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Boroughbridge AFC Reserves Match Reports 09/10
August to December
22/08/09 - Carlton Athletic Res 0-2 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Like ‘Bridge first team; ‘Bridge Reserves also played Carlton Athletic on this weekend and whilst they did not manage to emulate the goal scoring antics of the first team, they still took all three points from their match. ‘Bridge Reserves started the match off with a goal after only two minutes after James Smith finished from an acute angle following an Ollie Barton flick on to put ‘Bridge one up. After this, the match settled down and it was Carlton who headed into the break with the slight advantage after engineering some good chances, only to be denied by some terrific Paul Diamond saves. In the second half ‘Bridge began to dominate proceedings, missing some great chances to double their lead. It took ‘Bridge until the 79 minute to convert one of these chances when Phil Wix’s cross shot from an acute angle beat the ‘keeper and ended up in the top corner to make it two nil. ‘Bridge had chances to make it three but the score stayed as it was until the final whistle. All in all, it was a match that could have been a more comfortable win for ‘Bridge if they had taken their chances.
Man of Match - Steve Grainger
24/08/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 1-2 Knaresborough Town Res - League
Bridge conceded their first goals of the campaign and tasted their first defeat of the season when they entertained local rivals Knaresborough. Bridge went behind after eighteen minutes when poor marking allowed Tom Parkman to head home a Mark Hill corner. Bridge had a good penalty appeal turned own before the break which was quickly forgotten when Jamie Smith headed home a Steve Kirby free kick on 44 minutes. The visitors regained the lead on 56 minutes when Craig Rampling got clear on the left and his cross picked out Joel Freestone for an easy finish. As Bridge pushed for an equaliser they were always susceptible to counter attacks from the visitors and Paul Diamond proved his worth with three outstanding blocks. At the other end Andy O’Hare failed to pull the trigger after creating an excellent opportunity for himself, Barton brought out a fine save from Jordan Robson and other opportunities came and went as ‘Boro held on for the points.
29/08/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 1-1 Rothwell Athletic Res - League
Manager Dave Ekin was once more bemoaning his luck as he had to face a Rothwell team who were able to re-enforce the spine of their side with 1st team squad players but his side stuck to their task to come away with a creditable draw after taking a bit of a first half pounding. The visitors were quickly into their stride only to fail to make the most of their chances with Andy Maddren and Paul Weston guilty of missing two gilt-edged opportunities and it was left to the tricky Ryan Donaghue to show them how as he left Paul Diamond helpless with a 20 yard free kick that nestled in the bottom corner. Bridge attacks in contrast had been spasmodic and rarely threatened Andy Hitchen’s goal until the 42 minutes when the hard working Tom Smith found himself some space to volley home the equaliser. Although against this run of play this was the fillip Bridge needed and after the break it was a much more even contest with neither side able to take advantage of the few openings on offer.
Man of Match - Tom Smith
05/09/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 2-1 Sherburn White Rose Res - League
Report One
After doing the double over their opponents last year Bridge managed to make it a hat trick of victories but their visitors can, with justification, consider themselves unlucky to leave empty handed. The opening exchanges offered opportunities for both sides with Paul Smith, twice, and Tom Ekin denied by the excellent Ben Bradley and at the other end Ollie Barton tipped over a Steve Wainwright who was then thwarted by an excellent block tackle from Andy O’Hare. On 23 minutes the visitors thought they had grabbed the lead only to see James Potter have a marginal offside decision go against him which was made worse when Tom Smith was put clear by Lee Brook to open the scoring 7 minutes before the break. After the interval midfielder Chris Chapman had to don the gloves and within the opening minute he had scrambled away two chances and been beaten at close range by a Paul Woodhouse effort. Sherburn looked to seize the initiative and won a series of corners and free kicks but stoical defending together with excellent saves by Chapman to deny James Potter and his own Lee Brook kept the game in the balance. It was not all one way traffic and twice Smith (Paul) found his adversary Bradley invincible before a powerful Dave Burniston run end with a shot that squeezed under Bradley’s body and Tom Smith managed to scramble the ball over the line ahead of a retreating Sherburn defender. Bradley produced another excellent save from Paul Scaife but it was Chapman who was to have the last word tipping over, at full stretch, another Potter effort in the last few minutes.

Report Two
It’s not often that the Reserves are the worst of ‘Bridge’s sides in the leagues but Dave Ekin came into this match with his team eighth in the Alliance Division One. ‘Bridge came out on top both times these sides met last year but a strong Sherburn side came to Aldborough Road trying to set the record straight. They came out attacking and had the ball in the back of the net after 23 minutes of pressure, only for the referee to deem it offside. This moment seemed to deflate the Sherburn team slightly and just a minute after the disallowed goal, Tom Ekin’s shot was tipped wide by Ben Bradley in the Sherburn net. With half an hour gone the scores were still level, with Sherburn pressing for much of that time and ‘Bridge having failed to take advantage of the winds in their favour. On 33 minutes Tom Smith broke with the ball only to see the goalkeeper save his one on one chip. By this time ‘Bridge had the momentum and just five minutes after his saved shot, Tom Smith received the ball from Lee Brooke and broke from the half-way line, rounding Bradley and putting the ball in the back of the net. Paul Smith nearly made it two for ‘Bridge just three minutes later when, after being fairly tackled, he found himself on the floor with the loose ball close by, but he couldn’t get enough power to poke it across the line before it was cleared. So ‘Bridge went in at half time one goal to the good but with ‘Bridge ‘keeper Ollie Barton having to leave at half-time it fell to midfielder Chris Chapman to don the gloves for the second half. Sherburn sensed their chances strengthening and started to test the rookie goalkeeper. It wasn’t Chapman’s inexperience that allowed Sherburn to score their first though, after a string of outstanding saves it was the ‘Bridge defense's failure to clear the ball that allowed Paul Woodhouse to level up. ‘Bridge immediately set about trying to find the go ahead goal and just five minutes into the second half Paul Smith’s shot one on one with the ‘keeper was pushed wide. This missed opportunity again saw a momentum shift with Sherburn composing themselves and starting to test Chapman’s goal again. He was forced into some fine saves to keep his team in it and eighteen minutes into the second-half he pulled off one of the saves of the season, tipping the ball over the crossbar at full stretch. With Sherburn on top, Dave Burniston’s shot came against the run of play. It was parried and Tom Smith was on hand to poke in the loose ball for his brace. There was worry for a few minutes on the ‘Bridge bench as physio Mick Tompkins was called on to the pitch to attend to Smith. He soon stood up though and was able to complete the match. Substitute Matty Scaife nearly added one more twist to the tale as he missed an excellent opportunity for three one 28 minutes into the second-half but the game would play out to a conclusion, the hero for ‘Bridge being Chis Chapman without a doubt.
Man of Match - Andy O'Hare
12/09/09 - Leeds City Res 4-3 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
After being 2-0 up after twenty minutes and then 3-2 on 55 minutes with City reduced to ten men Bridge ran out of steam and allowed the home side to take all three points. On target for Bridge were Paul Smith (2) and Dave Burniston with Luke Johnston, Charlie Partington, an Ollie Barton own goal and Danny Brown the scorers for Leeds City.
Man of Match - Paul Diamond
19/09/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 3-0 Ossett Common Rovers Res - League
The competition of cricket and fielding three teams for the last five weeks certainly put a strain on Bridge’s resources only to find, on the cessation of the cricket season, they had just one side to find. Nevertheless there was the usual raft of changes from the previous week as Bridge started confidently with Dave Coffey bringing out an early save from visiting keeper Jamie Bullock. Ossett created two good openings for Craig Williams and Chris Smith but their front wanted an extra touch allowing the Bridge defence to snuff out the opportunity. Paul Smith found himself in a similar situation as he drifted by two defenders only to lose the ball with fellow strike partner Jamie Smith in ‘acres’ of space. The decisive moment of the first half was started by Bridge keeper Paul Diamond and followed by an incisive through ball from Steve Kirby, a telling cross from Dave Burniston, to leave Paul Smith with a simple tap in. Driven on from midfield by Will Pugh, Ossett pushed hard for the equaliser after the break only to find the Bridge defence, superbly marshalled by Steve Kirby, resolute. Bridge did have their chances with Dave Burniston scuffing his shot after a determined run by Ollie Barton and Smith (P) could not direct his header from a Mark Burniston cross. The game stayed in the balance until the Paul Smith show 11 minutes from time when he smashed in a Coffey pass and then had a great volley that flashed over the bar before the Ossett keeper dropped the ball at his feet to leave Smith with a simple tap in for his hat trick.
Man of Match - Paul Smith
26/09/09 - Aberford Albion Res 2-2 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
'Bridge Reserves squeezed out a point at Aberford with an own goal in 'Fergie' time. 'Bridge started the match brightly and had plenty of opening chances. It took the visiting side fourteen minutes to get the goal though, Paul Scaife putting them one up. 'Bridge continued to test Andrew Marshall in the Aberford goal and looked on top by the time half time came. The phrase 'a game of two halves' was more than relevant in this match though and the second half was a totally different story to the first. Defensive mistakes crept in and 'Bridge were too complacent, happy to sit on the one goal advantage. It was poor defence that led to the equaliser, Jordan Watts levelling things up in the 60th minute. 'Bridge failed to pick things up and continued to play poorly. It was inevitable that the go ahead goal would come for Aberford, and Watts delivered just that in the 84th minute. It looked likely at that point that the three points would go to Aberford but a late twist saw an unlucky Aberford defender put an Andy O'Hare cross in the back of his own net in the fifth minute of injury time to give 'Bridge an unlikely point. In all it was a poor performance from 'Bridge with the only stand out players being goal scorer Paul Scaife and Mark Burniston. A lack of depth in the squad ultimately cost 'Bridge, even forcing manager Dave Ekin to come on as a substitute late in the game.
Man of Match - Paul Scaife
03/10/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 2-3 Ardsley Celtic Res - County Trophy
This was an unsatisfactory hat trick for Bridge as they failed to progress to the third round of the County Challenge Trophy for the third year running. Although a different team it was almost déjà vu of the previous week when Jamie Smith was bundled over from a corner in the first minute and justifiable penalty appeals ignored. Eight minutes later after a powerful run Mark Burniston failed to get much leverage on his effort which was blocked by keeper Michael Atkinson but Burniston got another bite of the cherry only to be denied on this occasion by an obvious handball. These incidents seemed a little less important when Jimmy Binks hit home a superb volley on 12 minutes and at this stage Bridge were playing their best football of the game. The goal, however, galvanised the visitors and soon after Paul Diamond had blocked an effort from Dale Hanson he had little chance when the same player got in front of is marker to head home a Thomas Stuckey cross. Danny Barton who was becoming a more influential figure in midfield then flashed a terrific drive past Diamond’s left hand post as Ardsley finished the half strongly. 12 minutes into the second half Kyle Tomey found little difficulty in curling his free kick past a poorly positioned Bridge wall and it was not until the 77 minute that Bridge produced a well worked free kick of their own and Ollie Barton volleying home the equalizer. Within three minutes Bridge had Mark Burniston dismissed and shortly afterwards the lack of discipline was compounded when Hanson was left to fire in the winner.
Man of Match - Ollie Barton
10/10/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 1-4 Wetherby Athletic Res - League
Wetherby justified their second position in the Alliance Premier Division with a convincing victory at ‘Bridge’s Aldborough Road ground. The visitors held the edge in the early stages with the breakthrough coming in the 28th minutes when the lively Johnny Hadley dispossessed Ollie Barton in the middle of the park and burst through the Bridge defence, unchallenged, to slide the ball under the advancing Steve Grainger. Minutes later they were denied a second as a Tom Dickinson header rattled the bar following a Hadley corner which was flicked on by Richard Strike. A Paul Smith penalty brought ‘Bridge back into the game five minutes before the break only for Tom Dickinson to restore his side’s lead a minute later. Within three minutes of the restart both sides missed great chances as Hadley failed to beat Grainger when clear on goal, then an unmarked Nick Strong missed the target with a free header and Smith failed to capitalize on an excellent through ball from James Horsfield. Bridge continued to battle hard but with Brian Blewitt the driving force in midfield it was the visitors who had the better chances as Dickinson, twice, and Anthony Lount spurned their opportunities. Wetherby would have paid for their profligacy with a better finish from James Smith after he was set up by Kieran Cunningham but in the 81st minute Dickinson made amends for his earlier misses by finishing off a Blewitt free kick that came back off the post and three minutes from time he was again on hand to score from close range as Hadley capitalize on a defensive error.
Man of Match - Paul Smith
17/10/09 - Harlow Hill Res 0-2 Boroughbridge AFC Res - Hulme Cup
Bridge were made to work hard for this Hulme Cup victory and it was not until the second half that they began to exert some control. In the opening forty five minutes both sides created chances with neither Chris Story nor Steve Grainger really tested apart from one smart save from the Harlow keeper. The breakthrough came five minutes into the second half from an incisive passing move and a clinical finish from Paul Smith that gave Story no chance. Andy Hall and Jamie Smith both thought they had justifiable penalty appeals turned away but it was third time lucky for Bridge on 76 minutes when Paul Smith was brought down and the striker got up to hit home his second of the afternoon. Bridge could have added to their tally late in the game, especially ‘Player’ Manager Dave Ekin, who was slow to react to a gilt edged chance set up by son Tom.
Man of Match - Ryan Watts
24/10/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 1-4 Beeston St. Anthony's Res - League Trophy
Bridge could not have been given a tougher Challenge Trophy tie but they acquitted themselves well against a quality Reserve side before eventually having to concede second best. The visitors got off to a perfect start when the superb Steve Williams jinked his was past two Bridge players before laying the ball into the path of Matthew Newell who gave Paul Diamond no chance as he rattled the ball into the top corner from 25 yards out. Bridge weren’t fazed and Mark Burniston and Ryan Watts both missed good chances before they got back into the game through a scrambled Andy O’Hare goal on 15 minutes and then had the opportunity to take the lead seven minutes later but Paul Smith had his penalty saved by Paul Graham. This proved costly three minutes later when Williams capitalized on a handling error from the usually reliable Diamond to head in the second and four minutes into the second half he was allowed to carry on from an offside looking position to slot home the third. Nick Strong then had a goal bound header cleared off the line by John Legge and the same player repeated the act late in the game but by then Beeston were home and hosed with a fourth goal from Trevor Brennan.
Man of Match - Nick Strong
31/10/09 - Whitkirk Wanderers Res 1-0 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Bridge completed a miserable month with their fourth defeat in five outings. Paul Smith hit the side netting from an exquisite Mark Burniston pass in the early stages of the game but that apart it was a turgid affair and it took a Karl Robinson goal on 53 minutes to shake them out of their lethargy. For the last half hour Bridge dominated but it was too little too late.
Man of Match - Nick Strong
14/11/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 2-1 Horbury Town Res - League
Bridge started the game like an express train and were two goals to the good after eight minutes but they were unable to maintain their early impetus and in the end were glad to come away with the points. They went ahead after only two minutes through a Dave Coffey header to a Paul Smith corner and six minutes later Smith drove a superb Ryan Watts pass past a despairing Barry Wain. Although Bridge looked like they were in for a hatful the visitors had other ideas and reduced the arrears when Michael Rounding latched on to an Andy O’Hare slip to cross for an unmarked Reece Drake to beat Paul Diamond from close range. Thereafter it was a tedious affair with the odd flashes of good play from both sides and the occasional chance but generally defences were in control.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston
21/11/09 - Knaresborough Town Res 0-0 Boroughbridge AFC Res (a.e.t.) - Hulme Cup
Knaresborough win 3-2 on penalties
Having won this trophy two years ago, ‘Bridge Reserves crashed out on penalties in the Quarter Finals stage for the second year in a row. The match was switched to Aldborough Road because of bad weather and concerns over Town’s pitch and it was the side in the home dressing room that enjoyed a strong opening to the match. ‘Bridge held large amounts of possession in the first fifteen minutes and blue shirts surged forward at any opportunity. The first real attempt on goal did not come for sixteen minutes though and it was a red shirt that forced ‘Bridge ‘keeper Steve Grainger into a reaction save from close range. This was Town’s cue to gain back some momentum although it was still ‘Bridge that held the upper hand. With just five minutes to go in the half, Ryan Watts was unlucky not to see his curling shot break the deadlock when it ricocheted off the post and across the face of goal before being put out for a corner by a scrambling John Hebden in the Town goal. That would be ‘Bridge’s last major chance of regulation play as Knaresborough began to gain the upper hand as the half drew to a close. The came back out after the break and picked up where they left off, pushing forward whenever they could. After 24 minutes of pressure they too were unlucky not to break the deadlock, Andy Hall clearing a header from a corner off the line to keep his team in it. Town continued to have the best of the possession but Ben Jones would have the last chance of the second half, his header going just wide of the mark. At full time the scores were still locked and with light fading fast the referee made the decision to play only eight minutes each way in extra time. The first period of extra time passed uneventfully but as the game drew ever closer to penalties, both sides began to take shots from range in search of the winner. The winner nearly came for Town with three minutes to go as Grainger was left scrambling to get to a 40 yard effort which was deflected just wide of the post. As in the first and second halves though it would be ‘Bridge who had the last real opportunity of the half when Hebden pulled off a brilliant fingertip save to tip over a dipping header with just second remaining. The save kept the scores tied and in near darkness, Town’s Thomas Packman stepped up to take the first penalty of the shootout. His kick was saved by Grainger but ‘Bridge failed to capitalise when Paul Smith put his spot kick wide of the mark. The next three penalties hit the back of the net with Fraser Lancaster and Mark Hill sandwiching Ben Jones’ strike to give Town a two to one lead. Dave Burniston would be guilty of the second total miss of the shootout as his shot sailed wide of the left hand post but it looked as if it wouldn’t matter when Dan Hallam had his kick saved and Ryan Watts leveled things up at two a piece. Town would score their last penalty to heap the pressure on Jimmy Binks as he stepped up to take the tenth spot kick of the shootout and when he became the third ‘Bridge player not to hit the target, Town progressed to the semi-final of the Hulme Cup.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston & Ryan Watts
05/12/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 3-2 Ripon City Res - League
This local derby had just about everything packed into the 100 and so minutes of play as Ripon came back from a two goal deficit only to lose the game in contentious circumstances when Dave Burniston headed home the winner in the 5th minute of ‘injury’ time. Bridge started the better of the two sides and went ahead after only eight minutes when Tom Andrews, who had earlier confidently plucked out two superb crosses, was beaten by a fierce 25 yards free kick from Paul Smith. Ripon came back well but were denied an equalizer when Paul Diamond got down well to smother a Pete Freeman effort and then went further behind to a debut goal from Ben Jones. James Smith initially set up P Smith who was denied by an excellent save from Andrews but the ball again fell into the path of J Smith and this time his cross was volleyed home by Jones. The visitors continued to plug away and were rewarded on 38 minutes through Danny Edmunds who stroked a misdirected Sean Brockhurst header under Diamond’s body. After the break the better approach play came from Ripon but their efforts were restricted to long range whereas Bridge looked the more threatening as Andrews pushed away another Jones’ effort, Nick Strong somehow scooped the ball over from three yards and Ollie Barton headed straight at the keeper from a similar distance. These misses looked likely to haunt Bridge when Matt Marsden converted a penalty, in the 78 minute, until deep into injury time when Burniston rose above everybody to head home a Jimmy Binks free kick for the winner.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston
12/12/09 - Ossett Common Rovers Res 1-0 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
This was a disappointing result for Bridge as they dominated the game for long periods and in the end it was their fragility in front of goal that cost them the points. The tacky playing surface was not conducive to good football but Bridge managed to overcome the conditions only to be let down by either a poor final pass or poor finishing. Ossett, in contrast, were limited to a couple of good chances and it was Jamie Riley who made the most of one of these with the only goal of the game in the 67th minute. Bridge did respond to this setback in a positive style and Andy Hall, who had an earlier goal disallowed, Paul Smith and Ryan Watts were all thwarted by James Boocock who produced some excellent saves to secure the points for his side.
Man of Match - Jimmy Binks
 
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