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Boroughbridge AFC 'A' Match Reports 08/09
August to December
28/08/08 - Harlow Hill Res 2-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Under the new Management of Chris Chapman Bridge started their season disappointingly with two successive defeats. Last Thursday they travelled to Harlow Hill where, marginally, they had the better of things taking the lead on 64 minutes through Johnny Brear. Mark Hartley pulled the home side level five minutes later and a Danny Waters goal sealed their victory five minutes from time.
Man of Match - Matty Scaife
30/08/08 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-4 Spa Athletic - League
Bridge can have no complaints about this result with Spa taking control from the start and going ahead through Dan Clark after only 5 minutes. The experienced Steve Kilroy increased the lead just past the half hour mark with Ross Mardon reducing the arrears before half time following a long clearance from Wayne Fisher. Bridge then had their best spell of the game only to fall further behind to a smart Johnny Hewison free kick. James Bradley added a fourth for the visitors with Chris Wood firing home a late consolation goal for Bridge.
Man of Match - Tom Hussell & Chris Chapman
13/09/08 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-4 Beckwithshaw Saints - League
Despite recent results Bridge started the game positively and their attacking play was rewarded on 32 minutes with a strike from Ross Mardon. This was consolidated four minutes later with another Mardon goal only for a good first half performance to be spoilt by a Dan Bracewell goal two minutes before the break. Bridge were the denied restoring their two goal advantage a minute later when Liam Bannard was thwarted by an excellent save from Sam Moore which proved pivotal on 57 minutes after poor communication between keeper and defence allowed Rob Kaslow to slip in the equaliser. Bridge's response was immediate and three minutes later a Wayne Fisher strike put them back in front only for Bracewell to add his second with 15 minutes remaining. The home side pressed forward but they allowed themselves to be exposed at the back and Saints took full advantage with a Luke Bedford goal stealing the points eight minutes from time.
Man of Match - Chris Chapman & Ross Mardon
27/09/08 - Westbrook YMCA Res 1-0 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Like their senior counterparts Bridge 'A' can't buy a point from anywhere and after looking like Saturday might be their lucky day they went down to a goal in the last ten minutes. In a sterile first half Westbrook's main threat came from route one situations which Bridge managed to contain despite an inferior physical presence. The second half in many mirrored the first with lots of endeavour but few clear cut chances until the 82nd minute when a ball was swung in from the right and on this occasion Goliath got the better of David as a header from Nick Walsh crept in off the post.
Man of Match - Rob Aspinall
04/10/08 - Beckwithshaw Saints 3-2 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
They keep getting close to gaining their first point of the season but once more Bridge were beaten by the odd goal for the fourth time this season. The first half was a tight affair with neither side creating anything of note and it was not until the 53rd minutes that the home side took the lead through Tom Smith. Rob Kaslow doubled their advantage on the hour mark but Bridge, to their credit, battled back with Wayne Fisher reducing the arrears four minutes later. As Bridge pushed forward they were caught on the break and the usual reliable James Cooper 'Coops' or that that be 'oops' was beaten on his near post by another Kaslow effort. Spurred on by a super strike from their Player/ Manager, Kit Washer, MOM & No 5 Chris 'Chappy' Chapman Bridge gave it one last push and when Ross Mardon was put through he took one touch too many with veteran Steve Brockhill getting enough on the ball to allow a defender to clear the danger.
Man of Match - Chris Chapman
11/10/08 - Leeds City Res 8-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League Cup
Bridge never expected to get anything out of this League Cup tie against a strong and capable Leeds City side but it was only in the last ten minutes that they lost their shape and resistance conceding a nap hand of goals in the process. George Leech gave Bridge a surprise 25 minutes lead and it was not until the stroke of half time that Rob Potter equalised for the home side. Within five minutes of the restart Jason Millar put the home side ahead and Bridge suffered further setbacks when injuries forced the withdrawals of their stalwart central defender Chris Chapman and the experienced Paul Norfolk. Millar then scored his second just past the hour mark but it was not until the 82nd minute when Mick Ward Matthew added their fourth that Bridge capitulated. City took full advantage with Ward scoring the penultimate goal of the afternoon and Tony McKeown finishing the job with a five minute hat trick.
Man of Match - Chris Wood
18/10/08 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-5 Thirsk Falcons Res - League
Despite the six league defeats on the bounce Bridge have been competitive in all their games this season and can count themselves unlucky not to have any points to show for their endeavours. On Saturday, however, they can have no complaints, especially in a disappointing first half, when they lacked confidence and an animated edge to their game. They got off to the worst possible start going down to a fourth minute Chris Moores effort but temporarily pulled the game around with a Paul Scaife goal on 15minutes. The parity did not last long as Moores added his second on 24minutes and two minutes later 1st team centre forward Mark Cobb showed that extra bit of flair with his first of the afternoon. Liam Bannard did pull one back when he headed home a Wayne Fisher cross only for Cobb to restore the two goal advantage a minute later. Some harsh words did result in a better second half performance which was slightly tarnished by Cobb scoring his hat trick goal in the last minute.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston
25/10/08 - Harold Styans Res 3-3 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Three times Bridge got their noses in front only to be pegged back on each occasion but this could not be laid at the door of keeper James Cooper who put in a stellar performance to give his side their first point of the season. They got off to a good start when Mark Burniston, who is taking the transition of Junior to Senior Football in his stride, opened the scoring after only ten minutes. It did not take Styans long to equalise through Damien Stanton and it was a series of fine saves by Cooper that kept Bridge in the game before Burniston came up trumps again with his second, seven minutes before the break. George Wilkinson brought the sides level again just past the hour mark, only for substitute Wayne Fisher to beat Tim Fryer within minutes of coming on. The lead lasted for three minutes as Styans dynamic midfielder player Steve Beecroft restored parity for the home side with Bridge surviving the last eleven minutes thanks to the heroics of Cooper and some resolute defending.
Man of Match - James Cooper
01/11/08 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-3 Spa Athletic Res - Alverton Trophy
After claiming their first point of the season last Saturday Bridge went into this Alverton Trophy game full of confidence only to fall at the first hurdle to Spa Athletic. They could not have got off to a better start as a cross from Lewis Barlow was deflected into his own net by Tony Simpson and it took two first class saves from John Hebden to deny Paul Scaife and Mark Burniston consolidating their position. The promising opening was negated on 35 minutes when Steve Kilroy equalised for Spa and that is how it stayed until the 68th minute when they went ahead through Cruse Rampnel. Bridge threatened briefly but Spa generally had the upper hand and confirmed their passage into the next round with a Phil Rawlinson strike three minutes from time.
Man of Match - Chris Chapman
08/11/08 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 4-4 Ripon City 'A' - League
Bridge should have recorded their first victory of the season but a mixture of naivety and apprehension together with Ripon's resolution cost them valuable points. They had taken the lead on 17minutes through Paul Scaife and despite missing some good opportunities looked in good order. This got better two minutes before the break when Scaife added his second only to allow Mark Marsden to pull a goal back for the visitors on the stroke of half time. Dave Burniston restored the two goal cushion three minutes into the second half and Mattie Scaife then proceeded to miss a hat trick of chances before namesake Paul showed him the way with his hat trick goal 15 minutes from time. Bridge should have been home and hosed instead they allowed Stephen Fletcher to reduce the arrears from a corner ten minutes from time. Ripon sensed they still had a chance and as Bridge began to give the ball away in good areas and concede silly free kicks they took full advantage. Fletcher added his second seven minutes from time and then scored with effectively the last kick of the game as the home side gave away another unnecessary free kick.
Man of Match - Rob Aspinall
15/11/08 - Thirsk Falcons 9-2 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Bridge started the game in slovenly fashion and it was no surprise when Stuart Rose gave Falcons the lead on 14 minutes. This served to galvanise Bridge who began to close down their opponents and they got their reward on 25 minutes through a Lewis Barlow strike. It got better six minutes later when a Chris Chapman drive bamboozled Alex Sopterean but typical of Bridge's season they failed to maintain their control and conceded two goals in a six minute spell before half time to Jim McKendry and Chris Padgett. A few disparaging comments, unfortunately, had a converse effect on Bridge and when they conceded a second to Padgett five minutes into the second half, heads dropped with Chris Moores, (2) and Mark Graffel taking full advantage in a ten minute spell. Even when an overworked Wayne Fisher saved a penalty on 75 minutes the quickest to react was Falcons Dan Barwick and to compound a thoroughly disappointing afternoon Graffel added the ninth in the last minute.
Man of Match - Wayne Fisher
20/12/08 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-2 Westbrook YMCA Res - League
This was another fixture where Bridge gave a good account of themselves against promotion chasing opposition yet once again they had nothing to show for their endeavours. They started off well enough with the darting runs of the omni-present Steve Warburton causing all sorts of problems and Paul Scaife testing Martin Sutcliffe with a couple of efforts from the edge of the box. Westbrook’s best chance in this early period came from a mix up in the Bridge defence and they were fortunate to see Darren Hands waste the opportunity. The opening goal came in the 28 minutes with a cool finish from Scaife after he had been put clear by Warburton but the visitors were level within four minutes as Glen Rothwell knocked home a Stuart Bates cross. This is how it stayed until the 59th minutes when Rothwell returned the compliment for Bates to give Josh Donnelly no chance with a spectacular finish. With Matt Bates beginning to control the midfield area Westbrook were now enjoying the better of the game and should have added to their tally, especially Will Childs, who missed an open goal. Bridge did have the occasional flurry but they were unable to achieve any sustained pressure leaving their battle for survival increasingly arduous.
Man of Match - Steve Warburton
 
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