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Boroughbridge AFC Sunday Match Reports 08/09
August to December
31/08/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 4-2 The Ship - League
In what was always going to be a difficult encounter Bridge's young side made a good start to their season with a positive display full of energy and enthusiasm backed up by some neat passing play. This was epitomised by player Manager's Richard Donohoe's incisive 40yards pass which split the Ship defence for Paul Eagling to beat Cullen with aplomb in the 11th minute. By contrast their second goal on 26minutes had an element of luck as Dave Burniston's long ball hit a retreating Ship defender leaving Ollie Bone to chip the advancing Cullen from 20 yards out. Five minute later Ship pulled a goal back through Danny Wise as he latched on to a Paul Abbott cross following a poor Ollie Barton's clearance. This was one of the few blips in an impressive first half performance which Bridge failed to match after the break even though they increased the advantage on 66minutes when Bone volleyed home a Steve Kirby cross. Cullen then allowed a Josh Kidd cross to slip under his body for Bridge's fourth with Paul Pollard reducing the deficit from close range 10 minutes from time after Barton had saved his initial header from an Abbott cross.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston & Ollie Bone
07/09/08 - FC Boston 6-2 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
After weathering an early onslaught from the home side Bridge scored a fine goal on the counter attack as Paul Eagling jigged his way past two defenders to set up an easy chance for Dan Saxon. The lead did not last long with Gerard McArgo laying back a ball for Chris Plews to side foot through a crowded area into the bottom corner. Phil Wix then latched onto a Rich Donohoe through ball only to see his effort bounce back off the post with Danny Jacklyn well beaten. Generally though it was Boston who were on the offensive, forcing a barrage of corners, and twice Prendergast was too close for comfort with good headers. It was the impressive McArgo who finally breached the Bridge defence powering a low drive past the outstretched Ollie Barton after dribbling his way past two defenders. . Early in the second half, and one more against the run of play, Bridge equalised as Mardon, Kidd and Eagling combined down the left with Wix providing the finish. Boston's response was incisive with McArgo again the provider as he drifted by two defenders before setting up Paul Baxter to drive the ball home. McArgo then put the game out of reach with an exquisite left foot chip from 25 yards that left Barton floundering and Danny Baeza and Baxter strengthened their side's position with two late goals.
Man of Match - Chris Chapman
14/09/08 - Regent Inn 2-2 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
A poor pitch and a late kickoff added to a slow start for 'Bridge. The pitch was also small and a succession of long balls turned the defence, leading to the opening goal for the home side. A throw from the right caught the defence napping, and Ollie Barton could do little about a low shot into the corner. However, a good spell followed, and Ben Clayton was on hand to head home a Rich Donohoe corner to restore parity at the break. 'Bridge took the lead when a Josh Kidd cross from the right was knocked around the box and Clayton was able to eventually head his second of the afternoon. The win was not to be however, as another defensive lapse allowed an innocuous cross from the right beat both the defence and keeper, and the game ended 2-2, which seemed a fair result on the day.
29/09/08 - Markington Cross Keys 0-5 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League Cup
With a total of twelve backwords from their two teams Manager Rich Donohoe found himself with only ten men for this League Challenge Cup tie but fortunately they still had too much in the tank for the home side. Bridge made their usual sluggish start and keeper Ollie Barton was forced into two early saves as the home side, with justification, sensed an upset. On a poor playing surface they struggled to find any rhythm to their game and against the run of play took the lead with Danny Webster capitalising on a through ball from Dan Saxon to beat Sam Thompson in the Keys goal. Playing up the hill in the second half they performed much better and had an element of luck giving them a two goal cushion as a cross hit an unspoken part of Johnny Brear's anatomy to spin into the net. Barton then denied James Rowntree with excellent save before a defensive error allowed Paul Eagling a simple opportunity in the 72miutes and further gaols from Eagling and Webster in the last four minutes gave Bridge a flattering margin of victory.
Man of Match - Danny Webster & Ollie Barton
05/10/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 10-0 Overthorpe Town - County Sunday Cup
Bridge Sunday side made it third time lucky on County Cup weekend as they salvaged some credibility for the Club with this comprehensive victory over Heavy Woollen side Overthorpe Town. Struggling for players Bridge brought in Alistair Hogg thus allowing the versatile Ollie Barton to take up the centre forward role which paid immediate dividends as Barton opened the scoring on 5 minutes. Ross Mardon added a second ten later and as the visitors began to fall out with each other Paul Eagling took advantage of some slack marking to add two more before the break. Dan Saxon then scored early in the second half, Barton went on to complete his hat trick, Danny Webster grabbed a brace and Ben Mudd made it double figures 3 minutes from time. Bridge's reward for the victory is another home tie this weekend against another Dewsbury based side Chickenley Heath.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
12/10/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 5-3 Chickenley Heath (a.e.t.) - County Sunday Cup
Bridge reached the third round of the County Sunday Cup with victory over another Heavy Woollen side but Chickenley proved to be of much sterner stuff taking the home side right down to the wire. The first half was a tight knit affair of few chances with Bridge getting the rub of the green through two penalty decisions. On 25 minutes the visitors had a penalty appeal turned down whereas six minutes later Bridge had their appeal upheld which captain Steven Paffett duly dispatched past keeper Dean Rigby. This is how it stayed until the second half, which was only three minutes in, when Don Kirami was left totally unmarked and able to run through unchallenged to beat Hogg. Unfortunately his over elaborate celebration resulted in a caution but this did not seem to deter him as five minutes later he forced Hogg into an excellent save. Dave Burniston then volleyed Bridge in front on 56 minutes with some deft control and a clinical finish from Paul Eagling looking to have Bridge home and hosed ten minutes later. Chickenley, or rather Kirami had other ideas and he was again left in acres of space to reduce the arrears before levelling matters nine minutes from time. Once more, however, his celebrations were deemed gratuitous resulting in a second caution and his dismissal. Chickenley survived the remaining minutes but five minutes into extra time Ollie Barton put his side back in front and finished the visitors' resistance with a clean strike seven minutes from time to give Bridge a 3rd round tie against previous cup holders Redoubt.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
19/10/08 - Harrogate CSC 2-5 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - FA Challenge Cup
Bridge's reward for this excellent cup victory over holders CSC is a home tie against Atlanta Reserves on the 16th November. They did not get off to the best of starts as Ben Clayton failed to deal with a long ball and Biaggio D'Amore ran through to beat Ollie Barton. Bridge recovered well and with Johnny Brear winning the aerial battles it allowed Eagling to pick up the loose balls and use the flanks where Ollie Bone and Liam Bannard's tireless work caused problems for the CSC defence. It was no surprise when Brear again linked up well with Eagling for the latter to run through unchallenged and round keeper Dan Skelton before tapping in the equaliser. Bridge were now competing well as a unit and on 20 minutes Steven Paffett put them in front when he headed home an Eagling corner. On 25 minutes they consolidated their position with Eagling running on to a Dan Saxon through ball to finish superbly with a left foot drive into the bottom corner and Bone was then unlucky to see his shot bounce to safety after rattling the post. CSC pushed Bridge back at the start of the second half and both Justin O'Halloran and D'Amore missed chances before they were gifted their second as Donohoe's attempted clearance rebounded off Paffett into the net. Bridge restored their two goal cushion within 6 minutes as Skelton brought down Eagling and Paffett, after a retake for encroachment, stroked home the penalty. Bone finished off the scoring four minutes from time as he latched on to Donohoe's quickly taken free kick to squeeze the ball under the keeper's body. A team effort from Bridge was reflected in the MOM award which was shared by two defenders.
Man of Match - Ben Clayton & Steve Paffett
26/10/08 - Thorner 4-7 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday (a.e.t.) - Knockout Cup
The Thorner slope and an element of complacency contributed to Bridge's tenuous start to the defence of the Knock Out up. They made an excellent start as an attempted clearance from home keeper Tom Collins, in the first minute, fell to Andy Layton who fired the ball home from 40 yards and on five minutes Ollie Barton headed home a Steve Kirby cross. Barton added his second on 34 minutes and Paul Scaife, after having his initial effort saved, took advantage of some defensive mayhem to score Bridge's fourth six minutes from half time. The second half was going nowhere with neither side creating any clear chances until some poor defending allowed Joe Collins in for Thorner's opener on 72 minutes. Six minutes later the game took on a different image as Bridge failed to deal with a couple of crosses into their box and Rick Atkinson was on hand on both occasions to reduce the deficit to one. The home side were now in the ascendancy and just when Bridge looked to have survived the onslaught Joe Collins popped up with the equaliser a minute from time. Bridge played with the slope in the first period of extra time quickly regaining the initiative through Danny Webster who slipped through the home defence to put his side back in front and a minute before the turnaround Ross Mardon picked up the ball on the half way line, cut inside after beating his marker and arrowed a shot into the far corner. Thorner were now a spent force and Barton completed his hat trick seven minutes from time scoring the only goal of the eleven scored going uphill.
Man of Match - Ross Mardon
02/11/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-2 Redoubt - County Sunday Cup
Bridge's run in the County Sunday Cup came to an end against a strong Redoubt side who have been previous winners of the competition. Redoubt showed their credentials in the opening ten minutes which Bridge survived thanks to some wayward shooting from their visitors. After that Bridge came more into the game and just as the balance seemed to be shifting they lost the services of Paul Eagling at the break. Ten minutes into the second half Bridge failed to pick up Redoubt's diminutive Clifton Firth from a corner and were punished as the dynamic midfielder headed home from close range. Bridge could not be faulted for their effort as they tried to get back into the game but apart from some strong running from sub Dave Burniston they lacked the cutting edge to break down a solid defence built around the experienced Michael Carter. When Colin Williamson added a second in the 75th minute it looked all over for the home side until a Dave Burniston strike three minutes from time caused a few flutters in the Redoubt side quickly alleviated by the final whistle of Match Official Gavin Scott who refereed the game superbly.
Man of Match - Steve Paffett & Alastair Hogg
09/11/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 2-0 Harrogate CSC - League
A quick start to the game side caught defences napping with chances falling for both teams. The easiest of these fell to Johnny Lowes and Biaggio D'Amore with each failing to capitalise on the opportunity to give their respective sides the initiative. Ollie Bone broke the deadlock in the 16th minute with a snapshot that arrowed into the top corner giving Dan Skelton no chance. Bridge seemed to gain some momentum from this and Lowes, Josh Kidd and Paul Eagling should have increased the lead whereas D'Amore and Jason Kehoe also missed good chances for CSC. The balance of the game went Bridge's way in the 67th minute when Eagling unleashed a fierce left foot drive that again had Skelton well beaten. Unfortunately this changed the tenor of the game and as challenges went unpunished they became more intense from both sides with only Steven Paffett seeing the wrath of the referee for his protestations. As the mad ten minutes abated Hogg saved well from Mark Baranovsky with Bone, Chris Chapman and Dan Saxon all missing good opportunities to consolidate Bridge's position.
Man of Match - Ben Clayton
16/11/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 6-0 Atlanta Res - County Sunday Cup
After their excellent preliminary round victory at Harrogate CSC the first round draw proved fortuitous for Bridge as they started the game against their Division Three side opponents with nine reserve team players in their fourteen man squad. When Danny Webster opened the scoring after only five minutes the result was never in doubt and the fact that Bridge did not add to their tally in the following twenty minutes was down to them complicating the simple art of pass and move. Finally on 27 minutes Craig Kitching did hit the target with a clean strike from his standing foot after the usually more reliable left peg had put in some high, wide and handsome efforts. A minute before half time Tom Ekin finished off a fine move with a clinical finish and within two minutes of the restart mazy runs and close range finishes from Paul Eagling and Ollie Bone had Bridge in total control. Six minutes later, Alex Benson, on debut, completed the scoring and with Bridge giving all their subs a good run they were able to comfortably see out the game. Atlanta, to their credit, worked hard to the end and certainly did not look like a side without a point in the bank.
Man of Match - Ben Mudd
21/12/08 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 4-0 Thorner - League
After testing each other out in the opening minutes the visitors created the first opportunity with Joey Collins giving Alastair Hogg an early examination shooting on the turn from 12 yards after good work down the right by Dave Thompson. It was Bridge, however, who struck first when Player Manager Rich Donohoe released Phil Wix who twisted and turned his retreating defender prior to curling his shot past keeper Tom Collins from the edge of the box. This settled the home side who created more chances for Wix, Ollie Uffindall and Danny Webster before Uffindall’s run and shot, a minute from the break, was deflected into his own net by Andy Britton. Uffindall then got himself on the score sheet after linking well with the impressive Wix to run clear and place his shot past the advancing Collins. Having put the game to bed Bridge took their foot of the gas and some slipshod defending gave Tom Myers Thorner’s best chance of the half but Hogg reacted superbly to push the ball wide after his shot was deflected by a blocking Ben Clayton. Sub Dan MacAuley, playing his first game of the season, completed the scoring in the 85th minute by robbing a defender, breezing past another and then slotting home left footed.
Man of Match - Andy Layton
28/12/08 - Bardsey 2-3 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - Knockout Cup
Bridge knew this Knock Out Cup quarter final was going to be a tough encounter and their cause was not helped by a series of late backwords giving Manager Richard Donohoe his usual Sunday morning headache. Once more, however, the players at his disposal responded to the team ethic to come away with an excellent last minute victory. They dominated the early play with both Danny Webster and Mark Burniston missing good opportunities but the pair made amends as they combined to set up Paul Eagling for the opener on 19 minutes. Andy O’Hare then saw his cross shot rattle the bar on 36 minutes with Martin Simpson well beaten before an incisive through ball from Donohoe was clinically finished by Johnny Hunt. A two goal cushion seemed to be a comfortable position at half time but five minutes into the second half Simon Cliff, who was a constant threat to the Bridge defence, beat two players previous to unleashing an unstoppable shot past Alastair Hogg from 25 yards. The home side now put Bridge under some pressure only for the visitors to have two excellent chances as Paul Eagling was put through by Ben Clayton and O’Hare respectively but Simpson saved magnificently on both occasions. As full time approached Bridge looked to have survived Bardsey best efforts until Cliff cut in from the right to smash home the equaliser in the last minute. With extra time looming Paul Eagling signed off for his skiing trip with a slalom type manoeuvre as he weaved his way by several Bardsey players before crossing for Hunt to hit home the winner.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
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