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Boroughbridge AFC Sunday Match Reports 09/10
August to December
23/08/09 - Ripon City 0-3 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
‘Bridge started their season off in promising fashion with this comprehensive victory over local rivals Ripon City. Ollie Uffindall was unlucky not to open the scoring when his shot hit the inside of the post and rolled along the line with Andy Kirkbright well beaten and minutes later further misfortune struck Bridge when new signing Ryan Devine required hospitalization after he was struck in the eye with the ball. They quickly put these setbacks behind them on 20 minutes as Uffindall and Phil Wix combined with the latter providing the cross for Danny Webster to open the scoring. Minutes later Mark Burniston headed another Wix cross wide and seven minutes before the break the home team went further behind with a superb Uffindall finish. Apart from one shot that Hogg saved comfortably the Bridge defence was rarely troubled and on 75 minutes Uffindall turned provider as he supplied the cross for Ben Clayton to seal the points.
Man of Match - Danny Webster
30/08/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 7-1 Bardsey - League
With seven enforced changes from last Sunday’s line up Manager Rich Donohoe was not too optimistic about his side’s chances but his concerns soon dissipated as Bridge overcame a Bardsey side also without several regulars. After 25 minutes the scores were level as a deflected Bardsey goal cancelled out an earlier Paul Scaife effort but a minute later Scaife put his side back in front following good link up play between Paul Eagling and Andy Layton. Two further goals in a three minute spell before half time finished off the game as a contest with Phil Wix drilling home an Eagling through ball and Dave Burniston tapping in from close range after a goalmouth scramble. A minute into the second half Curtis Larner was beaten again with a brilliant left foot curler from Johnny Brear and on the hour mark Scaife headed home his hat trick goal from a Mark Burniston cross and it was Burniston who completed the scoring twenty minutes from time with a right foot drive.
Man of Match - Paul Scaife
06/09/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 4-3 Scholes - League
After building a three goal advantage in the opening 35 minutes Bridge were left hanging on for the final whistle after a determined Scholes riposte. There was an element of luck about their first as Ben Clayton took advantage of a scuffed Paul Scaife shot to head over the Scholes keeper but that certainly could not be said about the next two as Martin Hutchinson thundered home a 20 yard free kick and Andy Layton caught the keeper off his line with an exquisite 40 yard chip. Scholes came back strongly and by half time they had reduced the deficit to one only to allow Layton to power his way through their defence for his second five minutes into the second half. The Scholes keeper then saved an Andy Layton penalty which was the catalyst for another Scholes comeback but they only managed to breach the home defence on the one occasion despite some intense pressure.
Man of Match - Andy Layton
13/09/09 - Wetherby Athletic 0-2 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
'Bridge maintained their 100% start to the season but in an unconvincing manner and will certainly have to improve if they are to consider themselves serious contenders. In a scrappy encounter Bridge gave the ball away too frequently when under no pressure and on the few occasions they did string any moves together Gareth King in the home defence proved to be an unyielding obstacle. It was not until the 67th minutes that the breakthrough came as Paul Scaife slotted home from ten yards out after the keeper spilled a Paul Eagling effort set up by the improving Mark Burniston. Four minutes later Scaife turned provider when he put Martin Hutchinson through and his shot looped over the keeper. With the points safe Paul Stephenson was giving the opportunity to get himself loosened up for his afternoon jaunt and the striker did not disappoint with a thunderous free kick that rattled the Wetherby bar with the keeper helpless.
Man of Match - Andy O'Hare
20/09/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 4-2 The Ship - League
After a sloppy start Bridge clicked into gear in the 11 minute with a sweeping move down their left hand side involving Andy O’Hare, Mark Burniston and Paul Scaife and from the latter’s superb cross Paul Eagling headed in the opener. Nine minutes later they doubled their advantage with an exquisite finish from Eagling after great approach play from Scaife and Ben Mudd. The Eagling/Scaife combination was causing all sorts of problems to the Ship defence and they were only denied a third following an excellent save from Mark Rimmer. On 69 minutes Bridge looked home & hosed when Paul Scaife added a third but they don’t do simple and goals from Paul Abbott and Shaun Taylor in the space of four minutes changed the pattern of the game. Fortunately for Bridge Scaife provided the impressive Eagling with his third and despite an injury time Rimmer goal the home side managed to hang on for the victory.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
27/09/09 - Thorner 1-6 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
The infamous Thorner slope played its part in the eventual outcome of the game as the home side took advantage with a goal in the opening minute. They could not capitalize on this as Bridge came back strong after the interval with goals from Mark Burniston (2) Andy Layton, Paul Scaife, Ryan Devine & an own goal.
04/10/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-1 Wetherby Athletic - League
Bridge lost their 100% League record with this hard earned point against visitors Wetherby Athletic and the reality that to maintain this benchmark, especially against the top sides in the League, Manager Richard Donohoe would need his best side available and a high level of performance week on week. Wetherby certainly had the better of the opening stages and it was no more than they deserved when they took the lead through a Liam Dalby free kick ten minutes before half time. The response from the home side was good with Ryan Devine bringing them back on level terms when he headed home a Paul Eagling free kick four minutes later. Thereafter Bridge worked hard to get a foothold on the game but they were unable to maintain the standard of recent weeks and in the end had to be satisfied with a point.
Man of Match - Ryan Devine
11/10/09 - Harrogate CSC 1-4 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
Bridge bounced back from their disappointment of last week with this excellent victory at Harrogate CSC which now leaves Sherwood as the only side with a 100% record. Paul Eagling with a hat trick and Ben Clayton were the Bridge scorers with Biagio D’Amore responding for the home side.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
25/10/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 3-2 Headingley Rovers - League
This was Bridge’s only victory over the weekend but it was an unconvincing performance from the home side who will have improve considerably if they are to gain anything from their County Sunday Cup visit to Wakefield based side Redoubt. They went behind after only five minutes when Jamie McConnell took advantage of a Tom Ekin error to sweep home the opener and it was not until the second half that Bridge managed to assert some control on the game. On 52 minutes Paul Eagling capitalized on a Martin Hutchinson through ball to fire past Tim Varney and seven minutes later Paul Scaife toe poked home from close range after the visitors failed to cope with a long John Bailes clearance. Two minutes later Steven Paffett had his penalty saved by Varney after Eagling had been felled and it was not until the 80th minute that they managed to gain a two goal cushion through an Ollie Bone header from an Eagling cross. Headingley still had something left in the tank and they made the home side sweat for the last five minutes when Rob Cumming chipped the ball into the top corner after he was allowed too much space in the box.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
01/11/09 - Redoubt 5-2 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - County Sunday Cup
Horrendous driving conditions and an accident on the motorway were all contributing factors to Bridge’s poor preparation which manifested itself in the opening three minutes when they found themselves two goals down and with a mountain to climb in their County Sunday Cup match. It only took Colin Williamson a minute to open his account with a Van Bastenesque type volley that gave Wayne Fisher no chance and the Bridge keeper was beaten again two minutes later as Clifton Arth powered in a 35 yards lob. Ten minutes later Andy Layton missed a great opportunity when the home keeper Dave Turner skewed his clearance straight to him and Ben Clayton had a header cleared off the line but all this seemed academic when Arth added his second nine minutes before the break. Paul Eagling threw Bridge a lifeline with an early second half goal only for Dave Nicholas to restore the three goal advantage for the home side following an incisive passing move in the Bridge box. On 61 minutes Eagling was again on target after Turner had saved from Ryan Devine and three minutes later the Bridge striker hit the post with a great 25 yard drive but any speculation about what might have been was ended 15 minutes from time when Joe Cook headed home the fifth and final goal.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
08/11/09 - Sherwood 3-0 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
With both sides previously unbeaten in the League something had to give in this top of the table clash and it Sherwood who came out on top as they preserved their 100% start to the season with this deserved victory. Paul Scaife was twice denied by Steve Weatherill when clear on goal and it was Scaife who pulled down Jimmy Bradley to allow Joel Freeston to hit home the opener from the penalty spot on 29 minutes. This was the start of a good Sherwood spell and Bridge looked to have survived this period when Alastair Hogg pulled out a remarkable save to claw away Andy Sunley’s goalbound effort only for Byron Littlefair to score direct from the resultant corner. Paul Eagling failed with a good chance to get Bridge back into the game and when sub Matty Thompson rounded Hogg for the third in the 78 minutes Sherwood were home and hosed.
Man of Match - Danny Webster
15/11/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 4-2 Killinghall Nomads - FA Challenge Cup
Bridge made hard work of their defence of the Harrogate FA Challenge Cup and had to rely on Vets’ striker Paul Stephenson coming off the bench to seal their victory with a brace in the last five minutes. The Hallidays were in the thick of the action in the opening stages for the Nomads with Chris saving well from Steven Paffett, Danny Webster and Dave Burniston before Ollie put them in the lead with a deflected drive on 20 minutes only for Paul Scaife to level two minutes later following a miss kick from the keeper. On the half hour mark Adam Pawson put Nomads back in front from a Danny Westerman cross but again the lead did not last long as first Richie Donohoe rattled the bar with a header and then Ollie Bone fired into the top corner from 12 yards out. Andy Young missed a great opportunity to put the visitors back in front after the break and on the hour Halliday produced an excellent save to deny Scaife but most of the goalmouth action was saved for the last few minutes as Bridge searched for the winner. Stephenson shot straight at the keeper following a surging run from Dave Burniston, Martin Hutchinson fired wide when well placed and after a corner had been scrambled away the ball was returned in by Hutchinson and converted by Stephenson. This was in the last minute and with the game in injury time Stephenson got his second from a yard out as a result of a good run and cross from Bone. Unfortunately for The Manger Stephenson will be back on Veteran duty this Sunday when they take on the York Corinthians at Aldborough Road – kick off 2.00pm.
Man of Match - Steven Paffett
22/11/09 - Bardsey 3-6 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
After taking a 2-0 lead early in the second half Bridge thought they were home and dry but did not take into account the tenacity of a young vibrant Bardsey side who came back strongly to take all three points. For Bridge Paul Scaife (2) and Ben Clayton were the scorers with Elliott Kaye (4), Tom Franklin and Josh Yanak responding for the home side.
Man of Match - Steven Paffett
13/12/09 - Black Swan Barwick 1-2 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday (a.e.t.) - Knockout Cup
This wasn’t’ Bridge most compelling display of the season but they showed a steely determination and stability that has been lacking in recent weeks. Ollie Bone opened the scoring in the first half following some good approach work from Steven Paffett, Ryan Devine and Mark Burniston but it was short lived as a breakdown in communication between the Manager and Ollie Barton led to the unlucky Dave Burniston seeing his headed clearance ricochet of Barwick forward John Robinson into the net. Bridge did not dwell on their misfortune and pushed hard for the winner but the quality of their finishing did not match their approach play resulting in the game going into extra time. The pattern continued with Bridge having the better of the chances and with a penalty shoot out looking a distinct possibility Paul Scaife picked out Tom Ekin with a raking crossfield ball and the utility player turned it off his chest into the space and fire home the winner to round off a hard working team performance.
Man of Match - Chris Chapman
 
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