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Boroughbridge AFC 'A' Match Reports 09/10
August to December
22/08/09 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-2 Dalton Athletic - League
After surviving by the skin of his teeth last season, ‘Bridge manager Chris Chapman and his new Assistant Richard Donohoe got off to an excellent start as they claimed an opening day victory. Dalton started the stronger and took the lead on 17 minutes through James Padget who got clear on the right to beat Wayne Fisher. The game started to level out after this as both sides had minor chances with Donohoe going close from a half volley that skimmed the bar before Paul Scaife found the equaliser on 36 minutes as he beat Dalton keeper Paul Foster to send the sides into the break on level terms. On 59 minutes Scaife once again found the back of the net to give his lead the lead only for Bridge to concede a soft penalty for hand ball which was duly converted by Dan Binks. ‘Bridge started to push for the lead again and just eleven minutes later, Paul Scaife struck to seal his hat-trick and put ‘Bridge in pole position. Dalton who were relegated from Division 1 last year were not going to lie down easily and they started to pepper the ‘Bridge goal only to find Wayne Fisher intransigent in the home goal. Their major chance came from a corner with a Neil Burn header sailing high above the bar and with some strong defensive performances it was Bridge who came closest to scoring in injury time, with Paul Scaife seeing his shot ricochet off the post. The score though would stay as it was as ‘Bridge picked up an important three points.
Man of Match - Wayne Fisher
27/08/09 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 0-1 Brafferton Rangers - League
Brafferton did not look like a side that had taken a hammering on the opening day of the season and with the promptings of Brad Short and Iain McKeown in midfield and the dominant looking Steve Thomson at the heart of their defence they deserved their lead, courtesy of James Newson, who chipped the advancing Wayne Fisher on 53 minutes. This setback seemed to galvanise the home side who just about camped in the visitors half but were unable to find a way past keeper Rich Kirby. Paul Scaife, Chris Chapman Johnny Brear & Ollie Bone were all denied by the inspired Kirby who pulled off a string of fine saves to deny Bridge a deserved equaliser.
Man of Match - Richard Donohoe
29/08/09 - Pool AFC 'A' 1-2 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Playing against a strong wind Bridge never looked comfortable and it was no surprise when Andy Land raced clear to chip Fisher after only ten minutes. Pool at this stage were controlling the game and Chapman’s scrambled equaliser came against the run of play seven minutes before the break. Bridge failed to master the conditions after the break and Ben Townsend missed an excellent opportunity for the home side before Sam Allan raced clear of the Pool defence on 76 minutes to slide the ball past Mike Moore. Rich Donohoe then missed an easy header to consolidate his side’s position but this would have been an injustice on the home side who deserved something out of the game.
Man of Match - Johnny Bailes
05/09/09 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-2 Kirkby Malzeard Res - League
‘Bridge ‘A’ had impressed in every game this season coming into this match and they looked to continue continue that by starting the stronger of the two teams. Sam Allan had a good shot saved after just four minutes and ‘Bridge had the best of the opening exchanges, keeping Mark Green in the Kirkby goal busy. As the match progressed, however, things leveled out and Kirkby started to enter the game. By the half hour mark, they were looking marginally better and on 28 minutes they opened up a one goal advantage courtesy of Nick Westbury. The sides would stay fairly even until half time, with Kirkby just on top and Steve Warburton missing a good chance for ‘Bridge when he was one on one with the goalkeeper. After the interval ‘Bridge once again started the strongest and this time they converted their chance four minutes in, Steve Warburton firing home the home side’s equaliser. Just six minutes later Warburton missed a great chance to give ‘Bridge the lead. How quickly things can change so it was quickly Kirkby who were pushing for the go ahead goal, forcing ‘Bridge ‘keeper Wayne Fisher into some fine saves to keep things level. Fisher was caught off his line 24 minutes into the second-half and ‘Bridge were looking that a half-way line volley went just over the crossbar. The home side actually had the ball in the back of the net half and hour in but it was ruled offside, they were left rueing that decision when Chris Slater scored the winner 39 minutes in. ‘Bridge would have one last try for the point on 46 minutes but it was in vain and Kirkby would claim all three points.
Man of Match - Johnny Bailes
12/09/09 - Harlow Hill Res 4-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
‘Bridge failed to live up to their recent improvement with basic principles littering their game to leave their opponents with a comfortable victory. They went behind after only five minutes to a Johnny Hewitson goal and 16 minutes later they were left ball watching a free kick to leave Luke Duncan to slot home number two. Paul Scaife beat Chris Storey to reduce the arrears nine minutes into the second half and was denied his second by a marginal offside decision but this proved incidental on 66 minutes when Duncan consolidated his side’s position as Wayne Fisher dived over his shot. Steve Warburton worked assiduously in midfield to drive Bridge forward only to see his efforts thwarted by a fourth goal from Harlow’s Jamie Ord.
Man of Match - Steve Warburton
26/09/09 - Addingham 2-4 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League Cup
Bridge ‘A’ team gave Gary Watts his first start of the season and he responded with two goals in the space of three minutes mid way through the first half. Johnny Brear and Sam Allan increased the advantage in the early part of the second half and late goals from Andrew Banford and Tom Barratt could not deny Bridge their surprise League Cup victory.
03/10/09 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-2 Beckwithshaw Saints Res - League
After last week’s excellent result at Addingham Manager Chris Chapman was left to reflect on his decision to bench himself after another inconsistent performance from his side against ‘Shaw Saints. It looked good for Bridge when they went ahead through Jake Fletcher after only seven minutes only to be caught out by a counter attack from their own corner which eventually allowed an unmarked Nathan Robison to level the scores ten minutes later. What proved to be the eventual winner came a minute later when Shaw keeper Sam Moore managed to get some length into a clearance which was flicked on in midfield to leave Rob Linfoot to roll the ball past the returning Wayne Fisher. Bridge worked hard to get something out of the game with Fletcher forcing a decent save out of Moore and new signing Stuart Wright missing the chance to make a name for himself by firing over the bar.
Man of Match - Richard Donohoe
10/10/09 - Pool AFC Res 3-6 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League Cup
‘Bridge’s reward for knocking out Harrogate & District Division One team Addingham was a place in the second round of the League Cup and another Division One club. The match started with a bang for the visiting side, Chris Chapman’s bullet header finding the back of the net in the first minute. ‘Bridge again had the ball in the net ten minutes later only for Gary Watt’s effort to be deemed offside. The visitors continued to push forward and it was they who looked more likely to score next. Poor defending led to Pool’s first real chance of the day though when the ball was left rolling across the face of goal, luckily for ‘Bridge, the Pool shot couldn’t be directed goalwards and sailed over the crossbar for a goal kick. Just a few minutes later ‘Bridge finally converted their possession, Sam Allan making it two. There would be another scare for the leaders before the half hour mark though with the woodwork denying the home side. Pool were now on the front foot and pushing forward with Wayne Fisher in the away goal having to pull out a string of fine saves to keep the two goal cushion intact. ‘Bridge would have the last laugh in the first half though with Ollie Bone’s cross finding Liam Bannard and when his effort was cleared off the line Sam Allan was there to make his tally two. Pool came out after the break fired up but it took them 24 minutes to get on the score sheet despite sustained pressure, Tom Harding cutting the deficit after Fisher could only parry the initial shot. The goal gave the home side the boost they needed and just seven minutes later Fisher saw the ball drilled past him to cut the lead to just one. ‘Bridge realised at this point that they still needed to work to win this match and as such just a minute after the second Pool goal Ollie Bone’s cross found Sam Allan who broke away from the home defense and rounded Mark Wilkinson in the home net to leave an easy tap in for his hat-trick. With the lead back to two the match settled down with the momentum shifting back to ‘Bridge. They encountered another scare on 82 minutes though and it was only Tom Hepworth’s clearance off the line that kept the two goal lead intact. The match was not over yet and Gary Watts made the lead three again on 86 minutes, beating the offside trap to slot the ball under the advancing Wilkinson. Pool were not finished though and with just one minute remaining in regular time Andy Land drilled the ball past the advancing Fisher into the bottom left hand corner. Just as in the first half, ‘Bridge would have the last laugh, Ollie Bone turning down passing options on his run from the halfway line before rounding Wilkinson to make the victory margin three. In all it was a fine performance from the visitors to book their place in the third round with all players contributing to a great victory.
17/10/09 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 4-2 Bramham Res - League
Both teams had some talented youngsters on show which produced some interesting battles with the contest between Bridge’s Sam Everard and Bramham’s Andy Maxted probably the keenest of the afternoon. As early as the fifth minute Wayne Fisher produced an excellent save to deny Maxted and within seconds Bridge were at the other end where Paul Scaife created and missed a good chance. On nine minutes stand in referee Rob Lowe pointed straight to the spot when Chris Wood upended Josh Jones and Simon Dale duly dispatched the penalty. Six minutes later Bridge were back on level terms through Sam Allan who took down a Chris Chapman pass to slot the ball past visiting keeper Martin Plews and a minute before the break Paul Scaife turned his marker to fire home his first of the afternoon. Bridge continued to look the more threatening after the break with Scaife adding his second on 56 minutes and then combining with Ollie Bone to set up Steve Warburton who’s assured finish gave Plews no chance. Bridge continued to have slightly the better of things but were rattled on 81 minutes when James Dale got the visitors second and their nerve ends would have been left to twitch even more if a superb run and shot from Maxted had gone in as it rattled the post with Fisher well beaten.
Man of Match - Steve Warburton
24/10/09 - Wigton Moor 6-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
This was a disappointing result for Manager Chris Chapman who was let down by a minority of his players after he stuck by the team who had brought him success the previous week. Bridge were never at the races in the first half and were destroyed by a four goal salvo from Hamilton Guttieller Machndo before half time. On 49 minutes Scott Turner made it five and despite a much improved performance from Bridge after the break and a 51st minute goal from Jake Fletcher it was the home side who added to their tally through Ebun Lennon fifteen minutes from time.
Man of Match - Sam Everard
07/11/09 - Beckwithshaw Saints Res 1-3 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
A battling performance in heavy conditions gave Bridge a deserved victory and revenge for a defeat by the ‘Saints’ earlier in the season. Saints went ahead in the 28 minutes with the conditions playing their part as Simon Blower picked up a Johnny Bailes clearance, that stuck in the mud, to drive forward and slip the ball past Wayne Fisher. It took Bridge until five minutes into the second half to get back on level terms through their player Manager Chris Chapman who totally deceived Saints keeper, Phil Green, with his drive from a Sam Allan cross. This is how it stayed until nine minutes before the end and it was the energetic Chapman who was again in the thick of the action as he slipped the ball to Paul Scaife to rifle home an unstoppable shot into the top corner of Green’s net. Bridge hadn’t finished yet and they put the game to bed four minutes later through Chapman who coolly lofted the ball over the advancing Green after he had been put in the clear by a combination of Allan and Gary Watts.
Man of Match - Tom Hepworth & Richard Donohoe
14/11/09 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-1 Wetherby Athletic 'A' - League
Bridge shaded this contest with a mixture of hard graft and determination that won them the day against a well organized and technically sound Wetherby side. The visitors certainly started the better and had the home side pinned back for long periods only to miss their best chance on the 20 minute mark when Adie Leighton hit the bar from close range after an incisive passing movement. In contrast Bridge looked the more dangerous on the break with the guile of Paul Scaife and speed of Sam Allen and Ollie Bone posing the greatest threat and so it proved as Allen opened the scoring on 28 minutes when he latched on to a Chris Chapman through ball to outpace the Wetherby defence and chip over the advancing Danny Saynor. Still, Wetherby had the better of the chances of the half and it was Matty Walker who was profligate when he shot wide from a good position. The second half followed a similar pattern with a long clearance, this time from the fast improving Tom Hepworth, finding Scaife in space and the striker coolly rounded Saynor before sliding the ball home from a tight angle. This was on the hour mark and eight minutes later Wetherby were back in the contest, as Matt Barnfather reacted the quicker to volley the ball home, after Wayne Fisher kept out a Chris Powell effort. The game continue to ebb and flow with two evenly matched sides providing an entertaining contest.
Man of Match - Tom Hepworth
28/11/09 - Kirkby Malzeard 8-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League Cup
The eventual outcome of this League Challenge Cup tie was inevitable but for 25 minutes Bridge’s third string gave Premier Division title contenders Kirkby Malzeard a worrying time and after missing a couple of good opportunities they took a deserved even if surprised lead through Paul Scaife on 35 minutes. The home side were finding it difficult to get into their stride until they got the fillip of a Kyle Baldwin goal three minutes before the break which was quickly followed by Sam Everard deflecting an inswinging corner into his own net. Bridge’s task was further exacerbated by an injury to Jon Bailes and after some strong half time words it was a different Kirkby who came to the party in the second half. Baldwin added his second on 49th minutes before completing his hat trick just after the hour mark and with Bridge struggling to cope with Kirkby aerial strength Paul Pollard grabbed a quick fire hat trick in a five minutes spell between the 71st & 76th minutes. Ryan Devine finished off the scoring in the 85th minute but Bridge gave a good account of themselves and could leave with their heads held high.
Man of Match - Richard Donohoe
05/12/09 - Bramham Res 3-3 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
In a game of two hat tricks Bridge held the lead three times through the raw talent of Jake Fletcher only to be pegged back on each occasion by the experienced Adam Tasker for Bramham On a tacky surface Bridge started the better with Ollie Bone and Liam Bannard a constant threat and it was the latter’s through ball that set up Fletcher for the opener in the 7th minute. They enjoyed plenty of possession thereafter but failed to consolidate their position and on 22 minutes the home side equalized through Adam Tasker as his snapshot rolled tamely into the net with Wayne Fisher unsighted. Fletcher added his second with a looping header courtesy of an Ollie Bone cross and completed his hat trick just before the interval following a swift counter attack involving Bone and Paul Scaife that set him up to smash home his third. Sandwiched in between these goals was a well taken second for Tasker and after the break it was the home side that held the upper hand through the menacing Matt Brook and it was no more than Bramham deserved when Tasker completed his hat trick with 25 minutes to go. The game then ebbed and flowed with Tasker bringing a smart save from Fisher and Paul Scaife rattling the bar with Maltby well beaten but in the end it finished all square which probably was a fair reflection on the contest.
Man of Match - Jake Fletcher
12/12/09 - Westbrook YMCA Res 10-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Bridge’s positive start to the season has ground to a halt over recent weeks with last Saturday’s draw at Bramham followed by this miserable defeat at the hands of Westbrook. There was no indication in the first half of the annihilation to follow as Bridge more than matched their opponents in openings and creativity. Ollie Bone and Sam Allan laid on chances for each other, both with the same outcome, and it was when Bridge were enjoying a good spell that they fell behind. Ryan Morris intercepted a Chris Chapman pass inside his own half before dribbling his way past three players and firing low into the bottom corner. This was three minutes before the break and the visitors’ optimism was dashed within a minutes of the restart when Wayne Fisher was caught napping and Matt Bates latched on to the loose ball to add the second. Five minutes later it was four and a wounded Bridge then lost their shape and discipline making a series of elementary defensive errors which were punished time and again by a rampant home side. The only bright spots to come out of the second half for Bridge were Chapman's finish to a Bone cross and the referee’s final whistle. Scorers for Westbrook were Matt Bates (3), Shane Glace (2) with one apiece from Ryan Morris, Ben Snape, Stewart Bates, Elliot Walker and Darren Hands.
Man of Match - Craig Tetley
 
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