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Boroughbridge AFC Reserves Match Reports 10/11
August to December
14/08/10 - Ossett Common Rovers Res 1-6 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Bridge had too much ammunition for a disappointing home side as they started their campaign with a convincing victory. On target for Bridge in the first half were Tom Smith (2) and Matthew Inman (2) with Paul Scaife and James Smith completing the scoring in the last 20 minutes. Ossett consolation came in the form of a second half penalty.
16/08/10 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 2-2 Wetherby Athletic Res - League
After Saturday’s emphatic result ‘Bridge were looking forward to pitting themselves against a Wetherby team who finished runners up last season. ‘Bridge started the better and for 20 minutes they dominated possession and were duly rewarded after a Paul Scaife, Tom Smith exchange resulted in Stephen Coles slotting the ball past Chris Antcliffe.The goal certainly put a sting into Wetherby who were level ten minutes later when Tom Dickinson scored from the spot after Nathan Walker had been brought down. Antcliffe then produced an excellent save to deny Scaife with the visiting defence reacting the quicker to clear the danger as the ball bounced back off the post. This proved vital when a minute before the break Dickinson added his second from the spot after Jimmy Binks was harshly adjudged to have brought down Wales. Bridge brought on Steve Coghlin and Andy O’Hare after the break to reinforce their left hand side and with the first half pressure extinguished O’Hare set about causing the visitors havoc down the left flank. Bridge threatened but were not able to capitalise on their opportunities until the 63rd minute with O’Hare supplied the cross for Martin Hutchinson to fire home a superb volley giving Antcliffe no chance. The home side continued to have the better of the chances with Smith, Scaife and O’Hare all profligate in front of goal and would have rued these misses if a late Dickinson header had been on target.
21/08/10 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 4-1 Horbury Town Res - League
In contrast to the senior side, the Reserves enjoyed a 4-1 victory on Saturday against Horbury Reserves in spite of losing Jimmy Binks who was dismissed for preventing a goal scoring opportunity which was compounded further by the visitors scoring from the resultant penalty. Stephen Coles had given Bridge an early lead when he latched on to a Paul Diamond clearance and after Horbury regained parity with the penalty Steve Coghlin restored the lead before the break from a deflected free kick. Diamond made some excellent saves during the course of the game and Jamie Smith, with two second half headers, ensured Bridge of victory. To date Bridge have conceded four times this season and all have come from the penalty spot.
23/08/10 - Bardsey Res 5-2 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
It was a different story to the weekend on Monday night when ‘Bridge could only muster twelve players for their trip to Bardsey which they eventually lost 5-2. It started so positively with goals from Tom Smith and David Johnstone in the opening ten minutes but after the incentive of a goal on the stroke of half time the home side went rampant after the break with four more as Bridge collapsed under the incessant pressure.
11/09/10 - Whitkirk Wanderers Res 2-3 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
After a good away win the previous week Manager Steve Coghlin was looking to consolidate the team ethic against a Whitkirk side just one place lower in the League. He was disappointed to lose two players two hours before the start which was reflected in their preparation and an unusually poor start. The home side were in sole control and Bridge were all over the place up to Whitkirk’s inevitable opening goal on 19 minutes when Paul Graham raced clear to finish well against a stranded Paul Diamond. Within a minute Paul Scaife gave Bridge a lifeline with a superb left foot drive from just outside the area that flew over keeper Michael Lyons. The referee barely had chance to blow for the kick off before the home side were on the attack again and Graham exploited a static defence together with a hint of offside to again finish well. It was a rejuvenated Bridge in the second half pressing the ball and pushing the home side back into their own half and they were rewarded after only five minutes through Martin Hutchinson who picked up a poor Lyons’ clearance to coolly chip the ball back into an unattended goal from 25 yards. Bridge continued to dominate and as the home side became rattled they took the game by the scruff of the neck and on 59 minutes Scaife picked up a long clearance from Diamond and chipped the ball over the advancing keeper. Bridge did have to withstand a late home rally but overall this was a very encouraging performance especially after an indifferent first half and at a ground where they have previously failed to get a result.
25/09/10 - Old Headingley Res 0-3 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Bridge made their journey to Woodhall Sports Ground worthwhile with a convincing victory which also stripped Headingley of their unbeaten home record this season. It was all Bridge in the opening seven minutes with the home side hardly venturing over the half way line and this was the pattern for the majority of the half with the opening goal coming o 24 minutes when Mike Mullenger chipped over the Headingley keeper Tom Long from the edge of the box following good link play with Jamie Smith. They continued where they left off after the break playing, at times, some excellent patient football but it was not until the hour mark that they consolidated their position with a well crafted lob from sub Paul Scaife as he latched on to a quality through ball from Richard Donohoe. Manager Steve Coghlin nearly repeated the Midas touch with the introduction of Paddy Inman who almost scored with his first touch but his astute chip narrowly missed the target. Mullenger was the architect behind Bridge third as his incisive through ball was pounced on by Scaife to calmly round Long for his third brace of the season. Although Bridge finished the game in cruise control the home side battled hard to the end and Paul Diamond, who had been untroubled all afternoon, produced two excellent saves to deny Sam Brown and Will Johnson in the last few minutes. Coghlin described the performance as the best of the season but with a caveat against complacency saying “consistency is the key to any League campaign and we need to display more of it in order to really threaten the Beestons of our league”
Man of Match - Martin Hutchinson
02/10/10 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 6-2 Kirk Deighton Rangers Res - County Trophy
Bridge Reserves were eager to put a pre-season beating by their opponents behind them and they got off to a great start in this County Challenge Trophy with two excellent, even if, contrasting goals. The first on seven minutes was the result of a incisive passing move and when Mike Mullenger delivered a cross to the far post Baz O’Neill headed back across goal to leave Martin Hutchinson with a simple finish and the second, three minutes later, came from a defensive mistake which was latched on by Mullenger who proceeded to drift by two defenders before leaving Deighton keeper Mark Suttle stranded with a delicate chip. Defensive lapses by the usually reliable Richard Donohoe and then Bri MCilear and Jimmy Binks together with some clinical finishing from Liam McEntee and Luke Danby allowed Deighton back into the game before the half time break. Two minutes into the second half Bridge regained the lead as they again cut through the Deighton defence and when Paul Scaife put Steve Coles in the clear the young striker finished with aplomb. Scaife then got on the score sheet with an astute chip over Suttle and further goals from Coles and Hutchinson left Bridge with a daunting trip to the Yorks/Lancs border to face Upermill this Saturday in the 2nd round of the competition. Apart from the defensive slip-ups Manager Coghlin was pleased with the general all round performance of the team and the spread of goals.
Man of Match - Martin Hutchinson & Mike Mullenger
09/10/10 - Uppermill Res 1-1 Boroughbridge AFC Res a.e.t. - County Trophy
Uppermill win 5-3 on penalties
Bridge set off early to travel the 69 miles to Saddleworth Moors to play Uppermill AFC who normally play in the Huddersfield league. The conditions were marred by a swirling wind that stopped either team from playing too much football although Bridge were persistent and on top from the first whistle. Bridge were frustrated by a lack of firepower and only looked like conceding on the break which eventually happened on 27 mins when Hutchinson failed to close down in midfield and from the resulting through ball Watts had no option but to foul in the area. Uppermill no7 converted from the spot and Bridge were unlucky to trail 1-0 at half time.

Second half Bridge started brightly and now kicking with the wind peppered the resilient Uppermill defence. It seemed that time may be running out for Bridge until a tactical double substitution on 61 mins (Inman, Mullenger off. MCilear, Smith on) allowed Manager Coghlin to reposition centre half Watts alongside Scaife up front. This decision immediately proved its worth when from a Hutchinson free kick Watts headed onto Scaife who was unlucky from close range. 10 mins later again from a Hutchinson free kick Watts headed towards the goal and after a goal line scramble MCilear stole in on the far post a levelled for Bridge. Bridge continued to bombard the Uppermill defence although Paul Diamond had to be called on more than once to produce quality goalkeeping. Scaife came close near the end clipping the post from range after jinking between two defenders and so the game went into extra time Fisher replaced the workmanlike Coles on 100 mins. Bridge had the wind first period and the aerial assault continued with Watts pivotal in every attack. Bridge were frustrated by half time and second half Uppermill barely troubled the Bridge goal.

Penalties saw Paul Scaife step up first and blast over the bar Uppermill scored their penalty and Hutchinson went second for Bridge and tamely side footed to the Uppermill keeper who guessed right. Uppermill went 2 up although Diamond came close. Captain Lee Brook stepped up next and smashed the ball down the middle of the goal. Uppermill scored their third but Diamond again was unlucky not to keep the ball out. Watts went next and made no mistake, Uppermill remained consistent and scored again and so it was left to Donohoe to keep Bridge in it which he duly did with a one step show boat. Uppermill just had to score which they did and Bridge were left to rue the chances squandered on the 69 mile journey home.
Man of Match - Paul Diamond, another class performance
16/10/10 - Hampsthwaite Ravens Res 0-2 Boroughbridge AFC Res - Hulme Cup
Newly formed Hampsthwaite Ravens belied their League status with a resolute performance to deny Bridge a more comprehensive victory in this Hulme Cup quarter final. The tie had been switched to Bridge’s Aldborough Road ground and as expected it was the ‘home’ side that started the brighter and maintained a reasonable tempo throughout the first half despite missing a raft of chances. It was Paul Scaife who broke the deadlock from a well worked move on 18 minutes. Richard Donohoe set the ball rolling with a pass into Scaife’s feet who then turned and passed to Mike Mullenger on the left wing, a neat one-two between Mullenger and Donohoe followed before Donohoe pulled the ball back from the by line for Scaife to side foot home past a busy Marcus Durrant in the Ravens net. Paul Diamond had one shot to save during the course of the half and as Bridge continued to create and miss chances their frustration was epitomised by Johnstone’s booking on the half hour mark. After the break Bridge went to a three up front policy but it was a déjà vu picture of the first half with some excellent approach play but not the clinical finish until sub Jamie Smith found himself in enough space to squeeze a well executed shot into the net on 75 minutes and ensure his side of a well deserved victory.
Man of Match - Mike Mullenger
23/10/10 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 1-2 Leeds City Res - League
Boroughbridge Reserves were looking forward to hosting Leeds City AFC and pitting themselves against a side who have boasted two top three finishes in two years since arriving in the West Yorkshire League. Bridge felt as prepared as they could be and with defender Ryan Watts the only injury Manager Steve Coghlin had a full arsenal to use.

The pitch was in fantastic condition and made for what should be a good footballing match. Bridge shaded the early exchanges with Tom Smith forcing an early save from Leeds keeper Joe Royce on 10 mins and both teams were looking to get the ball down and play. Although neither team were dominating Bridge were playing the better football out from the back looking to build patiently but Leeds constantly threatened and the first half saw the Leeds number 3 becoming frustrated at being given a defensive master class by Steve Kirby and eventually talked his way into the book as a result. On 38 mins Tom Hepworth pulled up with what appeared to be a quadricep injury and Coghlin had to re-jig his team accordingly pushing Captain Lee Brook into the back four, pulling Mike Mullenger in from the left and replacing Hepworth with James Smith. Bridge saw the first half out 0-0.

The half time team talk was based around giving Leeds far too much respect and Coghlin wasn’t happy that if anything Bridge were overdoing the football and he wanted them to be more direct.

The second half started as evenly as the first half finished and Mullenger took the team talk too literally when he was harshly cautioned for a tackle from behind on 53 mins. On 59 mins a speculative cross from the right hand side was fumbled by Bridge keeper Paul Diamond and Leeds no 10 Mark Saunders tapped in from close range, it was a sucker punch that Bridge didn’t need, the game had barely restarted before Mullenger carried the ball into his own box and sold Diamond short on the back pass enabling Leeds no 11 Dominic Broadley to ghost in and slot past the stranded Diamond. 2-0 and surely Bridge were consigned to losing their first game at home this season. Realising that the game was slipping away Coghlin subbed Johnstone for Paul Scaife on 65 mins and switched to a 4-3-3 formation. The impact of this change and the response from any team 2 goals down was startling and Bridge peppered the Leeds goal with wave after wave of aerial delivery, Jamie Smith coming closest on a number of occasions. In the 80th minute Bridges aerial superiority paid off when Brook thundered a header home after rising brilliantly to a Martin Hutchinson short corner. Too little too late but Bridge battled to the end and Coghlin could only compliment his players on their levels of fitness and their attitude to the end of the game. “Full credit to Leeds but they wouldn’t have won without the two gifts we gave them.”
Man of Match - Jimmy Binks, solid performance defending and pivotal to the team
30/10/10 - Knaresborough Town Res 1-0 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League Trophy
'Bridge Reserves travelled to Manse Lane on Saturday to face Knaresborough Town currently second in the League with a game in hand on leaders Beeston. With three players out injured and two more unavailable the squad didn’t appear as strong as in previous weeks. On a good playing surface and better weather conditions the game was destined to be a free flowing feast of football for all involved.

With 'keeper Paul Diamond pulling out in the warm up it was left to Bridge A Team keeper Lee Dearden to deputise. Within minutes of the whistle Bridge were on the attack with James Smith forcing the Knaresborough keeper to tip over the bar from a shot come cross. Bridge looked liveliest in the early exchanges and after great interplay between Tom Smith, Paul Scaife and Mike Mullenger the latter had his effort headed off the line after beating the keeper all ends up. Without having a decent attempt at the 'Bridge goal Knaresborough capitalised on poor goalkeeping from Dearden who failed to collect the ball from a routine cross enabling Steve Lancaster to head home from close range after 20 mins. 'Bridge dusted themselves down and continued with the job in hand and Steve Coles should have done better but headed wide from a corner just minutes later. The game continued in the same vain and just before the break Bridge produced the move of the game with seven players involved in a sweeping movement beginning with Steve Kirby and ending with Mullenger shooting inches wide.

The second period began more open as Bridge sought a leveller and although Knaresborough persisted with passing football they only threatened on occasion with Bridge keeper Dearden unemployed for long spells. On 65 mins Tom Smith forced a good save from Stratton after beating three players and Scaife came close with a half volley minutes later. James Smith made way for Jamie Smith on 70 mins. 'Bridge were getting closer and on 76 mins Kirby’s set piece was flicked on by James Smith and Rich Donohoe found himself unmarked on the back post but smashed his effort over the bar, it was Jamie Smith who set up another chance for Scaife, which he failed to capitalise on, and as the clock ticked down Knaresborough were visibly wilting to Bridge pressure. With 89 mins gone James Smith helped a ball through to Tom Smith who outpaced the Knaresborough defence only to fire at the legs of Stratton who could only push the ball into Scaife’s path, he cleverly cut back onto his left foot and the ball seemed destined for the top right hand corner only for Strachan to produce a fantastic save and tip the ball round the post, the resulting corner saw out a nervy last minute for the home side and Bridge were resigned to a third defeat in four.

Manager Steve Coghlin had this to say about his team: “I was really proud of the boys today, to come here and play the majority of the football and have them hanging on is a tribute to the work-rate and self belief within the team at the moment. It was just a pity that yet another mistake decided the outcome of the game.”
Man of Match - Steve Kirby, great presence and faultless distribution all game
13/11/10 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 3-5 Robin Hood Athletic Res - League
Robin Hood Athletic travelled to Aldborough Road on Saturday unbeaten in the league for over two months and with Bridge having narrowly lost their last two games it was chance for them to show their resolve. The visitors demonstrated their intent from the start as the lively Jimal Mankouri chipped over and on eight minutes they took the lead through Dale Pickering who got in front of the two defending centre halves to knock home Dave Havron’s cross. Mankouri was then denied a second by a marginal offside decision but it did not take the visitors long to consolidate their position with a carbon copy of the first as Tim Barton got round the back of the home defence and Pickering again got in front of a static defence to knock home the second. It was 13th minute unlucky for Athletics’ keeper Danny Walker who mishandled a Mike Mullenger cross for Bridge’s opener and he was at fault again in the 30th minute when he fumbled a Dave Johnstone cross to gift Steven Coles the equaliser. Just as Bridge appeared to be getting back on track they overplayed the ball out of defence allowing Barton to cross the ball to Mankouri who finished with aplomb to give the visitors the half time advantage. Bridge knew they needed to strike quickly after the break but it was Paul Diamond who was first into action pushing away a low Barton drive but on 48 minutes he was beaten again by a superb free kick from Chris Boselly Yemm that nestled sweetly in the top corner. Within minutes Coles and Paul Scaife failed to capitalise on crosses from Mullenger and Baz O’Neill but Athletic also had chances with Bridge scrambling the ball off the line on three occasions. The home side continued to push to get something out of the game only to be caught again seven minutes from time when once more Athletic got behind the defence with Pickering the recipient of another Barton cross. Mullenger, who had looked the more realistic goal threat all afternoon, found the net with an exquisite finish in the last minute but it was little consolation for a Bridge side that easily gave their worst performance of the season so far.
Man of Match - Mike Mullenger
20/11/10 - Beckwithshaw Saints Res 4-1 Boroughbridge AFC Res - Hulme Cup
at Aldborough Road
After such a promising start to the season Bridge hit their nadir on Saturday when they were dumped out of the semi final of Hulme Cup by Harrogate League 2nd Division side Beckwithshaw Res. Due to the nature of the Cup rules ‘Shaw had already conceded ground advantage but they settled well from the start and were certainly not overawed by their opponents. Sam Moore pulled off a good save from Paul Scaife in the early exchanges but ‘Shaw’s front two of Chris Luffman and Scott Harrison were also creating problems and on 20 minutes Luffman put them in front as he capitalised on a misdirected Lee Brook header. A minute later Bridge restored parity through Mike Mullenger who made space for him to beat Sam Moore from the edge of the box only for a mistake by the usually reliable Steve Kirby to let in Dominic Creamer and it was Harrison who reacted the quicker to his cross to put his side in front again. Bridge’s best opportunities to get back on terms came late in the half but on both occasions Steve Coles and Scaife failed to make the most of their chances. After the break Bridge continued to push to get something out of the game and despite having plenty of possession and territorial advantage they were unable to break down a resolute ‘Shaw defence and it was Harrison who was unlucky not to increase his side’s advantage when he wormed his way through the Bridge defence only to see his effort strike the inside of the post and bounce away to safety. ‘Shaw did not have to wait much longer for their third and it was a quick counter attack and powerful run and cross from Lee Witt that gave an unmarked Luffman the easiest of chances. Bridge continued to huff and puff but Moore and his defence were never seriously threatened and it was Harrison who completed the scoring from the penalty spot to give his side a thoroughly deserved Hulme Cup final spot.
Man of Match - Richard Donohoe
11/12/10 - Horbury Town Res 1-2 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Horbury Town hosted Bridge Reserves on Saturday on a pitch surprisingly totally clear of snow and ice. Although Bridge have an impressive away record this season the form guide suggested a tough game as Horbury had won their last two and Bridge had lost their last 5. Due to the weather enforced break it was unsurprising that on a very average pitch both teams started slowly and the general play was untidy. After a handful of defensive uncertainties Horbury’s Olly Rounding slotted home from 12 yards after 19 mins with keeper Paul Diamond unlucky not to stop it after getting a good hand to it. The goal stung Bridge into action and finally they began to compete and try and play football. Jamie Smith was bundled over by the keeper Stefan Wdowczyk after finding himself free shortly afterwards and on another day he could well have been marched. Ten minutes later Steve Coghlin found Lee Brook with a penetrating through ball and Brook was again fouled by the keeper but this time the referee had no option and sent off the Horbury keeper. Half time came and went and Coghlin made two substitutions replacing Mike Mullenger and Wayne Fisher with David Johnstone and Stephen Coles. With the disadvantage of 10 men and a stand-in keeper Horbury utilised the downhill advantage as expertly as a home side should. Bridge began to stretch the play and overpower Horbury and the two wide men especially were making a big difference. Still susceptible to the counter Brook exchanged places with Layton to sure things up and Bridge continued to strong-arm the play. Horbury understandably became one dimensional and Bridge’s physical prowess paid dividends with the team driving uphill in search of a winner, it appeared in the form of a really well worked pattern of play starting at right back moving through the defence across to left back up to Johnstone on the left wing who fizzed a cross onto the late arriving head of Hutchinson who glanced past the sprawling sub-keeper. Bridge worked to the full time whistle as did a brave Horbury outfit but deservedly Bridge earned a welcome 3 points to put them back in the top 5.
Man of Match - Jimmy Binks, solid and reliable again
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