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Boroughbridge AFC 'A' Match Reports 10/11
January to May
15/01/11 - Brafferton Rangers 0-8 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Due to the poor state of their own pitch Bridge travelled to Brafferton who agreed to host the fixture and found the playing surface much to their liking with this comprehensive victory. Ring rust was there for all to see and led to Bridge’s opening goal on 20 minutes when the home side failed to deal with a free kick leaving Chris Chapman to smash the ball past a stranded Jamie O’Brien from 5 yards. Life got better for Bridge eight minutes later as Chapman and Barry Pryce combined down the right and from the subsequent cross Luke Fletcher volleyed home and six minutes later Fletcher was on hand to capitalise on further opportunities and defensive lapses to land his first hat trick for the Club in the space of six minutes. An excellent first half for the visitors was completed on the stroke of half time when Pryce curled his effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the box following good link up play with Chapman and Steve Warburton. Five minutes into the second half Bridge introduced Jake Fletcher, Alex Coombes and Wayne Fisher into the action and it was not long before they added to their tally though Paul Scaife who ran on to a through ball from Fisher to round the home keeper and slot home and ten minutes later it was déjà vu as J Fletcher showed good body strength to hold off his defender and add his name to the score sheet. Barry Price, who worked assiduously throughout, completed the scoring with his second of the game in the 75 minute. Brafferton who have already used 39 players this year never gave up trying but on the day Bridge held sway and apart from the goals it was particularly pleasing for the Management team to come away with their first clean sheet of the season.
Man of Match - Barry Pryce
22/01/11 - Pannal Sports Res 2-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
It was down to earth with a bang for Bridge as they failed to get anything from their mid table clash at Pannal. They could point to some injustice on a couple of important decisions than went against them but this could not detract from two defensive errors that led to goals from the experienced Mike Kell and Chris Gray. After the hour mark they began to get their act together and were assisted by confusion in the home defence between Ollie Bassett and Chris Hardy to a long ball from Chris Chapman that left Luke Fletcher to convert from 6 yards. Late pressure failed to bring any reward leaving Bridge to rue their poor start to the game.
Man of Match - Sam Everard
05/02/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 7-1 Pool AFC 'A' - League
Both sides had penalties in the opening stages with Pool converting their opportunity through Adam Dean after he was brought down by Dave Burniston only for Bridge’s Mr Reliable, Paul Scaife, to see Pool keeper Adam Rzepkowski pull off an excellent save to deny him the equaliser. The home side eventually got back on terms through Jake Fletcher following good work down the right by Mark Burneston and just before half time Player Manager Chris Chapman put them in front stabbing the ball home after a Luke Fletcher shot was blocked. Within five minutes of the restart Luke Fletcher finished neatly after being through in a one on one situation and Chapman was on the scoresheet again as he headed home a Mark Burneston free kick. On the hour mark Scaife made amends for his earlier miss with an excellent free kick that left the Pool keeper stranded and apart from one excellent Wayne Fisher save it was the home side that were in control. Josh Spenser Blanchard slid in the sixth from close range and the maxim of save the best ‘till last certainly proved to be the case as Steve Warburton sent in a crashing volley to complete the scoring. Taking Manager Chris Chapman out of the equation the average age of the squad is below twenty and adaptability and consistency are now key to their progress as they face changes to the team week on week.
Man of Match - Paul Scaife
05/03/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 4-4 Beckwithshaw Saints Res - League
Twice Beckwithshaw pegged back a two goal deficit and even when Bridge took an injury time lead they found the resources to equalise for a third time. Scorers for Bridge were Chris Chapman and Luke Fletcher with a brace from brother Jake and for the target men for ‘Shaw were Dominic Creamer, Andy Townsend, Ben Murphy and Ben Lambert.
Man of Match - Ollie Bone
12/03/11 - Pool AFC 'A' 0-5 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
An understrength Bridge side got the fillip of a 1st minute goal from James Blanchard-Spencer courtesy of a superb ball from Sam Everard and Luke Fletcher consolidated their position three minutes from the break following an astute pass from Steve Warburton. It wasn’t all one way traffic however and the home side went close on a couple of occasions through Adam Dean and Graham Hawesby but once Fletcher set up Blanchard-Spencer for Bridge’s third on the hour mark the outcome never looked in doubt. Fletcher outpaced the Pool defence for his second four minutes from the end and there was still time for substitute Lewis Barlow to get his first of the season as he latched on to a ball over the top to beat the advancing Culverhouse.
Man of Match - Chris Wood
19/03/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-1 Kirkby Malzeard Res (a.e.t.) - County Medal
Kirkby win 3-1 on penalties
Bridge A lost their last chance of any silverware this season despite the best efforts of their Player Manager Chris Chapman when they went out of the Medal Competition following a penalty shoot-out. There was little to choose between the two sides in the first half and a positive start from Bridge after the interval saw them go in front through a Chapman header. The visitors’ major threat had always been Lee Fagg and a momentary lapse of concentration allowed him to fire home the equaliser. Extra time failed to separate the two sides and after missing the target with their first two efforts Charlie Scatchard bailed out his side with three fine saves to send Kirkby through to the next round.
26/03/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-2 Burley Trojans Res - League
After their efforts of last week this was a disappointing result for Bridge especially as it was again a penalty miss that proved costly. The first half was a frenetic affair of few chances as both sides failed to come to terms with the hard surface and Bridge did not have the guile to trouble the visitors defensive pairing of Steve Fozzard and Matt Steer. Burley’s Kristian Mazurke gave warning of their intent with a shot that rattled the post early in the second half and on the hour they went in front through Matt Gibson and a minute later Adam Benson got on the end of a Gibson cross for the second. Bridge battled hard to get back into the game and Chris Wood gave them some hope with a well taken goal in the 70th minute but when the opportunity came for an equaliser from the penalty spot Chris Chapman was denied by an excellent save from keeper Gerald Mazurke.
02/04/11 - Wetherby Athletic 'A' 7-3 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Bridge got the bonus of a Luke Mallinson own goal after 3 minutes and when Chris Wood added a second on 28 minutes a surprise victory looked on the cards. Four goals from Bridge’s nemesis Chris Travena, two from Adam Richard and another from Tom McDonough quickly scuppered that idea and a Luke Fletcher goal was of little consolation.
Man of Match - Andy Stephenson
21/04/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 4-0 Wetherby Athletic 'A' - League
Smarting from a 7-3 hammering two weeks previous Bridge got off to a great start when a Steve Warburton cross shot was helped into the net by the Wetherby keeper Ashley Freeman and a couple of minutes later Wayne Fisher found the top corner with a superb drive. Conscious of being in a similar position when they last met Bridge kept it tight at the back with the returning Ollie Barton showing a clean pair of hands and the defence, well marshalled by Dave Burneston & Tom Hepworth, giving little away to the visitors strike partnership of Chris Travena and Adam Richards. Their reward was a third a minute before the break with Fisher again showed his striking prowess by hammering home a free kick into the bottom corner. Opportunities were few and far between for both sides after the interval and it was Bridge who added a fourth through Luke Fletcher on 66 minutes after Chris Chapman flicked on a Mark Burneston free kick.
Man of Match - Wayne Fisher
23/04/11 - Addingham 4-3 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
The start of the cricket season and a trip to Addingham did not make selection any easier for Manager Chris Chapman nor did his decision to play Assistant Manager Craig Kitching in the unfamiliar position of goal. It started off okay when a long ball from Sam Everard put Mark Burneston in the clear and he slid in the opener past home keeper Ben Silverthorne in the 12 minute. The lead did not last long as Jake Parkinson reacted the quicker to a Phil Bolton free kick that rebounded off the post and he added his second, again from close range, after Simon Collins rattled the bar. On 32 minutes it got worse for the visitors when they failed to clear another dead ball situation leaving Tom Cockerham to fire home the third from eight yards out. After the break Bridge reverted to their usual keeper Wayne Fisher and within five minutes had reduced the deficit through Scott Barnes who started the move in his own half and when Burneston the headed ball back into his path he smashed the ball home for his first for the Club. Bridge continued to push for the equaliser and Everard produced a good save from Silverthorne only for a half fit Richard Donohoe to head home the resulting Lewis Barlow corner. The journey home was beginning to look much sweeter for Chapman and his side until Dan Jordan was left unmarked a minute from time to head in the winner.
Man of Match - Richard Donohoe
28/04/11 - Dalton Athletic 3-5 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Bridge showed their intent from the off as Steve Warburton blasted over from an early corner and within ten minutes they had taken a two goal lead courtesy of a Paul Scaife brace. His first was an absolute screamer as he latched on to a Chris Chapman pass to give Paul Foster no chance and he added his second shortly afterwards following an incisive Warburton through ball. A composed finished on 24 minutes gave Scaife his hat trick and only poor finishing from Chapman prevented them consolidating their position before the break. Dalton introduced Nigel Binks into the fray immediately after the break, a tactic that paid off within two minutes, as he fired in their opener from 15 yards to give the home side some early incentive. Two goals in the space of three minutes from Jake Fletcher and Chapman dispersed any hopes of a come back but the home side never gave up and Richard Balderston pulled a goal back almost immediately. Four minutes from time Ryan Haswell, playing in goal for the first time, produced a ‘quality body save’ and in the ensuing goalmouth scramble it was Dan Binks who reacted the quicker to complete the scoring.
12/05/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 4-1 Addingham - League
There was motivation for both sides in this end of season encounter with Addingham needing points to avoid relegation and Bridge looking to give Chris Chapman a victory in his last game as Manager. It was the home side who got the early initiative when Jake Fletcher slotted a Mark Burneston pass on 5 minutes past Ben Silverthorne and he was certainly the busy of the two keepers saving successive efforts from Wayne Fisher. Scott Barnes was denied when his close range header clearly crossed the line as Bridge continued to dominate and they were eventually rewarded for their endeavours through J Fletcher who added his second, in similar fashion to his first, just before the break. The visitors showed more resolve in the second half with Tom Barrett running the show in midfield and on 68 minutes they reduced the deficit with a stunning 25 yards free kick from Henry Barrow that gave Lee Dearden no chance. A Ryan Haswell header six minutes from time dispelled any hopes of a comeback and it was left to Jake Fletcher to complete the scoring and his hat trick from the penalty spot after he had been brought down. Bridge finished with a 11 1 12 record and a mid table position which is a credit to the players and the Management team who have had to endure several changes to the squad over the course of the season.
Man of Match - Jake Fletcher
 
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