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Boroughbridge AFC Sunday Match Reports 11/12
August to December
28/08/11 - Showbiz Whites 1-3 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
This was an excellent start for fledgling Manager Wayne Fisher who saw his side withstand long periods of sustained pressure against newly promoted Showbiz Whites to gain an open victory of the season. Bridge started with the advantage of a strong wind which proved to be more of a hindrance as good passing movements often ended up with an over hit final ball but paradoxically helped their opening goal on 15 minutes when Dan Clayton whipped in a bye line free kick which was deflected in via Chris Wood or a home defender. Prior to this Paul Eagling was just off target with a diving header and another chance shortly after the goal but it was not all one way with Nigel Glew and Gary McCleod linking play for the home side who rattled the post and forced a block save from Ryan Haswell. Their good work was undone six minutes before the break from a poor defensive header allowing Mark Burniston to run through and beat keeper Jimmy Sparks. Showbiz started the second half positively and had Bridge on the rack for the opening twenty minutes until they changed to a 4-5-1 formation which allowed them to build up play and negate the effects of the wind. It was during this spell that Showbiz reduced the deficit with a Mark McGlinchey strike giving Haswell no chance but the makeshift keeper showed himself to be a bit of a rough diamond displaying bravery and good handling skills beyond expectation. Once Bridge had reshuffled they began to assert some authority and after Eagling rolled two players in the area to slam home the third on 74 minutes they controlled the game from therein.
04/09/11 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 2-3 The Ship - League
Bridge had some of their key players missing but their attacking prowess was bolstered by the efficacious Ollie Uffindall who was making his first full appearance of the season. The reverse could be said of the defence who were continually getting cut open which was the problem for the opening goal on eight minutes as Sam Everard and Rich Donohoe allowed Tom Leeming too much space and time. This did not negate Bridge’s offensive attitude and Mark Burniston squandered a good chance to get the home side back on terms. The inevitable happened minutes later when a Horton free kick skimmed off the head of Donohoe to give Paul Abbott the simplest of chances and just before the break the visitors incisive play left goalkeeper/striker Mark Rimmer to tap in the third. Bridge continued the second in the same disparate fashion and were thrown a potential life line with the dismissal of James Mason turning possession into goals when Stevie Coles smashed an Uffindall rebound past the despairing Mick Farrell for the opener. The home side were further rewarded for their open play two minutes from time with an Uffindall header from a Lewis Barlow cross and Dave Burniston’s long range effort was just off target as time elapsed. Two games into the season Bridge can look at some positives from this defeat but will have to add some defensive steeliness to blend with their attacking flair if they are to avoid the same struggles as last season.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston
11/09/11 - Harrogate CSC 5-4 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
Bridge’s defensive frailties were again exposed as they went down in a nine goal thriller to last year’s Champions CSC. It did not look like this at the start with Dave Burniston keeping a tight rein on Paul Beesley and Bridge enjoying some good possession which resulted in them taking the lead from a Nathan Rainbow header on 24 minutes. As good as they were in the opening period Bridge then capitulated as the home side hit a 15 minute purple patch with B’iagio D’Amore grabbing a hat trick and a George Medd goal giving CSC a 4-1 half time advantage. Undeterred Bridge started the second half in determined fashion and a scrappy Jake Fletcher goal gave them fresh impetus with a clinical finish giving the striker his second on 66 minutes. Naivety allowed D’Amore to add his fourth five minutes from time and though Fletcher completed his hat trick a minute later from the spot Bridge will have to quickly learn that their attacking flair cannot always be expected to compensate for defensive fragility.
Man of Match - Jake Fletcher
18/09/11 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 5-3 Kirk Deighton Rangers - Knockout Cup
After a heavy Saturday night it was an unexpected bonus for Manager Wayne Fisher when all his players turned up even if the opening twenty minutes were a little disappointing as a Tom Dickinson brace put gave Deighton the advantage. A tweak here and there firmed up the midfield area and on 27 minutes Dan Clayton reduced the deficit before bringing the sides level nine minutes before the break. Steve Coles put Bridge ahead just past the hour mark and Clayton, with a fine individual goal, and Mark Burniston secured Bridge’s passage to the next round despite a late Deighton goal.
Man of Match - Dan Clayton
25/09/11 - Tadcaster Magnets 4-3 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
Bridge came into this game looking to build on last week’s result against Kirk Deighton but once more their attacking prowess was let down by defensive fragility. Dan Clayton continued his impressive start to the season with a well taken goal on 15 minutes only for the returning Alastair Hogg to prove the maxim that cheats don’t prosper a misnomer. Hogg touched a long range effort on to the bar and over with a goal kick awarded until the Bridge keeper informed the referee of his error and from the resultant corner Darrell Carter brought the sides level which was quickly followed by their second from Sam Farthing. Bridge did not let their heads drop and on 28 minutes they got themselves back on terms through Luke Fletcher following good work from Clayton and Steve Coles. This is how it stayed to the interval with the home side in the ascendancy after the break and taking a deserved lead through a second from Farthing. Bridge who had already lost Coombes through injury then had to replace Clayton and Barlow with youngsters Carl Allen & Jack Garforth but a point looked on the cards with a superb run and top corner finish from Mark Burniston left Matty Wilson helpless. Their inexperience and inability to see the game out once again proved costly with a deflected Chris Pert effort giving Taddy the points and Bridge’s goal tally of 17 for and 16 against in their five games reflects their defensive shortcomings.
Man of Match - Dan Clayton & Stevie Coles
02/10/11 - Bradford Phoenix 2-6 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - County Sunday Cup
This was arguably the result of the weekend for the Bridge teams as the Wayne Fisher’s free spirited outfit produced an excellent display to earn themselves the prospect of a home tie against Chapeltown Fforde Green Combination in the next round. It was a vibrant start from both sides but a serious injury on the adjoining pitch resulted in a 15 minute delay with Bridge quickly back into their stride on the resumption of play. Bridge fielding eight players 21yrs or under had pace all over the park and they were rewarded on 23 minutes when a 30 yard Dan Clayton free kick found its way through a crowded penalty area and past an unsighted Arron Rhodes. This gave them the impetus to drive forward and two minutes later the inspirational Clayton burst down the left wing to slot past the advancing keeper and on the half hour mark he fastened on to a superb pass from Luke Fletcher to round Rhodes for his hat trick. The ‘firebirds’ were crestfallen and it got worse five minutes later as Clayton returned the compliment allowing Fletcher (L) to round Rhodes for the fourth and brother Jake then confidently dispatched the penalty after the keeper brought him down in the box. Even though Bridge did drop off the pace a little Phoenix continued to work hard and were rewarded for their endeavours with a well worked goal from Ryan Hudson on 69 minutes. The Dan Clayton show was quite finished as he added his fourth and even a late goal from Chris Godfrey could not take the gloss of a fine team performance.
Man of Match - Dan Clayton
09/10/11 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 5-4 Sherwood - League Challenge Cup
Youthful and naïve is a fair description of the majority of the Bridge side but what they lack in experience is compensated by a grit and determination that enabled them to overcome a three goal deficit against a formidable Sherwood side and progress to the next stage of the League Challenge Cup. Bridge got off to a bad start when Alastair Hogg failed to hold on to a Chris Hastings cross leaving Baz Littlefair with an easy finish and worse followed as a speculative Liam Gray effort found its way into the Bridge net. A confident Sherwood were dominating the game with another incisive move presenting Littlefair his second before Dan Clayton provided some hope with a top corner drive that gave Sean Robinson no chance. Their chance of a second half comeback seemed to dissipate when Dan Thirkell scrambled the ball home from a corner but once more their resilience shone through and a mistake by Robinson converted by Chris Chapman galvanised the fight back. Chapman then headed home a Clayton corner on 75 minutes and three minutes later Jake Fletcher put Mark Burniston in the clear with keeper Robinson lucky to go unpunished after dragging him down in the box. Dan Clayton squared the match from the resultant penalty but credit to Sherwood who dusted themselves down and forced Hogg into two fine saves before Fletcher came up with the winner in the 90th minute smashing the ball home after a fine run and by-line cross from the irrepressible Clayton.
Man of Match - Ryan Haswell
16/10/11 - Hampsthwaite United 4-5 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - FA Sunday Cup
It sounds like an old record Boroughbridge 5 Opposition 4 but once more they recovered from a near impossible situation to scrape their way into the next round of the Harrogate FA Challenge Cup and an away tie at Harrogate Cosmos. Bridge were playing into the wind in the first half and despite the Manager’s emphasis on concentration it was poor communication that gifted Neil Byrne the opener on 10 minutes. It took Bridge some time to get Saturday night out of the system and when they did a clinical Steve Coles finish put them level and a double ‘shinner’ from Chris Chapman put them in front just on half time. After a promising finish to the half it then went downhill with Dave Potts grabbing an equaliser and when Dave Chambers got a brace with only ten minutes remaining it looked all over the visitors. Despite their shortcomings resilience is something they are not without and on 83 minutes a quickly taken free kick by Dan Clayton caught keeper Pete Hardisty off guard. Hampsthwaite, much to their bemusement had a goal disallowed, which proved pivotal to the outcome as Dave Burniston grabbed the equaliser a minute from the end leaving enough time for his on fire brother Mark to hit home the winner. Valuable for Bridge in this victory was the experience of Richard Donohoe which was recognised by his contemporaries in the MOM award.
Man of Match - Richard Donohoe
23/10/11 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 3-2 Harrogate CSC - League
With both sides battling for points at the wrong end of the table the first half was an undistinguished affair with no quarter asked or given as defences dominated. Mark Burniston had looked the main Bridge threat and within two minutes of the resumption he broke the deadlock taking on his defender and smashing the ball into Dan Skelton’s top corner. CSC were finding it difficult to break down the home rearguard until the introduction of Biagio D’Amore who had only been on the field a few minutes when he gave Alastair Hogg no chance with his top corner drive. Back came Bridge going back into the lead on 65 minutes with a bullet header from Dave Burniston to a superb Dan Clayton cross only to be pegged back again when George Medd slid the ball past a rooted Hogg. With time running out a draw looked the likely outcome until Paul Eagling, following a mazy dribble, was upended in the box by Callum Willey and the striker got up to drive the resultant penalty past the diving Skelton and take Bridge off the foot of the table.
Man of Match - Chris Wood
30/10/11 - Harrogate CSC 8-3 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - Knockout Cup
What a difference a week makes or should that be Paul Beesley as their ex striker, who recently signed for Harrogate Town, came back to haunt them with a four goal haul. Against the run of play Bridge took a 14th minute lead through Stephen Coles which was doubled on the half hour mark by a Dave Burniston penalty. The lead, however, flattered Bridge who were indebted to Alastair Hogg for a series of fine saves and even after the sending off of George Medd such was the domination of the home side it was Bridge, not CSC who looked like they were a man light. The game turned on 43 minutes with an injury to Hogg, which forced him off the field, and Graham Whitehead grabbing an opening goal for the home side. Chris Chapman conceded a penalty on 56 minutes, Richard Donohoe within a minute of coming on gave away another, both converted by Beesley and the snowfall proceeded into an avalanche. Beesley added two more, Mark Baranovsky and Whitehead each ended with a brace and a late goal from Mark Burniston was small consolation for Bridge as they prepare for the visit of Chapeltown Fforde Grene in the WRCFA Sunday Cup this weekend.
Man of Match - Alastair Hogg
06/11/11 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 3-1 Chapeltown F/ Grene - County Sunday
A sizeable crowd turned up at Bridge for this Sunday morning County Sunday Cup tie encounter and they were not disappointed as Wayne Fisher’s side turned over their Jubilee Premier League opponents. The kick off was behind schedule due to the late arrival of the visitors and Bridge took full advantage with the opening goal on five minutes Dan Clayton smashing the ball past Tom Taylor following a great Mark Burniston run and an astute Paul Eagling pass. It did not take Chapeltown long to assert their qualities and on 25 minutes they squared matters with a curling free kick from Craig Maynard past stand-in keeper Ollie Uffindall. There were chances for both sides with Burniston, Eagling and Clayton all going close and Fernando Moke and Ashton Campbell likewise for the visitors but neither side were able to profit from their opportunities. Again it was Bridge who made the quicker start after the break with a Dan Clayton corner curling into the top corner and on 55 minutes Paul Eagling fired home a penalty following a clumsy challenge on Stephen Coles. A buoyant home side new they still had some defending to do but with great industry in midfield and the defensive partnership of Dave Burniston and Ryan Haswell working overtime they held the visitors at bay. Chapeltown had Daniel Freeman sent off for two booking which seemed to make them more determined and in the last fifteen minutes they threw caution to the wind only to find Bridge resolute and Uffindall more than capable of dealing with anything they threw at him. The excellent result sends Bridge into the next round and an away tie at another Jubilee Premier League side Main Line Social who overcame Redoubt in the last round.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston
13/11/11 - Sherwood 2-1 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
Bridge found themselves on the end of a late winner as Sherwood snatched all three points with an unstoppable 89th minute strike from James Bradley. On a heavy playing surface the home side dominated the early stages with Fraser Lancaster and Chris Hastings a constant danger and they took a deserved lead on 16 minutes through Liam Glennon. Bridge struggled to get into the game and only some excellent goalkeeping from Ollie Uffindall prevented Sherwood consolidating their position. Bridge were more threatening after the break and grabbed the equaliser on the hour mark through Mark Burniston who chased down what seemed a lost cause until keeper Matt Butler kick his clearance straight at him to leave him with an easy tap in. Chris Chapman was just off target with a header as Bridge looked like taking a share of the spoils until Bradley’s late winner.
Man of Match - Chris Chapman
27/11/11 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 4-4 Kirk Deighton Rangers - League
When Deighton came to Bridge earlier in the season they were undone by a second half fight back whereas on this occasion they came back from a 4-1 half time deficit to earn themselves a valuable point. There was little to choose between the sides in the early exchanges until the 21st minute when Paul Scaife held up a long clearance to set up Mark Burniston for the opener and with Deighton struggling against the elements Scaife picked up another long clearance to chip the advancing Neil Frost for the second. Deighton’s solution was to bring on Tom Dickinson and within minutes he reduced the deficit heading home past Alastair Hogg. A spectacular Chris Chapman overhead kick from the edge of the box restored Bridge’s two goal cushion and Dave Burniston consolidated their position with the fourth in first half injury time. Deighton weren’t finished and Ed Collins volleyed home on 62 minutes and Bridge then had to rely on Hogg who belied his years with some excellent saves before Liam McEntee(75) squeezed one under his diving body and Andy Walker (79) gave the visitors a share of the points when he headed home a Dickinson cross ten minutes from time. This Sunday Bridge travel to Leeds side Main Line Social in the Sunday Cup and will have to tighten their defensive resolve if they are to progress to the next round.
Man of Match - Steve Kirby
04/12/11 - Main Line Social 2-5 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - County Sunday Cup
With some players getting lost on the way it was not the best of preparation for Bridge’s third round County Sunday Cup tie which mixed with the wet and windy conditions and a muddy Western Flatts pitch did little to enhance their mood. This had to change quickly as the slick passing game of the home side and their ability to attack down the wings through Mark Hobson and Mark Waterhouse had Bridge on the back foot from the outset. Main Line had an early goal disallowed for hand ball and were further denied by two great saves from Alastair Hogg to Andy Horsman free kicks. All their attacking flair was negated on 14 minutes when keeper Jimmy Senior flapped at an innocuous cross leaving Paul Eagling to walk the ball home and Bridge got a further confidence boost 12 minutes later from a bullet Eagling header to a Mark Burniston cross. It got better on 26minutes when an inswinging corner seemed to deflect off Senior’s shoulder into the net and this is how it stayed until the break. Bridge were fully aware of the task in hand but on 54 minutes Andy Horsman reduced the deficit for the home side to set up an interesting & battling twenty minutes. Both sides gave their all knowing the next goal could be pivotal and it was the visitors who struck through the industrious Stevie Coles as he finished off an excellent footballing goal linking play between Ollie Uffindall and Eagling from a Lewis Barlow cross. An erratic challenge by Craig Wainwright on Mark Burniston gave Eagling the chance to thump home his fourth and a late goal from Bradley Francis White could not detract from another great team performance. Bridge have gone into all three games as underdog and now have the daunting task of facing West Bowling FC who are defending the cup for a second consecutive season.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
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