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Boroughbridge AFC Sunday Match Reports 07/08
January to May
06/01/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 4-1 Scholes - Knockout Cup
Bridge's young side eased their way to the next round of the Senior Knock Out Cup with a deserved victory against an experienced and resolute Scholes side. Phil Wix opened their account on 16 minutes with a well taken goal with the departing Ollie Uffindall heading home a second from a corner. Danny Webster coolly slotted home the third on the half hour mark past the onrushing Dave Britton for the third to put Bridge in a comfortable position at the break. Eight minutes into the second half Abel Miles reduced the deficit for the visitors before Uffindall signed off with a penalty and his second ten minutes from time.
Man of Match - Phil Wix
27/01/08 - Sherwood 6-2 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
Craig Kitching's decision to stand down as Manager certainly did not help Bridge's performance which was well below par. Their situation was exacerbated further by the unavailability of Hogg, Tony Harrison and Ollie Barton leaving 17 year old Josh Kidd with the responsibility of the goalkeeping gloves. The young keeper only had to wait 10 minutes to pick a Matt Adamson effort out of the net and he was beaten again a minute later by Steve O'Brien. He could not be blamed for either of these efforts or further goals from Chris Travena and Kevin Kingston (2) as he was left exposed time and time again. It got slightly better with a Ben Darville goal only for Adamson to add his second before Dan Saxon ended the scoring on a miserable day for Bridge.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
03/02/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-0 Scholes - League
Bridge were made to work hard for this victory and it took them until the 85minute to break the resolve of keeper Dave Britton and Carlton Cuffy and Ricky Caine at the heart Scholes defence. On a tacky playing surface exacerbated by Saturday's fixture Bridge played some excellent football at times but lacked the incisiveness to open up the visitors. Baz O'Neill contrived an early opening for himself and other efforts from Paul Eagling Chris Stephenson and Danny Webster either found the safe hands of Britton or were wide of the mark. Scholes did enjoy brief periods of ascendancy without seriously troubling Hogg mainly due to another maturing performance from Ben Clayton. There was little change to the pattern of play after the interval and Bridge's frustrations were alleviated by a foray into the visitors half from Rich Donohoe and his resultant effort that rattled the post - sorry you optimists - it was the telegraph post at the back of the goal. Stephenson and Tom Smith, on another day, could both have had penalties but it was an animated Paul Eagling who pushed Bridge towards victory. On 80 minutes he was denied by the legs of Britton, two minutes later, from a similar position, he shot wide before weaving his way past three defenders five minutes from time and picking out an unmarked Webster to head home the winner.
Man of Match - Andy Layton
10/02/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 4-1 Thorner - Knockout Cup
Bridge made hard work of this semi final victory but for Rich Donohoe it could not have been a better start to his new role as Manager. The home side dominated the early stages only to find Paul Eagling had forgotten to change his dancing shoes for his shooting boots. Ollie Barton was also guilty of a glaring miss and he was then involved at the other end as a rare Thorner attack caused confusion. The eventual and rather lucky breakthrough came on 30 minutes as a blocked Baz O'Neill shot ballooned into the air and looked to be going over the bar yet somehow landed in the net via the outstretched arms of keeper Tom Collins. Bridge appeared in control until Ross Mardon lost the ball and an incisive pass from John Horsfield picked out Joey Collins who finished with aplomb. Bridge regained the ascendancy in the 49th minute with an excellent finish from O'Neill following a slide rule pass from Donohoe. Despite this setback Thorner were now playing with more confidence and it was not until the 77th minute that Bridge added their third with Eagling firing across the keeper after combining with Mardon. A good run and shot by Jack Walton was partly thwarted by Hogg with Josh Kidd clearing the loose ball off the line before Chris Stephenson coolly volleyed home the fourth after the Thorner keeper failed to hold a Paul Scaife cross.
Man of Match - Baz O'Neill
24/02/08 - Scholes 1-2 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League Cup
On a small tacky surface Bridge put in a determined performance to secure a place in the semi-final of the League Challenge Cup. There was little to choose between the two sides with the breakthrough coming in the 26th minute following good work by Dan Saxon and when the ball fell to Baz O,Neill he shifted it on to his right foot before shooting hard and low into the corner. Eight minutes later it was all square again as Bridge were caught out by a long clearance from where Martin Bell picked out Simon Thompson to beat Ollie Barton from 10 yards. Chances thereafter were at a premium as both sides worked hard but neither were unable to find that cutting edge to open up two resolute defences. The eventual winner came in the 71st minute when a headed clearance fell into the path of Paul Scaife and his crisp volley into the bottom left hand corner gave keeper Dan Walker no chance. Josh Kidd gave another sound performance in the Bridge defence with Baz O'Neill working tirelessly up front but it was reserve team captain Chris Chapman who received the plaudits on the day.
Man of Match - Chris Chapman
02/03/08 - FC Boston 1-0 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
Apart from the likes of Alastair Hogg and Steve Kirby this was a young and inexperienced Bridge side who all gave a good account of themselves against County Sunday Cup semi-finalists and potential Claro League Champions FC Boston. Both teams tried to get the ball down and play and the home side had the best of the early exchanges with an Andrew Kitchen corner that rattled the bar the nearest they came to opening the scoring. On thirty minutes Bridge were forced to reorganise when they lost Chris Chapman and their best chance came just before the break following good link up play between Phil Wix and Baz O'Neill with an extra pass thwarting a good goal scoring opportunity. The home side stepped up a gear after the interval and got the breakthrough on 72 minutes following good wing play from Kitchen to set up Chris Plews and though Hogg got good hands to the ball the strike had too much power. Bridge then brought on Dan Saxon, changed their formation to 4-4-2 and created some good opportunities with Wix, O'Neill and Danny Webster all denied by home keeper Andy Caine.
Man of Match - Ben Clayton
09/03/08 - Ripon City 2-5 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
Blitzkrieg was how one of the Bridge players described their first half performance and though this may be over estimation of their attacking play they did score three times and give Ripon the run-around in the opening 25 minutes. First on the scoresheet was Baz O'Neill after 10 minutes and 11 minutes later P Wix managed to squeeze home the second from a tight angle. Shortly afterwards O'Neill headed home a Chris Stephenson corner to complete the first half scoring as Bridge continued to dominate the game with some crisp passing. Eagling then increased the lead just past the hour mark before a spirited fightback by the home side halved the margin with goals from Darren Dennis and old boy Martin Hutchinson with a forty yard free kick that floated over a static Rudd. This was as good as it got for Ripon and Paul Scaife wrapped up the points with Bridge's fifth in the last minute.
Man of Match - Chris Stephenson
16/03/08 - Harrogate CSC 3-1 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday a.e.t. - FA Challenge Cup
"You always pass failure on the way to success" - Mickey Rooney. If the Hollywood veteran is correct, then manager Rich Donohoe can take comfort from this defeat and look forward to next weekend's League Cup Semi Final at home to The Ship, and the Knockout Cup Final in April which features these two teams again. As a rookie manager he is learning the ropes quickly and looks to have the "Gaffer's Jacket" secure for some time to come. Sadly, he is also learning the other side of grass roots football which delivers a great team midweek but a totally different one come the weekend ...more
Man of Match - Alastair Hogg
30/03/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 2-1 The Ship a.e.t. - League Cup
Bridge, although a Division higher, were probably the underdogs for this tie but in a frenetic encounter in difficult playing conditions, it was the home side that came out winners. The first half was highly competitive as both sides struggled to get a foothold on the game with a 36 minute fracas resulting in two reds and two yellows the main topic of conversation over a half time cup of tea. The Ship looked in good shape on 70 minutes when a 40-yard free kick from Chris Perry floated over keeper Alastair Hogg into an empty net. Their elation only lasted three minutes as a mazy run and shot from Paul Eagling was parried by keeper Mark Rimmer into the path of Chris Chapman who forced home the equaliser. As neither side were able to poach the winner the game went into extra time when it was the visitors who looked the likely winners. Bridge battled resolutely with an excellent defensive performance from Dave Burniston confirming his potential and just when Bridge Manager Richard Donohoe was sorting out his penalty takers Ben Darville burst through the Ship defence to loop the winner over the advancing Rimmer.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston
06/04/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-0 Harrogate CSC - League
Even though both sides had players missing Bridge will be hoping for a similar result this Sunday when they meet in the final of the Senior Knock Out Cup at Wetherby Athletic kick off 2.30pm.As the score suggests there was little to choose between the two sides and it was a soft penalty, converted by Steven Paffett, that settled the contest.
11/04/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 3-1 Atlanta - League
Both sides produced some excellent football on a rain sodden pitch with two late goals from Ben Darville securing victory for Bridge. The home side had Chris Stephenson returning after a long injury and Ollie Uffindall from his Australian trip only to see the visitors enjoy the better of the opening exchanges with Ed Murai especially prominent. Keepers Alastair Hogg and Dave King were both called into early action before the visitors took the lead on 25 minutes through Murai, who rifled the ball into Hogg's top corner after a couple of sighters. Bridge came back strongly with Mardon Stephenson and Darville linking well down the right hand side and got their reward in the 36th minute when Paul Scaife fired home the equaliser. Scaife then volleyed wide and King made a couple of fine saves as Bridge finished the half the stronger of the two sides. The second half in contrast was a scrappy affair until the last 20 minutes when the game became more stretched as the playing conditions took their toll. King produced another excellent save to deny Paul Eagling and Hogg had to go full length to prevent a second from Murai but with a draw looking the likely outcome Darville popped up with two close range efforts in the last five minutes to steal the points. The ubiquitous Burniston again stole the show with another promising defensive performance.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston
13/04/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 2-2 Harogate CSC a.e.t. - Knockout Cup Final
Boroughbridge win 5-4 on penalties and take the Knockout Cup
The third meeting of these two teams in four weeks could have taken away some of the edge to the meeting, even with a cup at stake. CSC edged the first meeting, winning the Challenge Cup semi final in extra time. Bridge gained revenge of sorts with a one goal victory in a dull league match just a week ago, Steve Paffett scoring from the spot. The sweeter revenge was to be at Wetherby in this final, where Paffett again played a major role, undoubtedly a contender as Man of the Match if Tony Harrison's heroics are discounted, and both teams proved that familiarity need not breed contempt, serving up a pulsating cup tie, enthralling and frustrating in equal measures at times ...more
Man of Match - Tony Harrison
18/04/08 - Killinghall Nomads 1-3 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
Bridge's Claro League start made a good start to the weekend with a 3-1 victory at Killinghall Nomads with goals from Danny Webster Paul Eagling and Ben Darville in response to a Steve Robinson strike on 20minutes.
20/04/08 - Thorner 3-0 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
On Sunday 'Bridge travelled to Thorner and came away with what they deserved. They hardly had a worthwhile shot on target and second half goals from Matt Fisher Joey Collins and Jack Wilton gave Thorner the points.
25/04/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-3 Killinghall Nomads - League
There was certainly a Boroughbridge connection with Dan Thirkell Baz Littlefair & Johnny Hunt in the Nomads side and they all played their part in avenging last Friday's score line. Tom Westerman put the visitors in front on 10 minutes with Tom Smith restoring parity with an equaliser five minutes later. Littlefair regained the lead for Nomads on 21minutes and though Bridge worked hard to get back into the game, especially in the second half, they were undone in the last minute when Littlefair put in Matt Donnelly to secure the victory.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston
30/04/08 - Atlanta 1-8 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
Less than forty-eight hours before the League Cup Final, Bridge had gone goal crazy on their visit to Atlanta and maybe should have kept back their shooting boots for the Sunday final. They took the lead after three minutes through Ollie Uffindall with Chris Luffman equalising for the home side on the half hour. Chris Chapman restored the lead within five minutes and Uffindall added his second a minute before the break. Ten minutes into the second half Dave Burniston made it four, Uffindall added another two, including a penalty in a ten minute spell with Ben Darville and Dan Saxon completing the scoring by the 71st minute.
Man of Match - Chris Stephenson
09/05/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 2-2 Regent Inn - League
With only two players available from his cup side of the previous Sunday it was Manager Rich Donohoe who found himself scrambling round for players at the last minute in what turned out to be Bridge's last game of the season when Sunday opponents Pudsey Amateurs pulled out of the fixture. Despite a much changed side Bridge started well enough with Johnny Brear firing home the opener on 16 minutes but they were fortunate to retain the lead as Regent missed a hatful of chances. To compound the visitors' generosity Paul Scaife hit home a second on 35 minutes to give Bridge a comfortable looking half time lead. Regent had other ideas and 12 minutes into the second half Damien Newman manipulated same space for himself to curl the ball past the outstretched arms of keeper Rich Renton. Bridge did create the occasional chance whereas Regent continued to look the more dangerous and it was no more than they deserved when Matt Drury equalised with 17 minutes to go.
Man of Match - Craig Tetley
 
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