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Boroughbridge AFC Match Reports 09/10
August to December
22/08/09 - Boroughbridge AFC 6-2 Carlton Athletic - League
‘Bridge continued their good start to the season with a late flurry of goals giving them a convincing victory over champions of two years ago, Carlton, at their Aldborough Road on Saturday afternoon. They started off the better only to go behind on 9 minutes when Danny King capitalized on a Marcus Philpott mistake to set up Fule Matyas for the opener. Martin Hutchinson then produced a fine save from Nick Braithwaite but it was Carlton who should have gone further ahead as King blazed over after a Ben Mudd error left him clear on goal. With Carlton now in the ascendency Alastair Hogg produced two fines and he was then involved in the equalizer on 34 minutes when his long clearance was flicked on by Paul Eagling for Baz O’Neill to level matters. This proved to be a pivotal moment in the match as the impetus shifted towards ‘Bridge who came out after half-time fired up and inside five minutes O’Neill failed to beat Braithwaite when through on goal. Four minutes later weaved his way past a couple of defenders to force Braithwaite into a full length save but he was unable to hold on o the close range effort and Danny Webster was on hand to slam the ball into an empty net. It got better on 66 minutes as Hutchinson found Eagling and another mazy run from the striker together with an acute angled strike gave Bridge a two goal cushion. Bridge looked comfortable as Carlton tried to force their way back into the game but could do nothing about their second in the 73rd minute when Matyas unleashed a monster volley from outside the area that sailed past an outstretched Hogg. With memories of letting a two goal advantage slip in the injury time at Whitkirk Wanderers Bridge looked a little edgy and the visitors sensed a slight momentum shift. Their efforts, though, came to no avail as ‘Bridge slowly clawed back the advantage and when the Carlton keeper could only parry a Hutchinson shot on 83 minutes the predatory Webster was on hand to regain Bridge’s two goal advantage. It got better for the home side as Eagling added his second after another magical run, Ryan Watts then missed a sitter before O’Neill added his second from close range when Carlton failed to clear a flurry of shots. The win put ‘Bridge top of the league on goals scored but Manager Daz Ekin is not getting carried away as he is fully aware that his squad needs strengthening if they are to maintain their positive start.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
29/08/09 - Otley Town 3-1 Boroughbridge AFC - League
After their early successes this was a reality check for Bridge who can have no complaints about the defeat as they were outplayed for long periods by their younger, lively opponents. Bridge could not have got off to a better start as Paul Eagling found the target after only six minutes and for the next 20 minutes they looked reasonably comfortable. The rest of the half was a different story as it was Otley who were controlling the game only to fail to make the most of their opportunities and territorial advantage. In the opening four minutes of the second half Bridge should have made them pay for their profligacy as first Eagling rounded the keeper but missed the target and Ryan Watts was guilty of the miss of the season as he managed to hit a stranded Danny Bradley from six yards out. This proved to be pivotal when a minute later an unmarked Chris Dowson headed home the equaliser. Bridge were now struggling to keep pace with an energised home side and the inevitable occurred on 69 minutes when Ben Greenhow put them in front and Adam Stead added a third two minutes later and for Bridge there was no way back.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
05/09/09 - Field Sports & Social 2-3 Boroughbridge AFC - League
‘Bridge bounced back from last week’s defeat at Otley with this hard earned victory to maintain their unexpected second position in the Premier League. Both sides had early opportunities but neither were able to dictate play in the blustery conditions and ‘Bridge’s opening goal had an element of luck in it when Ben Darville broke clear on the right to see his telling cross put into his own net by Danny Nolan. This was in the 11th minute and three minutes later a Nicky Doherty free kick was just wide with Field’s Lee Smith missing the best opening of the match when he volleyed over from 3 yards. The home side, with the advantage of the wind, were dominating proceedings at this stage and on 35 minutes it was their turn for an element of good fortune as Alastair Hogg’s clearance ballooned back on itself into the path of Doherty who hammered the ball into the Bridge net. It was not until the 43rd minute that Bridge had their first corner which came to nothing and in the second minute of injury time Hogg parried another Doherty pile driver into the path of Smith who made amends for his earlier miss to give the home side the half time lead. The usually placid Bridge Manager gave his side a few harsh words at the break which were vindicated by an excellent second half display. Their equalizer came on 54 minutes when Darville again found space for himself on the right hand side from where he brushed aside a defender prior to delivering a superb low cross which found Paul Eagling coming in at the back post to square the game. It was now ‘Bridge’s turn to assert some control as Darville tested Tom Metcalfe and Eagling was narrowly wide before a Michael Crack header found Martin Hutchinson who played in an incisive through ball for Eagling to put Bridge 3-2 in front. This left a nervy last 12 minutes and it took a superb save from Hogg to deny Carl Kay in injury time.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
12/09/09 - Boroughbridge AFC 1-1 Leeds City - League
Daz Ekin has built a more resilient outfit and they should be well satisfied with their point against a vibrant, young Leeds City side who gave Bridge a stern test with their incisive brand of football on the wide open spaces of the Aldborough Road ground. After Andy Layton had brought an early save out of Jordan Higgins it was the visitors who looked the more threatening until the 14th minute when City failed to deal with a long clearance from Alastair Hogg leaving Ben Darville to chip the advancing Higgins. Andy Layton then missed a good opportunity again from a long Hogg clearance and Higgins pushed a Marcus Philpott free kick against the bar but Bridge also had some defending to do. Jonathan Crawley pulled a good save from Hogg after a strong run and shot and Steve Clarke fired over when well placed but generally Hogg and his defence looked assured. After the break it was City who was in the ascendancy with Bridge having to withstand a series of corners from their constant pressure. Hogg had a little bit of luck when an innocuous Crawley effort slipped through his grasp but 5 minutes later the Bridge keeper was given no chance when another Crawley strike zoomed into the top corner of his net. Paul Eagling then missed a great opportunity from Bridge’s best move of the match and Layton was just over but it was the visitors who finished the stronger. Twice they failed to capitalize on excellent free kick opportunities and Hogg produced an excellent save from Mitchell Cameron. Andy Layton was amongst the front runners for the Man of the Match for his unselfish stint up front but the rest of the votes went to defenders Ben Mudd, Steve Tovey and keeper Hogg.
Man of Match - Alastair Hogg
26/09/09 - Boroughbridge AFC 4-1 Pool AFC - League
Scrappy but functional was enough on the day to satisfy Assistant Manager Tony Coles as Bridge went to second in the table but both he and Daz Ekin are fully aware that they will have to achieve a more consistent level of performance if they are to stay amongst the front runners. Bridge played their best football in the opening period of the game and in the first minute Andy Layton was pulled back when through on goal and even though the makeshift striker forced Andy Caine into an early save on another day Pool could have been on the receiving end of a penalty award and a man down. It was Paul Eagling who was causing the visiting defence all sorts of problems as he set up opportunities for Marcus Philpott and Andy Kent and it was from a foul on Eagling that Bridge got their opener as Caine spilled Kent’s free kick to leave Layton an easy chance from 6 yards out. Caine then had to be alert to a Layton deflection but Pool also had their attacking moments as Michael Jordan had an effort cleared off the line and minutes later Matt White should have done better from an incisive counter attack. It looked decisive on 32 minutes when Kent headed in an Eagling cross only for Pool to respond immediately through Jordan who was left unmarked to knock home a Jordan Wagstaff cross. This changed the pattern of the game as Pool grew in confidence and enjoyed their best period of the game. They opened up the second half with Simon Johnston firing over after a mazy run whilst generally remained in control with the outcome in the balance until the 64th minute when the unfortunate Pool sub headed the ball past his own keeper after a Hogg free kick was flicked on by Jamie Smith. Six minutes later a Kent free kick squeezed through Caine’s grasp which to all intents and purposes finished the game as a contest.
Man of Match - Ben Mudd
03/10/09 - Rothwell Athletic 0-1 Boroughbridge AFC - League
Wind, wind and more wind cut out any chance of much football as both sides struggled to come to terms with the near farcical conditions at Royds Lane. Bridge started the better without ever testing the home keeper and Rothwell’s best opportunity came from a free kick that went high and wide. It was difficult for both sides to judge the pathway of the ball, never mind where it would end up and credit to ‘Bridge for the quality of their goal on 13 minutes. Steve Kirby set the move rolling with a pass down the right wing to Ben Darville who then clipped the ball over the shoulder of the advancing Andy Layton and the Bridge striker took the ball in his stride to hit a first time shot into the roof of the net which gave Andy Hitchen no chance. This failed to ignite the contest and it was not until the second half that Rothwell began to impose themselves through midfielder Craig Hartley but apart from a Ryan Dohoghue effort Hogg was rarely troubled. As the home side pushed in the latter stages Bridge began to find a bit more space and twice in the last ten minutes Paul Eagling failed to make the best of two good chances to make the game safe. Nevertheless, in the context of the conditions Bridge were happy to come away with the three points.
Man of Match - Andy Layton
10/10/09 - Bardsey 3-2 Boroughbridge AFC - League
Injuries and backwords did not make ‘Bridge’s preparation ideal but they showed plenty of tenacity and endeavour to came back from a two goal deficit only to be undone in injury time by a Rob Dickinson goal. Bardsey showed their intentions from the off with Jamie Thomson shooting narrowly wide and Dickinson forcing a brilliant save from ‘Bridge’s MOM Paul Diamond, on debut for the injured Alastair Hogg. On 13 minutes, however, the home side took the lead through Steve Mallory who was left unmarked at the far post to head home a Dan Harrison cross. ‘Bridge created a few half chances but it was the home side who continued to have the better of the game and on 40 minutes they increased their lead through a Dickinson penalty when Dave Burniston was adjudged to have pushed a Bardsey player. Paul Eagling had a good chance to reduce the deficit minutes later when he got round the back of the home defence but keeper Jonathan Smith was quick off his line to save. ‘Bridge did manage to exert more pressure after the interval and Steve Tovey headed home an Andy Kent to bring them back into the game. It was now Bardsey’s turn to defend and with Bridge in the ascendancy an incident involving the Bardsey Manager resulted in a fragmented period of play which knocked them out of their stride. They still managed to get back on terms when Paul Eagling fired home a free kick in the 82 minutes but in an ironical twist a looping Dickinson header from a long Smith clearance gave Bardsey all three points in the time added on for the sending off of their Manager.
Man of Match - Paul Diamond
17/10/09 - Boroughbridge AFC 13-1 Pannal Sports - Whitworth Cup
After three minutes of this Whitworth Cup tie a potential shock looked on the cards as Alex Tate produced a fine save from Paul Diamond and Danny Martin volleyed in the opener after the home defence failed to deal with a corner but thereafter Bridge dominated and it was only the heroics of Simon Gill that prevented a greater margin of victory. After the goal Gill produced three fine saves only to be beaten on ten minutes when Baz O’Neill headed home a Lee Henry cross and three minutes later O’Neill got his second after his first effort was blocked. Diamond was again in action tipping over a Mark Fennel effort and Martin then missed a good chance of an equalizer before Lee Henry latched on to a Paul Eagling through ball for his first goal for the Club and Eagling added the fourth a minute before the break. Gill, who produced some excellent saves in the first half, was again beaten on 49 minutes by Andy Kent but then guessed right to save a Marcus Philpott penalty. With twenty minutes remaining Kent added a second and from thereon in Bridge took full advantage as the visiting defence capitulated. Martin Hutchinson beat Gill with an absolute beauty and minutes later added his second, Andy Layton got in on the act with his first on 83rd minute and Eagling bagged another four between the 81st & 89 minute to bring his tally to five for the afternoon. The figure of thirteen proved unlucky for stand in Manager Tony Coles who was pleased with the team’s performance but not with the tab he was handed for the round of drinks.
24/10/09 - Beeston St. Anthony's 2-2 Boroughbridge AFC - League
Bridge travelled to Beeston knowing that defeat would leave them eight points behind the leaders and they could not have got off to a worse start when, from a deep Paul McMullen corner, Sean Jevons volleyed low through a crowd of players after only five minutes. The next fifteen minutes saw Beeston dominate most of the possession with Bridge not helping their cause by giving away numerous free kicks. They managed to survive this onslaught and Baz O’Neill forced a good save from Karl Good on 23 minutes to alleviate some of the pressure before they got back on level terms with a smart far post header from Ben Darville after some fine individual skill and inch perfect cross from Stuart Henry on 28 minutes. This is how it stayed until half time and after the interval, with the slope and a slight breeze in their favour, it was Bridge’s turn to dictate but on 69 minutes they would have gone behind if Tony Garth hadn’t fired straight at the returning Alastair Hogg from 3 yards out. A minute later it was Good’s turn to produce an excellent save from a Paul Eagling header but on 72 minutes he was given no chance when a Lee Henry corner was cleared to Stu Henry who volleyed home a superb drive from fully 30 yards. Beeston threw on subs Lee Parker and Tony Williamson to add some fresh impetus and after a couple of near misses they drew level three minutes from time through Jevons who found space for himself to smash home the equalizer. Although this is the third time that Bridge have dropped points on their travels this season through conceding goals in the last five minutes they can be well satisfied with their performance against a very good home side.
Man of Match - Stu Henry
31/10/09 - Boroughbridge AFC 1-3 Altofts - League
Bridge can have no complaints about the result as they again conceded two goals in the last five minutes to leave them with one point from their last three games. They started well enough with Martin Hutchinson and Lee Henry combining to set up Paul Eagling who was just over with a delicate chip and on 18 minutes the striker required little assistance as he skipped his way by three defenders before firing past Matthew Wright into the bottom corner. Instead of driving Bridge on it served to galvanize the visitors and Alastair Hogg was called upon to save from Josh Gill (twice) and Tom Brook before the break. Within a minute of the restart Bridge conceded a free kick on the edge of their box which resulted in an unmarked Tom Brook heading home the equalizer and for the next fifteen minutes the Bridge goal was under siege as Craig Woodfine, Chris Coupe and Paul Robinson all tested Hogg’s resolve. The introduction of Jimmy Binks brought some brief respite for Bridge and from his first meaningful contribution, a superb cross to a Hutchinson through ball, Lee Henry blazed over from 6 yards out. This proved to be a pivotal moment as the visitors soon regained their impetus only to be denied by the superb Hogg but after a match saving display it was a misjudgment by the Bridge keeper that allowed Robinson to put Altofts in front five minutes from time. Two minutes later Bridge were caught out again with a second from Tom Brook and although Ben Mudd hit the post in injury time it was the visitors who deservedly went home with the points.
Man of Match - Alastair Hogg
07/11/09 - Boroughbridge AFC 7-1 Long Lee - County Cup
Craven Premier Division League leaders hopes of progressing in the County Challenge Cup dissipated around the hour mark when an error by keeper Sam Lee allowed Paul Eagling to complete his hat trick and virtually end the contest. Bridge made an excellent start with Eagling stealing in to head an Andy Kent chip over the advancing keeper after only three minutes which was just the fillip they needed after consecutive defeats. Apart from a William Lee effort, well saved by Hogg, they had the better of the chances with Eagling chipping over, Barry O’Neill bringing out a good save from Lee and Kent spoiling what would have been an excellent team goal by heading straight at the keeper. Bridge did increase their lead on 27 minutes with Eagling and Danny Webster combining for the latter to run through and go round Lee before slotting home only for the visitors to respond within four minutes. Hogg did well to push away a powerful free kick from the influential Lee but when the ball was returned in by John Robertson an unmarked Steve Hardaker was able to head home and two minutes later Leon Smith fired wide from a good position with Lee again the provider. Bridge responded immediately and when Lee Henry was fouled in the box Eagling stepped up to restore Bridge’s two goal cushion. Shortly after the resumption Hogg’s legs denied a mazy Lee run as the visitors gave it their best shot but all their efforts were in vain on 63 minutes when the keeper failed to gather a Steve Kirby free kick to leave Eagling the easiest of tap-ins. Long Lee continue to battle away only to be undone three times in the last ten minutes as Eagling set up O’Neill for a brace and Ben Darville completed the scoring after Lee (S) had pushed away Henry’s initial effort.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
14/11/09 - Knaresborough Town 2-0 Boroughbridge AFC - League
Bridge were slow out of the blocks and before they had got themselves into some form of organization they were already a goal behind when Baz Littlefair chased, what appeared to be a hopeless situation, to cross for Matty Thompson to open the scoring. ‘Boro continued to have the better of the game throughout the first half and were only denied a second by the steadfast Alastair Hogg and some sterling defensive work from Ben Mudd. After the break Bridge began to assert themselves only to have a marginal offside decision go against them which was compounded a few minutes later by the harsh dismissal of Danny Webster. Their situation was exacerbated further on 78 minutes when Thompson laid on the second for Frazer Lancaster and to end a miserable day they ended up with eight men as Steve Tovey got his ‘marching orders’ and Stu Henry had to be carried off.
Man of Match - Ben Mudd
21/11/09 - Kirkby Malzeard 0-0 Boroughbridge AFC (a.e.t.) - Whitworth Cup
Kirkby Malzeard win 6-5 on penalties
Bridge paid the penalty for spurning the few chances on offer as they went out of the Whitworth Cup in a penalty shoot out. As one would expect from a Phil Ambler team Kirkby were not fazed by the opposition and they had the better of the first half where only a brilliant Hogg save denied Paul Abbott. Nevertheless it was Bridge who looked like taking the half time lead when Paul Eagling rounded Mark Rimmer only to give Foyle time to retrieve the situation in the deteriorating playing conditions. After the break and playing into the strong wind, Bridge were the more fluent of the two sides and created the better of the opportunities. The final scoreline, however tells it own story and when extra time failed to separate the two sides it was left to the penalty shoot out which Kirkby eventually won 6-5.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
28/11/09 - Boroughbridge AFC 1-3 Glasshoughton Welfare - Leauge Cup
Bridge suffered another embarrassing defeat when they were dumped out of the League Cup by 2nd Division Glasshoughton Welfare at their Aldborough Road ground. The opening exchanges were fairly even but once the visitors got into their stride on the half hour mark they always looked the likely winners. Andy Brown brought an excellent save out of Alastair Hogg and from the resulting corner a mixture of the post and Ben Darville cleared an Andy Price effort. Price then fired over when well placed with Baz O’Neill missing a great chance to put Bridge ahead from a superb delivery by Paul Eagling on 38 minutes which was to prove significant a minutes before the break when Chris Price headed home a free kick. Eagling had a snap shot saved by Ryan Tolley in the early part of the second half but generally neither he nor O’Neill got little change from either Reece Chappell or Adam Walsh and it was Glasshoughton who had the better of the chances. Price, Dale Somerville and Terry Bailey all were either denied by Hogg or their own ineptitude in front of goal until they were gift wrapped the second on 76 minutes. Hogg’s goal kick went straight to Kyle Sambrook and despite an excellent retrieving tackle by Ben Mudd the ball fell back into the path of the striker who rounded Hogg for the second. This brought some sense of urgency to the home side and a clinical Eagling finish gave them a glimmer of hope in the 78 minute which was quickly extinguished when Sam Harrison took advantage of another miscued Hogg clearance to fire home the third. After Cup defeats in successive weeks Bridge are now in danger of an unwanted hat trick when they travel to County Amateur side Bay Athletic in the County Challenge Cup this Saturday.
Man of Match - Ben Mudd
05/12/09 - Bay Athletic 5-3 Boroughbridge AFC - County Cup
Bridge’s County Cup adventure was blown away by Bay’s powerfully built whirlwind Kitson Gayle whose four goal salvo proved a major difference between the two sides. Paul Eagling probably had the best of the early chances when he shot straight at Bay keeper Gerry McLachlan and it was shortly afterwards that Gayle opened up his account from a John Buckley cross. 13 minutes proved unlucky for Martin Hutchinson as he was dispossessed near the half way line to give Bay a two on one situation which Gayle converted with ease. Baz O’Neill was wide from a great Eagling cross and Bridge wasted some good free kick opportunities but it was Gayle who missed the best opening when he fired over when clear on goal on the stroke of half time. Four minutes into the second half the contest looked over when Gayle atoned for his miss with a rocket of a free kick that left Hogg motionless but it was Bridge who struck next through Danny Webster. When Eagling and O’Neill combined to set up Webster for his second on 65 minutes it was game on and if Eagling had taken the next chance on 72 minutes the outcome might have been different. It is goals that count and four minutes later Steve Perrin rattled the bar from a tight angle and Gayle added his fourth to consign the game to bed. There was still plenty of goalmouth action as Steve Tovey put in a great header only to be denied by an equally good McLachlan save, Ben Darville fired just over, Adam McLachlan punished a Tom Ekin error for Bay’s fifth with Darville having the last word with Bridge’s third in injury time.
Man of Match - Danny Webster
12/12/09 - Boroughbridge AFC 1-1 Field Sports & Social - League
After their recent run of results it looked like another bad day at the Office when the visitors took the lead with ten minutes to go but Bridge managed to salvage a late equalizer and could well have stolen the points which would have been an injustice to a good Field side. Andy Kent had the first chance of the game when the Field defence seemed to open up for him and it took a last ditch tackle from Cameron Nelson to deny the midfielder who was in the action again firing wide when set up by Paul Eagling before having his free kick headed on to the bar by Andy Layton. It wasn’t all Bridge and it took a superb Steve Tovey tackle to deny Mike O’Brien a great opportunity and thereafter it was Field who had the better of the chances. A strong run and cross by Alex O’Keefe was headed back into the mix by Lee Smith only for Glynn Hirst to miss the target and another O’Keefe cross and a goal bound header from Josh Milner brought out an excellent save from Hogg. O’Keefe then fired wide after being set up by the excellent Nicky Doherty and then, after surviving this period of pressure, Bridge were unlucky to have a goal disallowed when Eagling run and shot was deflected into the path of Steve Jones who was denied his first goal for the club by a dubious offside decision. A strong run and cross from Ben Darville came to nothing but it was Field who finished the half the stronger with O’Keefe again guilty of missing two good opportunities. The tempo of the second half was not as intense and even though Field had O’Brien sent off they still held sway through the influential Doherty who was matched by another dominant performance by Ben Mudd in the Bridge defence. With nine minutes to go and a goalless draw looking the most likely outcome an innocuous free kick from Simon Fagan looped into the Bridge net when Hogg’s punched clearance rebounded of the head of Nelson. Any blame attributed to the keeper was quickly forgotten as he twice saved at the feet of Hirst and four minutes from time Jones headed home an Andy Kent free kick for the equalizer. There was still time for Chris Pattison, also on debut, to outpace the Field defence with Eagling unable to get enough direction on the cross and in the last minute Eagling returned the compliment only to see Pattison hit the side netting from a good position.
Man of Match - Ben Mudd
 
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