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Boroughbridge AFC Reserves Match Reports 12/13
August to December
21/07/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 0-3 Nunthorpe Town - Friendly
With 'Bridge only having welcomed their new Reserve team gaffer to Aldborough Road just days prior to this opening Reserve team pre-season match outgoing Manager Tony Coles remained in the hot seat, and he might have wished he had refused his last hurrah as instead of a ten one victory, his last match ended in the three nil defeat. Facing 'Bridge's Reserve side were North Riding County based outfit Nunthorpe Town, whose starting attack boasting Coles's predecessor, Lee Brook. The match began fairly evenly, but the visitors were the ones to open the scoring with an attacking move which out-foxed the 'Bridge defense on 26 minutes. This goal swung the momentum in favour of Town, and they never really looked back with Brook doubling the advantage from a one-on-one situation in the 39th minute. This second goal seemed to wake the home side from their off-season slumber, and they forced the Town 'keeper into a brilliant save on the stroke of half time, but trailed two nil at the break. The second half was very much like the first, with Nunthorpe adding a third goal on the hour mark as new 'Bridge Manager Elliott Sheeran watched on from behind the goal his side were now attacking. The hosts would have their chances in the last half hour, but they were few and far between with the closest 'Bridge coming to having anything which could be described as on target occurring when a long-range effort hit a moving car on the York Road, and as the final whistle sounded the reality of his task can't have failed to have hit Sheeran who would take over the side at the next training session.
04/08/12 - Boroughbridge AFC XI 1-3 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - Friendly
The late back word of scheduled opponents Bainbridge FC left Elliott Sheeran's Reserve team facing the prospect of a reduced pre-season schedule, but thankfully Daz Ekin stepped in to organise a Boroughbridge AFC XI side to give their club counterparts a game. With Ekin on the pitch and John Chubb managing from the sidelines, the hastily arranged 'Bridge XI started brightly and right from the off it looked like a good game was in prospect, if a confusing one for spectators arriving to the sight of 22 'Bridge shirts on the field. There was little action of any note for the first 28 minutes, but the game sprang into life as the half hour mark approached with both sides having shots ricochet off their respective goal posts in the space of a couple of minutes. Given this, it seemed inevitable the deadlock would be broken sooner rather than later, and in the 33rd minute Tom Croft obliged with a touch of class for XI, lifting the ball into the air from range before watching as it dipped just below the crossbar and above the outstretched hand of Josh Donnelly in the Reserve nets, giving his side a lead they would hold into the half time break. Sheeran's half time team talk did the trick, however, and his Reserve side were fast out of the blocks in the second half. They restored parity with 54 minutes on the clock thanks to a penalty awarded for hand-ball and converted by Niki Westbury. This gave the Reserves the boost of confidence they required and they began to look the more threatening team, playing some lovely passing football. As the hour mark came and went with both sides beginning to make substitutions, Luke Fletcher was brought into the action for the Reserves. His introduction would prove to have a big impact on the game in the 76th minute when he lifted a shot over Liam Corbett in the XI nets to give the Reserves a lead. Six minutes later Fletcher added his second to take the lead to three one, a scoreline they would hold until the end. As the final whistle rang out there were plenty of positives to be taken from the game for both sides, with some excellent football being played and an exciting season in prospect if this game was a sign of things to come.
08/08/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 0-2 9th Army Air Corps - Friendly
'Bridge Reserves suffered a comprehensive two goal to nil defeat in their pre-season friendly against 9th Army Air Corps at Aldborough Road. Whilst 'Bridge had the first shot on goal, it was Air Corps who opened the brightest and kept the home side subdued for much of the first half. A 35th minute Ben Coles drive was the only real noteworthy effort of the first 45 minutes for 'Bridge, but this was off target, and goals for the visitors on 38 and 43 minutes took Elliott Sheeran's side in at the break trailing two nil. 'Bridge did come into the game more in the second half but failed to get on the scoresheet, despite a gilt-edged chance for Phil Wix around the hour mark when he couldn't convert from an acute angle having beaten the 'keeper. Despite a late substitution which brought on the Gaffer himself, 'Bridge never found a way back into the match and two nil would be how things ended.
11/08/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 1-2 Wigton Moor - Friendly
'Bridge Reserves lost narrowly at Aldborough Road in their fourth and final pre-season friendly. 'Bridge were under the cosh for much of the first half, conceding shortly after the half hour mark, and were lucky not to go a second goal behind in the following minute, only to see visitors' shot rebound off the right-hand post. 'Bridge began the second half more brightly, however, and started to take the game to their opponents, playing some good passing football. Ross Mardon had a chance to equal matters shortly after the hour mark, but couldn't quite latch on to Ollie Bone's cross. The breakthrough came in the 88th minute when Chris Chapman rose into the air to head home a Jimmy Binks delivery, but 'Bridge would go straight up the field and concede leaving then with one win and three losses from their pre-season campaign.
18/08/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 1-3 East End Park Reserves - League
A disappointing result and plenty for new Manager Elliott Sheeran to contemplate as 'Bridge opened their Alliance campaign on Saturday at their Aldborough Road ground. Both sides were understrength with the visitors taking the early initiative with a Tony Dickinson strike forcing the comeback king Alastair Hogg into action. Another returning 'Bridge player Ollie Bone responded as he dispossessed Andy Stoner to bring a good save out of Nicky McGuire. Coates brothers Luke and Ben tested Hogg with some long range efforts before the 'keeper was beaten on 24 minutes by a miscued Jack Herron clearance from an innocuous Tom Moore cross. The score remained like this to half time with a better response from the home side after the break as Jimmy Binks had a 20 yard effort touched round the post and Jamie Smith was just off target with a header to a Wayne fisher cross. The promise dissipated on 69 minutes, however, when Hogg dropped a ball under a challenge from Steve Tatler to leave the 'Park skipper with an easy tap in and it was deja vu on 69 minutes with Kieran Trueman the beneficiary of 'Bridge's generosity. The home side kept battling away and were rewarded on 85 minutes with a cool finish from Ross Mardon to a Bone pass. 'Bridge only had two players in their starting line up from last year with Jack Herron, on debut, made a promising start and deservedly getting the recognition from his team mates.
Man of Match - Jack Herron
20/08/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 1-3 Ripon City Reserves - League
There was little to choose between these two sides in the opening exchanges with Ripon gaining the upper hand when Lee Dearden misjudged a cross resulting in the unfortunate Chris Chapman putting the ball into his own net. It did not take the home side long to equalise with Phil Wix bursting on to a Jack Herron pass to out strip the Ripon defence and slip the ball past the advancing Johnny Waterworth. The second half had a similar flavour to it with Dearden the busier of the two keepers but it was injuries to 'Bridge's centre back pairing of Jack Herron and Chris Chapman that proved pivotal. The visitors began to get a stranglehold in the midfield area and a clinical finish from Ryan Blanchard was followed by a Jake Carter Daggett effort to seal the points for City and open their account for the season.
Man of Match - Tom Hussell
25/08/12 - Old Headingley Reserves 1-2 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
'Bridge Reserves opened their account for the season with an excellent away result at Old Headingley. The home side took the lead through Daniel Burns with Carl Allen restoring parity before the break and Ross Mardon coming off the bench to grab the equaliser 15 minutes from time.
Man of Match - Jack Herron
01/09/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 2-4 Whitkirk Wanderers Reserves - League
'Bridge can feel some correlation to the adage 'kick a man when he is down' as crucial decisions went against them that had a direct impact on the game. The home side created a couple of half chances early doors but it was the visitors who had the better of the opportunities with Steve Scott and Chris Prior both off target. Phil Wix then fired over on 35 minutes and with half time approaching the first bit of controversy occurred. With the ball a foot in play Scott's half hearted appeal for a corner was given, from where Lee Dearden was adjudged to have pushed the Whitkirk player and Scott stepped up to fire in the resultant penalty. There was no controversy over the second in the 57th minute which occurred with a back to front ball from Olly Mallinson chested down by Scott and lashed into the roof of the net by Prior. Ross Mardon was then pushed in the box but nothing given and five minutes later the game seemed over as Scott took advantage of a Jack Herron mistake for his second and Ben Potter hooked home the fourth. On 66 minutes Carl Allen hit the bar with Mark Child beaten but somehow the visitors managed to scramble the ball away, Wix then missed a good chance before Chris Chapman reduced the arrears from close range as Child mishandled a Paul Scaife free kick. Twelve minutes from time Wix did have the ball in the net or so everybody thought but, much to the amusement of the Wanderers 'keeper, a goal wasn?t given which could have had a greater significance on Paul Scaife?s exquisite finish five minutes from time.
Man of Match - Jack Herron
15/09/12 - K'boro Town Reserves 5-0 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - Hulme Cup
With the 1st team Whitworth Cup tie deferred to Wednesday 'Boro Res were able to utilise their full resources and predictably progressed serenely to the next round of the Hulme Cup. 'Bridge knew the task ahead but were not overawed and following an Andy Pickles error Jake Fletcher could have given them the lead which would have been a tremendous fillip for the visitors. 'Boro, however, always looked the more imposing and it was no surprise when they took the lead on 24 minutes when an unmarked Jimmy Dawson headed home a free kick from ex 'Bridge player Ben Clayton. 'Bridge battled to keep in the game and Jake Fletcher, who was a constant threat, tested James Stratton on 37 minutes only for the home side to strike again through a Dawson penalty exacerbated on the stroke of half time by John Chambers, who had replaced Guisseppe Downing, adding the third. Like the first half Bridge had an early opportunity through a Steven Paffett header that was cleared off the line and Jake Fletcher continued to be the likely source for a goal but it was the home side who struck next with Craig Robinson capitalising on a defensive mix up and Chambers delivered the coup de grace with his second five minutes from time.
Man of Match - Jake Fletcher
22/09/12 - Rothwell Reserves 4-2 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
The 'Blue' shoots of recovery looked on the cards for a good hour only to be undone by a key decision at a pivotal period in the game which ultimately proved decisive. 'Bridge had an early warning with the aerial threat of Stuart Walker but overall they had the better of the early chances, the best of these ending with a Luke Fletcher shot safely pouched by Scott McCarthy after good link play between Carl Allan and Fraser Lancaster. Some marginal offside decisions frustrated the 'Bridge forwards until the 29th minutes when an Oldroyd back pass was deflected into the path of Lancaster who rounded the keeper for the opener. Lancaster and Wix both tested McCarthy before the break but in between times the tricky Ben Andrew worked his way to the by-line and when the 'Bridge defence failed to deal with the cross Jack Griffiths scrambled the ball over the line. This was a confidence boost for the home side that were more positive after the break forcing two excellent saves from Liam Corbett to efforts from Griffiths and Floyd with the same two also guilty of two glaring misses. Lancaster had a couple of chances for the visitors before they took the lead following some excellent defensive play from Ryan Haswell to release Wix who outstripped the defence to round the keeper for their second. This was in the 63rd minute and five minutes later good build up down the left side resulted in an excellent cross from Alex Coombes failing to reach Fletcher courtesy of an intervening hand. Buoyed by the escape back came Rothwell with Corbett denying Andrews in an one on one situation only to be beaten in the 75th minute when Floyd was allowed him space and time to pick his spot. Ross Mardon had a half chance before Klevis Bounushi was left unmarked from a corner to put his side in front for the first time and as 'Bridge pushed to get something out of the game Griffiths added his second two minutes from time.
Man of Match - Steven Paffett
06/10/12 - Huddersfield YMCA Res 4-0 Boroughbridge AFC Res - County Trophy
After their positive performance last weekend manager Elliott Sheeran was looking for much of the same but after a promising start ?Bridge conceded two goals in the last few minutes of the first half and never looked like pulling it back. Phil Wix and Ross Mardon failed to make the best of early chances which they were left to rue when a mistake from Steven Paffett allowed Chris Liversedge to fire in the opener. Liam Corbett made a good save from the same player minutes later only for an unmarked Dan Deakin to head home the resultant corner. Bridge tried to respond in the second half without seriously troubling Brendan Shanahan in the YMCA goal and just past the hour mark Luke Bedford confirmed the outcome from the penalty spot. The introduction of Carl Allan, Alex Coombes and Luke Fletcher gave the visitors fresh impetus with Shanahan saving well from Mardon and Jake Fletcher hitting the bar but it was an unmarked Deakin who had the last word heading home a corner in added time.
Man of Match - Ross Mardon
13/10/12 - Beeston St. Anthony's Reserves 6-3 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
The span in League positions was not evident as Bridge clawed back a 3-1 deficit only to fail by conceding three goals in the last ten minutes. They started positively with efforts from Fletcher and Lancaster but went behind on ten minutes as Liam Corbett pushed a Dan Daly corner into his net and after an assured response they were caught by a breakaway from their own corner with Daly firing in a second from the edge of the box. Just past the half hour mark Sam Everard linked with Tom Hussell to set up Jake Fletcher and his drive from the edge of the box nestled in the bottom corner to give Paul Graham little chance. ?Bridge?s susceptibility to corners was again their downfall on 36minutes as Corbett?s poor punched clearance was scrambled home by Martin Kelly to give the home side a two goal half time cushion. Five minutes into the second half Fletcher had hit the post and Corbett produced a fine save from Kelly which was of greater significance four minutes later with Everard and Jake Fletcher combining for brother Luke to finish well. ?Bridge continued to have the better of things and twenty minutes from time they squared matters with a far post header from Ashley Richardson after a fine run and cross from Hussell. Minutes later there was a lengthy delay when Corbett was caught in the face as he saved bravely at the feet of Kelly, which was followed by an injury to Hussell that forced his withdrawal and on 80 minutes the home side went back in front as the ?Bridge keeper allowed an innocuous Matt Boyes shot to slip through his hands. As ?Bridge pushed forward to get something out of the game Andy Preece added a fifth in injury time which was quickly followed a sixth from Aaron Connor.
Man of Match - Jake Fletcher
20/10/12 - Wetherby Athletic Reserves 2-2 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
?Bridge arguably had the best chance of the second half but in the main they had to absorb long periods of pressure to come away from their travels with a point. It did not augur well for ?Bridge as their inability to defend corners was quickly exposed by Glen Hilton who was left free to head in the opener on nine minutes. As ?Bridge bounced back Darren Butterworth made a good save from Jake Fletcher only to be beaten on 19 minutes by a good finish from Ross Mardon. Within a minute lesson noted but not learnt became apparent with an unmarked John Richards putting the home side back in front from a corner. Fletcher J was off target from a Lancaster lay off before Mardon added his second minutes before the break with a shot deflected into the bottom corner. With only a couple of minutes to the break a poor defensive back pass gave Andy Lockhart a great chance to restore the lead only to be denied by an excellent Liam Corbett save. The second half was very much one way traffic as Bridge gave the ball away cheaply allowing Wetherby to force the pace but a commanding performance from Corbett and his defence kept shots at a distance. In contrast the visitors? opportunities were limited with the best of these falling to Luke Fletcher who was superbly denied at point blank range by Butterworth but on the day ?Bridge would be happy with the point.
Man of Match - Liam Corbett
27/10/12 - Hunslet Club Reserves 3-1 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League Trophy
?Bridge exited the League Trophy with barely a whimper after taking 1st half lead through Fraser Lancaster. They started well enough with Ross Mardon just failing to get on the end of a Lancaster cross and Carl Allen marginally wide from a free kick with Hunslet?s best chances coming from a long throw headed against the bar by Dave Evans followed quickly by a gilt edged far post opportunity. Without the experienced Binks and ubiquitous Coles in midfield ?Bridge?s inexperience against their more mature opponents began to manifest itself conceding free kicks in dangerous areas of the park. Both were fortunately cleared with the second of these going for a corner and Corbett touching over Ricardo's Brown's free header. A brief period of respite had Alex Houghton saving easily from Lancaster and five minutes before the interval it got better for the visitors as Lancaster swept home Fletcher?s cross. The momentum was halted four minutes into the second half with a twenty yards drive from Michael Evans that whizzed into the top corner of Corbett?s net followed shortly by a defender ducking out of a Mamuda Sonico free kick to leave his keeper stranded and on 62 minutes Delroy Mannings hit home the third. Paul Scaife rattled the Hunslet bar five minutes from time but ?Bridge had little left in the tank and only fines saves by Corbett kept the score respectable. This Saturday ?Bridge host Field Res at their Aldborough Road ground but having been on the road since the 1st September players may need to get their ?Sat Nav' out for direction.
Man of Match - Liam Corbett
03/11/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 0-1 Field Sports & Social Reserves - League
?Bridge can certainly bemoan the luck Field had with their winning goal but overall the visitors were sharper, looked after the ball better and deserved their victory importantly giving them breathing space from the bottom three. Lancaster, who is transferring back to K?boro?, Binks, Mardon and Coles were all missing from the starting line up and it was the visitors who began the brighter with the guile and pace of Danny Nolan and the trickery of Joe Vickers keeping the ?Bridge defence on their toes. The pace of Tom Hussell down the right flank looked to be ?Bridge?s greater threat but overall chances were at a premium with the best two of the 1st half falling to Matt Hartley and both proficiently dealt with by Liam Corbett. The second half brought little change with Field again holding territorial advantage but failing to make any inroads into the ?Bridge defence and with the home side uninspired stalemate looked the likely ending. This probably would have been the outcome without a huge slice of luck going Field?s way in the 63rd minute when a Tom Ponter shot rebounded off the post, hit the trailing leg of the diving Corbett and rolling into the net. There were bits and bobs after this from both sides without any serious threat on either goal leaving Field to return home with the points.
Man of Match - Alex Coombes & Tom Hussell
10/11/12 - Brighouse Old Boys Reserves 6-0 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
?Bridge lost the services of Jack Herron before kick off otherwise they were more or less back to full strength and starting confidently enough keeping good possession in the opening fifteen minutes. A minute later they gave the ball away cheaply in defence leaving Lee Burgess to hit in the opener and as their confidence ebbed the goals flowed for a Brighouse side who were home and hosed by half time with further goals from Damian Place, Steve Ashford & Suleman Rafiq. The second half became a damage limitation exercise with ?Bridge seldom troubling Gareth Betts in the home goal but keeping their own goal intact until the last five minutes when a quick brace from Burgess gave him his hat trick.
Man of Match - Alex Coombes
24/11/12 - Leeds City Reserves 1-8 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
The final score proved a bit of a disaster for Manager Elliott Sheeran as he returned to his old stamping ground to see his ?Bridge side disintegrate after a promising opening 45 minutes. Paul Scaife tested Andrew Doey early doors only for ?Bridge?s Achilles heel to kick in after six minutes as Rob Potter was given a free header to a Dan Berry corner. ?Bridge battled hard to contain the incisive play of the home side and conceded again on 25 minutes through Sean Fitzpatrick. Scaife had a couple of further chances and Doey saved well from Tom Hussell when through on goal as Leeds held their advantage to the break. Ashley Walker consolidated their position with a free header early in the second half and it was only after Scaife reduced the deficit that City ran away with the game. Dan Berry added a fourth on 70minutes and in the last five minutes Potter completed his hat trick and goals from Ben Wearden and Gregg Usher completed the rout.
Man of Match - Sam Everard
08/12/12 - East End Park Reserves 1-0 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
?Bridge went into this game with only one player above the age of 22years as late backwords from Captain Jimmy Binks and experienced defender Steven Paffett left them with only Ass Manager Alastair Hogg as substitute. For sixty minutes they worked assiduously to keep the home side at bay but as the game went into the last third the home side began to get more control. Still ?Bridge battled hard, none more than Jake Fletcher in his role as lone striker, and just when a point look a possibility up popped Ben Coates to give Park the lead with five minutes remaining. The visitors once more came home pointless and they will need to up their game to avoid slipping further behind in the relegation battle.
Man of Match - Jake Fletcher
15/12/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 1-2 Robin Hood Athletic Reserves - League
Another basement battle and another defeat for ?Bridge leaving Elliott Sheeran?s side six points adrift from safety as their season approaches the half way point. With Robin Hood playing a high line, midfield became the competitive area with neither side creating any clear cut openings in the opening stages, and a Jordan Duncan effort forcing a good early save from Liam Corbett was probably the best of these. As ?Bridge settled more into the game Paul Scaife and Jake Fletcher both had chances to test Elvin Drezi with the miss of the half falling to Steven Paffett who fired over in front of goal from a Jimmy Binks free kick. The home side looked to have a little more confidence in their play at the start of the second half only to lose the pivotal Paffett on 54 minutes and four minutes later fall to a sucker punch when their free kick failed to clear the ?Hood defence and a strong run from Dave Havron found Jordan Stafford to slide the ball past the advancing Corbett. A second goal followed on 73 minutes resulting from an excellent ball over the top by Stafford which was superbly controlled and finished by Steve Hancock. Stunned but not quite out Jake Fletcher took advantage of a Carl Allen cross to beat Drezi from close range but they were unable to find that elusive equaliser despite the midfield promptings of Ryan Devine.
Man of Match - Sam Everard
05/01/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 1-3 Wetherby Athletic Reserves - League
Another defeat for ‘Bridge left them drifting further from the safety net giving their next two games, both at home, greater significance. The frustrating factor from the fixture was the disparity between the two sides only became evident in the second half with the clinical finishing of Mark Waterhouse the difference. After only four minutes Chris Antcliffe saved from Paul Scaife when the striker should have done better and the only other real chance, on the stroke of half time, fell to Ryan Haswell who failed to hit the target from six yards out. Any confidence the home side had from their first half performance dissipated after only two minutes as Waterhouse drifted in from the right to smash the ball into the roof of the home net. He was high & wide with two further efforts before bringing out an excellent save from Liam Corbett and then finding the net again on 54 minutes with another smart finish. The ‘Bridge cohesion of the first half momentarily disintegrated until Jake Fletcher latched on to a through ball from Carl Allen to round Antcliffe and slot home. A revitalised ‘Bridge pushed forward only to be caught out on the break and when Liam McEntee was adjudged to have been pushed Waterhouse stepped up to take the resultant penalty and complete his hat trick fifteen minutes from time.
Man of Match - Jake Fletcher
12/01/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 5-1 Bardsey Reserves - League
What a turn up for the books this was as ‘Bridge overcame an early deficit to go nap against 6th placed Bardsey recording the first home victory of the season in the process. ‘Bridge who lost Stevie Coles (1st team call) and Ryan Haswell (injured in the warm up) started well enough with a Ryan Devine free kick just off target only to go behind on 7 minutes when a cross from Taylor Starkey was headed back by Sean Kelliher for Adam Bond to hit the opener. It looked like the habitual tale for ‘Bridge but within a minute they struck back as Tom Hussell was gifted an open goal after Ross Mardon, saw his effort rebound of the diving Simpson. As the game swung from end to end Bond forced a good save from Liam Corbett before the home side striking again on 18 minutes Mardon capitalising on a defensive error near the half way line to stride forward and smash the ball into the bottom corner. The disbelief amongst the watching few manifested itself again seven minutes later as Devine planted a 25 yard free kick into the top corner of the Bardsey net. Edward Clayton and Kelliher both brought saves out of Corbett before the break with arguably his best coming three minutes into the second half clawing away a Bond header destined for the bottom corner. Bardsey continued to look threatening until a Jimmy Binks free kick from near the ‘stand’ floated over the under pressure Simpson and despite the vociferous, albeit justifiable assertions of the visitors the goal was allowed to stand. The game certainly did not lack incident as Jake Fletcher , set up by Mardon, dallied too long allowing Seb Brownrigg to clear and on 70minutes Russ Spellman missed a great opportunity to get his side back into the game firing wide from the penalty spot. Fletcher, again put through by Mardon, fluffed another chance, Bond was again denied by Corbett, before the game ended with Paul Scaife setting up Fletcher with an open goal that even he could not miss.
Man of Match - Ross Mardon
02/02/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 0-3 Leeds City Reserves - League
It may have been top versus bottom but there was little to differentiate the sides until two rudimentary errors were capitalised on by Leeds City and from thereon in ‘Bridge were always chasing the game. ‘Bridge had Assistant Manager Alastair Hogg in goal for the recently hospitalised Liam Corbett and for the opening forty five minutes centre backs Jack Herron and Sam Everard for the home side and James Telethon and Jack Tate for City made sure neither ‘keeper was overworked. Adam Doey in the City goal had several free kicks to deal with, which all ended up as catching practice for him apart from one ten minutes from the break that he dropped, and on another day he could have been punished for holding back Ross Mardon as he tried to recover the situation. The visitors upped the pace after the interval but ‘Bridge continued to look comfortable until Hogg’s telegraphed short free kick was seized on by Ashley Walker to drive into an empty net and four minutes later Everard’s intended back pass was intercepted by Ricky Radcliffe for the second. The visitors were now zipping the ball about with ease and on 71 minutes increased their lead when ‘Bridge lost the ball in their own half and Christian Misambu was allowed to travel to the bye line before crossing for Radcliffe to add the third. ‘Bridge did have the opportunity to reduce the deficit 11 minutes from time when Doey replicated the Hogg error but any slight chance the home side had of recovering the situation dissipated when Paul Scaife, with the goal at his mercy, failed to hit the target.
Man of Match - Jack Herron
09/02/13 - Field Reserves 0-0 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
With ten games remaining ‘Bridge knew they had to get something out of this fixture and a battling performance on a playing surface, not conducive to a passing game, earned them a valuable point. Field probably edged possession in the first half but it was Bridge who were the more creative with Paul Scaife, Carl Allen & Ryan Devine opening up the home defence only to see Jake Fletcher hit the post with keeper Jordan Latham well beaten. For the home side Dylan Naylor was a constant threat but Steven Paffett and Jack Herron were excellent for ‘Bridge and when he did find some space Tom Sowerby made a superb save to retain parity at the break. The second followed a similar pattern with little to choose between the two sides but it was ‘Bridge who created the better of the chances. On the hour mark Paul Scaife’s clever disguised pass put in J Fletcher but his slight hesitation made it easier for the keeper and on 74 minutes brother Luke Fletcher ran on to a loose ball only to be similarly denied by a great close range save from Latham. More clever footwork from Scaife gave him space in the area but his shilly-shallying allowed a defender to close him down and in between these chances Josh Hartley rattled the post for the home side. There were a few frenetic moments near the end for Bridge to survive but anything less than a point would have been an injustice as they created the better of the chances. Sowerby grew in stature as the game progressed and there was some excellent defending from back to front which, together, with a natural goal scorer would alleviate the relegation fears.
Man of Match - Tom Sowerby
16/02/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 3-1 Brighouse Old Boys Reserves - League
Brighouse were the form team coming into this fixture with five league victories on the bounce and a twenty goal haul, six of which were against ‘Bridge a few weeks previous. They certainly enjoyed the flat playing surface spraying the ball about confidently and arguably had the chance of the half only for Steven Ashford to miss the target with his close range header. Alex Tait brought Tom Sowerby to full stretch and Paul Scaife forced a couple of decent saves from Gareth Betts before ‘Bridge enjoyed the bit of luck that has often deserted them when Carl Allen played in Scaife and his first time effort took a marked deflection to deceive Betts for the opener. This was on 31minutes and ‘Bridge consolidated their position six minutes before the break through Ryan Devine, who powered his way past two defenders to set up Scaife but on this occasion his effort was blocked as he delayed his attempt which fortuitously rolled to Devine to hit home the second. A gratifying scoreline and reward for a strong team ethic should have improved shortly after the interval as Ollie Bone chipped over the bar after robbing his marker making amends on 53 minutes by setting up Scaife to add his second from 8 yards out. Bridge should have been home and hosed but Brighouse continued to look threatening with Sowerby bravely saving at the feet of Vaughan Wagstaff and Adam Williams firing wildly over with colleagues better placed which was characteristic of the visitors spoiling their approach play by taking wrong options. On 79 minutes they did get it right with a move started in their own half, flicked on by Tait to Michael Wadsworth who hit a superb drive into the top corner giving Sowerby no chance. Betts was now playing sweeper as Brighouse threw caution to the wind but with Jack Herron and Steven Paffett formidable at the heart of the home defence ‘Bridge stood firm and with a little bit more nous they would have thwarted the offside trap and added to their tally.
Man of Match - Jack Herron
02/03/13 - Whitkirk Wanderers Reserves 2-1 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
Both sides have struggled this season and the six point axiom was certainly relevant in this case with the word everyone wants to avoid certainly becoming more prevalent in the ‘Bridge camp after this defeat. There was little to choose between the two sides in a goalless first half with Paul Scaife capitalising on a Jake Fletcher flick to give ‘Bridge the slight advantage six minutes into the second half. The lead did not last long with Josh Donnelly unable to hold a Glen Wood leaving Phil Schoular to hit home the rebound and worse was to follow with Schoular adding his second from the penalty spot after a rash Alex Coombes challenge. Ryan Devine tested Damian Ross in the last few minutes but that apart ‘Bridge rarely troubles the home side’s experienced back line.
Man of Match - Craig Peacock
09/03/13 - Robin Hood Athletic Reserves 5-1 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
With Stephen Paffett on first team duties and Ryan Devine unlikely to be available for the remainder of the season ‘Bridge’s inexperience showed against a Hood side able to utilise the services of an almost full strength squad. On a good playing surface an early mistake by Jack Herron allowed Iain McBurney to open the scoring and ‘Bridge’s problems were compounded further when Steve Hancock added a second on 20 minutes. They did have their moments however with Carl Allan rounding keeper Elvi Drizi but then unable to pick out Jake Fletcher and Jack Ayre firing wide when clean through leaving Hood the happier of the two sides at the break. ‘Bridge started the second half on the front foot with Fletcher off target from a Paul Scaife pass and Scaife then unable to get enough power on his effort following good work from Ben Johnstone on debut. This proved futile on the hour mark as Hancock added his second, sub Charlie Hamnett made it four six minutes later and Scaife’s late consolation proved to be just that as Hood added a fifth in injury time. After a run of seven points from four games ‘Bridge have lost their last three and after narrowly avoiding the drop last season they now have to face the reality of relegation for the first time since the start of January.
Man of Match - Ben Johnstone
16/03/13 - Ripon City Reserves 2-1 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
Both these sides were in similar positions at this stage last season only to escape relegation with a late surge of points but this time around the position of ‘Bridge looks increasingly tenuous following a league double by neighbours Ripon City. On the pitch it was youth v experience in a game lacking any real quality and in the end it was the guile of the home side that prevailed. There was little to choose to choose between the two sides in a goalless first half with two Paul Abbott goals in the opening ten minutes of the second half the decisive factor and Paul Scaife’s effort ten minutes from time too late to change the course of the points.
Man of Match - Jack Herron
30/03/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 0-2 Oxenhope Recreation Reserves - League
‘Bridge were looking for a bright start to assuage their decreasing optimism against the drop only to find themselves in arrears in the opening minute as Sam Everard poor clearance fell to Tom Thompson who slipped in Liam Dyson to open the scoring. The home side did not let their heads drop with Jake Fletcher testing Graham Ellis and Ben Johnstone off target from a Steve Kirby cross. It was not all one way as Thompson tested the returning Liam Corbett and Craig Morris fired wide but the chance of the half fell to Johnstone who failed to test Ellis after being put in the clear by Fletcher. The second half followed a similar pattern with the home side lacking the physical presence to match their midfield guile and it was Oxenhope who had an early chance well saved by Corbett before Tom Emmett and Thompson combined to set up Liam Gill for an easy second. ‘Bridge brought on Phil Wix and Ross Mardon, both recovering from recent injuries, to freshen things up and did get a couple of opportunities as Everard headed over from close range and Wix brought a good save out of Ellis but what might have been never materialised leaving the relegation fear now a reality.
Man of Match - Ben Johnstone
13/04/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 3-2 Old Headingley Reserves - League
Two goals in the last ten minutes gave ‘Bridge a victory to lift them off the bottom of the table but it proved too little too late as a Ripon victory left them relegation certainties. The game started reasonably well for Bridge with Luke Fletcher firing over before opening the scoring on 17 minutes following good link play by Jake Fletcher and Steve Kirby. Headingley responded positively and ten minutes later they were level when a poor header out of defence was played straight back in and when ‘Bridge again failed to clear their lines Danny Burns took full advantage to rifle the ball into the roof of Corbett’s net. The visitors shaded the few chances on offer up to the break with the home side spurning a great opportunity to regain the lead five minutes into the second half as Tom Hussell fired over after excellent wing play and cross from Fletcher (J) and it looked like the same old story as Headingley went ahead three minutes later through Mark Quinn. Paul Scaife and Phil Wix were brought on at 57 and 65 minutes respectively making an immediate impact in arguably the move of the match which ended up with a Jake Fletcher hitting the underside of the bar from a Tom Hussell cross and stand in keeper Danny Burns well beaten. It is goals that win matches however and in the last ten minutes ‘Bridge had the bit of luck that has evaded them in several of their recent games. It started with a powerful run and cross from Wix that keeper Burns punched into his own net, followed by a Jake Fletcher header hitting the side netting from a Scaife corner and in the last minute a Wix corner eluded sub Matt Fryer and Burns to give the home side a deserved even if fortuitous victory.
Man of Match - Stephen Kirby
20/04/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 1-2 Rothwell Reserves - League
With three fixtures to fulfil and the start of the cricket season taking away key players 'Bridge Reserves had to rely on the management team of Elliott Sheeran & Alastair Hogg to fill the bench and it was again a case of what might have been as they went down by the odd goal. There was little between the two sides in the opening exchanges with ‘Bridge unlucky not to take the lead in the 11th minute from a Paul Scaife free kick that rattled the inside of the stanchion with 'keeper Kyle Tomey well beaten and two minutes later Steve Kirby saw his goal bound effort cleared off the line by defender George Walker. As the half wore on Rothwell’s midfield general Chris Best became a more prominent figure and on 27 minutes a crossfield ball from Stewart Walker was played back into the box by Ben Scargill for Nathan Floyd to finish. This is how it stayed until the break and four minutes into the second half Ollie Bone fired wide from an astute Liam Bannard pass before minutes later it was Floyd who failed to hit the target from a Ben Willis centre at the other end. As play swung one way and then the other Bone headed over but on the hour mark he combined with Tom Hussell to set up Scaife for the equaliser only for the home side to let Scargill run unheeded and put the visitors back in with a low hard drive across the diving Liam Corbett within three minutes. Wix and Bone linked to set up Scaife who once again hit the post before losing the ball in midfield leaving Corbett to produce an excellent save to deny Floyd. ‘Bridge continued to work hard but unlike last week they were unable to freshen things up in the last fifteen minutes and could not find the opening in a workmanlike Rothwell defence.
Man of Match - Richard Donohoe
04/05/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 1-2 Beeston St. Anthony's Reserves - League
'Bridge, resigned to life in Alliance Div 2 next season, had only their pride to play for against their title chasing visitors and after conceding two sloppy goals in the opening 23 minutes the omens did not look too bright especially with a few players still bleary eyed from their previous night Cup excursions. They had an early warning with a free kick that went under the diving Liam Corbett and somehow was scrambled to safety before, on 14 minutes, Sean Sturman had a clear view of goal and left leaving Corbett and his wall motionless as his sweetly driven free kick hit the roof of the net. ‘Bridge attacks in contrast were spasmodic rarely troubling the centre back pairing of Mike Hill and Paul Hulmes and it was no surprise when the visitors increased their lead through Patrick Courtney from a miscued Wayne Fisher clearance. Corbett produced a couple of decent saves as Beeston threatened to run away it but it was the home side who should have struck next five minutes into the second half. They strung a few passes together and when Paul Graham could only palm away Tom Hussell’s effort Mark Burniston looked odds on to score only for the ball to hit the retreating Hulmes and bounce to safety. Bridge did not have to wait long to reduce the arrears albeit in controversial circumstances when a penalty was awarded after Stephen Coles headed a Steve Kirby cross against a Beeston defender and much to the chagrin of the visitors Phil Wix duly converted. A Beeston side oozing in confidence suddenly looked a little less so and even though ‘Bridge were unable to add a second it was the visitors who were pleased to hear the final whistle. Despite ending with another defeat in a disappointing transition season for Manager Elliott Sheeran there are signs of green shoots and if players manifest the same commitment and desire as displayed in recent weeks their stay in Alliance Division Two should be temporary.
Man of Match - Phil Wix
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