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Boroughbridge AFC Reserves Match Reports 08/09
January to May
17/01/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 3-3 Wetherby Athletic Res - League
On paper Bridge fielded one of their strongest squads of the season but at half time it certainly did not look that way as goals from Chris Turner and a brace from Alminto Hamilton put the visitors firmly in the box seat. A verbal blast from Manager Dave Ekin and goals from Jamie Smith, Baz O’Neill and Dave Coffey had Bridge back on level terms on 70 minutes and two minutes later missed the opportunity to grab all three points when Chris Antcliffe saved a Smith penalty.
Man of Match - Dave Coffey
24/01/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 1-0 Knaresborough Town Res - League
A pre match comment from a Knaresborough spectator that the two clubs might not meet next year due to Bridge’s precarious position in the table certainly wasn’t reflected on the field where a Baz O’Neill goal proved to be the difference in this local derby. The visitors’ confidence was epitomised by their team sheet which had four players on the bench who had played in last month’s narrow cup defeat but it was Bridge who struck the important blow on the half hour mark when Jamie Smith headed down a Steve Kirby free kick into the path of O’Neill to prod the ball past a stranded Lewis Mallinson. Chances were at a premium throughout the game as defences generally dominated with the midfield area a real battle ground as Bridge’s Dave Coffey and Gary Shaw fought for supremacy over the visitors’ Matt Whitehead & James Bradley. Danny Broughton did bring out a fine save from Mallinson with a 25 yard free kick and Ollie Barton had to be on his toes to deny Joel Freestone’s effort just before the break. The intensity of the first half continued after the interval with both teams high on endeavour and commitment but bringing only two serious goal scoring opportunities. The first came from Freestone who shot tamely wide after escaping, for once, the clutches of Kirby and Ben Mudd and the second was a Paul Smith effort that hit the side netting after he had been played in by a clever Coffey free kick. The visitors did exert some pressure in the last ten minutes only to find their local rivals purposeful to a man and it was Bridge who finished victorious with every member of the squad contributing to the cause.
Man of Match - Steve Kirby, Dave Coffey & Baz O'Neill
31/01/09 - Robin Hood Athletic Res 1-0 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
With seven backwords to contend with Manager Dave Ekin was forced to travel with a makeshift squad which was reflected in a disjointed below par display and a pointless return. The end result, however, could have been so different if Jamie Smith had taken a golden opportunity in the opening minutes which was followed by another couple of chances before Athletic had time to settle. Bridge’s profligacy served as a fillip to the home side who gained in confidence and began to exert their own pressure. The Bridge defence looked pretty solid until they conceded to a route one goal in the 61st minutes as Timmy Barton beat his namesake Ollie to a long clearance to walk the ball into an empty net. Chances did fall Bridge’s way but Mark Finlay stood firm to deny Danny Webster and Marc Burniston before producing the save of the game in the dying seconds to turn away a Dave Coffey effort bound for the top corner.
Man of Match - Danny Webster
21/02/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 3-4 Aberford Albion Res - League
After coming back from a two goal deficit to level things just before the break Bridge conceded straight after half time and by the time Paul Smith added his second penalty of the afternoon it was too little too late. Bridge’s other scorer was Dave Coffey with Andy Black, Ben Mudd (own goal), Daniel Roberts and Marcus Todd on target for the visitors.
28/02/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 3-1 Ripon City Res - League
An opening goal from Simon Metcalf and a headed brace from Jamie Smith gave Bridge three valuable points. Sam Ebzao was on target for the visitors.
07/03/09 - Whitkirk Wanderers Res 3-0 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League Trophy
Bridge’s last chance of winning a trophy this season dissipated against a strong home side that also have its sights set on the County Challenge Trophy and the Alliance Division 1 title. For the opening 45 minutes Bridge more than matched their opponents and two minutes into the second Paul Smith missed a great opportunity to put his side ahead after an excellent set up from Jamie Smith. This was to prove costly six minutes later when Danny Leaf hit a thunderbolt from 30 yards which left Ollie Barton helpless as it flew into his net. Bridge then gifted Phil Schouller the second as they failed to deal with a long clearance but that certainly could not be said of a third goal on 77 minutes which was another spectacular effort, this time from substitute Danny Hewitt.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston
14/03/09 - Hartshead Res 0-4 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
A brace from Jamie Smith and goals from Stephan Pollman and Mark Burniston gave Bridge a comfortable victory once they had adapted to the difficult playing surface.
28/03/09 - Aberford Albion Res 0-1 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
After losing out by the odd goal in seven when these two sides met a month ago Bridge turned the tables with this excellent result in very difficult playing condition. Both sides tried to get the ball down and play but neither were too successful and it was not until the 46th minutes that Mark Burniston had the first shot on target which also proved to be the winning goal. Bridge would have like the luxury of a second goal and it was only a stunning save by Michael Booth to a close range Jamie Smith volley that denied the visitors a more comfortable victory.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston
04/04/09 - Whtikirk Wanderers Res 6-1 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
The consequence of a dismal performance from Bridge is reflected in the result as they were comprehensively beaten by title contenders Whitkirk. Steve Scott proved a real handful for the Bridge defence in the first half but it was his strike partner Paul Graham who came up with the goals in the 22nd & 28th minutes. It did not get any better when Potter scored from the penalty spot 12 minutes into the second half and six minutes later Jamie Smith had his spot kick well saved by Dominic Moyles. A Mark Burniston goal a minute later, courtesy of an inattentive linesman, did give Bridge some hope but this was soon nullified with Graham’s hat trick goal and a late brace from Luke Ullah.
Man of Match - Ollie Barton
06/04/09 - Knaresborough Town Res 2-0 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
A much improved performance combined with first half goals from Mark Burniston and Paul Smith gave Bridge a League double over their local rivals. The home side were quickly out of the blocks but it was Bridge who had the fillip of an early goal when Burniston headed home a Gary Shaw cross and on 27 minutes Paul Smith hit a screamer of a free kick from 20 yards that left Dan Thirkell motionless. Dave Burniston also had an effort cleared off the line in a satisfactory first half for the visitors. Both sides showed plenty of industry after the break where chances were again at a premium with Thirkell saving well from Kevin Morris and Smith and Joel Freestone and Nick Horsfall having the best opportunities for the home side.
Man of Match - Gary Shaw
11/04/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 5-2 Horbury Town Res - League
Goals from Phil Wix & Johnny Hunt combined with a Paul Smith hat trick gave Bridge a comfortable victory in their Alliance Division One encounter against their Wakefield visitors. In a mediocre first half Bridge held a narrow lead at the break from a Paul Smith penalty and improved their position within ten minutes of the restart through the predatory Smith who knocked home a loose ball when the visitors failed to deal with a corner. Bridge looked in control at this stage but nine minutes later a Dave Burniston mistake let in Craig Rafter to reduce the arrears. The introduction of Tom Ekin Johnny Hunt and Phil Wix soon brought its reward as Ekin and Dave Coffey both rattled the woodwork with Ryan Hutchinson well beaten before Hunt headed home a Jimmy Binks free kick on 74 minutes. Two minutes later Ben Wensley finished off an incisive Horbury move but it was Bridge who had the last word as Wix scored from close range and with full time approaching Smith drifted by two defenders to hammer home his hat trick goal.
Man of Match - Paul Smith
25/04/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 3-0 Sherburn White Rose Res - League
Although both sides showed plenty of attacking enterprise it was the defences that dominated and the only clear chance of the first half fell to Andy O’Hare who failed to beat the keeper when through on goal. It was a similar pattern after the interval and with an hour on the clock the game was going nowhere. Then the Smiths took over and on 62 minutes Paul Smith picked up a driven cross from Steve Kirby and cracked in a beauty from 20 yards out that gave visiting keeper Dan Bradley no chance. Having gained the initiative Bridge consolidated their position 12 minutes later through Jamie Smith who headed home a Kirby free kick and it became a Smith hat trick when James Smith drilled home a third six minutes from time. It was the Bridge defence, however, who gained the plaudits and this was manifested in the MOM going to centre back Dave Burniston.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston
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