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Boroughbridge AFC Match Reports 09/10
January to May
23/01/10 - Boroughbridge AFC 6-0 Rothwell Athletic - League
After an enforced mid winter break Bridge returned to action at their Aldborough Road ground with a convincing victory over lowly placed Rothwell Athletic. They were gifted the opener on nine minutes when an Andy Kent corner was unnecessarily handled and Paul Eagling hammered the resultant penalty into the bottom corner. This was just the fillip they needed and Kent and Martin Hutchinson both had goal bound efforts blocked before Alastair Hogg made his first save of the afternoon on 17 minutes from a Ryan Donoghue effort. The keeper was in the action again shortly afterwards only this time as a provider with a precise sixty yard pass that put Eagling in the clear leaving the striker to do the rest with an astute chip over the advancing Lee Wood. A misunderstanding in the home defence could have proved costly but Donoghue failed to capitalize and Jarod Wallace was off target with a free kick as the visitors enjoyed their best spell of the game but it was Bridge who finished the half the better with Eagling just wide on a couple of occasions. Both sides knew what a crucial period the opening of the second half would be and when the Wood’s long free kick was misjudged by Jimmy Binks, Jeff Baron slipped it to Donoghue who was again denied as Hogg was well placed to tip over his close range drive. This proved pivotal on fifty minutes when Wood was left motionless when Eagling thumped a 20 yard free kick into the top corner and three minutes later he took his personal tally to four with a deft header from a Binks cross. The visitors continued to create the occasional problem and Hogg produced another brilliant save to thwart Craig Hartley but it was home side that were generally the dominant force with Ben Mudd heading home a corner on 61 minutes and Ben Darville getting on the end of an Eagling cross to complete the scoring 10 minutes from time.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
30/01/10 - Leeds City 2-2 Boroughbridge AFC - League
For the second occasion in recent weeks it looked like another wasted afternoon for Bridge when the referee decided the running area for his assistants was too hazardous but after some sensible dialogue and a thirty minute delay the game got underway on City’s reserve team pitch. The home side quickly adapted to the change and looked the more composed only to see Bridge have the first real opportunity as Ben Mudd headed wide from an Andy Kent free kick. This galvanized City to assert more pressure and despite a succession of corners they came up against a resolute Bridge defence and keeper Alastair Hogg who made two fine saves to thwart Rob Potter and Chris Blaisdale. Bridge survived to the interval and eight minutes into the second half they broke the deadlock through the diminutive Danny Webster who rose above the home defence to head home a Kent corner. Hogg preserved the lead as he turned a deflected shot round the post but concerted pressure from the home side was rewarded in the 63rd minute by Potter as he controlled a Liam Miller cross to volley home from six yards out. Three minutes later City turned the game around when Jimmy Hockstrasser scored from a goalmouth scramble and, at this stage, they looked the more likely winners. Bridge, however, showed a greater resilience as Webster hit the post from another corner and the introduction of Richie Mullens and Ben Darville gave them more attacking options. Time was against them and it was not until the last minute that they struck as Martin Hutchinson, who had a sterling game throughout, put in a fearless header from where Mullens picked out Paul Eagling and his superb cross was met by Ben Jones to head home and secure a hard earned point.
Man of Match - Martin Hutchinson
06/02/10 - Sherburn White Rose 0-3 Boroughbridge AFC - League
Although Steve Tovey will break the trend this week Bridge have experienced an unusual phenomenon since the enforced winter break by having the same side take the park on three successive matches and on Saturday a second half brace from Paul Eagling and his third in four games from Ben Jones gave Bridge their first victory and first goals at Sherburn’s Finkle Hill ground.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
13/02/10 - Aberford Albion 1-2 Boroughbridge AFC - League
‘Bridge travelled to Aberford looking for three points and to consolidate their run of form since the enforced snow break. The start, however, was below par with the home side very much in their faces, picking up on the mistakes and not allowing them anytime on the ball. Nevertheless the best of the early chances went ‘Bridge’s way with Paul Eagling twice creating chances for himself only to see his first well saved by Brendan Wood before firing well wide of the post with his second. Aberford, in contrast, relied heavily on the aerial threat of Martin ‘Crouchy’ Britton and despite several corners and free kicks they failed to take advantage of their possession and Bridge’s ineptitude. Most of their success was coming down the right flank with Danny Chadwick finding more space and time and on 39 minutes, shortly after Alastair Hogg had made a fine save, he provided the decisive cross for Britton to stoop and head in the opener. A forthright and blunt half time team talk had the desired effect for ‘Bridge and within a minute of the restart parity was restored. A partially cleared corner fell to Eagling who struck a tremendous drive against the underside of the bar from the edge of the box and with Wood well beaten Ben Mudd was on hand to head in the equalizer. This was just the fillip they needed and their work all over the park showed a greater diligence and confidence and it was the visitors who were now posing the greater threat. Just on the hour mark ‘Bridge added their second, with what proved to decisive goal, when Andy Layton threaded a ball through to Eagling who, with Ian Simpson in hot pursuit, showed great composure to chip the advancing Wood. Although in general control of the game Bridge were not able to get that vital third and had to withstand a late Aberford surge with Hogg making a smart near post save to deny Stephen Wardman towards the end. This was a massive result for ‘Bridge and their resolve will be tested further over the next two weeks with home fixtures against Knaresborough and Bardsey.
Man of Match - Richard Mullen
20/02/10 - Boroughbridge AFC 0-2 Knaresborough Town - League
Local rivals Knaresborough, who have added a steely determination to their game, ended ‘Bridge’s recent good run with a hard fought but deserved victory at Aldborough Road. Following Jim Bradley superb second minute free kick that rattled the home bar ‘Bridge came more into the game with their best chance falling to Ben Jones who could not get enough power on a Paul Eagling cross to trouble James Stratton. After testing each other out in a competitive opening spell the vital breakthrough came in the 20th minute resulting from a poor ‘Bridge free kick and an incisive counter attack which saw Graham Whitehead pick out Baz Littlefair with a superb cross-field pass and the former ‘Bridge player rubbed salt into the wound as his cross was headed home by Steve Bromley. For the next 15 minutes ‘Bridge lost their way as Littlefair was just off target, Bromley failed to capitalize on a stray Stu Hendry pass and Alastair Hogg produced a fine save to deny Matty Whitehead. Richie Mullen and Danny Webster were then both off target as ‘Bridge ended the half more positively, a confidence, they took into the second period putting ‘Boro under pressure for long periods. Apart, however, from a Kevin Cameron effort that Stratton blocked with his legs the visitors generally held sway and their ability to break quickly always posed a threat. On one occasion Giuseppe Downing was only denied by an excellent save from Hogg and then, at the other end, Ben Mudd headed a Martin Hutchinson free kick against the bar with Stratton well beaten. As ‘Bridge searched for the equalizer they became more vulnerable to the counter attack and on 83 minutes Dan Wright put the game to bed when he picked up a loose ball from another ‘Bridge dead ball situation to exchange passes with Downing and slip the ball past the advancing Hogg. ‘Bridge battled hard to get something out of the game but in the end had to accept second best as ‘Boro completed a League double for the second successive season.
Man of Match - Richard Mullen
27/02/10 - Boroughbridge AFC 2-1 Bardsey - League
After the deluge of rain Bridge’s ground looked more like a lake on Friday evening but thanks to the sterling work of John Horner, the pitch, although heavy in places, was declared playable by Match Referee Stewart Taylor. With Bardsey again contesting the Premier League title this was always going to be another stern test for Bridge and following their confidence sapping defeat last week they needed to get off to a good start. On 2 minutes they got the perfect opportunity with Paul Eagling crossing to the near post only for Danny Webster to miss the target and three minutes later they fell behind to a neat Bardsey build up and when the ball was crossed in by Wesley Freeman, the predatory Rob Dickinson was left unmarked to slot home. This was not what Bridge wanted and for the next 15 minutes they were on the back foot but another confident performance by Alastair Hogg allied to a determined defensive display enabled them to weather the storm. For the rest of the half it was a different story with Bridge in the ascendancy but despite several corners and good free kick situations they found the visitors in equally resolute mood and the half ended with Bardsey holding on to their slender lead. The second half started like the first with Bardsey the more dominant as they looked for that important second goal but it was the home side that had the best chance when Eagling put Baz O’Neil in the clear only for the Bridge front man to be denied by Martin Simpson in the visitors’ goal. With the conditions becoming heavier by the minute Bridge pressed on and were rewarded on 69 minutes when Steve Tovey headed home an Andy Kent free kick. This galvanized both sides to go for the winner and it took an exceptional save from Hogg to deny Jamie Thompson giving his side the lead but the second goal was not long in coming as ‘Bridge’s two subs Chris Pattison and Ben Darville combined for the latter to hit a superb volley in the 83rd minute that looped over Simpson for the eventual winner. The last few minutes proved quite tense but Bridge held on for a deserved victory and although they have played a few more games than the sides around them it keeps them in touch with the leading teams.
Man of Match - Alastair Hogg
06/03/10 - Carlton Athletic 1-2 Boroughbridge AFC - League
Carlton may be County Challenge Cup semi finalists but they are also fighting for their Premier Division survival which was in evidence on Saturday as they pushed Bridge all the way on a difficult playing surface. Paul Eagling who scored a brace in the corresponding home fixture was in the thick of the action early on forcing a save out of Chris Young in the first minute but he was also on the receiving end of a couple of hefty tackles that required him to leave the field of play. Fortunately the early concerns did not materialize and on eight minutes he chipped in the opener from 20 yards after good work from Jimmy Binks and Danny Webster. As Carlton looked to get back into the game Alastair Hogg made a brilliant point blank save to deny Karl Ward only to be caught out in the 22nd minute by Stuart Walker who was able to side foot home from 25 yards and then, much to the chagrin of the home support, a marginal offside side decision prevented Lee Turner giving them a half time lead. Richie Mullen, Ben Darville and Eagling all failed to hit the target with good opportunities before the hour mark and at the other end Webster was on hand to clear a Ward effort following a Carlton corner. With the game entering the final ten minutes Eagling looked the likely player to bring out something special and two minutes after Webster had a goal disallowed he dribbled his way round two defenders and pulled the ball back for Mullen to drill into the bottom corner through a crowd of players. The remaining time proved a bit hectic but Bridge held out and with Beeston going down to Sherburn they moved into second place in the table.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
13/03/10 - Boroughbridge AFC 4-0 Ossett Common Rovers - League
It was déjà vu for Bridge as they again faced a side fighting for their Premier Division survival but on this occasion the margin of victory was an injustice to the contribution of the visitors who missed a raft of gilt edged opportunities in an oscillating contest. After only two minutes Bridge conceded a silly free kick which then worked in their favour as it was collected by Alastair Hogg, cleared upfield, flicked on by Ben Jones and Paul Eagling reacted the quicker to slot past the advancing Phil Wood and 10 minutes later the Ossett keeper was at fault when he let a cross from Jones slip through his grasp for the second. Minutes later Marc Keane was off target for the visitors before Ben Darville put an Eagling through ball wide of the mark and Danny Webster and Darville then combined to set up Jones who fired over from close range. In a mistake ridden, all action first half Hogg pouched a fierce Nicki Croisdale free kick with cow and banjo a fair analogy to describe the miss of the half by Mark Griffiths. Having escaped just ahead of the break Bridge gave the ball away straight afterwards but again Ossett failed to capitalize on a great opportunity as Johnny Brundred created space for himself only to miss the target from ten yards out. Webster twice tried to search out colleagues when in a better shooting position himself before the profligate Griffiths wasted another great opening and Sam Sweeney was denied by Hogg when clear on goal. The Bridge keeper then produced an excellent save from a 20 yard free kick that deflected off the wall but on 73 minutes the Ossett challenge dissipated when Eagling added his second following an astute Ben Mudd pass. Mistakes and chances continued with Eagling giving the score a flattering look with his hat trick and probably the best goal of the afternoon in the last minutes. Just like the first it was the quick thinking Bridge keeper who showed the simplicity of the game as he picked out Eagling with a precise clearance and the striker travelled twenty yards, drifted by two defenders, before drilling a left foot shot into the corner of Wood’s net.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
20/03/10 - Pool AFC 2-1 Boroughbridge AFC - League
Having played a few games more than other title contenders Bridge lost the opportunity to go top of the pile, for a short while at least, with this narrow defeat. There was little to divide the sides in the opening 10 minutes with the tide beginning to turn on 14 minutes when Hogg brought down Matt White but the Bridge keeper made amends by diving to his left to keep out Andy Graham’s spot kick. Pool then enjoyed a good ten minute spell before ‘Bridge began to assert their own pressure only for Ben Jones, Paul Eagling and Ben Darville all to fail with decent opportunities to trouble Andy Caine in the home goal. On 38 minutes Hogg produced the same of the game as he denied Neil Ebden’s top corner bound 25 yarder but he was unable to do anything about Graham’s second penalty four minutes into injury time after ‘Bridge had two penalty appeals turned down themselves. Hogg continued to be the busier of the two keepers with two fine saves in the opening 15 minutes of the half and then made the error that led to the corner from which Chris Thompson converted for Pool’s second in the 73rd minute. Four minutes later ‘Bridge were back in with a shout as Eagling scored from the spot and even though they did have a couple of chances in the last few minutes it was Pool who came closest when Ben Mudd headed a Dean Wagstaff effort off the line.
Man of Match - Alastair Hogg
27/03/10 - Altofts 1-0 Boroughbridge AFC - League
Altofts completed a League double over ‘Bridge which was more attributable to their profligacy in front of goal than their performance. The home side had the an early chance as Jason Corbett headed wide from a Jamie Lister cross but for the next twenty minutes Ben Jones, twice, and Paul Eagling missed great opportunities and just when it looked like Andy Kent had given them the lead ‘Bridge were denied by a tight offside decision. A fairly sterile period followed before the decisive goal on 40 minutes when Corbett latched on to a through ball to drive over the diving Hogg. Bridge had a great chance within four minutes to get back into the game when Eagling was fouled when clear through on goal but an innocuous free kick together with the defender going unpunished served to compound ‘Bridge’s first half frustrations. After the break it was a similar pattern as Bridge created the better of the chances only to find Matthew Wright very assured in the home goal. With time ticking away Corbett again tested Hogg but it was Bridge who finished the stronger as Wright once more denied Eagling and Ben Darville wasted an excellent late opportunity to salvage a point. Steve Tovey was outstanding at the heart of the Bridge defence and two late bookings highlighted ‘Bridge’s disappointment at the result.
Man of Match - Steve Tovey
03/04/10 - Boroughbridge AFC 2-1 Whitkirk Wanderers - League
The game started in explosive fashion with two goals in the opening minutes before settling down to a frenetic, at times, tetchy affair. In the first minute the home defence failed to deal with a Carl Burton cross and in the ensuing scramble Danny Leafe was on hand to knock in the loose ball. Without four regulars this was an inauspicious start for Bridge but within a minute they had regained parity when the ball was won in midfield and from Jimmy Binks’ through ball Paul Eagling kept his composure to drive the ball past Mick Lyons. It was Eagling who again in the thick of things picking up a long clearance to create space for himself before firing in a drive that was tipped over by Lyons. The visitors’ policy of shoot on sight never seriously threatened Alastair Hogg’s goal but from a quick counter attack Adam Bell wasted a great chance when he missed the target form eight yards out. It as Bridge’s turn to have the next opportunity as Eagling set up Andy Kent but he was denied by the keeper’s legs and Leafe finished the half bringing out a save from Hogg following a run and cross from Dean Dewin. The second half tended to be a more sterile as the midfield became condensed and it took a mazy run by Eagling to create the first real chance of the half but once more Bridge were denied by Lyons outstretched legs. Just past the hour mark Bridge introduced Jamie Smith to the fray which gave added support to Ben Jones allowing Eagling a freer role which paid off on 72 minutes when he picked up a loose ball 30 yards out, drifted by a few lunges and from fifteen yards drilled the ball past Lyons. This was a signal for the visitors to loosen the shackles and search for the equalizer and only a goal line clearance by Phil Wix prevented Leafe adding his second when he was set up by Ricky Woods. Although Bridge occasionally threatened it was the visitors who enjoyed territorial advantage in the closing stages but they survived unscathed with Steve Tovey Ben Mudd and Chris Pattison resilient at the heart of their defence.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
10/04/10 - Boroughbridge AFC 1-0 Aberford Albion - League
With ‘Bridge looking to maintain their position and Aberford struggling to stave off relegation each side came to the game with very different objectives but they weren’t conspicuous in a lacklustre game of limited opportunities. Aberford came up with the first chance of the game when Danny Chadwick was just off target with a header from a Paul Hodges cross and a minute later Ben Jones achieved the same result to a centre from Ben Darville. The most contentious point of a tedious first half came just before the break when Darville was unceremoniously chopped down when through on goal only for the anticipated red card to fade to yellow. The second half followed a similar pattern with plenty of endeavour but little creativity until Steve Tovey took matters into his own hands with a perfect, if somewhat unintended crossfield pass into the path of Ashley Westcarr only for the Aberford man to miss the target. Bridge brought on their three subs to try and enliven the game which had little success until Jamie Smith shanked a cross for Jones to stab home from four yards. The three points enabled ‘Bridge to maintain their second place but they now have three tough games coming up and will have to improve their game if they want a top five finish.
Man of Match - Chris Pattison
14/04/10 - Ripon City 1-1 Boroughbridge AFC - League
On a poor playing surface this game did not disappoint in terms of a local derby – frenetic and not much quality with the first serious effort from either side a long range shot from Andy Layton on 18 minutes that never looked like threatening Jordache Halifax’s goal. The home side had settled the better of the two sides and they responded three minutes later with a speculative effort from Ian Pogson which was easily gathered by Alastair Hogg. The rest of the half was littered with free kicks and a couple of off target headers from Ben Jones and a Phil Waterworth drive that was blocked by Steve Tovey. The second half was only four minutes old when Ripon took the lead through Dan Clayton who lost his marker to a free kick and coolly slotted the ball past Hogg from 6 yards out. This boosted the home side and with Bridge having difficulty getting a foothold in the game Waterworth tested Hogg with a stinging volley. Little was being created in terms of chances and the points looked like slipping away from Bridge until the introduction of Martin Hutchinson, injecting fresh legs and seemingly lifting the quiet visiting team. This substitution paid dividends on 79 minutes when ‘Bridge produced their first move of any quality and when Jones slipped the ball to Hutchinson his 20 yard drive bounced over the diving Halifax for the equalizer. This caused a late flurry of activity but with nothing to enhance what had gone on before the game ended in stalemate.
Man of Match - Ben Jones
17/04/10 - Boroughbridge AFC 1-2 Beeston St. Anthony's - League
For the second time this season Bridge conceded an injury time goal to their opponents and as a consequence has lost three points to their rivals as they both pursue the runners up spot. Bridge got the fillip of an early goal in the 6th minute when a Karl Codd clearance was returned by Steve Tovey, flicked on by Ben Jones and volleyed home by Paul Eagling. Five minutes later Martin Hutchinson combined with Eagling to set up Webster but the chance went begging and even though Bridge had the better of the first half opportunities Beeston could have leveled before the break. On 37 minutes Dave Smith misdirected his header with the goal at his mercy and three minutes later Lee Turnbull manoeuvred space for himself only to see his volley strike the top of the bar. Beeston continued to push for the equalizer in the second period and after Steve Tovey and Stu Henry had both made important blocks but Karl Codd then kept his side in with a shout as his denied Eagling with an excellent save. On 75 minutes Beeston’s pressure was rewarded through Matt Bennett but it was Bridge who then had two glorious chances to grab the points before Lee Parker energized the away support with the winner in the 92nd minute.
Man of Match - Alastair Hogg
24/04/10 - Boroughbridge AFC 0-2 Sherburn White Rose - League
Chris Pattison missed the best of the early chances for Bridge before Sherburn’s Scott Williams came up with a superb volley in the 30 minute that gave Alastair Hogg no chance. Andy Layton then put a header just wide as the home side tried to respond but it was the combined efforts of Hogg and Steve Coghlin that prevented Adam Priestley adding to the visitors’ score. Alex Booth was denied by Hogg in the early part of the second half and thereafter it was Bridge who enjoyed the majority of the possession with some neat approach work but lacking the cutting edge to break down a resolute Sherburn defence. On a couple of occasions they had Simon Hudson scrambling across his goal and he was forced to tip a Martin Hutchinson effort over the bar but Bridge always had to be wary of Sherburn’s ability to quickly turn defence into attack and four minutes from time the inevitable happened when James Jollands was left with an easy tap in. This Saturday Bridge completes their League season with a home fixture and will be looking to improve on their recent tally of one point from 3 games.
Man of Match - Ben Mudd
01/05/10 - Boroughbridge AFC 2-4 Otley Town - League
Bridge finished their season trophyless and in disappointing style as they lost their third home game on the bounce. The writing was on the wall as early as the second minute when Alastair Hogg was left scrambling across his goal to deny an unmarked Chris Alderson’s shot to a cross from Sam Jewell. The warning wasn’t heeded and on 9 minutes the same combination broke the deadlock when the winger got to the byline to pick out the unmarked Alderson who nodded in the opener. Martin Hutchinson then had his volley to a Stephen Coles cross safely pouched by Danny Bradley before Otley went further ahead on 17 minutes. This time a mistake by Andy Layton let in Ben Greenhow and even though Bridge survived the initial scramble the ball was returned by Jewell for Alderson to head home his second whilst the home defence stood appealing for a hand ball decision that never came. Paul Eagling was thwarted by the legs of Bradley and Andy O’Hare headed over but the visitors continued to look threatening and after Hogg had saved from Greenhow they went further ahead when the hard working Chris Dowson chested the ball down to fire past a motionless Hogg from the edge of the box. Six minutes into the second half it got worse for Bridge when Greenhow knocked in a cross from Alderson and a potential rout looked on the cards. A rare mistake from the Otley back four then let in Eagling who beat Bradley with an exquisite chip and the Bridge striker added his second in similar fashion ten minutes later. This gave the home side some encouragement but it was more hope than expectation and with no more goals they finished the season on a losing note taking only seven points from their last eight games.
Man of Match - Steve Tovey & Paul Eagling
 
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