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Boroughbridge AFC 'A' Match Reports 12/13
August to December
28/07/12 - Wetherby Athletic 'A' 3-6 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - Friendly
'Bridge started this match very much on the back foot with their hosts straight on the offensive, but got themselves on the scoresheet first when Jack Herron broke free from his marker to fire past the Athletic 'keeper in the ninth minute. This goal seemed to act as a catalyst for Wetherby and not 'Bridge, however, with the hosts moving straight upfield from the restart to level matters. Further goals would follow in the 18th and 29th minutes to take Athletic in three one up at the break, and after the restart they accelerated into a six one lead with goals on 51, 55 and 60 minutes. It was at this point, however, that the tide turned and with stand-in Manager Alastair Hogg flexing his substitution muscles 'Bridge clawed their way back into the game. Their first major chance came on 70 minutes with the award of a penalty for a tackle on Steve Kirby, but Ben Blakey fired wide from the spot. Kyle Wall managed to find the target successfully from open play eight minutes later though, and Jack Ayre added a third 'Bridge goal three minutes from time.
09/08/12 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 0-7 Kirk Deighton Rangers - Friendly
'Bridge 'A' were soundly beaten by Kirk Deighton Rangers, losing by seven goals to nil. 'Bridge started poorly and were three nil down by half time. They began the second half brightly and had a couple of chances within the opening few minutes, but soon fell four goals behind and from there Kirk Deighton accelerated into a five, then six, and then seven goal lead, with seven nil the final score.
30/08/12 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-1 Dalton Athletic - League
The old axiom of a game of two halves was reflected here as ?Bridge controlled the 1st half with some good quality passages of play whereas the second period belonged to the visitors. Liam Bannard, Ashley Richardson and Steve Warburton took control of the midfield area from the off and with Ross Mardon proving an excellent target man 'Bridge started with confidence taking the lead on 19 minutes as Warburton timed his run to perfection to meet Bannard's cross. Eight minutes later Lewis Barlow slipped a ball though to Mardon who turned his marker to fire past Liam Carver for the second. 'Bridge continued to create and miss chances and were thankful that the visitors failed to capitalise on a great opportunity two minutes before the break. Dalton changed their formation for the second half taking greater control of the midfield area with Jimmy Padget and Nigel Binks posing the greater threat as the pressure increased. On 70 minutes the anxiety levels were raised a little more when Duncan Padget converted from the spot after he had been brought down but Manager Richard Donohoe utilised his subs well and the home side still had plenty to offer. Barlow rattled the bar with Carver well beaten and six minutes from time Jake Fletcher should have wrapped up the points but had his penalty saved before blazing the rebound wide. 'Bridge held out for an important first win with Mardon running Warburton close for the Mom award.
Man of Match - Steve Warburton
01/09/12 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-1 Bramhope - League
With Mardon and Fletcher moved up the ladder and Warburton nursing a suspected metatarsal injury Richard Donohoe was forced to shuffle his pack for this fixture but all the replacements fitted in well and were pivotal to the victory. It did not look this way on two minutes as Chris Wood's pass was intercepted and from the subsequent cross Wayne Vickers nodded in the opener. Bridge were back on terms when the excellent Ollie Bone picked out Jack Ayre and the youngster, on debut, took it on his chest before smashing home a superb half volley that gave Luke Corr no chance. The visitors looked solid in defence and with an interesting battle ensuing between Ollie Bone and Bramhope's experienced Glynn Utting it was a from a different source that ?Bridge edged in front. Andy Layton was clipped near the half way line and Wood made amends for his earlier error with a powerful header to a Stephen Kirby free kick. A one goal margin never looked enough and it was Bone, after a sighter five minutes earlier, who gave his side a two goal cushion with a 50 yard run that left three defenders in his wake before slotting home the third. Similar to their opening game Bridge had the opportunity to consolidate but once more they failed with Bone way off target from the penalty spot. Another difficult game but it is points on the board and Donohoe knows there are some tough trips ahead which will surely test the resolve of his squad.
Man of Match - Ollie Bone
08/09/12 - Bramham 3-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
The home side had obviously strengthened from last season with members of Claro Championship winning side FC Boston side notable additions to their squad but 'Bridge weren't outclassed it is more their defensive errors that cost them. It was deja vu of the previous Saturday as they conceded in the opening minutes with Josh Donnelly's rushed kick out smashing into the back of Chris Wood to leave Matt Fisher with an easy finish. The second on 17 minutes wasn't much better as Tom Hepworth?s recovering clearance to a poor header hit the outstretched arms of Simon Dale and even though this gave the striker a distinct advantage play was allowed to continue for another simple tap-in. Towards the end of the half 'Bridge did begin to have more impact on the game and were unlucky not to reduce the deficit before the break through Jack Ayres, who was narrowly wide, and a Paul Scaife free kick that rattled the bar with Mark Tasker well beaten on the stroke of half time This gave the visitors some impetus to take into the second half but as they pushed forward more gaps began to appear and they conceded again on 65minutes when James Jeffries' innocuous cross escaped three defenders to gift Fisher his second. 'Bridge pushed hard for some consolation with sub Mattie White creating good openings down the right and Ollie Bone's powerful run and shot was well saved by Tasker. Kyle Wall also had a header cleared off the line before Scaife scored from the spot in the 89th minute following a soft penalty award. A disappointing result with the impact of the three substitutions a positive to take from the game and defending surely an issue for Manager Donohoe to deal with in mid week.
15/09/12 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 4-1 Catterick Village - League Cup
'Bridge 'A' were also in Cup action and after their embarrassing defeat at this stage last season they look determined to make amends which was substantiated after two minutes with Ollie Bone converting a superb through ball from Liam Bannard. They should have doubled the lead minutes later if Kyle Wall, who had boasted pre match to the Club Secretary he would get a hat trick, had not hit the post from six yards out after Bone had set him up with an open goal. Andy & Matty Coe posed the main threat for the visitors but it was A team manager Richard Donohoe who added a second for his side with a rare header from a Steve Kirby cross. Bridge continued to have the better of the chances after the interval as keeper Tony Routledge made excellent saves to deny Bannard and Wall before Bone fired wide from six yards after linking up well with Sean Corbett. The third goal came in the 76 minutes and was a bit of a scrappy affair as Chris Wood poke the ball through a crowd of players from a Kirby free kick and three minutes later Andy Coe hit the post from the penalty spot following a Tom Hepworth foul. The miss was compounded ten minutes later as Jack Garforth and Bone set up Corbett for the fourth with Coe making up for his earlier miss by converting a second penalty two minutes from time. The victory puts Bridge in the hat for the 1st round of the League Cup and will all add to the learning curve for some of 'Bridge's younger players.
Man of Match - Liam Bannard
22/09/12 - Albert Sports 4-0 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
'Bridge quickly got into their stride moving the ball around well only to fall behind on 11 minutes failing to clear their lines from Albert's first attack leaving Patrick Clough to volley into the bottom corner. It did not get any better when their defence failed to react to a high ball into the box with James Obank the grateful recipient adding the second from close range. Albert, after an indifferent start, were now playing with more confidence but could consider themselves lucky to get away with two penalty appeals , the first of which was inexplicably declared as advantage by the referee. The second half brought little change for 'Bridge who were able to combat the physical presence of the opposition and they went further behind on 53 minutes, Kris Hudson scoring from close range after Josh Donnelly fumbled an Adam Stead cross. The visitors knew it was not their day when Ollie Bone finally got the better of the defence only to trip on his way to goal which was followed 15 minutes from time with an Adam Thackray strike after Donnelly misjudged a low cross. This was another away lesson for a young 'Bridge side who were overwhelmed by their stronger opponents and with no game this week it will give Manager Richard Donohoe the opportunity to work on these shortcomings at training.
Man of Match - Danny Webster
06/10/12 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-1 Pateley Bridge - League Cup
A few weeks back Pateley were beaten by ?Bridge?s first string in the Whitworth Cup and it did not get any better this time around losing this League Cup tie against ?Bridge?s A team who are in Division 2 of the Harrogate League. Pateley started the game confidently with Stuart Simpson the main source of their threat but it was the home side that came nearest to scoring with a Steve Kirby cross headed against the bar by Chris Chapman in the 7th minute. ?Bridge looked the more dangerous of the two sides from set pieces and the visitors more assured in their build up play with Ian Bush prompting and Simpson the supplier of some excellent crosses. ?Bridge, however, stood firm to the break with Ryan Haswell and Tom Hepworth solid at the centre of their defence and the safe hands of Josh Donnelly preventing anything that came his way. The second half was only four minutes old when Ollie Bone put Chapman clear and his effort was tipped over by Chris Langley followed two minutes later by Bush drifting his way through the ?Bridge defence to leave Jim Metcalf to tap home. It did not take long for the home side to respond with teenager Ben Johnstone, on debut, picking up a loose ball outside the box, drifting by his marker and executing a perfect chip over Langley for the equaliser. Bone and Haswell both went close as ?Bridge were in the ascendancy with the visitors countering through Metcalf who brought a fine save from Donnelly before the pivotal moment for Pateley was Lee Tattersall heading over a gilt edged chance from five yards out. Three minutes later it was Chapman who got on the end of another superb Kirby free kick to put his side in front and it was then all hands to the pump for ?Bridge as blisters and cramp set in with Chapman alleviating the tension by counting down the clock for the remaining six minutes.
Man of Match - Josh Donnelly & Ben Johnstone
13/10/12 - Leyburn United 4-3 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Buoyed by the success of last week Bridge looked to be on their way to their first away victory of the season until Leyburn hit them with two goals in the last five minutes to take all three points. There was little to choose in the opening exchanges until a poor Andy Stephenson back pass allowed Lee Davison to round Hogg, yes the retired Alastair Hogg for the opener. On a tacky surface visitors?Bridge were unable to get their passing game together and reverted to a more direct approach which suited Ollie Bone who had the beating of his marker but not the finishing to capitalise when in the clear. They did draw level on 37 minutes with a soft penalty awarded for a tackle on Alex Coombes and converted by Wayne Fisher and two minutes before the break Bone again broke clear this time smashing the ball past John Davison from 15 yards out. Back came the home side to level matters on 53minutes through a Chas Alliss penalty after Ryan Haswell had fouled Ash Lytollis only for Fisher to regain the lead with another penalty just past the hour mark. Again Leyburn came back strongly and ?Bridge looked to have weathered the storm until Glynn Barnard scrambled home the equaliser four minutes from time and Pete Akers headed home the winner three minutes later. A disappointing result with an overall lack of experience a significant factor but the two teams meet again this Saturday in the Alverton Trophy where hopefully home advantage will be key.
Man of Match - Andy Stephenson
27/10/12 - Pannal Sports Reserves 2-3 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
The game smacked of ?Bridge?s last away fixture when they conceded two goals in the last ten minutes only on this occasion there was enough time left for them to take rather than drop points. Manager Richard Donohoe welcomed back Chris Wood after an injury lay off which released Ryan Haswell to link with Liam Bannard in a defensive midfield role giving the defence a more assured look. Ben Johnstone and Ollie Bone were also back in the starting line up with the pair linking up well but on a couple of occasions Bone got clear he was unable to find the target. There was little to separate the sides as half time approached until Donohoe put back an over hit a Lewis Barlow centre and Bone?s looping header deceived an under pressure Rob Miller. Bridge took this confidence into the second half with a Barlow header well saved by Miller and on the hour mark a mistimed tackle on Bone allowed Fisher to step up and smash home the penalty. Bridge looked to be seeing the game out comfortably until the 80 minute when, to the surprise of everyone Pannal was awarded a penalty, confidently hit home by Mahdi Bilalli and three minutes later, as the visitors wobbled, Jake Cardis headed home the equaliser. It was Pannal who were now pushing for a winner but Jack Ayre who had broken away twice previously with no end result was taken out on the third occasion with Fisher again giving Miller no chance with the resulting penalty. The end result should have been clearer but overall a good team performance and ?Bridge's first away win of the season.
Man of Match - Ryan Haswell
03/11/12 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-1 Wetherby Athletic 'B' - League
In a frenetic encounter 'Bridge got off to a great start through a Jack Ayres effort that trickled into the Wetherby net following a deflection (referred to dubious goals panel) that totally wrong footed keeper Kevin Trower. There was little to choose between the two sides after that with ?Bridge having marginally the better of the few chances on offer and going into the break with their lead intact. The second half started like the first with a goal in the opening minutes as Ollie Bone rolled his marker and fired into the top corner of Trower?s net . ?Bridge were unable to capitalise on their two goals lead and similar to previous weeks they conceded in the last quarter of the game. Craig Newell was the Wetherby scorer latching on to a superb through ball from Ben Richards to beat the advancing Josh Donnelly. Sensing they could get something out of the game the visitors pushed for the equaliser but the home defence showed a tenacity that has been missing of late and with the safe handling of Donnelly they held firm for the three points.
Man of Match - Chris Wood
10/11/12 - Beckwithshaw Saints Res 2-2 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
If all games finished after eighty minutes Bridge would be title contenders which, for Manager Richard Donohoe, is just another facet of the learning curve for his developing squad of players who conceded two late goals to enable ?Shaw to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. ?Bridge looked hungry from the off and probably just edged the opening half hour where plenty of energy was expended but little created in the way of chances for either side. Keith McKenzie saved a drive from Liam Bannard and the loss of ?Bridge talisman Ollie Bone was the only other notable occurrence of the half until a great run from Barry Pryce and a slide rule pass to Bannard resulted in Jack Ayre tapping in the rebound from Bannard?s effort. After an early scare in the second half subsequent to a Chris Wood error ?Bridge doubled their advantage on 52minutes with deft footwork from Chris Chapman enabling him to slip his defender and stroke home number two. Pryce then fired over the bar when well placed and Will Neale similarly failed at the other end with a weak header but with ?Shaw coming more into the game ?Bridge lost pivotal defender Tom Hepworth through injury. They continued to defend doggedly until the 83rd minute when failing to deal with a long throw they were punished by Paul Gill volleying into the top corner. As the clock ran down Josh Donnelly made a great save to keep out a Stu Pearson volley but the same player was then guilty of giving away a free kick which was eventually smashed home by Eddie Plumpton to keep ?Shaw?s unbeaten league record intact.
Man of Match - Liam Bannard
24/11/12 - Dalton Athletic 1-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
?Bridge were second best throughout the first half against impressive table toppers Dalton who passed the ball well and repeatedly cut open the visitors defence. ?Bridge by contrast were lethargic and all at sea and only the heroics of Josh Donnelly with impressive saves from Nigel Binks and Richard Balderson prevented them going in at the break with a four goal deficit. The floodgates looked likely to open when Dalton?s Duncan Padgett rolled Ash Richardson to fire in the opener on 24 minutes but from their only cohesive play of the first half Lewis Barlow smashed home an Ollie Bone cross for the equaliser ten minutes later. There was little to choose between to the two sides in the opening stages of the second half but for the last twenty minutes it was backs to the wall time as the profligate Dalton missed chance after chance. Padgett was guilty on two occasions with the miss of the game belonging to Aaron Bumby who hit the post from a yard out. ?Bridge had to work hard for their point and rode their luck to end their recent tradition of losing valuable points by conceding in the latter stages.
Man of Match - Josh Donnelly
01/12/12 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 5-2 Pateley Bridge Reserves - League
Pateley came into this game with only two points from their previous eleven games and bottom of Division 2 but they made their position look false in the opening ten minutes as the strong runs of Ian Bush & Chris Milner caused problems for the home defence resulting in a good opportunity for John Michael Lloyd that he pulled wide. After rarely troubling the visitors defence? Bridge went ahead on 17minutes as Steven Paffett bundled home a Steve Kirby free kick and three minutes later Ollie Bone shrugged off three tackles before hitting the post from 18 yards out with Sean Corbett putting the rebound wide. Shortly afterwards Lloyd was left free in front of goal to square matters and in the next few minutes Lewis Barlow scuffed his shot when in the clear, Josh Donnelly made an excellent point blank save to thwart Phil Turner and the same player then fired over when well placed. It was Bone who had the next chance hitting the advancing Johnny Possett when in the clear before putting his side ahead a minute from the break, latching on to a superb Kirby pass to chip the onrushing keeper. The second half followed a similar pattern and in the opening minutes Corbett smashed one over the bar, Possett got the better of Bone in a one-on-one prior to Corbett finding his range and volleying through a pack of players for ?Bridge?s third. Pateley were denied a second by excellent reflex save from Donnelly but did reduce the arrears on 70 minutes when Chris Wood failed to deal with a Daz Sparkes through ball leaving Lloyd to hammer home. As the tension increased the game threatened to boil over until Ben Johnstone capitalised on a defensive error to crack home a beauty from the edge of the area and a minute from time Paul Scaife coolly finished of an Ashley Richardson through ball.
Man of Match - Ben Johnstone
15/12/12 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 0-7 Hampsthwaite United - League Cup
After defeating Premier League side Pateley Bridge in the last round ?Bridge exited the League Challenge Cup in disappointing fashion against a Hampsthwaite side who are only a couple of places above them in the League. They started the game well enough forcing some good saves from Roger Grigg in the opening 20 minutes but from the visitors first serious attack on goal Jono Way put them ahead and a minute later Ryan Dracup was allowed to run through from an offside position to beat Josh Donnelly. ?Bridge had a great chance to reduce the deficit nine minutes from the break only for Ollie Bone to be denied yet again by Grigg and from their next attack Dan O?Connor was left with the simplest of tap-ins as they again cut through the home defence. It did not get any better after the break with Steve Hackers making it four and Way added his second from the penalty spot after another questionable decision. Deflated the home side lost their concentration and a degree of discipline and Hampsthwaite took full advantage hammering home their superiority with further goals from Alex Clark and Hackers. For the home side Ben Johnstone, in his first year in Senior football, came out with plenty of credit as did Donnelly and Tom Hepworth and all will have to the New Year to reflect on the mauling.
Man of Match - Ben Johnstone
05/01/13 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-1 Albert Sports Yeadon - League
After taking a second minute lead ‘ Bridge were very much on the back foot for the last fifteen minutes before Ben Blakey came up with the winner in the last time. Without Manager Richard Donohoe and his Assistant Chris Chapman both unavailable due to the late notification of fixtures ‘ Bridge could not have got off to a better start as Sean Corbett picked up the pieces for the opener after Ollie Bone’s effort was pushed away by Christian Fawell. On a tacky playing surface ‘Bridge’s lightweights struggled to match their more physical opponents and it was no surprise when Danny Harrison levelled with a thirty yard screamer that proved too hot for keeper Josh Donnelly. Both sides had opportunities but it was in the last quarter that the game became stretched with the visitors looking the stronger of the two sides. Twice Harrison, to his own frustration, blazed over, Donnelly thwarted Damien Fleming with two point blank saves, Jeremy Kemp fired wide and they were made to pay for their profligacy in the last minute when Blakey swooped onto a superb Steve Kirby pass to hit home the winner. An industrious midfield performance from the enigmatic Andy Stephenson made him the players’ choice for Man of Match.
Man of Match - Andy Stephenson
02/02/13 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 0-3 Beckwithshaw Saints Reserves - League
With their 1st team game postponed ‘Shaw were able to field a full strength Reserve team but it was ‘Bridge who were quickly out of the blocks with the good and indifferent sides of Ollie Bone evident in the opening eight minutes. He started of by nutmegging a couple of ‘Shaw defenders before bringing a smart save out of Keith McKenzie only to then miss the target from a good position after some fine link play down the right involving Steve Kirby and Ben Johnstone. Typically though ‘Bridge found themselves in arrears in the next two minutes with ‘Shaw’s Scott Harrison their tormentor in chief. In the 9th minute he was put clear down the right by Paul Gill after ‘Bridge had carelessly lost possession and his low cross was turned into his own net by Tom Hepworth. Harrison did not need any help a minute later as he ran through the home defence unhindered and chipped Josh Donnelly with an astute lob for their second. ‘Bridge steadied the ship after this only for their already uphill battle to take a turn for the worst when Captain Steve Kirby was dismissed for a handball on the line. Paradoxically ‘Bridge responded to the adversity with Josh Donnelly saving the resulting penalty and it was an inspired home side that were excellent in the second half matching ‘Shaw in all departments. Their battling qualities were not, however, reflected in front of goal where their impotency was highlighted by Chris Chapman who missed the goal with time and space in abundance after McKenzie miskicked a clearance. This could have set up an interesting finale instead an exhausted ‘Bridge were punished again by Harrison as he rounded Donnelly to tuck home his second from a tight angle. From box to box ‘Bridge are able to compete with most sides in their Division but to move to the next stage of their development they will have to bring a clinical edge to their finishing and a steely mentality at the other end of the park.
Man of Match - Craig Peacock
16/02/13 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-1 Bramham - League
As is their tendency ‘Bridge started the game positively with the strong running Jack Ayre causing the visiting defence early problems and his cross on three minutes should have been converted by Lewis Barlow who hit the crossbar when a goal looked certain. Good work down the right from Tom Ekin and Sean Corbett gave Ayre the chance to test keeper Tony Maltby and it was then Liam Bannard’s turn to be thwarted from close range by another excellent reflex Maltby save. Despite their domination Reece Parker sent a warning shot across ‘Bridge’s bows with a mazy run and drive that rattled the bar with Josh Donnelly struggling. This was on 24 minutes and six minutes later the home side went in front, excellent build up play from Steve Warburton, Ayre and Corbett resulting in a fortunate knock down coolly slotted home by Bannard. ‘Bridge continued to dominate and had a plethora of chances with Barlow again the culprit and notably Warburton squandering a one on one and Chris Chapman’s follow up effort tipped wide by the industrious Maltby. The visitors did have the last effort of the half with an indirect free kick blocked by the ’thin’ blue line and after being on the back foot for much of the first half it was Bramham who struck on 52 minutes when a poorly defended Parker corner flew into the Bridge net. Parker was now beginning to give all sorts of problems and he forced Donnelly to push another effort round the post to keep ‘Bridge on level terms. The contest was much closer and ebbed and flowed but ‘Bridge were again guilty on several occasions of poor control after breaking through the Bramham line. They finally went back in front on 69 minutes Ayre’s brave header started a foot race that Chapman won bundling the loose ball over the line. Bramham fought hard to get back into the game and a superb rearguard action marshalled by Captain Kirby stemmed the flow before Warburton eased the nerves five minutes from time latching on to Ashley Richardson’s through ball to compensate for his earlier miss. Overall this was a game ‘Bridge should have won at a canter and without detracting from an excellent display by Tony Maltby a lack of efficiency in front of goal could have proved costly. The second half was a lot closer as ‘Bridge dropped of the pace and failed to adjust to the Manager’s change of shape and personnel. A good result nevertheless.
Man of Match - Steve Warburton
23/02/13 - Bramhope 2-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
'Bridge can only reflect on their inadequacies in front of goal for this defeat as they dominated the first half but failed to take the chances on offer. They were forced into several changes before the game with the absence of keeper Josh Donnelly, Captain Steve Kirby and centre back Tom Hepworth resulting in a total reorganisation of the defence and left back Wayne Fisher taking on the goalkeeping mantle. This all seemed inconsequential in the first period as Bramhope were rarely in the game and ‘Bridge taking a 1-0 interval lead through the effervescent Lewis Barlow. It was an indifferent ‘Bridge, however, who started the second half allowing the home side to come back into the game but there seemed little danger as they lacked penetration leaving Fisher relatively inactive. The game swung more in Bramhope’s favour twenty minutes from time when ‘Bridge were forced into two quick substitutions and on 72 minutes a corner was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Craig Peacock. A second corner six minutes later was seemingly cleared and no danger until the returning drive from Ben Whitaker took a slight deflection leaving ‘Bridge to return home pointless.
Man of Match - Lewis Barlow
02/03/13 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-4 Hampsthwaite United - League
The last time these two sides met ‘Bridge were on the end of a seven goal drubbing and the way the visitors set off another trouncing looked on the cards but in the end it was Hampsthwaite who were pleased to hear the final whistle. In the early stages the pace of Ryan Butcher Dracup and Stephen Trueman caused the home defence all sorts of problems with Dracup denied by the legs of Wayne Fisher and the keeper then pulling off a good save to another near post effort. Unfortunately his good work proved pointless when the ensuing Nathan Garnham corner was flicked on for Mark Broadley to head home. ‘Bridge survived this spell of pressure coming more into the game in the middle stages of the half with Chris Chapman failing to hit the target from a perceptive Richard Donohoe pass and the Player Manager then smacking the post with Roger Griggs well beaten. The frustration was compounded further three minutes before the break as Dracup timed his run to perfection to slot in their second for a comfortable half time lead. Chapman could have alleviated their angst two minutes into the second half with another opportunity before Lewis Barlow missed a couple, his first effort saved by Griggs and when clear minutes later failing to hit the target which was not helped by Trueman slotting home a Stuart Abbott through ball on 61 minutes. Richard Odle had only been on the park a few minutes when his insightful pass put in Trueman for his second and déjà vu of a few weeks back looking a distinct possibility. On 70 minutes, however, it was ‘Bridge who found the net but only after Griggs had saved from Barlow and Ashley Richardson and when the ball rebounded to Richardson for the second time he hit a sweet volley into the roof of the net. The direct runs of Phil Wix and Ben Johnstone began to trouble the Hampsthwaite back four and Lewis Barlow strode on to a Chapman flick to reduce the deficit eight minutes from time but this was as good as it got leaving the visitors as strong candidates for promotion to Division One.
Man of Match - Ben Johnstone
09/03/13 - Pateley Bridge Reserves 2-6 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
On a heavy playing surface far from ideal for some of their lightweights, ‘Bridge recovered from a goal down to win comfortably in the end at bottom of the table Pateley Bridge Reserves. The visitors settled quickly and after early pressure were caught napping by a long clearance from Mark Rodman, latched on to by James Pearson who proved too quick for Wayne Fisher as he slotted in the opener. On 36 minutes Chris Chapman levelled matters with a close range header from a Steve Kirby cross and three minutes before the break a spectacular long range effort from Liam Bannard caught 'keeper Neil Crispin unaware to give ‘Bridge the advantage. On the hour mark Barry Pryce headed in a Phil Wix cross and the contest looked over until a questionable penalty award against 'keeper Ollie Barton was converted by Dave Parry. The two goal advantage was quickly restored by Lewis Barlow sweeping home another Wix cross which was followed by Ashley Richardson getting his name on the scoresheet for the second week running. The misery for the home side was increased by a Rodman headed own goal to a Barlow cross leaving ‘Bridge to head home with the points but a victory that was not as comfortable as the four goal margin would suggest.
Man of Match - Liam Bannard
16/03/13 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-2 Pannal Sports Reserves - League
‘Bridge made it a disappointing end to their home campaign against a Pannal side showing several changes from when they met a few weeks back. ‘Bridge who were also missing key players were below par at the start but enjoyed a good spell once they got their passing game together and took the lead on 18 minutes Chris Chapman bravely heading past Chris Rayiru from a Wayne Fisher cross. Typical of ‘Bridge’s season they could not hold on to the lead for long and euphoria turned to despair within two minutes as an unmarked Richard Lamb headed home a Jake Cardus corner. ‘Bridge put the setback behind them at the start of the second half with Chris Wood hitting the bar and Ash Richardson squandering a great opportunity when through on goal and these chances proved pivotal when Ben King got the run on a poorly positioned Wood to slot past Ollie Barton. It was the visitors who were now playing with confidence and with Phil Myles pulling the strings in midfield they secured the points to alleviate any lingering relegation fears.
Man of Match - Steve Warburton
20/04/13 - Wetherby Athletic 'B' 4-4 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
‘Bridge started the game like a steam train with Wetherby and keeper Rob Fisher wondering what had hit as ‘Bridge stormed into a 3-0 interval lead with goals from Sean Corbett, Jack Ayre and Ashley Richardson. Regrettably they forgot to leave their station and a minute into the second half Colin McDonald had reduced the deficit which was followed by a Sam Schofield goal on 67 minutes. Richardson added his second and ‘Bridge’s fourth 12 minutes from time but disappointingly the visitors ran out of steam and Wetherby took full advantage to snatch a point with goals from Paul Farthing and Ryan Tucker in the last five minutes. A mid table finish in some ways is disappointing but the reality is that they are a feeder team and have partly achieved their purpose with the promotion of several players to Res team football this season.
Man of Match - Steve Warburton
 
 
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