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Boroughbridge AFC 'A' Match Reports 11/12
August to December
03/09/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-2 Bramhope - League
With four 16 year olds in their squad Bridge struggled to cope with their more experienced visitors’ 4-5-1 formation but nevertheless Jake Fletcher squandered a good opportunity, tamely shooting straight at Bramhope’s impressive young keeper Luke Corr. The home side were being overrun in midfield but looked to have survived the first half until Richard Donohoe tripped the skilful Glynn Utting who duly dispatched the resultant penalty. The half time team talk had some benefits as Bridge’s passing game showed considerable improvement with the reward of a headed Ryan Haswell goal on 57 minutes. They continued to dominate and on 70 minutes they went in front from a Sean Corbett free kick that was flicked on for Chris Chapman to prod home. Bramhope’s Mick McPhee got his side back on terms ten minutes from time turning Haswell to finish neatly form 20 yards out. As both sides battled for the winner the game became a little tetchy with the points going Bridge’s way from an unlikely source when Sean Corbett got himself on the end of a long clearance to head home Bridge’s third. Overall a good performance from the home side with Corbett and Lewis Barlow making telling contributions from the bench and the only downside the late dismissal of Steven Paffett for two yellows.
Man of Match - Ryan Haswell
10/09/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-3 Burley Trojans Res - League
Bridge knew they were going to be in for a tough time as the visitors who were unable to raise a side the previous week had 1st team players to complement the team. In contrast Bridge were stretched to the limits and fifteen minutes before kick off, Assistant Manager Rob Lowe standing in for the absent Tony Coles and Richard Donohoe, had to take on the mantle of referee as the assigned official got his Saturdays mixed up. The game did not start too well for Bridge as they were under constant pressure and it was no surprise when Lee McGowan fired home an unstoppable drive from ten yards out. The visitors briefly threatened to run away with the game but the guile and experience of Steve Kirby guided them through this and twice the woodwork denied them an equaliser. On 37 minutes the game again looked to be drifting away when Dom Grimes added a second for the visitors but Bridge showed their resilience with goals from Andy Stephenson and Sean Corbett before the half time break. After the interval the game swung to and fro with Burley gaining the advantage through a Ben Garnham goal ten minutes from time whereas a better finish from Chris Wood two minutes from time would have given Bridge a point their play deserved.
Man of Match - Andy Stephenson
17/09/11 - Ilkley Town 'A' 5-2 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League Cup Prelim.
Every game so far this season Bridge have gone a goal behind which was again the case on Saturday and by the time they got their act together they had left themselves a mountain to climb. Despite being a Division lower Ilkley were a more experienced side than Bridge anticipated and whilst Bridge were slow out of the blocks the home side started the game at a high tempo, regularly breaking through the Bridge ranks with their quick, decisive football. The opening goal came on 7 minutes when James Heaton, arguably the best player on the park, latched on to a long ball to beat Liam Corbett and three minutes later he took advantage of a defensive error for his second. A couple of changes saw Bridge through to half time without any further damage but from the kick off a series of blunders allowed Roy Wood to strengthen his side’s position. Home keeper Rob Powell threw Bridge a helping hand when he dropped a cross from Nathan Rainbow for Lewis Barlow to score and 18 minutes from time Luke Fletcher ran on to a long clearance to chip the advancing Powell. Bridge were only back in the game for a brief spell as once more they allowed Ilkley to drive straight the middle from the kick off leaving Matt Bell to restore their advantage. Bridge did play better after the interval but they had difficulty containing Heaton who caused them all sorts of problems and Ilkley hit the bar on three occasions before Ben Garvey scored the fifth in the last minute. For Bridge youngsters Carl Allen and Ben Blakey had their best games to date and also on the positive side was the reaction of the players and Management to the defeat.
Man of Match - Ben Blakey
24/09/11 - Bramhope 0-3 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Even though they have only played three league games Bridge got back on track with this victory to complete an early season League double over Bramhope. Tom Hussell and Liam Bannard came off last week’s bench giving Bridge a better balance from the outset and they dominated the early stages with Lewis Barlow and Carl Allen able to support lone striker Luke Fletcher. It wasn’t all one way with Bridge’s young keeper Liam Corbett tipping a Joe Walsh effort round the post and then well positioned to pouch an Eddie Neal header leaving it all square at the break. It was a confident Bridge that started the second half and 16 minutes in they took the lead with an excellent strike from Luke Fletcher who turned his marker before firing in an unstoppable drive arrowing in off the underside of the bar and giving keeper Luke Corr no chance. This further galvanised ‘Bridge and even though the home side pushed more men forward the ‘Bridge defence who were excellent throughout stood firm. Player Manager Richard Donohoe relieved the pressure with his first goal of the campaign as he belied his stature to rise above the home defence and head home a superb Steve Kirby free kick. The win was sealed by another youngster Jack Garforth who came off the bench to smash home his first goal in Senior football and leave Bridge to comfortably see out the game in. After their mauling last week this was an excellent team effort from Bridge with the assiduous Bannard getting the MOM award for keeping the home side’s key player Glynn Utting at bay all game.
Man of Match - Liam Bannard
01/10/11 - Beckwithshaw Saints Res 1-0 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
This was a disappointing result for Bridge and for Manager Richard Donohoe who felt the 23rd minute penalty decision allowed his side to use this as a façade for the defeat. The penalty, converted by Scott Harrison, was given against Carl Allen who was harshly adjudged to have tripped winger Ben Murphy when the winger clearly stumbled over the ball. ‘Shaw had enjoyed the best of the early exchanges with Liam Corbett making two excellent saves to deny Harrison and Rob Nelson but after going behind it was Bridge who were in the ascendancy. Despite their dominance they never seriously threatened the Saints goal with keeper Dave King never looking in difficulty with the numerous high balls floated into the area. Bridge were probably too one dimensional in their attacking options and it was the ingenuity of sub Sean Corbett that unlocked the home defence only for Lewis Barlow and Liam Bannard to squander the opportunities. The defeat was harsh on Bridge but they were tenacious and hard working throughout and on other away days they will be rewarded with a positive outcome.
Man of Match - Liam Corbett
08/10/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 5-4 Pateley Bridge Res - League
Bridge were coasting this Division 2 League fixture until a moment of stupidity from Lewis Barlow reduced them to ten men which together with a late Pateley fight back left them hanging on for the points. Drama seems to be synonymous with Bridge’s home games this season and this was no exception as they started off in confident fashion with goals from Luke Fletcher and Steve Warburton with the latter unlucky not to register his second hitting the bar from a glancing header after linking play with Fletcher and Carl Allen. The pace of front men Leon Rodman and Kyle Kerley did cause problems for Bridge and Liam Corbett was twice called into action but he had little chance with a rasping Rodman drive that reduced the arrears on 18 minutes. Bridge continued to have the better of the chances with Fletcher and the skilful Sean Corbett combining well and the latter consolidated Bridge’s advantage with their third just past the half hour mark. Another cool Corbett finish and a Chris Woods header to a Corbett cross in the 55th and 63rd minutes respectively had the game home & hosed until Barlow’s moment of petulance. The introduction of Dave Parry in concert with the numerical advantage rejuvenated the Pateley side and Parry was instrumental in the comeback with Kyle Kerley grabbing a brace in the space of five minutes. With the clock ticking away Adam Varley reduced the deficit further leaving the home side to rely on some excellent defending, team spirit and a bit of luck to see them through.
Man of Match - Liam Corbett
15/10/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-4 Wetherby Athletic 'A' - Alverton Trophy
Bridge could have no complaints as they were knocked out of the Alverton Trophy in the 1st round by a stronger Wetherby outfit and two early goals proved to be too big a hill to climb. The Achilles heel for Bridge was the height of the visitors attack which is where the goals came from with Chris Travena heading in the first from a free kick and he flicked on the second from a corner leaving Anthony Walsh to convert at the far post. Bridge survived the rest of the half with no further traumas and after the break began to get a foothold in the game with the injured Ryan Haswell and unproductive Liam Bannard replaced by Andy Stephenson and Richard Donohoe. The home side were moving the ball around a lot better and on 70 minutes got themselves back into the game through Sean Corbett who calmly stroked the ball past Dan Saynor to reduce the deficit. Within a minute their hopes were dimmed by some shoddy defending as the excellent Walsh restored the two goal cushion and then went on to complete his hat trick six minutes later. It was not all doom and gloom, however with young keeper Liam Corbett picking up his third consecutive MOM award and Stephenson making an impact from the bench for the second week running. Bridge face the same opponents this week at Wetherby and know a brighter start is required to give themselves a chance against a side pushing for promotion.
Man of Match - Ryan Haswell & Steve Warburton
22/10/11 - Wetherby Athletic 'A' 2-0 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Bridge suffered their second defeat in successive weeks against Wetherby A on this occasion going down by a two goal margin. Bridge came into the game knowing a better start was required and Management could have no complaints at their start as Jack Garforth saw his cross cum shot rebound off the post with Dave Moore beaten and Paul Stephenson and Luke Fletcher both went close with long range efforts. On 22 minutes, however, and against the run of play the talented Anthony Walsh, who has scored a hat trick last Saturday, play a series of one-twos on the edge of the box leaving him to slide the ball into the bottom corner. Bridge battled hard only for another lapse in concentration allowing a long clearance from Moore to elude four Bridge players and leave Richard Orr to set up Chris Travena for an easy tap-in at the back post. Bridge found the second half hard going but they stuck to their task as both sides had efforts cleared off the line and Stephenson came close again when he swung at a low cross only to see it rise over the bar from 12 yards out. The home side will certainly been in the shake up for promotion at the end of the season and Bridge should finish with a respectable placing if they continue to work at improving their concentration and skill levels.
Man of Match - Chris Wood & Luke Fletcher
29/10/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-3 Wigton Moor Res - League
Due to the necessary promotion of some of his players Manager Richard Donohoe was also forced to shuffle his pack with his side twice letting a two goal lead slip and in the end hanging on against a young and tenacious Wigton side. Bridge got off to a great start with the Vets striker Paul Stephenson hammering home the first and on 13 minutes Chris Wood headed in a Steve Warburton corner. The home side failed to consolidate their position allowing their inexperienced but assured visitors to come back into the game and four minutes into the second half Josh Walker reduced the deficit. Stephenson added his second firing past Scott Stainthorpe on 66 minutes but back came Wigton and James McGurk, whose cross shot deceived stand in keeper Ryan Haswell, and on 76 minutes Walker added his second to level matters. After fourteen minutes there appeared to be only one winner but the last fourteen were somewhat different with Wigton in the ascendancy and Bridge hanging on for a point.
Man of Match - Jonathan Brear
12/11/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-1 Bramham - League
Bridge fell behind in the 5th minute as midfielders were not tracked allowing Sam Hawkins to fire past Liam Corbett from close range. This aside Bridge were playing some decent stuff with Ben Blakey putting Paul Stephenson clear only for the striker to shoot over and Jonathan Brear was off target after Steve Kirby had played him in down the channel to leave the home side in arrears at the break. With Ben Blakey controlling the midfield Bridge continued to have the better of the chances after the interval and Paul Scaife, who replace Dan Cooke, should have levelled with his first touch. As the every incident was examined in detail the game became increasingly fractious and it was inevitable that someone would not finish the game and unluckily, or, luckily as it turned out it was Brear who was singled out. This served to galvanise the home side and Tom Hussell, who had been moved into midfield, got round the back of the visitors defence to leave Scaife with an easy tap in. Karl Dodsworth kept out efforts from Scaife, Carl Allen and Stephenson as Bridge searched for the winner only for stalwart Paul Stephenson to find a gap at the near post ten minutes from time. It was now Bramham’s turn to try and get something out of the game but they were restricted in the main to long range efforts which never seriously threatened Corbett’s goal. Hussell and Blakey shared the Mom award for some excellent work in midfield and were ably supported by good performances from Liam Bannard and Kirby.
Man of Match - Tom Hussell & Ben Blakey
19/11/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-4 Wetherby Athletic 'A' - League
It was déjà vu 15th October for Bridge as this season’s nemesis Wetherby Athletic went away with the points, same scoreline as the Alverton Trophy and the front two of Tony Walsh & Chris Travena with a brace each the destroyers in chief again. Bridge however started the game the better of the two sides and the outcome might have had different had Paul Scaife Paul Stephenson & Carl Allen made better of their link play with Liam Bannard. Their failure to capitalise on their opportunities was highlighted when they fell behind on 29 minutes as Travena turned Chris Wood and his cross was turned in by Walsh and a minute before the break Ryan Haswell was caught the wrong side of Walsh who was left unopposed to head home the second. The last 25 minutes had been torturous for the home side as they struggled to deal with Wetherby’s attacking play and it did not ease after the break with Travena on target in the 73rd minute. Steve Warburton reduced the deficit 10minutes from time beating his man before curling a 25 yard drive past Dan Saynor but within a minute Travena added his second as the visitors showed why they are top of the tree.
Man of Match - Steve Kirby
26/11/11 - Dalton Athletic 2-6 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Bridge started brightly on a well grassed but tacky surface with Carl Allen and Liam Bannard creating problems for the Dalton defence and Bannard was rewarded for his endeavours making space for himself to fire in the opener on 29 minutes from the edge of the box. The score remained unchanged up to half time but could have been different when indecision cost Johnny Brear a great opportunity and at the other end Wayne Fisher produced a good save from a long range Steve Spence effort. All Bridge’s good work in the first half seemed inconsequential when Dalton broke down Bridge’s right and the experienced Nigel Binks set up Rhys Kirby with an easy tap ten minutes after the interval. This could have rocked the young Bridge side but they showed considerable character and within three minutes a great Allen cross caught out keeper Liam Carver to leave Brear to restore the lead and nine minutes later the same combination consolidated the position with Brear again on hand to convert another excellent piece of play from Allen. Luke Fletcher, on his return from injury, got in on the act with a brace, again courtesy of the wing play of Bannard & Allen and in between times Spence reduced the arrears from close range when Bridge failed to deal with a corner. This couldn’t dampen Bridge’s day with the coup de grace delivered appropriately by Man of the Match Carl Allen who opened his account for the Club from a tight angle after Carver had pushed away a Sean Corbett effort. Some impressive displays on the day was a confidence boost for Bridge who left Dalton with a greater belief in their ability than when they arrived.
Man of Match - Carl Allen
17/12/11 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-1 Beckwithshaw Saints Res - League
This was a hard fought point for both sides who's league stats would give a big clue to a low scoring draw. Exchanges were even throughout but it was saints who scored first when Chris Woods headed clearance found Tom Durrance In too much space just inside the box and after a touch to make a better angle he powered past Liam Corbett on the 'Bridge goal. The home side rallied after this and played some good football with Sean Corbett linking up well with Luke Fletcher. Chances were missed by both teams throughout the game but in the second half Player Manager Richard Donohoe missed a great chance to level,putting his header just wide after a great ball from Steve Kirby. Saints too could have scored again,Corbett denying the substitute Dom Creamer with a brilliant save. It was Fletcher who secured a point for 'Bridge with a low finish past Dave King after being slipped in by Kirby. This along with his tireless effort throughout won him the MOM award but credit should also go to the whole team who are maturing rapidly. Tom Hussell was excellent and Carl Allan effective with veteran Kirby and Corbett (S) also putting in a good performance. The festive break hopefully won't arrest the recent form and the players will be keen to kick on in the New Year.
Man of Match - Luke Fletcher
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