was their own inability to score that cost them the points. The first ten minutes started so promisingly and they could have been three up with ex Boro' player Paul Smith being particularly profligate. To compound matters Jonathan Barker fine debut for Bridge was marred on 24 minutes when a Rob Thackwray free kick took a deflection of Steve Kirby boot. The rest of the half remained fairly even but the visitors were a different prospect in the second half as Simon Metcalf and Jon Werrett dominated midfield giving space and freedom Phil Wix and Andy Hall on the flanks. Bridge's failure to convert some excellent chances manifested itself as the woodwork and a series of missed one on one chances kept them scoreless. They knew it wasn't go to be their day when Mark Ibbotson's 30 yard effort sailed over everybody on 77 minutes to seal their second league defeat of the season and again at the hands of one of their local rivals.
Man of Match - Simon Metcalf
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