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Boroughbridge AFC Sunday Match Reports 09/10
January to May
17/01/10 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 4-0 Thorner - League
After a five week break the sterling efforts of Manager Richard Donohoe and groundsman John Horner enabled Bridge to get a fixture under their belts with their labours rewarded by a convincing home victory. Bridge’s opening goal on 12 minutes was very much route one football as Alastair Hogg’s long clearance was flicked on by Paul Stephenson for Paul Eagling to slot past Andy Britton in the Thorner goal and ten minutes later they doubled their advantage through Eagling who rounded a defender to smash home the second following good link play between Stephenson and Paul Scaife. Stephenson got on the score sheet himself on the half hour mark with a tap in from a corner but it was not all Bridge with the visitors failing to capitalize on a great chance as Henry Moorhouse rounded Hogg but then failed to hit the target. The second half followed a similar yet goalless pattern with Bridge having the majority of the play but always tending to over elaborate in the last third whereas Thorner broke quickly when the opportunity presented itself only for Jason Albrecht to waste their best chance of the half with a fresh air shot. The last word was left to Eagling as he took down a great ball from Mark Burniston on his chest and fired into the bottom corner for his hat trick.
Man of Match - Chris Chapman
24/01/10 - Black Swan Barwick 1-2 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
On a muddy surface and down to a bare eleven Manager Richard Donohoe shuffled his pack to good effect with some forceful midfield play from Ben Clayton and Steven Paffett allowing Danny Webster to link up with Donohoe and Paul Scaife to give him a positive outcome. The game was only four minutes old when Scaife drilled in the opener from 18 yards following some neat interplay between Webster and Clayton and they would have consolidated their position if Donohoe had not missed a sitter two minutes later. Bridge were enjoying the better of the play until the 31st minutes when a series of fresh air clearances left Daniel Connell with a simple tap in from two yards. It took Bridge until the second half to regain their impetus with the pace of Bone and Mark Burniston leaving Swan’s full backs Matt Baron and Johnny Ripton in a spin and it was Burniston who broke the deadlock taking the ball from well inside his own half to pick out Scaife, ghosting in at the back post, to smash home his second. Bridge defended the remaining time with much more composure and the rapid counter attacks from Bone, Webster and Burniston always threatened more goals.
Man of Match - Paul Scaife
07/02/10 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 0-4 Sherwood - League
Bridge’s hopes of maintaining their interest in the League title were disseminated in the morning mist by a strong Sherwood outfit but the disappointing aspect for them was the comprehensive scoreline which did not reflect their contribution to the contest. The visitors got the important first goal following a flowing move which was finished off by Matt Donnelly and only two excellent saves by Alastair Hogg kept them in the game. Bridge also had their chances and twice they were denied the equalizer by goal line clearances and on 35 minutes Paul Eagling rattled post following a good lay off by Paul Scaife with Simon Old well beaten. This was very much the nature of the match as play oscillated from one end to the other until the 70th minute when Bridge were caught out by a incisive counter attack and a clinical finish from Joel Freestone to put the visitors firmly in the driving seat. It was throw caution to the wind time for Bridge but they could not find a way through a solid Sherwood defence and a second from Freestone on 88th minute and a volley from sub Dion Surr in injury time gave the scoreline the emphatic appearance.
Man of Match - Chris Chapman
07/03/10 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-2 FC Boston - League
With the Division One title virtually decided the runners up spot now looks likely to be a race between Harrogate CSC and FC Boston following ‘Bridge’s latest defeat. It was the home side that took the early initiative and on 10 minutes Danny Webster swept home a Paul Scaife cross after he had been put through by Ben Clayton. This is how it stayed until eight minutes before the break and it was Chris Plews who brought his side back on terms with a quality volley that gave Alastair Hogg no chance. There was little to choose between the two sides in the second half and what proved to be the winning goal was a scrappy affair from Marcus Stapleton even though the same player was guilty of a glaring miss five minutes from time when clear through on goal.
Man of Match - Ben Clayton & Paul Scaife
14/03/10 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 0-2 Harrogate CSC - Knockout Cup Semi-Final
Youth and exuberance has got Bridge through many tight matches this season but on this occasion they paid the price for their preparation with this Knock Out Cup semi final defeat. They started brightly enough with Paul Eagling and Danny Webster posting early warnings but were hindered by injuries to Webster and Paul Scaife and then a goal from Graham Whitehead on the stroke of half time following a Chris Chapman mistake proved a further setback. Bridge conceded a second within ten minutes of the restart which was disappointing for keeper Alastair Hogg who produced a magical save to deny Neil Blaken but when the ball was played back in, his defence were static, allowing Blaken to head home. After this Bridge huffed and puffed but CSC were never seriously troubled and it was only in the last few minutes that a Steve Paffett header caused Dan Skelton to make his first serious save of the morning.
Man of Match - Ben Mudd
28/03/10 - The Ship 5-2 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
This really had the feel of an end of season fixture with the home side playing the first ten minutes with ten men and ‘Bridge going into the match without a recognized keeper. After making two early point blank saves Chris Chapman was given no chance by Tom Orton for the opener on 36 minutes but the keeper must share some blame with his defence for the other two from Tom Leeming, who was a constant threat, and Tom Hickson before the half time break. A Paul Scaife free kick on the stroke of half time gave Bridge some hope which was reinforced by Andy O’Hare right foot drive past Simon Rimmer three minutes into the second half. As Bridge pressed for the equalizer an Ollie Barton mistake gave James Mason the opportunity to fire home the fourth into Chapman’s top right hand corner and Bridge’s miserable morning was compounded by a second from Tom Hickson 20 minutes from time.
Man of Match - Andy O'Hare
04/04/10 - Scholes 1-6 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League Cup
After playing a leading role in the Vets campaign this season Paul Stephenson came up trumps with a hat trick to send Manager Richard Donohoe and his team into the semi final of the Claro League Challenge Cup and a trip to Harrogate CSC in a couple of weeks’ time. There was little to choose between the sides in the opening exchanges and Alastair Hogg was unlucky to concede in the 25th minute when he made a spectacular save to deny Adam Spargo only for the backtracking Steven Paffett to knock the ball into his own net. Bridge were back on terms within three minutes as Stephenson rolled back the years and his defender before firing past Rob Turner from a tight angle and this is how it stayed until the hour mark when Andy O’Hare headed home Joe Turner’s ‘Delap type’ throw. Bridge then had a jittery spell until an excellent run from Mark Burniston calmed the nerves as he set up Turner to curl home the third from 18 yards. This was the start of a four goal spell in eleven minutes with Stephenson heading home a pinpoint O’Hare cross and then giving the same treatment to an Ollie Bone corner before Ben Clayton capitalized on a misplaced pass from Turner to stroke home the sixth into the bottom corner with ten minutes remaining.
Man of Match - Ben Clayton
11/04/10 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 6-3 Black Swan Barwick - League
‘Bridge made hard work of this victory with a Paul Scaife hat trick of penalties proving decisive. The initial breakthrough came on 20 minutes when Scaife scored from the spot after being brought down by keeper Dan Leadbetter and he then linked up with Ryan Devine who poked home the second. Scaife added his second from the spot after a foul on Danny Webster but it was then switch off time as Nathan Sutcliffe and Gaz Bell reduced the arrears with goals either side of half time. Unfortunately the game became somewhat tetchy and threatened to get out of control until ten minutes from time when Scaife completed his hat trick after he was brought down. Bell added his second for the visitors to keep the game alive but within three minutes Andy O’Hare had nodded home a Martin Hutchinson cross and Joe Turner completed the scoring from a yard after being set up by a mazy O’Hare dribble.
Man of Match - Andy O'Hare
25/04/10 - Scholes 5-0 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
After such a promising start Bridge’s season has crumbled and this was evident in the hodgepodge of players they had on display. They were without a recognized goalkeeper and the first serious action for Chris Chapman was to pick the ball out of the net a from a Scott Wood penalty after he had been brought down in the box by Ben Clayton. It was déjà vu 12 minutes later with the same result from the spot after Chapman had pulled Wood down in the area. A period of calm followed before Jamie Ball fired the third into Chapman’s bottom corner and ten minutes later a deflection from Simon Thompson had the Bridge keeper wrong footed. The scoring was completed with a 25 yard volley from Justin Murr as the hodgepodge disintegrated.
Man of Match - Tom Ekin
30/04/10 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-2 Ripon City - League
Bridge were looking to make amends for their Charity Cup defeat in this Claro League encounter but the end result was just the same as Darren Dennis scored a breakaway goal in the last minute. The first opportunity of the game came on eight minutes when Sean Easey made a spectacular save from Paul Scaife and a minute later his side took the lead through Ryan Blanchard who latched on to a defence splitting pass from Sam Cavan to slot past Chris Chapman. It only took four minutes for Bridge to get back on level terms as Scaife found scruffy goals just as important when his scuffed effort found its way into the net. This is how the game stayed with the home side pressing hard for the winner until they were shattered by Dennis’s late goal.
Man of Match - Danny Webster
02/05/10 - Headingley Rovers 3-4 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
Bridge found themselves behind to a Steve Gowland goal after only 12 minutes only to be gifted the equalizer minutes later as Paul Scaife was left with an easy tap in following keeper Tim Varney’s air kick to a back pass. On 23 minutes Scaife added his second with a superb free kick that he bent round the Headingley wall and Mark Burniston gave his side a two goal cushion following excellent work from Team Manager Richard Donohoe. Rob Cowling reduced the arrears on the hour mark only for Scaife to restore the advantage 12 minutes from time. The home side wasn’t going to lie down and Cowling added his second five minutes from time but Bridge were able to see out the remaining minutes without any further difficulties.
Man of Match - Paul Scaife
 
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