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Boroughbridge AFC Sunday Match Reports 11/12
January to May
08/01/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 0-1 West Bowling FC - County Sunday Cup
Having already seen off three highly rated teams with both excellent performances and impressive scorelines, Wayne Fisher’s Sunday side faced their biggest challenge yet with the visit of West Bowling FC to Aldborough Road in the fourth round of the County Sunday Cup. Bowling had won it all for two years running and arrived on a fine winter’s morning looking very well prepared. The fixture had been all the talk around the Club for the past week and ‘Bridge made a slightly shaky start to the match as Bowling looked to assert their dominance early. Ryan Haswell made an excellent early clearance when Bowling looked certain to score and that was the story of the opening half hour, with the visitors unable to find the breakthrough goal, rarely testing Alastair Hogg in the ‘Bridge goal. Fisher’s team soon settled into the game, taking the fight to their visitors with some good football and as the half progressed the pendulum swung towards the home side who were playing as a team and showing commitment in all areas of the park. The ‘Bridge strike force were manufacturing changes and testing Ashley Onitiri in the visitor’s nets, with Paul Scaife having the best chance about five minutes before the break, only to see his shot miss the target. As the teams headed in at half time Fisher would have been very happy with his team’s first half performance and more of the same would have been the instruction in his team talk. The second half started more evenly than the first had ended with the break giving the visitors a chance to regroup. For all that they threw at ‘Bridge though the home defence had an answer to, with Sam Everard and Man of Match Ben Clayton in particular putting in excellent shifts. Disaster struck for ‘Bridge just as the hour mark passed, however, when a mix up between Dave Burniston and Alastair Hogg left the ball for Bowling striker Chris Wood to tap into the back of the net for the all important opening goal. The goal shook the home side who lost a little of the snap they had previously had in their play. Some nervy performances from parts of the ‘Bridge midfield did not help the cause to find the equaliser and with the visitors putting in wave after wave of attack it looked as though the next goal may come from the leading side. The teams were still only separated by a single goal though and with the clock ticking down a number of the home side began to step up to the plate. Dan Clayton, who had been previously been mostly neutralised by the visiting defence, was starting to show his real class with numerous runs down the left wing and several very tempting crosses launched into the box, only to find nobody to latch on to them. Fisher’s confidence in his side is show by the fact that his one and only substitution came late on, with striker Ollie Uffindall introduced just minutes before the whistle, but with the game into second half injury time he would only have time for one attack as the visitors tried to keep the ball in the corners and run down the clock. The disappointment was clear to see on the faces of the ‘Bridge players as the final whistle rang around Aldborough Road but they have a lot to be proud of looking back at their County Sunday Cup campaign. It was not a kind draw and wins over three very tough teams in the form of Bradford Phoenix, Chapeltown Fforde Grene and Main Line Social brought ‘Bridge to this match. Had they had any other draw they could well have been on their way to the Quarter-Finals, but that’s the luck of the draw.
Man of Match - Ben Clayton
22/01/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 4-1 Tadcaster Magnets - League
After their tremendous run in the County Sunday Cup it was reality time for Bridge and down to the task of gaining some much needed League points against a Magnets side one place above them in the League. They started off on the front foot only for Paul Scaife to miss an early penalty but with the mercurial Dan Clayton causing all sorts of problems they took the lead through Tom Ekin following another mazy Clayton run and cross. The winger was proving a constant threat but unfortunately his reaction to some over zealous treatment resulted in his dismissal in 27th minute. This served to galvanise rather than deter the home side and five minutes later Ben Clayton headed home a Scaife cross to consolidate their position. Tom Deighton threw his side a lifeline on 56 minutes converting a Billy Thompson cross but Bridge quickly regained their two goal cushion with the industrious Ben Clayton setting up Stevie Coles to volley past Jordan Lowe for the third. On 68 minutes Jake Fletcher secured the victory adding the fourth to give Bridge the points and some breathing space at the bottom of the league.
Man of Match - Ben Clayton
29/01/12 - Showbiz Whites 6-2 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday (a.e.t.) - League Cup
After beating the holders in the last round a makeshift ‘Bridge side put up a battling performance before going down in extra time. Without a recognised keeper Bridge went behind on 24 minutes when Kevin Morris got round the back of their defence to chip Manager Wayne Fisher who had taken on the goalkeeping mantle. Chris Chapman got something on a Paul Scaife cross to level matters only for Lee Povey to restore the home side’s advantage three minutes before the break, scrambling home, after Fisher misjudged a cross. Dave Burniston, who was already carrying an injury, took over the gloves at the break and following a Morris penalty miss Jake Fletcher smashed in the equaliser with 15 minutes remaining. A sapping pitch took its toll on the visitors and in extra time a brace from Morris and further goals from Matt Adamson & Steve Beecroft gave the final score a disproportionate look to the overall game.
Man of Match - Sam Everard
26/02/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-2 FC Boston - League
Champions elect FC Boston started the game positively and in the 9th minute Gerard McCargo, who proved a constant threat, got to the by-line to leave Andy Kitchen with an easy tap-in at the back post. This was a wake up call for the home side and Stevie Coles forced a good save out of Jordan Tinker only for Bridge to be rocked back on their heels when Ian Prendergast went over from a legitimate looking Richard Donohoe tackle. A penalty was the verdict much to the chagrin of the home team and Prendergast duly converted from the spot. ‘Bridge did not let it deter them and Paul Scaife reduced the deficit in the 54th minute but despite their endeavours the nearest they came to scoring was a Steven Paffett effort that hit the post leaving Boston just about home and hosed for the title.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston & Richard Donohoe
04/03/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 0-5 Showbiz Whites - League
The visitors adapted much better to the greasy surface and driving rain with Gaz McLeod orchestrating from midfield and Kevin Morris again proving to be the ‘Bridge’s nemesis with his second hat trick against them this season. The home side were just about at full strength but could not cope with the pass and movement of the Showbiz side and it was no more than they deserved when Morris headed in the opener on the half hour mark. The second goal, however, was a little fortuitous as Donnelly failed to hold a Morris shot and Nigel Glew was on hand to tap in from close range. In contrast to the opposition Bridge were struggling to hold on to the ball in the deteriorating condition and it was from another slick passing movement that Whites got their third with Morris again on target. ‘Bridge were thrown a lifeline on 66 minutes from the penalty spot but Dave Burniston shot straight at Sparks and any glimmer of hope disseminated two minutes later when Steve Beecroft added the fourth. As the ’Bridge heads dropped Morris went on to get his hat trick, bringing his total to seven in their two recent games and a massive improvement will be required if ‘Bridge want to advance when the two teams meet in the semi final of the Harrogate FA Sunday Cup in two week’s time.
Man of Match - Steve Paffett & Ben Clayton
11/03/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-2 Atlanta - League
Looking to avoid a hat trick of home defeats Bridge made a promising start only to fail to find the necessary penetration in the last third of the field against a resolute Atlanta defence. The same could be said for the visitors who found Ryan Haswell and Sam Everard in equally determined mood and just when it looked like we were in for a goalless first half Sylvester Rowe ran through to chip keeper Josh Donnelly. The breakthrough came in the 43rd minute but within a minute Chris Chapman had volleyed home the equaliser after Luke Fletcher headed on a Steven Paffett free kick. Bridge failed to build on this after the break with too many misplaced passes allowing Atlanta to manipulate the midfield areas. On 71 minutes they made their possession count with a long ball over the top and Josh Kidd, a player Bridge coveted in his teenage years, ran in to smash home what turned out to be the winner. Bridge kept going but were unable to assert any authority on the game and their one chance of note fell to Chris Stephenson only for Sam Moore to prove equal to his great left foot volley.
Man of Match - Chris Stephenson
18/03/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 2-1 Showbiz Whites - FA Sunday Cup
After a run of four straight defeats, two of which were against Showbiz Whites, the signs did not bode well for Bridge in this Harrogate FA Sunday Cup Semi-Final but Fisher’s team stuck to their task to be rewarded with an 89th minute winner. There were some interesting encounters with the threat of Kevin Morris and Nigel Glew being negated by a resolute Bridge defence, the industrious Chris Chapman, Steve Coles and Richard Donohoe matching up to the visitors skilful Gary McLeod & Matt McGlinchey. Up front the pace and drive of Dan Clayton and Mark Burniston were causing problems to the Whites defence and it was Clayton who eventually opened the scoring on 33 minutes as his mazy run was halted inside the box and the winger stepped up to beat John Sparks from the spot. Whites were quick to respond but the home side hung on to lead thanks to a fine save from Liam Corbett to deny Glew. Corbett was replaced at half time by Ben Clayton and though Mark Burniston donning the gloves reduced the right flank as an outlet Clayton’s tenacity reinforced the key midfield area. Both sides were giving it their all and it was Showbiz who struck next on 73 minutes when Phil Myles got the wrong side of his marker to smash home from close range. In the remaining minutes the game swung from end to end and with extra time looming Steve Coles swung in a corner that ended up in the top corner of Sparks’ net to send Bridge’s young side into ecstasy and for most of them their first final at Senior level.
Man of Match - Ryan Haswell
01/04/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-1 Scholes - League
A Guy Cole penalty in the opening ten minutes was levelled up by a Dan Clayton spot kick 20 minutes from time as these two sides shared the points.
Man of Match - Josh Donnelly
15/04/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 4-1 Ripon City - League
With their Cup final against Sherwood only a couple of weeks away Bridge were glad to get a game under their belt as well as a positive result to take them out of the relegation zone. They started the game well with Richard Donohoe orchestrating play from midfield but it was a subtle ball over the top that caught out the Ripon defence leaving Paul Scaife to round Mark Appleyard for the opener on 15 minutes. Bridge continued to have the better of the chances and increased their lead from a Scaife cross deflected into his own net by Sam Clark which galvanised the visitors into a response and Steve Hodgson took advantage of poor communication between stand-in skipper Sam Everard and Josh Donnelly to reduce the arrears with a delicate chip. With a strong bench, Manager, Wayne Fisher, was able to introduce his subs in the second half allowing ‘Bridge to get a foothold of the match and their passing game was rewarded on 74 minutes with Scaife again able to round Appleyard for his second. Ripon had little left to offer and Scaife was given time and space to complete his hat trick in the last few minutes.
Man of Match - Paul Scaife
22/04/12 - FC Boston 4-3 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
‘Bridge warmed up for their Harrogate FA Cup final against Sherwood with a fluctuating seven goal battle against champions elect FC Boston. Both sides had early chances before Gerard McCargo got a good touch from a cross by Paul Baxter to steer the ball past Josh Donnelly. 'Bridge responded on 13 minutes with a long ball from Sam Everard, flicked on by Jake Fletcher for Paul Scaife to go through and rattle in the equaliser. Fletcher’s aerial threat was causing all sorts of problems for the home side and on 24 minutes the ball fell to Scaife who smashed it past Jordan Tinker from the edge of the box. Back came Boston and three minutes later, McCargo, who proved to a thorn in the side at the reverse fixture, found time and space to fire in the equaliser from the edge of the box. Two minutes into the second half and Bridge obviously had not taken heed of instructions as déjà vu the opening goal McCargo was able to turn in the box and tap home from close range. Again ‘Bridge battled back and when Chris Chapman knocked in the equaliser a well deserved pint looked on the cards but the home side still had the ace in the pack as McCargo turned provider to set up Steve Brown for the winner. There were many good performances on the day with Alex Coombes, looking to get himself back in contention, narrowly grabbing the MOM award.
Man of Match - Alex Coombes
29/04/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 2-2 Sherwood (a.e.t.) - Sunday Cup Final
Sherwood win 5-4 in sudden death penalty shootout
A wet and windy morning greeted both teams to Manse Lane for this Harrogate FA Sunday Challenge Cup Final, and what followed was a match dominated by the poor weather conditions. The Manse Lane pitch was suffering from the effects of two matches the previous day, including a Hulme Cup Final, and the increasingly heavy deposits of rain did not help matters. Nevertheless, the teams set about their task in workmanlike fashions, with Josh Donnelly called into action in the ‘Bridge goal in the opening minutes. ‘Bridge quickly found their groove, however, with the offensive line of Dan Clayton, Jake Fletcher and Paul Scaife linking up well, resulting with a one-on-one chance for Scaife in the seventh minute, which was hit straight at Sherwood ‘keeper Matt Butler, with the rebound shot from Ben Clayton cleared off the line by the Sherwood defence. Wayne Fisher’s young side would again be denied by last ditch defending in the 19th minute when Scaife had a shot from an acute angle cleared off the line. Fletcher was the next to be denied by a combination of an in form Butler and the heavy pitch when he broke away from his defenders in the 24th minute but couldn’t find a way around the ‘keeper, with Ben Clayton’s rebound shot once again meeting a defender rather than the back of the net. Cue Sherwood’s turn to go on the attack, forcing Donnelly to dive to his left to tip the ball around post from a well hit shot. Disaster struck for ‘Bridge in the 31st minute when Dave Burniston just lost touch with Matt Thompson and was punished with a goal, very much against the run of play and from Sherwood’s first real shot on target. ‘Bridge now set about their task of coming from behind, and in the 35th minute Mark Burniston ran in from the wing, crossing low across the box but failing to find the feet of either Scaife or Fletcher. Another one-on-one chance went begging for Scaife in the next minute, and Dan Clayton shot just wide of the right hand post just afterwards. Little more would happen before half time, with the interval welcomed by players and fans alike as a chance to escape the rain, for a little while at least. Fisher sent his men out early for the second half, and ‘Bridge were left waiting around the centre circle for several minutes before Sherwood and the refereeing team emerged. The half time team talk must surely have been for more of the same, and ‘Bridge did just that in going straight on the offensive as the half began. Sherwood were having chances on the counter attack, however, and Donnelly was called into aerial action nine minutes into the half, making an assured catch in the poor conditions. Dan Clayton provided the first real ‘Bridge attempt of the half moments later when he fired over the bar from long range, and the combination of Clayton and Fletcher on the right wing was causing Sherwood real problems. Clayton thought he had grabbed the equaliser with 57 minutes on the clock when he managed to rescue the ball from the Butler’s grasps to slot home, but despite ‘Bridge’s protests the referee correctly adjudged that the ‘keeper had full control of the ball before Clayton’s intervention. Donnelly was once again in action as the hour mark came and went, marking a seeming leveling out of the match, with ‘Bridge increasingly frustrated by their failed attempts at goal. The right wing, however, continued to be a productive outlet for ‘Bridge, with Dave Burniston winning the ball in defence before feeding it through to Dan Clayton and Jake Fletcher. ‘Bridge had another fantastic chance on 75 minutes when the ‘keeper misjudged the flight of the ball, leaving Scaife with the ball at the far post only to be foiled once again by the resolute Sherwood defence. Just as it seemed that it wasn’t ‘Bridge’s day, however, the breakthrough came courtesy of Dan Clayton, who chipped Butler from just inside the area to restore parity. This spurred ‘Bridge on, but yet more opportunities were spurned with Scaife and Steven Paffett denied by the ‘keeper. At the other end Sherwood continued to have their chances, but none were as clear cut as the ‘Bridge chances, and certainly weren’t of the same frequency. With neither side finding another goal the match went to extra time, and in the opening minutes Dan Clayton had the ball in the back of the net for a third time, only to be denied for a second time for a foul on Butler in gaining back possession. Jake Fletcher was also continuing to make chances and was somehow denied in a one-on-one situation with the ‘keeper, with the heavy pitch playing its part in matters, but made amends soon afterwards in firing home the go ahead goal. Further chances would come and go for Mark Burniston, Scaife and Clayton as the first period of extra time drew to a close and ‘Bridge continued to look for a third goal as the second period began. Disaster would strike, however, in the 111th minute when Byron Littlefair scrambled home a goal from close range, with the ball just crossing the line before being cleared away, setting up the prospect of penalties. Chris Chapman had a difficult chance to win it for his side as the clock wound down and Fisher’s last roll of the dice, the introduction of Luke Fletcher, did not affect the scoreline. All that remained was the footballing equivalent of Russian Roulette, penalties. Sherwood won the toss and elected to strike first, which they with Dan Thirkell converting their first spot kick. ‘Bridge’s regular penalty taker Steven Paffett made short work of leveling the shootout before Sherwood retook the lead, one which they would hold for longer than they might have anticipated with Jake Fletcher firing ‘Bridge’s second penalty over the crossbar. His brother did not make the same mistake, and when Sherwood missed with their third kick, Ben Clayton stepped up to restore parity. Sherwood’s Craig Robson scored with their fifth kick to pile the pressure on Dan Clayton, who squeezed the ball into the bottom left hand corner to take the shootout into sudden death. A safe conversion from Mark Fox piled the pressure this time onto Chris Chapman, who’s kick was on target and hit with plenty of power, but was unfortunately also struck in the direction of the diving Butler. This left Fisher and his team reflecting on what could have, and some would say should have, been given the raft of missed chances which on a different day and drier playing surface could so easily have rippled the net. This should take nothing away from the victors, however, who scored important goals when it mattered and coped the best with the difficult circumstances.
Man of Match - Jake Fletcher
04/05/12 - Atlanta 5-0 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
On a cold and windy Friday evening on The Stray both teams failed to really find their groove, but it was the hosts who got the better of their lower-placed opposition. ‘Bridge were playing with a strong wind into their backs in the first half, but it was Atlanta playing into the wind who started the brightest, firing just wide of the mark in the opening minutes. This failed to serve as the wake-up call ‘Bridge needed and on ten minutes the hosts beat the offside trap to manufacture a one-on-one opportunity against Josh Donnelly in the ‘Bridge goal, only to see Donnelly pull out a fine save to keep the scores level. Their continued pressure paid dividends on 24 minutes when a well worked effort from Josh Kidd found the back of Donnelly’s net. ‘Bridge were playing very poorly, and conceded another goal, scored by Sylvester Rowe, on 42 minutes as half time beckoned. In truth they were lucky not to be further behind at the interval, and had failed to capitalise on the advantage of the wind in the first half. Manager Wayne Fisher made changes at half time, reminding his team that there was still plenty of time left, but ‘Bridge were caught napping as the match restarted and found themselves a third goal behind within a minute as Rowe completed his brace. Fisher’s changes improved the ‘Bridge performance and the visitors were at least starting to manufacture some chances with the Fletcher brothers, Jake and Luke, and Mark Burniston looking dangerous on the offensive, but poor finishing and a strong performance from Sam Moore in the home nets kept the Atlanta clean sheet intact. Jake Hutchinson scored to make the host’s lead four on 76 minutes and Chris Chapman missed numerous chances to grab a consolation goal as the clock wound down before Tom Rhodes compounded ‘Bridge’s misery with a fifth Atlanta goal in injury time.
Man of Match - Richard Donohoe
 
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