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Boroughbridge AFC Match Reports 11/12
August to December
04/08/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 2-3 Harrogate Railway Athletic - Friendly
Boroughbridge AFC were again slow out of the blocks earlier this evening at Aldborough Road against Harrogate Railway Athletic and as with their match against Brighouse lost concentration late in a three goal to two loss. Railway started strongly and took the lead on six minutes, but the goal woke 'Bridge up and they motored into the game with Paul Beesley goals on ten and thirteen minutes giving Daz Ekin's men a half time lead. 'Bridge picked up where they had left off in the second half and continued to pressure the visiting defence, with players all over the pitch putting in superb turns, only to see Railway restore parity on eighty minutes. The goal knocked 'Bridge and an 89th minute penalty swung the result in favour of the visitors, with the hosts having had chances a plenty to wrap up the victory.
06/08/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 3-7 Tyresal FC - Friendly
Boroughbridge AFC were again slow out of the blocks earlier this evening at Aldborough Road against Harrogate Railway Athletic and as with their match against Brighouse lost concentration late in a three goal to two loss. Railway started strongly and took the lead on six minutes, but the goal woke 'Bridge up and they motored into the game with Paul Beesley goals on ten and thirteen minutes giving Daz Ekin's men a half time lead. 'Bridge picked up where they had left off in the second half and continued to pressure the visiting defence, with players all over the pitch putting in superb turns, only to see Railway restore parity on eighty minutes. The goal knocked 'Bridge and an 89th minute penalty swung the result in favour of the visitors, with the hosts having had chances a plenty to wrap up the victory.
13/08/11 - Altofts 0-3 Boroughbridge AFC - League
Some of the Bridge team may have lost their way to the ground but they were certainly all together on the field where solid performances in all areas gave them a positive start to the season. Paul Eagling and Paul Beesley brought Matthew Wright into early action and similarly Connor Henshaw tested Paul Diamond before Frazer Lancaster and Ben Clayton linked up to feed brother Dan who rounded Wright for the opening goal. This was on eighteen minutes and Bridge dominated the next ten with Wright pulling successive saves to deny Beesley and Lancaster only to be beaten again just on the half hour mark by a Paul Eagling penalty after Beesley had been brought down by Price. Matt Leadbeater headed over a Jamie Lister cross minutes later as the home side looked to get back into the game but Bridge maintained their momentum & two goal advantage to the break. Altofts started the second half brightly with Lister shooting tamely at Diamond after good build up play down their left but it was ?Bridge who were unlucky not to increase their lead when Clayton (D) linked with Eagling who slid the ball past the onrushing Wright only to see his effort cleared after it rebounded from one post to the other. It was the home side who had the next chance with unmarked Tom Brook heading over when and for the next twenty minutes Bridge were under pressure but the centre back pairing of Dave Burniston and Mark Baranovsky held firm. The introduction of Tom Smith on 70 minutes gave Bridge fresh impetus and after narrowly firing wide from a Beesley pass he put the game out of reach following good play between Ben Mudd, Clayton & Eagling. This knocked the stuffing out of Altofts and Bridge should have added to their tally but can be well pleased with the three points as they face some difficult fixtures over the next couple of weeks.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston & Mark Baranovsky
17/08/11 - Ripon City 1-0 Boroughbridge AFC - League
Following a strong three nil opening victory, ?Bridge?s premier side would have been looking to add another three points to their league tally in this Wednesday evening derby clash. Whilst they did perhaps just have the better of the chances in the opening quarter of an hour, Ripon soon settled into the game and soon the momentum was firmly in their favour. The home side began to push forward and on the half hour mark a looping shot across goal forced ?Bridge ?keeper Paul Diamond to pull out a fantastic fingertip save to tip the ball over the top right hand corner. This gave Ripon even more confidence and they continued mount attacks on the ?Bridge net. Soon after Diamond?s save the home crowd thought they were in front when the ball was fired past the advancing ?keeper, but also past the outside of his left hand post. Just when it looked as though the visitors had lasted out the storm, however, Daz Simpson fed the ball to 17 year old Luke Robinson who made no mistake slotting the ball past Diamond with 47 minutes on the clock to take Ripon in one up at half time. The break offered ?Bridge a chance to regroup but soon after the restart it became clear that the second half would be more of the same as Ripon were quickly on the offensive from the off and soon had a chance for their second, only for the first shot to be cleared off the line and the subsequent second to go just wide. ?Bridge had a couple of chances, but both were fired high and even the introduction of Ollie Uffindall failed to bring any life to the visiting attack. Ripon were increasingly enjoying the rub of the green and this left ?Bridge increasingly frustrated. Ben Clayton, Paul Eagling, Tom Hesketh and Dave Burniston were all booked for dissent in the closing fifteen minutes and a poor night for ?Bridge, in which they failed to really test Ripon ?keeper Mark Rimmer, was rounded out in the sixth of seven added minutes when Dave Burniston received his second yellow card for dissent and was shown the red card.
Man of Match - Paul Diamond
20/08/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 4-1 Otley Town - League
In the absence of Daz Ekin and Marcus Philpott A team Manager Tony Coles showed his credentials as Bridge opened their home league campaign with a comprehensive victory over Otley Town. The return of Paul Beesley was a boost to the squad and after the disappointing defeat at Ripon Coles got the improvement he was looking for from his players. Beesley proved a constant threat to the visitors and twice in the opening 20 minutes he was denied by keeper Gavin Phillis and Fraser Lancaster was just wide from a Beesley set up. The best chance to the visitors came from a Chris Alderson corner with Scott Cater unlucky to see his downward header bounce over the bar. The breakthrough came on 38 minutes from a Lee Parker free kick which was headed home by Beesley and on the stroke of half time the home side got a further lift when a Paul Diamond clearance was flicked on by Beesley and a controlled Ben Clayton finish sent them in with a two nil cushion. Nine minutes into the second half Otley were back in the game from a Sam Dexter penalty and two minutes later a point blank Diamond save to a Paul Harrison header kept Bridge?s lead intact. Three minutes later the Bridge keeper was the provider when hesitancy between Jamie Simms and Phillis allowed Beesley to latch on to his long clearance for his second and just past the hour mark Diamond was again in action as he tipped over a top corner bound Dexter effort. As the game became stretched Martin Hutchinson and Lancaster both missed good opportunities before Eagling completed the scoring from the penalty spot in the 90th minute.
Man of Match - Paul Beesley
24/08/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 1-1 Knaresborough Town - League
Once more into the breach may have been the rallying cries of both Managers but in the end old adversaries Boroughbridge & Knaresborough had to be satisfied with a share of the points. It was the visitors who started the better only for Colin Heath to miss a good early chance after linking up with Guissepe Downing and the latter?s header then failed to find the target from a Byron Littlefair cross. Bridge had their first good opportunity on 22 minutes with the assiduous Ben Clayton heading over a Fraser Lancaster cross and it was then the turn of Paul Diamond to keep the game all square with a point blank save from another Heath effort. As half time approached Paul Eagling drifted by two defenders and when Jim Stratton was unable to hold on to his cross Clayton (B) was on hand to knock in the opener. Bridge started the second half on the front foot but five minutes in they conceded an unnecessary corner which was compounded further when Chris Hastings innocuous drive from outside the box found its way through a ruck of players into the Bridge net. This should have set up a lively second half for the large crowd but the game became frenetic which was exacerbated by the constant breaks in play and even though K?boro probably shaded it in terms of chances both sides seemed satisfied with the outcome.
Man of Match - Ben Clayton
27/08/11 - Sherburn White Rose 0-1 Boroughbridge AFC - League
Bridge Manager Daz Ekin returned from holiday to find a raft of problems resulting in a bench of Lee Parker, himself and Marcus Philpott for the trip to Sherburn. He also had Saul Pullen and Baz O?Neill making their first starts of the season and Reserve team centre back Stephen Grainger donning the keeper?s jersey in the absence of Paul Diamond & Josh Donnelly. Sherburn, in contrast, were coming of the back of a good midweek result at Altofts but it was the visitors who started the better and controlled the play for long periods. The major ingredient of a goal, however, was missing as Ben Clayton, Tom Smith & Paul Eagling all missed good chances before a superb defence splitting pass from Dan Clayton put Smith in the clear to assuredly dispatch the ball past Simon Hudson. This was in the 31st minute which is how it stayed until half time but immediately after the break there was a flurry of activity at both ends as Hudson saved from D Clayton and Danny Witherington (SWR) and Mark Burneston (BB) fired narrowly wide. The introduction of Danny Graham by the home side, together with some inspirational wing play from Scott Williams, began to influence the pattern of play but just like Bridge in the first half Sherburn failed to capitalise on their opportunities. In the last ten minutes Bridge were really put under the cosh but they defended resolutely as a unit with new boy Pullen coming out with the MOM award.
Man of Match - Saul Pullan
03/09/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 0-3 Bardsey - League
After arguably their best performance of the season the previous Wednesday Bridge were brought down to earth with a bump as they were outclassed by Bardsey in all departments with only keeper Paul Diamond and Ben Mudd coming out of the game with credits. The game was only eight minutes old when Mick Longfellow was allowed to drift by two defenders and fire in the opener setting the pattern for the game. Bardsey were the more incisive and allowed Bridge little room for manoeuvre which accounted for the second goal on 31 minutes as Marcus Philpott was closed down in the middle of the field and his intended back pass only found Matt Carry who was able to set up Michael Toney with the easiest of chances. Any half time optimism dissipated in the early part of the second half when poor marking gave Carry a free header leaving Bridge chasing a lost cause and without the heroics of Diamond the score line would have been more embarrassing.
Man of Match - Paul Diamond & Ben Mudd
10/09/11 - Oxenhope Recreation 0-1 Boroughbridge AFC - League
The heart was ripped out of the Bridge side with injuries, unavailability and captain Paul Eagling?s wedding day and Manager Daz Ekin?s day did not get any better when his experienced Assistant Marcus Philpott got injured in the pre match warm up forcing him to give a debut to last season?s A team right back Sam Everard. The home side started the game with the advantage of the strong wind pinning Bridge back in their own half for long periods and gaining a succession of corners with the powerful Michael Garnett getting on the end of most of them. Fortunately for Bridge keeper Paul Diamond was in top form and when he was beaten Saul Pullan was on the line to clear a certain goal. Bridge?s only noteworthy effort in the 1st half came from a Chris Chapman header which failed to trouble home keeper Mick Hudson. The second half was a different story with Bridge using the conditions to their advantage and the pace of Mark Burniston and Dan Clayton a constant threat. The goal on 69 minutes came from a Pullan throw to Fraser Lancaster who then found Clayton and the young winger went by two defenders before sliding the ball past Hudson. For the last 20 minutes Bridge generally held sway but without making chances into goals the final whistle was a welcome sound leaving Manager Daz Ekin delighted with the 100% plus response from his depleted squad.
Man of Match - Paul Diamond
14/09/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 1-0 Harrogate Veterans - Charity Cup Final
This really was a game of two halves with Harrogate Vets having the legs on their younger opponents in the second half and only an excellent performance from Bridge?s keeper Paul Diamond together with some poor finishing kept them at bay. Harrogate missed an early free kick opportunity and on 17 minutes Bridge took the lead with a clinical finish by Mark Burniston to an Ollie Uffindall through ball. Two minutes later Uffindall shot straight at Barry Galton from a one on one situation and then had a well directed header from a Fraser Lancaster cross brilliantly saved by Galton. Bridge continued to have the upper hand but failed to add to their tally and it was a much different story after the interval with Lee Duffield firing wide before bringing the best out of Diamond in the opening five minutes. Craig Short then headed over with Andy Barkway the next to be denied by Diamond and on 79 minutes a through ball from Greaves found Duffield who again was thwarted by the Bridge keeper from point blank range. Harrogate Vets continued to press deep into injury time and certainly played their part in a highly entertaining game but Bridge weathered the storm leaving Mark Baranovsky to pick up the trophy from former Bridge player Tony Nowakowski.
Man of Match - Paul Diamond
17/09/11 - Beeston St. Anthony's 2-3 Boroughbridge AFC - League
Beeston?s position as League leaders was manifested in the quality of their bench with five subs who would get into most Premier League sides whereas Manager Daz Ekin was forced to name himself in his 13 man squad but for the second week running his side came away with an unexpected result. Bridge had the advantage of the wind and driving rain in the 1st half and after Jamie Abbott had saved an excellent Fraser Lancaster effort Bridge took the lead on nine minutes with a powerful Lee Brook header to a Mark Burniston corner. Baz O?Neill and Burniston each had 25 yard efforts off target and at the other end Carl Feehan tested Paul Diamond and Sean Jeavons fired over with a free kick prior to Burniston flicking a Saul Pullan pass over his marker and hitting a sweet volley past Abbott. It got better for the visitors on 38 minutes as Burniston linked with Steve Coles and despite another excellent Abbott save Lancaster was on hand to hit home the third. The home side hit back immediately with Jeavons hitting the post to a Paul McMullin cross and Feehan was just off target as the half time whistle blew. The second half was a complete opposite as the home side took advantage of the elements and pounded the home goal but Diamond and his defence held out until the 70 minutes when they failed to deal with a long throw and Feehan scrambled the ball home from 2 yards. This spurred on Beeston and Diamond produced a succession of top drawer saves to thwart Jeavons and Steve Williams before the latter got the better of him from another goalmouth scramble in the 83rd minute. It was backs to the wall time as Bridge faced the torrential rain and a tide of Beeston attacks and in the 4th minute of injury time the home side were handed a lifeline when Brook handled in the area but once more Diamond came to the rescue diving to his right to keep out McMullin?s spot kick.
Man of Match - Paul Diamond
24/09/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 1-1 Field Sports & Social - League
Both teams came into this game on the back of successive victories with Field, who started the better going in front on 6 minutes with John Penn taking advantage of some indecision in the home defence. Ben Jones, returning for Bridge after a long lay off, responded by bringing a fine save out of Tom Metcalf and he was involved again as Mark Burniston chipped over. The visitors also had their opportunities, the best of which fell to Burgess, who was unable to find the target from a Glynn Hirst cross. On 23 minutes Field lost their keeper and a bit of their impetus but Bridge failed to take advantage as Fraser Lancaster fired over when stand in keeper Charlie Tizard dropped a Burniston free kick, Jones and Mark Baranovsky headers hit the bar and Dan Clayton rattled the post from 25 yards with Tizzard well beaten. It was not all one way though as Diamond had to be quick off his line to deny Penn a second and the keeper was glad to see Burgess fire over after he fluffed a clearance. The second half followed a similar pattern with Bridge having the better of the chances on offer but they always had to be alert to the pace of Field counter attacks and as frustrations escalated so did their vulnerability. On 74 minutes the anxiety was alleviated by a Lancaster cross which was headed back into the zone by Burniston with Jones on hand to smash in the equaliser. The last fifteen minutes proved equally tense as both sides had good opportunities with a last minute Jimmy Tucknott header the nearest but unfortunately for Bridge it was the side netting.
Man of Match - Baz O'Neill & Ben Jones
01/10/11 - Brighouse Old Boys 2-4 Boroughbridge AFC - County Cup
Playing with the advantage of the wind Brighouse paid for their profligacy by allowing their Premier Division visitors to go in at the half time break all square when some better finishing could have put the game beyond them. Bridge were on the back foot from the start as the home side demonstrated a quality in their play which should see them in the shake up for promotion at the end of the season if they can find similar qualities in the shooting department. Matthew Roy was the guilty party missing three great chances in the opening 20 minutes and Jimmy Cumming fared no better two minutes later and when they did eventually manage to find the target Paul Diamond produced two exceptional saves. Bridge came more into the game for the rest of the half only for Brighouse?s playmaker Reece Bray to miss another great chance four minutes before the break. Bridge did start a little brighter in the second half and took the lead on 58 minutes through a Lee Brook drive that dipped under the bar and beyond the outstretched arms of keeper Gareth Betts. This should have been the fillip Bridge needed but a comedy of errors let the home side back into the game and this time Roy made no mistake as he headed home a James Fletcher cross. Brighouse then took the lead on 68 minutes with a sweet strike from Andy Burton only for Bridge to bounce back five minutes later as Mark Baranovsky?s effort took a slight deflection to level matters. Diamond again came to Bridge?s rescue as he produced a magnificent save to deny Burton and with extra time looming Dan Clayton got into the act latching on to a Ben Jones pass to drift by two defenders and slot home and he was then in the right place to grab his second when Jones headed back a Marcus Philpott cross.
Man of Match - Dan Clayton
08/10/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 1-2 Carlton Athletic - League
On an excellent playing surface conducive to good football it was the visitors who snatched all three points with the winner four minutes from time. The opening exchanges were quick and incisive with the ball zipping around on the greasy surface and both sides should have opened their account as Ashley Beck twice went close and had a penalty appeal turned down whilst at the other end Dan & the returning Ben Clayton both failed to beat keeper Suruwa Bojang when through on goal. Ollie Uffindall was the next to spurn a good opportunity and Paul Diamond was quickly off his line to thwart Lee Turner when he was put through by Mark Connor as the first half, surprisingly, finished goalless. The second half started in similar fashion with both sides continuing to miss or be denied by the respective keepers until the 71st minute when the visitors took the lead with Turner picking out Beck to head in the opener. Carlton?s elation was quickly deflated as Bridge were level within a minute after Bojang fumbled, for his only mistake all afternoon, a fantastic Dan Clayton cross and Ben Jones was on hand to hook home the equaliser. The game remained open and on 80 minutes it was Diamond?s turn to shine again as he spared Ben Mudd?s blushes by saving Beck?s spot kick. Bridge then missed two great opportunities in quick succession as Lancaster and Uffindall both fired wide before Beck set up his strike partner Turner to head home the winner. Beck then had a chance to really nail the points when he latched on to a long clearance from Dave Pickering but his effort clipped the bar which would have been an injustice to Bridge for their contribution to an open entertaining game.
Man of Match - Dan Clayton
15/10/11 - Pateley Bridge 3-9 Boroughbridge AFC - Whitworth Cup
The longer the week went on the more anxious it became for Manager Daz Ekin as a raft of backwords left him with a skeleton squad and the increased potential for a banana skin day from the trip to Harrogate Premier Division side Pateley Bridge. Any thoughts of an upset, however, were quickly diffused as Dan Clayton cruised past his full back to set up Paul Eagling for the opener in the first minute, two minutes later the home defence failed to deal with an Eagling free kick scrambled home by Dave Burniston and on 13 minutes Clayton beat two defenders before squaring for Mark Burniston to add the third. Pateley were thrown a lifeline with a debatable penalty award duly dispatched by Stuart Simpson only to allow Fraser Lancaster to chip home Bridge?s fourth following hesitancy between Dave Spence and Matt Skelton to a long Dave Burniston ball out of defence. B?Bridge continued to dominate after the break and increased their lead on 51minutes with a superb drive from Chris Stephenson that left Skelton a virtual spectator as it zipped into the top corner. Mark Burniston then rattled the underside of the bar and minutes later Clayton was handily placed to knock in the rebound after a Lancaster effort rebounded off the post. D Burniston took advantage of some poor defending to make it seven and on 74 minutes he got his first hat trick for the Club heading home a Clayton corner. Simpson converted another penalty with ten minutes remaining and the deficit was reduced further when Craig Jarratt scrambled home a third but the visitors had the last word as Lancaster got his second from a good run and cross by Eagling two minutes from time.
Man of Match - Dan Clayton
22/10/11 - Whitkirk Wanderers 4-2 Boroughbridge AFC - League
This match in some ways was a mirror of Bridge?s game at Beeston but on that occasion they had a three nil interval lead and the defending, when under pressure, showed a greater tenacity than was on display on Saturday. Bridge started off well enough with Ben Jones heading wide from a Fraser Lancaster cross and on 22 minutes they should have been in the lead when Paul Eagling took a Dan Clayton pass in his stride and his shot hit the underside of the bar and went over the line but to the chagrin of the visitors and delight of the home side none of the three officials were in a position to give it. Bridge pressed on and after Jones had twice fired over crosses from Dan Clayton he broke the deadlock on 31 minutes when he headed home a Chris Stephenson corner. Five minutes later Stephen Copley fired wide from the home side?s first meaningful attack as Bridge finished in half in control and only a brilliant save from Carl Lill prevented a Paul Eagling free kick extending the lead a minute into the second half. Within four minutes Whitkirk were back on level terms as Steve Copley passed to Tom Lenaghan who rounded Mark Baranovsky before firing in the equaliser off the post. Dan Clayton, who had obviously been pinpointed as a danger man shot wide after a great run but the pivotal moment was on 75 minutes when unchallenged Ben Jones headed over a Lancaster cross as two minutes later Scott Jones ran from the half way line to put the home side in front. Shortly afterwards poor defending gifted Tom Lenaghan the third and in this disastrous eight minute spell Ryan Robinson proved too strong for Lee Brook as he put the game to bed with the fourth. Ben Jones scored a late consolation goal for Bridge following a spate of corners but there was little solace In a defeat where they allowed themselves to be bullied into submission.
Man of Match - Ben Jones
29/10/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 2-4 Leeds City - League
Playing against one of the best footballing sides in the Premier League along with their recent home form the result was not wholly unexpected but Bridge matched Leeds City all the way until a minute of madness handed victory to their opponents. The early stages were nip and tuck as both sides battled for control with Paul Eagling unlucky to see his drive whiz past the post with Jordan Higgins beaten but on 18 minutes a breakdown in communication between Higgins and Daniel Freeman gave Uffindall the opportunity he thrives on to put Bridge in front. Dave Burniston headed over and Higgins saved from Dan Clayton but Leeds showed their recent form guide is no fluke with an incisive move to leave an unmarked Greg Usher to fire in the equaliser. Usher then headed over the bar only to make amends for his miss on 37 minutes from close range after Paul Diamond misjudged a Nick Bishop free kick. Bridge responded quickly and went into half time all square as Dan Clayton fired in the equaliser from an Eagling pass. After the break the game continued to ebb and flow as did the chances with Mitch Cameron wide from a one on one situation and James McDaid unlucky to see his powerful drive come back off the underside of the bar with Higgins helpless. The outcome, however, was decided in unfortunate circumstances on 81 minutes when Ben Mudd turned a Steve Clarke cross into his own goal and within a minute James Hockstrasser intercepted a Mark Baranovsky back pass to deliver the coup de grace. Eagling and Uffindall both went close as Bridge tried to recover from the setback which leaves them without a home victory since the 20th August.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston
05/11/11 - Ealandians 6-3 Boroughbridge AFC - County Cup
For the third week running Bridge took the lead but once again failed to hold on to the advantage in making a shock 2nd round exit from the County Challenge Cup against their Yorkshire Old Boys League opponents. They could not have wished for a better start as Ollie Uffindall set up Dan Clayton for the opener and with only nine minutes on the clock he added his second from a Paul Eagling through ball. Unfortunately this was as good as it got for Bridge with Matty Holroyd, who was a constant source of frustration, reducing the deficit on 15 minutes. Ten minutes later the home side were in front as first Arron Brook followed up a save by Paul Diamond to knock home the rebound and Holroyd turned Dave Burniston before shooting low for his second of the afternoon. Eagling hit the bar and Uffindall the post as Bridge tried to respond with their reward coming a minute before the interval from a long Diamond clearance flicked on by Uffindall for Ben Jones to hit home the equaliser. Tom Greenwood was the busy of the two keepers after the break but on 59 minutes Diamond made a hash of an innocuous Jordan Marsh shot to gift Ealandians the lead. Bridge continued to have the better of the chances yet the nearest they came to scoring was a miscued clearance from Ben Whiteley than bounced agonisingly over the bar. On 81 minutes Holroyd was the driving force behind Glen Hall sliding in the fifth and five minutes from time, following a Dave Burniston foul, he completed his hat trick and torment from the penalty spot. For Bridge this is their third defeat on the bounce and have conceded 14 goals in the process.
Man of Match - Chris Stephenson
12/11/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 3-0 East End Park - League Cup
Bridge overcame their recent home jinx as they began the defence of the League Cup with victory over Premier Division rivals East End Park. There was little on offer as defences held sway in the opening exchanges with the first effort of note coming from Kyle Wilkinson who had Paul Diamond scrambling across his goal in the 17th minute. Mark Burniston then showed his acceleration with a powerful run and cross and he was in action again on 26th minutes only to be denied by a point blank save from Tom Clement. The breakthrough was not long in coming and hinged on two penalty appeals, the first for a tackle on Mark Chester rejected by match referee Jonathan Carter and within a minute Mark Burniston was brought down from behind and Ollie Uffindall duly converted the resultant spot kick. Burniston and Uffindall both had chances before the break with the visitors quickly out of the blocks after the interval leaving Bridge struggling to clear away a dangerous Liam Douglas cross. As defences continued to dominate neither side were able to get a defining hold on the game until an excellent passage of play ended with Burniston volleying a Chris Stephenson cross into the roof of the net. This left ?Bridge 17 minutes to survive and with the returning Baz O?Neill a dominant factor at the heart of their defence the visitors were restricted to runs from deep by Owen Drinkall and a couple of long range efforts from Wilkinson which failed to trouble Diamond. Fraser Lancaster completed the scoring with an assured finish to a Ben Clayton pass 2 minutes from time to give Bridge an away tie at Wyke Wanderers in two weeks time.
Man of Match - Baz O'Neill
19/11/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 7-0 Kirkby Malzeard - Whitworth Cup
Bridge used an excellent playing surface to their advantage with some quality movement and passing which, combined with a three goal salvo, blew their Harrogate League opponents away in the opening twenty minutes. Kirkby were never given chance to settle as Bridge utilised the width of their pitch to attack down both flanks and on seven minutes a Dan Clayton cross from the by-line was flicked on by Ollie Uffindall and finished by Mark Burniston who struck again a minute later from a Jimmy Tucknott pass. As the visitors hardly got out of their own half Chris Stephenson had a cross cleared off the line Uffindall headed over another Clayton cross before Paul Eagling added a third from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the box. Shortly afterwards Uffindall rattled the post but as Kirkby managed to stem the flow it was run of the mill stuff until five minutes before the break when Charlie Scatchard kept out efforts from Uffindall and Clayton and the keeper was thankful to see the post denying a great Eagling shot and a 25 yard drive from Stephenson. Any respite for Kirkby dissipated two minutes into the second half as the Tucknott/Clayton combination set up Uffindall for Bridge?s fourth and in the next three minute Scatchard denied Stephenson finishing off an incisive five man move, Uffindall hit the post and the visitors were reduced to ten men following a skirmish. Deft play from Uffindall produced his second on 64 minutes and a minute later he completed his hat trick with Dan Clayton again the provider and Clayton should have been rewarded from another mazy run as he set up Eagling but somehow he managed to miss the target from two yards out. Bridge continued to have the majority of the possession but play in general became scrappy and Kirkby did not help their situation with a second dismissal, this time for foul and abusive language. The final goal came from their fourteenth corner played in by Dan Clayton, flicked on by brother Ben for Ben Jones to add the seventh and in injury time the visitors had their first meaningful shot from Stephen Ineal-Tombs who was just off target with his 20 yard drive.
Man of Match - Dan Clayton & Paul Eagling
26/11/11 - Otley Town 3-0 Boroughbridge AFC - League
After successive cup victories and a 10-0 goal tally Bridge travelled to Otley in confident mood but were soon on the back foot going behind to a cracking drive from Ben Greenhow after only six minutes. Chances came and went for both sides as Paul Diamond pushed Rob Carr?s effort on to the post and Ben Jones hit the bar but the miss of the half came from Scott Cater who failed to capitalise on a gilt edged opportunity twelve minutes before the break. Just before the interval Chris Stephenson was subjected to another tasty tackle which forced his withdrawal at half time and six minutes into the second half a similar fate befell Ben Clayton with the midfielders being replaced by Assistant Manager Marcus Philpott and Tom Smith respectively. They had little chance to make any impact before a Jimmy Tucknott error allowed Rob Carr to add the second and after further chances to Eagling and Smith Otley sealed the points ten minutes from time as Joe Hendrie latched on to a Jamie Simm through ball to add the third. This was Bridge?s fourth league defeat on the trot and with three home fixtures coming up in December their form will have to improve if they are to avoid dropping into the relegation zone.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston & Fraser Lancaster
03/12/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 1-3 Pool AFC - League
Following a tepid performance against mid table Pool Bridge slipped further down the table continuing their miserable league form which has seen them take a solitary point out of the last eighteen. The visitors looked the sharper of the sides from the beginning and after having an earlier penalty appeal turned down Rob Cross should have put them in front when he latched on to a Mark Burniston error. Minutes later it was Dave Burniston?s turn to get away with a poor back pass only to be saved by the Assistant?s flag as Josh Waite was given offside but on 28 minutes Bridge?s luck did run out when Baz O?Neill was caught in possession and three passes later Waite swept Pool into the lead. Bridge did get the ball in the net and Chris Stephenson volleyed wide from their best move of the half but in general Pool defence were untroubled by the vacuous home threat. Six minutes into the second half it got worse when Matty White headed on a Neil Ebdon free kick and Waite was on hand for his second and 20 minutes later, from another Ebdon free kick, Dave Burniston failed to get any distance on his header and Cross knocked home the third. Bridge did respond with a couple of near misses but even a back heeled injury time Ben Jones goal could not detract from an inept performance from the home side.
Man of Match - Fraser Lancaster
10/12/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 2-0 Altofts - League
'Bridge were made to work hard for their victory against relegation threatened Altofts and following their disappointing display last week they were looking for a positive start. This could have happened as early as the third minute only for the usually reliable Ollie Uffindall to fluff the rebound after Matt Wright had pushed away a first time Mark Burniston drive. The game became a bit scrappy after this initial burst with the next effort of note a Mick Booth free kick that glanced off the Bridge bar and shortly afterwards Ben Jones miscued a good chance for home side. The nearest either came to opening their account in the remainder of the half was a Jamie Lister effort which rattled the Bridge bar on 37 minutes with Paul Diamond well beaten. The second half was a more open affair with the wing play of Mark Burniston for Bridge and Altofts Jamie Lister posing the greater threat and it was from an excellent run and cross from Burniston that Wright produced a point blank save to deny an Uffindall header. Ben Clayton?s claim for a penalty was then turned down and minutes later a strong penalty shout from the visitors for a trip on Lister was awarded as a free kick which Bridge subsequently cleared. These incidents apart there was little to overly trouble either Diamond or Wright and it was not until the last fifteen minutes and the introduction of their three subs that Bridge started to establish some authority. Twice in as many minutes Uffindall was harshly adjudged offside but on 85 minutes Ben Jones was given the benefit to a Tom Smith through ball and the centre forward coolly slotted the ball past the advancing Wright into the bottom corner. Having persevered to break the deadlock they went on to add a second four minutes later with Uffindall providing the cross for an easy Jones tap in.
Man of Match - Ben Jones
17/12/11 - Bardsey 3-1 Boroughbridge AFC - League
Three players on the goal scoring chart was not enough for Bridge from their trip to Bardsey as unfortunately the Burniston brothers David & Mark were on the target for the wrong side. Mick Longfellow and Ollie Uffindall both missed good chances for their respective sides before Dave Burniston’s blip on 29 minutes gave Bardsey the lead. Uffindall made up for his earlier miss heading home a Dave Burniston flick eight minutes before the break and this is how it stayed until late in the game. Apart from a Chris Stephenson drive, well saved by Ben Danby, Bardsey had the better of the second half with Paul Diamond pulling out one exceptional save to deny Longfellow in the 76th minutes. The home side kept pressing and were rewarded somewhat fortuitously on 83 minutes when an Adam Ryder cross ricocheted off M Burniston and four minutes Matt Carry left Diamond prostrate as he headed home the third.
Man of Match - Chris Stephenson
31/12/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 1-5 Ripon City - League
Bridge, with justification, can point to a couple of decisions that went against them in pivotal stages of this derby fixture but that should not mask the overall performance where they were outplayed in most facets of the game. The visitors got off to an excellent start when Darren Simpson intercepted a pass in midfield, sprinted away into the Bridge area to set up Ben Cohen who coolly slotted home from 6 yards out. This was in the fourth minute and shortly afterwards, new signing Craig Ramplin, linked well with Ben Jones to put in Ollie Uffindall only for Mark Rimmer to com out the better of the one on one situation. On 17 minutes Ripon struck again from a Tim Edney free kick which found its way to an unmarked and seemingly offside Luke Robinson but with no flag from the assistant referee he gave Paul Diamond no chance from 12 yards out. Both sides had further chances as the half ebbed and flowed with the best of these arguably falling to Fraser Lancaster who was unable to find the target with a close range header leaving the half time team talks to take on different perspectives. It was Bridge who got the fillip of a goal within two minutes of the restart as Dan Thirkell and Uffindall linked up to cross for Ramplin to rifle home a superb volley past Rimmer to the delight of the home contingent. Game on but not for long as a minute later Tom Leeming crossed from the right and a subtle push from Robinson on Dave Burniston gave him the opportunity to head home his second. Once more the Bridge bench were up in arms but to no avail and seven minutes later Robinson completed his hat trick with another header, this time, to a Matty Foster centre. Deflated and second best Bridge continued to battle and Rimmer made two fine saves and Ramplin fired over which all proved futile on 80 minutes when Kyle Baldwin made it five when Bridge failed to deal with a corner. Diamond produced two late saves to keep the give the final score a modicum of respectability but in a afternoon of inconsistent decisions he was lucky escape punishment for a challenge on Cohen whereas six others will have to dig deep for minor indiscretions in a hard fought but never dirty encounter.
Man of Match - Dan Thirkell
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