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Boroughbridge AFC Reserves Match Reports 08/09
August to December
16/08/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 2-3 Rothwell Athletic Res - League
Boroughbridge Reserves slumped to a disappointing 3-2 home defeat to Rothwell Athletic as the West Yorkshire League season got underway on Saturday. The game started brightly, Paul Smith forcing Lee Walker in the visitors goal to make two full stretch saves, before Johnny Lowes cleared off the line and Ollie Barton tipped over the bar as the home side were made to defend. Smith made sure though on 20 minutes as Walker spilled the ball into his path, the striker stabbing home from 3 yards to give ‘Bridge the lead. Just a minute later, Chris Chapman was ruled to have brought down Oliver Crossley in the area, and Jack Griffiths made no mistake from the spot to level. Rothwell took the lead two minutes into the second half as Craig Tawton completed a fine attacking move when he turned in a shot fired across the goalmouth, with ‘Bridge looking increasingly short of ideas and lacking in cohesion. One of the lynchpins behind ‘Bridge’s fine form last year however was the determination of Dave Coffey, and he began to exert his authority on the match. His reward came when a Richard Shaw cross caused keeper Walker more problems, and he dropped the ball under pressure leaving Coffey to stroke home from the edge of the six yard box. From here there should only have been one winner, but again Rothwell exposed the frailties in the home team when Nick Braithwaite powered home a fine header from six yards to give Rothwell a 3-2 lead with only 4 minutes to go.

‘Bridge manager Dave Ekin was understandably disappointed at his side’s Jekyll and Hyde performance, as certain players looked half a yard short of pace at times, yet they could have and perhaps should have taken all three points.
Man of Match - Stu Henry
23/08/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 3-2 Robin Hood Athletic Res - League
In a game with 3 penalties and a red card, ‘Bridge Reserves did their best to let the visitors claim some reward for their efforts, but somehow it was the home team that came away with all 3 points. A couple of early attempts by Phil Wix and one for the visitors’ Steve Hancock looked to be giving a pattern to the game, but following the sending off of Robin Hood’s keeper in the 20th minute, Bridge should have taken the presented opportunity to take control of the match ...more
Man of Match - Steve Kirby & Paul Smith
13/09/08 - Horbury Town Res 2-2 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
For 70 minutes 'Bridge looked a disorganised, dishevelled outfit and this was reflected in their play which their Manager politely described as dross. In a poor first half lacking in any real quality they went behind after 43 minutes when Adrian Harrison was allowed space to turn and shoot past Ollie Barton. The half time team talk had little effect as Bridge appeared content to fall out amongst themselves and the referee with a soft penalty decision on 65 minutes which could, in part, be attributed to their constant bickering. Harrison duly dispatched the spot kick and there seemed to be no way back until the introduction of Johnny Hunt enlivened proceeding. He had only been on the pitch four minutes when he reduced the arrears latching on to a loose ball after the home keeper Ryan Hutchinson could only parry a Steve Paffett header following a Steve Kirby free kick. There was now only one team in it and Bridge got back on level terms with another Kirby free kick which evaded everybody including keeper Hutchinson. There was time for a brief home flurry with a fine Barton save denying Harrison a hat trick a minute from time.
Man of Match - Steve Paffett & Simon Metcalf
27/09/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 1-2 Hartshead Res - League
In a game lacking any real quality from either side Hartshead secured their first victory of the season against a disappointing home side. Matt Turnbull gave the visitors the lead on 37 minutes with new boy Danny Broughton equalising just before the break. It was only after Johnny Gill put his side in front on 72 minutes that Bridge showed any real tenacity but the damage had been done and despite being encamped in the visitors half they could find a way past an intransigent Hartshead defence.
Man of Match - Craig Tetley
04/10/08 - Bardsey Res 5-1 Boroughbridge AFC Res - County Trophy
An understrength and inexperienced Boroughbridge side were never allowed to settle by a mature and physically stronger Bardsey side and though the game was 25 minutes in before Danny Walsh opened the scoring the outcome was never in doubt. Bridge failed to respond to this setback and the home side put the game to bed with goal either side of half time through Mark McNamara and Elliot Beddard. On the hour mark Tom Ekin pulled a goal back from close range only for own goals from Ollie Barton and Steven Paffett to confound Bridge's miserable day.
Man of Match - Ross Hamilton
11/10/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 1-1 Whitkirk Wanderers Res - League
Compared to last Saturday this was an unrecognisable Bridge side from the one that was dumped out of the County Trophy competition matching their visitors who had a hundred per cent league record coming into this fixture. Bridge looked a stronger and better balanced outfit and they certainly needed to be against a Wanderers side that had a good blend of youth and experience in their side with Matthew Potter proving to be a very capable keeper and centre forward Steve Scott an excellent outlet for them. Bridge probably had the better of the opening exchanges but were rocked on 37 minutes when Ollie Barton dropped an innocuous corner at the feet of Phil Schouller for an easy tap in. This rocked the home side and they were fortunate not to have any further setbacks before the break. Two minutes after the restart Bridge were back on terms when a hard low cross from the enigmatic Paul Smith was met with a sweet Tom Smith drive that gave Potter no chance. The Wanderers keeper later denied Smith with an excellent save and in the last few minutes it was the turn of Barton as he kept out Scott's goal bound effort. This resulted in a late flurry from the home side and a sequence of corners but Bridge managed to hold out for a thoroughly deserved draw.
Man of Match - Danny Broughton
18/10/08 - Kirkby Malzeard Res 1-2 Boroughbridge AFC Res - Hulme Cup
Bridge began their defence of the Hulme Cup in onerous fashion with too many players putting in mediocre performances. They had got off to a good start when Tom Smith smashed a Tom Ekin cross into the roof on the net and on 33minutes Malzeard keeper Mark Green made a total hash of a Tony Lavery cross to give Bridge a comfortable half time. The second half looked like a case of fait accompli as Bridge seemed content to allow the game to drift to its conclusion. Kirkby, to their credit, never gave up trying and five minutes from time Stuart Clark reduced the arrears as Bridge failed to deal with a free kick. Twitchiness now replaced complacency with Bridge managing to see out the remaining few minutes.
Man of Match - Tony Lavery
01/11/08 - Beeston St. Anthony's Res 7-1 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
James Cooper's elevation to the Reserve team did him no favours as his defence was torn apart by a vibrant home team conceding three goals to Joe Corah, Andrew Kitchen and Stuart Fielding between the 16th & 20th minutes. Bridge did survive any further disasters up to the interval but two minutes into the second half they leaked a fourth goal as Matt Newell got his name on the scoresheet. Beeston continued to dominate and Kitchen added his second on the hour mark with Pat Courtney and Sam Broadbent confirming their superiority with two goals in the last ten minutes. A first half Andy Hall goal was all Bridge had to offer and was little consolation to Manager Dave Ekin.
08/11/08 - Field Sports & Social Res 3-0 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Five backwords, a long trip to Field and a tacky playing surface did not augur well and so it proved as Bridge went down to successive defeats. It could have been so different if new boy Kieran Cunningham had shown the same composure in finishing the chance his dribbling skill had created. As in previous weeks Bridge suffered from their inability to defend corners and on 23 minutes they failed to pick up Joe Shaw at the far post as he headed home an Ashworth corner. Four minutes later Field added a second as James Cooper fumbled a long clearance to leave Ashworth with the simplest of chances and this is how it stayed until the break. The second half started in similar fashion to the first but this time it was Andy Hall who dribbled his way past two defenders only to slice his shot over the bar. Dave Coffey then headed over when well placed and Hall has a close range effort scrambled away before Ollie Barton switched into his attacking Sunday role and headed the ball past his own keeper. There was no way back for Bridge and even Manager Dave Ekin had to come for the last 23 minutes to replace the injured Gary Shaw.
Man of Match - Craig Tetley & Kieran Cunningham
15/11/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 0-0 Kirk Deighton Rangers Res (a.e.t.) - Hulme Cup
Kirk Deighton win 5-3 on penalties
A Man of the Match performance from James Cooper would intimate Kirk Deighton domination but in truth it was Bridge's ineptitude in front of goal that brought their defence of the Hulme Cup to an abrupt end. The game went to penalties with Deighton's keeper Michael Denham making the decisive save from Steve Kirby.
Man of Match - James Cooper
27/12/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 3-2 Knaresborough Town Res (a.e.t.) - League Trophy
Bridge survived a Knaresborough fight back to win this League Trophy local derby with a Gary Shaw penalty in extra time. The home side started the better with Johnny Hunt planting a header straight at Lewis Mallinson and the young keeper was then given the benefit as he appeared to take out Paul Smith when clear on goal. Nevertheless it was Bridge who eventually got their noses in front when Jamie Smith rose to head home a Gary Shaw free kick in the 24th minute. Dan Ledgeway responded with a couple of speculative efforts that failed to trouble Ollie Barton but with chances at a premium it was the feisty midfield battle that caught the eye. Bridge consolidated their position three minutes into the second half through Andy Hall who collected the ball 25 yards out, bought himself a yard of space and let fly with a powerful left foot drive which left Mallinson grasping at air. ‘Boro struggled to penetrate the Bridge back line until the 63rd minutes when Ben Mudd was dispossessed by Matt Adamson who set up Jamie Watson to give them a lifeline. A previously composed Bridge now looked the more nervy but they still continued to create the better chances and only an excellent save from Mallinson denied Paul Smith. This was to prove vital four minutes from time as Bridge failed to deal with a Marc Hill cross and Watson was on hand to fire in the equaliser. There had just been two minutes of extra time when Andy O’Hare went on one of his darting runs only to be stopped in his tracks by a clumsy challenge and much to the relief of an anxious management team Gary Shaw stepped up to slot home the resultant penalty. On another day Bridge could easily have been awarded another penalty but this was quickly forgotten as they were able to see out the extra time period in relative ease.
Man of Match - Craig Tetley & Andy O'Hare
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