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Boroughbridge AFC Reserves Match Reports 07/08
January to May
05/01/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 5-2 Wetherby Athletic Res - League
Bridge returned to winning ways with a solid team performance against close rivals Wetherby Athletic. The enigmatic Paul Smith should have given them the lead but was wasteful on both occasions and it looked ominous when in the visitors first meaningful they were awarded a penalty for a trip on Jason Minott which was converted with ease by Jamie Frances. On 18 minutes Jonathan Werrett calmed the nerves by levelling matters after Smith's initial effort had been saved by Chris Antcliffe and Smith then got himself on the score sheet volleying home from a tight angle. Bridge began playing with more confidence and Smith, with a superb left foot volley, gave them the fillip of a two goal cushion ten minutes before the break. A minute into the second half Barker hit the post only for Bridge to be caught napping at the other end a minute later as Minott headed home a Chris Turner's cross following a short coner. It was Bridge who continued to have the better of the chances but the found the replacement Wetherby keeper in fine form until the 64th minute when Smith drifted by two defender before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top corner. This knocked the stuffing out of the visitors and on 77 minute the indefatigable Werrett finished off a sweeping four man move to put Bridge in the right frame of mind for their visit to table topping Rothwell Athletic.
Man of Match - Paul Smith
19/01/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 7-0 Spa Athletic - Hulme Cup
Spa started the better of the two sides and threatened on a couple of occasions with Johnny Hewison going close but that was as good as it got for them when on12 minutes a superb Tom Smith cross was knocked back by Phil Wix and Marcus Philpott scrambled in the opener. Before the visitors had time to recover from this setback Paul Smith cut in from the right to beat keeper Steve James at his near post. Tom Smith and Wix were causing Spa all sorts of problems out on the flanks and it was Wix who drifted by two defenders to set up Philpott for his second on 27 minutes. Philpott could have gone into the break with a hat trick but James saved his spot kick after Smith (P) had been brought down. It was very much déjà vu in the second half with Tom Smith opening his account with a fierce drive from a narrow angle on 49 minutes and three minutes later he doubled his tally with a delicate chip from an astute P Smith free kick. Although Philpott and P Smith were unlucky to have goals disallowed the home side continued to dominate only to lose their way in the final third with the wrong option until Philpott duly completed his hat trick on 80 minutes with a superb 22 yard strike. The returning Johnny Hunt rounded things off in injury time with a simple tap-in after James had blocked Tommy Ekin's initial effort. Credit must go to Spa, who despite the comprehensive nature of the defeat, never gave up on their football principles and made Bridge work hard to maintain a clean sheet.
Man of Match - Tom Smith
26/01/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 3-1 Aberford Albion Res - League Trophy
An overcast, windy day greeted the teams for this First Round League Trophy match, a prelude to the same fixture at Aldborough Road in the League at the end of February. A 3-0 win for Bridge at Aberford in October was only gained after a hard fight, and much the same was expected today. It has to be said that Aberford didn’t disappoint, and started brightly, with purpose, and against the fierce wind ...more
Man of Match - Phil Wix & Tom Smith
09/02/08 - Ripon City Res 2-1 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League Trophy
Ripon are proving to be Dave Ekin's nemesis as they recorded a third successive victory over their local rivals knocking them out of the Challenge Trophy in the process. In the opening exchanges Bridge always looked the more comfortable of the two sides and deservedly took the lead in the 12th minute through Ben Darville following good work from Paul Smith. Smith then had another good opportunity when he rounded keeper Mike Murray only to find the side netting. As the game progressed Ripon came more into it but, in a frenetic encounter, there was plenty of effort but little quality on display. On the stroke of half time Ripon got back on level terms when Darville was dispossessed on the half way line and a superb Shane Ward cross was knocked in by Jon Doyle at the far post. The second period was littered with free kicks and it was 20 minutes before either keeper had a serious save to make. Murray, however, denied Smith who was through on goal and when the Bridge striker placed the rebound out of keeper's reach Simon English appeared on the line to head the ball to safety. Ten minutes later following a long throw Steve Fletcher volleyed home the winner and despite late pressure Bridge never seriously threatened the home goal.
Man of Match - Mark Waddington
16/02/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 3-2 Hartshead Res - League
After last week's disappointment Manager Dave Ekin regained the Midas touch when he brought on Johnny Hunt for the last 7 minutes and his two goals saw Bridge snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The home side opened convincingly and it was no surprise when they took the lead on 16 minutes through Ben Darville who knocked home a Steve Kirby free kick. Indeed they could have been out of sight but for two excellent saves from Damian Poutney as he denied Darville and then Dan Thirkell. Gradually Hartshead came more into the game with Brad Walton marshalling the defence and Matt Biddle orchestrating their recovery from midfield allowing the pace of Steve Young and Jamie Wadley to even up the contest. Five minutes into the second half Tom Smith missed a great opportunity to consolidate Bridge's position and two minutes later the visitors were level. A poor Mark Greenhalgh clearance fell to Wadley and though Hogg made an excellent save Young was on hand to smash the ball into the back of the net much to the glee of his team mates. Dave Coffey replaced the injured Werrett on the hour and was quickly in the thick of the action when he was pulled back when clear on goal. Although the offender was dismissed his action was vindicated when Poutney easily saved Darville's spot kick. The was on 67 minutes and three minutes later a touchline skirmish resulted in a player from each side being dismissed along with the Hartshead substitute. Play was now very open and on 81minutes Young got clear down the right and when his cross was misjudged substitute Nathan Reed sent his side into raptures when he fired in their second. Two minutes later enter Johnny Hunt who with his first touch powerfully headed home a Kirby free kick and a minute from time proved to be Bridge's hero when he fired home the winner after good work from Dave Coffey.
Man of Match - Jon Hunt
23/02/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 3-2 Aberford Albion Res - League
Bridge's gamble of playing veteran striker Jamie Smith paid dividends after four minutes when he struck home the opener. Some early complacency then set in and only a glaring miss by Danny Foster prevented an equaliser. Smith doubled Bridge's advantage heading home a Johnny Hunt only for Foster to make amends for his earlier miss by reducing the advantage in the 35 minute. Tom Smith restored Bridge's two goal cushion in the second half and they had plenty of opportunities to consolidate their position before Dave Morley struck in the third minute of injury time to give them a few anxious moments.
Man of Match - Tom Smith
01/03/08 - Hartshead Res 1-1 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Two weeks ago on a flat hard surface these two sides produced an entertaining game full of quality and drama which was never going to be the case on Saturday on a quagmire of a pitch, that was barely playable and exacerbated by a howling gale blowing down the ground. Bridge played with the wind in the first half and totally dominated proceedings only to squander numerous chances with the hero from the last encounter Johnny Hunt being guilty on two occasions, at least, of missing one on one situations with the Hartshead keeper Richard Wood. He was not the only guilty party, however, and it took a Phil Wix penalty on the stroke of half time to give them a slender lead, when, in truth, the game and points should have been put to bed. Despite kicking into the wind in the second half Bridge continued to control the game for long periods leaving the home side to mount the occasional counter attack. Predictably from one of these rare raids, Matt Blackburn, although yards offside was allowed a run on goal to finish at his second attempt. With only twenty minutes remaining the home goal again came under siege but poor finishing and the terrible state of the pitch left Bridge to contemplate what might have been. Fittingly Mark Greenhalgh was named MOM for a fine display at both ends of the park in what will be his final game in the Bridge blue due to a posting to Aldershot. Best of luck.
Man of Match - Mark Greenhaigh
08/03/08 - Ossett Common Rovers Res 2-0 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Inconsistency and travel sickness continued to haunt Bridge as they fell victim to a lowly Ossett side who recorded only their third league victory of the season. The visitors again began on top but like last week they failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities despite some excellent approach play. Left back Steve Coghlin was the instigator of many of their best moves and such was their dominance that keeper Jonathan Barker was left a virtual spectator. Once more Bridge were undone by a hopeful punt forward which was chased down by Craig Williams and though appearing to foul Rich Donohoe he was allowed to continue into the box where the Bridge player carried out his own retribution. The subsequent penalty was duly dispatched with ease by Williams leaving Bridge to chase the game. They were encamped in the Ossett half but the home side proved intransigent with the experienced Selim Khan leading the rear guard action and when the line was breached they found 16 year old keeper Phil Wood having the game of his life with one save to deny Dave Coffey right out of the top drawer. As Bridge committed more and more players forward the inevitable happened in the 93rd minute when a long clearance was latched on to by an unmarked Williams who gleefully sealed the points for the home side.
Man of Match - Steve Coghlin
15/03/08 - Sherburn White Rose Res 5-1 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
This comprehensive defeat by third from bottom Sherburn certainly looks like a turn up for the books but the home side were able to reinforce their ranks with first team players and this was mirrored in the quality of their approach play and clinical finishing which made a mockery of their lowly league position. The home side took the lead after only three minutes through Steve Wainwright and a brace from Adam Priestley gave Sherburn a comfortable half time lead. Jonathan Barker produced two excellent saves to deny Bridge further embarrassment as they struggled to muster an effort on target in the opening 45 minutes. A change of formation gave the visitors a little more possession but just as they seemed to be getting a foothold in the game Mark Bradley was left with a free header to add their fourth. Bridge continued to plug away and when given an opportunity from the penalty spot Paul Smith blasted his effort against the crossbar. Dan Thirkell did reduce the arrears when his cross cum shot found its way past Liam Quirke but it was the home side who had the last word as Priestley completed his hat trick finishing off an excellent four man move. Dave Coffey was Bridge's MOM for his tenacity and work ethic, qualities his side will need in the coming weeks.
Man of Match - Dave Coffey
22/03/08 - Beeston St. Anthony's Res 4-0 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Three late goals flattered to deceive as Bridge really should have got something out of this fixture. After a tentative opening from both sides Dave Coffey and Ross Hamilton began to take control of midfield and with Paul and Jamie Smith (no relation) a constant threat it was Bridge who were creating the chances. Jamie Smith had the first real opportunity when he connected with a Steve Kirby free kick only to be denied by a brilliant save from Paul Graham and five minutes later Paul Smith weaved his way in from the left and smacked the ball against the post with Graham well beaten. As in recent weeks Bridge's failure to capitalise on their chances once more proved their undoing when Stuart Fielding was left unmarked as the ball dropped his way from a Beeston corner. An injury to Andy Hall meant the introduction of Johnny Hunt and his first telling contribution was to send in an inch perfect cross only for Graham to pull off an amazing double save to deny J Smith the equaliser. Bridge continued their quest for parity but they could not piece a stubborn home defence or the brilliant Graham. The substitution of Smith for Adam Wix seemed to have done the trick when he raced through only to be felled by a crude challenge from Graham who was lucky to escape with just a yellow card. To compound this injustice the visitors felt hard done again when Fielding was allowed to continue his run, despite vain appeals for offside, to round Barton and finish with ease. Paul Courtney rubbed salt into the wound with an astute lob and Bridge's spirit was finally broken by a Ben Haigh goal as they conceded three goals in the last six minutes and have gained one point from their last four outings. Several fine performances went unrewarded with Dave Coffey and Dave Burniston the pick of the bunch.
Man of Match - Dave Coffey & Dave Burniston
29/03/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 2-3 Ripon City Res - League
Ripon completed a treble over Bridge this season with this victory, inflicted their first home defeat of the campaign and became the only side to record a League double over Bridge in successive seasons. To make matters worse for Manager Dave Ekin it was his side's fourth defeat on the trot and the first time since the Reserve side was formed in the early twenties that both senior sides have lost four fixtures simultaneously. Bridge knew that a win was essential if they were to keep on the edge of the Divisional title and it did not start too badly when Paul Smith raced on to a long clearance from Jon Barker to beat the advancing Jamie Birch. Ripon then got a lucky break when a Kyle Baldwin effort was deflected over Barker and on 65 minutes they went ahead through a Danny Edmunds penalty following a reckless challenge from Dave Burniston. With Martin Hutchinson pulling the strings in midfield Ripon increased their lead, again through Edmunds, and it was not until five minutes from time that Paul Smith reduced the arrears with a clinical finish from 15 yards. A degree of panic set in and Jamie Smith was only inches away from an equaliser, which in truth, would have been more than they deserved.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston & Paul Smith
05/04/08 - Wetherby Athletic Res 0-2 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Bridge were glad to leave March behind as they arrested their decline and returned to winning ways with a solid team performance. The visitors set their stall out from the start and should have gone in front after 6mins but Paul Smith could only fire over from 6 yards when well placed. With a defensive line up of Steve Kirby, Dave Burniston, Jon Werrett & Ollie Barton the home side were restricted to long range efforts that were easily dealt with by Jonathan Barker and when Wetherby failed to clear a corner on 19 minutes Burniston was on hand to beat Chris Antcliffe with a superb 20yard volley. The rest of the half became a midfield battle with Dave Coffey and Stuart Henry asserting themselves and with good support from Andy Hall and the indefatigable Tom Smith on the wings it was no surprise when Coffey fired home from six yards straight after the break reacting the quickest to a P Smith corner. Bridge were now in complete control and only the post and an excellent save from Antcliffe denied P Smith adding to the scoreline as they eased their way to victory. There were some fine individual displays on the day epitomised by a solid defensive performance from the versatile Ollie Barton but it was improving Dave Burniston who gained the MOM award.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston
12/04/08 - Kippax Athletic Res 1-3 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Bridge got the perfect start with a third minute strike which set them on their way to a comfortable victory over a hard working home side. Tom Smith was the provider as his incisive pass sliced through the Kippax defence to find Andy O'Hare who coolly lifted the ball over the onrushing Richard Shillito for the opener. Andy Hall & Johnny Hunt failed to hit the target with further opportunities and were made to pay for their profligacy when Liam Gill's mazy run took him by four defenders to beat Jon Barker with ease. This was on 35 minutes but within two minutes Bridge regained the lead as Steve Kirby's sublime pass released Hunt and his shot found the net via the home keeper. There was little change in the second half with Bridge exerting long spells of pressure on the home goal and Kippax relying on sporadic breaks which were comfortably dealt with by the new centre back pairing of Mark Waddington & Stuart Henry. Bridge's inability to convert their chances resulted in Manager Dave Ekin introducing Chris Stephenson, Craig Tetley and Phil Wix for the last twenty minutes to add fresh impetus but they had to wait until two minutes from time as Wix was first to react to a lose ball and curl his effort into the top corner to end the home side's resistance.
Man of Match - Mark Waddington & Stu Henry
14/04/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 1-0 Knaresborough Town Res - League
48 hours after playing Kippax Reserves, Bridge were back in action in front of a fair sized crowd as they entertained local rivals Knaresborough in a fully committed high tempo encounter. The visitors certainly enjoyed a lot of possession in the first half and had the better of the chances yet throughout the game they only had three shots on target which never seriously threatened Tony Harrison's goal. After the break it was Bridge's turn to enjoy a bit more control but apart from exceptional save from Gareth Dight late on to deny Ollie Uffindall an entertaining, nevertheless, goalless draw seemed a nailed on certainly. Ex 'Boro player Paul Smith, however, had other ideas and in the last minute of the game, after latching on to a Phil Wix pass, he drifted by two defenders before unleashing an unstoppable shot into Dight's top corner. Once more it was the defensive qualities of Mark Waddington that earned him the man of the match award.
Man of Match - Mark Waddington
19/04/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 4-1 Ripon City Res - Hulme Cup Semi-Final
Dave Ekin probably wouldn't take to kindly to being compared to Napoleon, but he certainly has all the qualities of a top general. The three previous meetings between these two this season had seen Ripon take three victories. At the start of the second half, with his troops 2-1 ahead and with a man advantage thanks to an ill advised tirade from the Ripon captain, he paced the full length of the touchline spurring on his men to avoid the ignominy of four successive defeats to his closest rivals as they threatened to make an improbable comeback. Perseverance shone through though, and 'Bridge and their General have another local showdown with Knaresborough to look forward too ...more
Man of Match - Jamie Smith & Mark Waddington
21/04/08 - Bardsey Res 0-2 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
A trip to Bardsey on a Monday night wasn’t ideal but Bridge had keeper Anthony Harrison back in the side who along with the return of Dan Thirkell, Andy Hall and Tom Smith gave the team a more solid appearance. It was Paul Smith who again gave his side the edge with the opening goal and it was not until the 90th minute that Andy Hall added a second to secure the points.
28/04/08 - Whitkirk Wanderers Res 3-0 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
A poor first half performance put paid to Bridge getting anything out of this game,, with barely 90 seconds on the clock and only 10 players on the park Wood hit a 30 yard screamer past a startled Harrison to give the home side the lead .Even with a full compliment of players Bridge struggled to hold a confident Whitkirk side and it came as no surprise when on 17 minutes Graham made the most of a generous defence to put the hosts 2-0 up and then just before the break he added his second with a towering header to make it 3-0. Bridge came out in determined mood for the second period and although having the lions share of the possession they couldn't make the breakthrough ,once again failing to work the home keeper when in good positions, whereas Whitkirk continued to hit the target keeping Harrison busy.
Man of Match - Tony Harrison
03/05/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 4-2 Robin Hood Athletic Res - League
Bridge cantered to an easy win over their mid-table opponents in what turned out to be a typical end of season affair .It was the visitors who opened the scoring when Carmody finished off a sweeping move , this stirred Bridge into life and when Laverey was brought down in the box 10 mins later Tom Smith stepped up to score the resultant penalty. Two goals in 4 mins just before the break put the home side in command the first from Tony Laverey (his first since returning from duty abroad ) and then Andy Hall scoring the goal of the game getting on the end of a five man move. Jonny Hunt put Bridge five up on 50 mins and it was left to Hoods Hartigan to have the final word with a 20 yard effort to make the score-line 4-2.
Man of Match - Dave Coffey
07/05/08 - Rothwell Athletic Res 2-0 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Bridge completed their league program with a battling display despite 8 changes from their previous game, Ben Darville had two great chances to put them in the lead but had one saved on the line and then forcing a fine save out of the home keeper. On a minefield of a pitch and a Referee who had his own ideas about the offside law ( if they appealed he gave it even if you ran past the last man with the ball ) Bridge were coping well with the home sides attacks until out of the blue a mishit shot by Rothwells number 17 ( no name corresponding to that number on team sheet ) found the top corner to give the home side a 1-0 lead at the break. The second half became a bitty affair with neither side being able to master the poor surface until 15 mins from time when Rothwell had a player sent off for a second yellow ,with this Bridge pushed on put they could not break down a solid home defence and with time running out they got caught with a sucker punch as Towton was allowed to pick his spot from 25 yards to seal the win.
Man of Match - Stu Henry & Mark Tyson
10/05/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 2-1 Knaresborough Town Res - Hulme Cup Final
After a season that promised much Bridge finished on a cup winning note with this Hulme Cup victory at Mallorie Park. It did not start too well for Bridge when a scuffed clearance fell to Frazer Lancaster who duly dispatched the ball past Tony Harrison after only 90 seconds. Buoyed by their early success K'boro continued to look the more threatening but with the back four looking more assured and Simon Metcalf and Dave Coffey making their presence felt in midfield Bridge came more into the game. As the half wore on Bridge began to assert more and more pressure only to find 17 year old Lewis Mallinson unassailable in the Boro goal until the 43rd minute when Jamie Smith superbly headed home Metcalf's cross. The second half started with K'Boro again in the ascendancy and Harrison had to be at his best to deny Chris Hastings but similar to the first half Bridge gradually worked themselves back into the game. The eventual winner came on 74minutes when Dave Coffey unleashed a tremendous drive which Mallinson managed to tip onto the bar only to see the onrushing Jason Kehoe head the ball into his own net. This set up a frenetic finale which, despite a couple of scary moments, Bridge survived to end up as Hulme cup winners for the first time since 1987.
Man of Match - Mark Waddington & Simon Metcalf
 
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