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Boroughbridge AFC Sunday Match Reports 12/13
August to December
31/08/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 0-2 The Ship - League
?Bridge?s optimism for the new season quickly faded with this disappointing result against the Ship. Friday night fixtures are never particularly easy at the start of the season and Manager Wayne Fisher had the versatile Chris Chapman in goal together with several other enforced changes. There was little to choose between the two sides until a clumsy challenge from Dave Burniston nine minutes before the break gave the visitors a penalty which was converted by Paul Abbott. It got worse ten minutes into the second half when Danny Wise converted a Shaun Taylor cross but to their credit ?Bridge did not collapse and controlled much of the play in the second half. Unfortunately they were unable to make little impact on the Ship defence superbly marshalled by Jamie Birch and James Mason and behind them they had the safe hands of Mark Rimmer who dealt with everything that came his way. Kyle Baldwin was denied a third by the outstretched leg of Chapman which would have been a travesty for the home side who deserved something from their second half performance.
Man of Match - Chris Wood
02/09/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 0-5 Showbiz Whites - League
It went from bad to worse for ?Bridge as they were outplayed in the first half with nemesis Kevin Morris bagging a hat trick. The striker took advantage of a defensive mix up in the opening ten minutes to fire in the opener and added a second with a shot from the edge of the area that went under the diving Alastair Hogg. The home side failed to heed the warning and 11 minutes before the break Morris was again left unmarked to complete his hat trick. The penetrating runs of Dan Clayton, who was introduced at half time, briefly threatened but Show Biz continued to have the better of things and it was no surprise when Morris added his fourth twelve minutes into the second half. Nigel Glew wrapped up the scoring from the penalty spot eighteen minutes from time after a hand ball from Steven Paffett to leave the home side pointless and goalless.
Man of Match - Ben Clayton
09/09/12 - Bardsey 5-1 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
After several years in the Claro League wilderness a revitalised Bardsey showed their intent for this season with key players from their West Yorkshire League side on display. Bridge who, conversely, had players missing through injury and ?Saturday Night Fever? started the brighter of the two teams only to fall behind to a cross when stand in keeper Dave Burniston and centre back Luke Fletcher failed to deal with a Paul Lavery cross leaving Tom Goldie with the opener. ?Bridge didn?t let their heads drop and what they lacked in experience they made up for in endeavour with Jake Fletcher and Paul Scaife a source of constant irritation to the home defence but it was Daniel Bharj who struck next picking up a long ball out of defence and two touches later it was in the back of the ?Bridge net. The visitors pulled one back almost immediately as Paul Scaife took advantage of a J Fletcher to reduce the deficit and they were only inches away from going in all square as Stevie Coles headed an Alex Coombes cross against the bar. Disappointingly they were unable to carry the promise and level of performance into the second half and the inspirational Jamie Thompson restored the two goal cushion five minutes into the second half. To make matters worse Bardsey introduced Rob Dickinson into their attack and ?Bridge were unable to handle his movement and touch as he set up further goals for Callum Connolly and a second for Bharj to maintain their 100% start to the season.
Man of Match - Stephen Coles
16/09/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 2-3 Showbiz Whites - FA Challenge Cup
'Bridge were looking to go one better than last year when they lost the Harrogate FA Cup final in a penalty shoot out but it wasn?t to be going out in the first round to Show Biz Whites. A reoccurrence of the score of a couple of weeks ago looked on the cards when Mike Johnson fired in the opener after three minutes and 12 minutes later Kevin Morris took advantage of a Josh Donnelly error to add the second. ?Bridge tried to ?football? their way out of the situation but the visitors were more than their equal and Morris hit his second via a deflection to make the half time scoreline identical to their earlier meeting. It had not been all doom and gloom in the first half with Steve Coles hitting the bar but with Jake replacing Luke Fletcher and a couple of positional changes ?Bridge looked a different outfit after the break. ?Bridge thought they had a good case for a penalty when Dan Clayton was tackled in the box but this was only one of several contentious issues throughout the game with the next not far behind as Paul Scaife was brought down after rounding the keeper. On this occasion Ali Bowles was sent off and Steven Paffett, after some delay, stepped up to beat Jordan Pope from the spot. ?Bridge were now fired up as Jake Fletcher and Dan Clayton both rattled the Whites bar before Clayton (D) volleyed home their second in the 71st minute. Chances came and went and as the game became more stretched the visitors had further opportunities but in the end their first half performance proved decisive.
Man of Match - Dan Clayton
23/09/12 - Scholes 5-3 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
In this topsy?turvy affair Bridge twice failed to hold on to their lead and a disappointing second half performance proved costly. Jake Fletcher started the scoring for the visitors after 11 minutes but it did not take Scholes long to turn matters around with goals from Luther Dove & Liam Saunders. Back came ?Bridge and the returning Mark Burniston struck his first of the season which was followed on 38minutes by another first as Jack Herron opened his account for the Club seven minutes before the break. ?Bridge failed to recover from goals by Scott Wood & Dove in the opening five minutes of the second half and their misery was compounded by a second from Liam Saunders 19 minutes from the end.
Man of Match - Jack Herron
30/09/12 - Harrogate CSC 1-1 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
'Bridge looked a little stronger on paper which was reflected in their early performance with improved passing/possession and a great determination to get forward. Ryan Devine produced their first real effort on target with a curling free kick that rattled the CSC bar with Chris Triggs well beaten but the home side also had their moments as ?Bridge scrambled and put everything on the line to keep out some close range efforts. The second half followed a similar pattern until the 61st minute when ?Bridge lost the ball from a throw in and three passes later a clinical Baggio D?Amore finish gave the home side the lead. Dissimilar to previous games ?Bridge did not let their heads drop and on 66minutes Jake Fletcher made up for his earlier mistake with the equaliser. Both teams had chances to win the game but it was the ?Bridge defence who showed great resilience to keep out a determined home side and earn their first point of the season.
Man of Match - Steven Paffett
04/11/12 - Inter Mill Rovers 5-6 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - County Sunday Cup
Days after Halloween a thick fog and cold winter?s morning greeted ?Bridge as they travelled to Inter Mill Lane for their opening County Sunday Cup encounter of the season. The match must have been touch-and-go, such was the extent of the fog, but go ahead it did and what ensued was an enthralling encounter in which the advantage ebbed and flowed between the two teams, ?Bridge having just the edge to get over the line. Inter started perhaps slightly complacently against their bottom of the league opposition and were caught napping on five minutes when Tom Hussell fired home from the right of goal, but quickly woke up to level matters through Andy Lowther slotting past stand-in keeper Chris Chapman five minutes later. The hosts came into the game at this point, and looked the better team for a while, going ahead on 27 minutes Lowther; this time with a long range shot from the left wing masked itself in the fog and looped over the head of Chapman. It was now ?Bridge?s turn to reply, however, and when they won a free kick on 27 minutes Mark Burniston?s delivery found the head of Jake Fletcher who made no mistake in dispatching it for two all. On a poor playing surface it was the visitors had the impetus Stephen Coles putting his side back ahead three minutes later when he cut in from the right wing to fire low past Thornton. The action for the first half wasn?t over as Hussell added his second six minutes before the break to ensure a two goal half time lead. Keep it going was the message from Manager Wayne Fisher during the interval, who was pleased with how his side had adapted to the difficult conditions. A final word of warning was to expect Inter to come out fighting in the second half, but even he could not have envisaged was ensued in the thirteen minutes following the restart. First came jubilation for ?Bridge in the 52nd minute after Luke Fletcher?s long range effort found the back of the net, but Fisher?s warning proved its worth a minute later with the hosts immediately pulling the goal back through Tom McLoughlin. Another minute, another goal as Burniston was fouled in the Inter box and Steven Paffett hit home the ensuing penalty, but more drama was to come with Inter having a penalty of their own, which was duly converted. Five minutes, four goals, but the net outcome was zero, with ?Bridge maintaining a two goal lead at six four. Two minutes later it seemed the pattern of goals would continue, only for Chapman, who had been having a quiet day thus far, to pull out an excellent finger-tip save to deny Lowther his hat trick, with Sam Everard then clearing the subsequent follow-up shot off the line and to safety. After this excitement the rest of the match continued with a distinct lack of drama, with the visitors holding any Inter attacks at bay, and now having Paul Scaife in the attacking equation looking to add more to their tally, only to be foiled by the offside trap on numerous occasions. There was one last wag in this match?s tail, however, with the hosts awarded a contentious injury time penalty, dispatched by B Lowther to take the match to six five, but in reality it came too late to really affect the outcome of the encounter, with ?Bridge overall the better side in progressing into the third round of a Cup in which they fell at the fourth hurdle last season. The next round will be played on Sunday 2nd December with ?Bridge?s reward a home tie against Leeds Jubilee side Leeds City Rovers.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston, Luke Fletcher & Ryan Haswell
11/11/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-1 Burton Leonard Squirrel - League
After their victory last weekend in the County Sunday Cup ?Bridge were looking to kick start their League season with a win against relegation rivals Burton Leonard Squirrel only to allow their visitors back into the game after a promising start. Jake Fletcher and Paul Scaife had good chances for the home side which they either missed or were thwarted by keeper Graeme Summers but Squirrel also had opportunities and were similar denied by the perennial Alastair Hogg. Scaife did get the only goal of the half sliding in a Stevie Coles cross but with injuries to Coles, Fletcher and Alex Coombes ?Bridge looked a bit disjointed in the second half and an equaliser from Peter Wigham goal was thoroughly deserved. As both sides searched for the winner Summers saved well from Luke Fletcher and Hogg rolled back the years to produce a finger tip save to keep out a close range Andy Sparkes effort. In the end it was honours even and both sides knowing they have a fight on their hands over the coming months to avoid relegation.
Man of Match - Alastair Hogg
09/12/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-2 Leeds City Rovers - County Sunday Cup
The old axiom of 'a game of two halves' was no more relevant for this week-delayed County Sunday Cup Third Round encounter between 'Bridge Sunday and Leeds City Rovers. An excellent Aldborough Road playing surface greeted the teams and it was the visitors who made the best of it in the first half. 'Bridge didn't look comfortable and Rovers enjoyed the better of the possession in the first half hour, with the breakthrough goal somewhat inevitable when Paul Wills hit home on 25 minutes. Rovers further seized the momentum from this and kept chipping away at the home defence, with a mix-up between 'Bridge 'keeper Alastair Hogg and his defence allowing Ryan O'Donnell to slot home eleven minutes later. 'Bridge could be glad of reaching half time a two nil, but a comeback was hard to foresee with Lev Watach having had little to do in the Rovers nets and there seeming little vigour in the 'Bridge game. Whatever was said at half time, however, very much had the desired effect with 'Bridge coming out a different looking side. They were immediately on the attack and as the half progressed won a series of corners. The goal Wayne Fisher's men were looking for came on 77 minutes when Ben Clayton stooped to direct the ball, fired into the box like a bullet, into the back of the net from an acute angle with a precision header. This gave 'Bridge the confidence they needed to push for the winner, and they certainly gave it their all. Wave after wave of attack was repelled by the Rovers defence, marshalled by a very impressive looking Nfonkeu Bo Yomo, and as time ran down 'Bridge just couldn't find a way through. A double clearance off the line confirmed that it wasn't going to be the hosts' day with the final whistle sounding a two one defeat and cup exit. All three of 'Bridge's County Cup teams have now exited their respective competitions, and the misery was further compounded by Dave Burniston's dismissal after the final whistle for foul and abusive language. Fisher can take hope, however, from his sides' second half performance, and if this is a sign of things to come then 2013 looks somewhat brighter than 2012 has been for 'Bridge's premier Sunday side.
Man of Match - Steven Paffett & Stephen Coles
16/12/12 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 5-1 Burton Leonard Squirrel - Knockout Cup
Manager for the day Steven Paffett went into this game knowing that his side needed a boost after last weekend?s disappointing result but it was only in the last 20 minutes that they managed to overcome a determined Squirrel outfit. There was little to choose between the two sides for an hour with the visitors holding the advantage of an Andy Sparkes goal eight minutes before the break with second half substitutions key for the home side. Tom Hussell was brought into the fray at half time with the introduction and wing play of Mark Burniston and Dan Clayton instrumental in their passage into the next round of the Knockout Cup. On 70 minutes Burniston crossed for brother Dave to head home from six yards out and five minutes later Clayton pulled the ball back from the by line for Mark Burniston to put ?Bridge in front. The home side were now in the ascendancy and Clayton, who was giving the Squirrel defence a torrid time, drifted by two defenders to slot the ball under Chris Storey from an acute angle. With time just about up Hussell won the ball in midfield, picked out Ryan Devine who thumped home the fourth and in injury time Stephen Coles and Clayton combined with another mazy dribble from the latter setting up Richard Donohoe to smash the ball back across goal into the bottom corner. The second half substitutions all made an impact on the game but it was the double ?D?s ? Donohoe and Devine who captured eight votes each to share the MOM award.
Man of Match - Ryan Devine & Richard Donohoe
06/01/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-3 Atlanta - League
It was a familiar story as ‘Bridge’s Claro League side made it a hat trick of Club defeats this weekend all by the same scoreline as they continue to struggle at the bottom of Division One. On paper the home side were able to field one of their stronger sides but failed in the basic principles of defending leaving Sylvestor Rowe to put Atlanta in front after only nine minutes. They continued to live on the precipice whereas Andy Foster & Scott Harrison, at the heart of the Atlanta defence, followed the rudimentary route and when this failed goalkeeper Sam Moore was secure with one save to deny Ben Clayton out of the top drawer. As half time approached the outcome of the game was arguably decided in the space of three minutes as strong claims for a home penalty were dismissed by referee Paul Hayes and a minute later an inswinging Rowe corner was helped into the net by a ‘Bridge defender. The half time whistle blew and a minute into the second half Dominic Creamer went through the ‘Bridge defence to add number three. Ryan Devine reduced the deficit nine minutes later and thereafter it was pretty much one way traffic with a few goalmouth scrambles and corners to deal with but Atlanta remained steadfast to take the points which moves them away from the danger zone.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston
13/01/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 4-1 Scholes - League
With their League fixtures reaching the half way point this was a must win for the home side and their first league victory of the season lifted them off the bottom for the first time, albeit on goal difference, over Squirrel. There were early chances for both sides with ‘Bridge getting the important break on 24 minutes as Paul Eagling passed home a Mark Burniston cross and it was Eagling who was pivotal in the second setting up Jake Fletcher to find the net via the underside of the bar from 8 yards out seven minutes from the interval. Akin to last Sunday ‘Bridge had a valid appeal for a penalty tuned down and similarly within a minute the opposition had scored, on this occasion, a slide rule pass from Brian Crampton put Andrew Woods in the clear to calmly beat Josh Donnelly. There was just enough time, however for ‘Bridge to take the sting out of the comeback as Eagling’s superb strike from 25 yards gave James Kilroy no chance. The second half opened up with a spectacular overhead attempt from Ryan Devine bringing derisory cheers from the watching throng but he had the last laugh on 52 minutes volleying home a loose ball after the visitors failed to clear a Mark Burniston corner. This concluded the scoring but both sides continued to make chances and only a point blank save to a J Fletcher effort prevented ‘Bridge going further ahead. Scholes, to their credit, never gave up and in the last fifteen minutes Donnelly produced an excellent save to deny Alex Baddams, Liam Saunders was denied by the keeper’s outstretched legs and when Scholes again cut through the home rearguard Saunders blasted over from ten yards out. ‘Bridge face a tough end to the season and need to grind out a few more results if they are to maintain their Division One status.
Man of Match - Sam Everard
10/02/13 - The Ship 0-1 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
The match was typical of previous encounters between these two sides, uncompromising, and played at full tempo. The home side certainly started the stronger Liam Horton rattling the ‘Bridge post with Josh Donnelly well beaten and the keeper coming out on top in two one-on-one situations against the usually reliable Tom Leeming. Dan Clayton and Mark Burniston fired a couple of chances straight at Mark Rimmer but overall ‘Bridge were second best and had a sterling defence and their keeper to thank for the clean sheet at the break. The half time team talk must have had some effect as Richard Donohoe and Ryan Devine gained more of a foothold in midfield and the defence continued to put everything on the line as the Ship pressed for a winner to keep them in the title stakes. The breakthrough, however, came 12 minutes from time and it was at the other end of the pitch with Devine heading home a Clayton corner to ease the visitors’ relegation concerns. They still had more pressure to absorb in the remaining minutes but were resolute to a man and with Donnelly commanding in goal and the improving Sam Everard giving another stand out performance the three points took ‘Bridge out of the bottom two for the first time this season.
Man of Match - Josh Donnelly & Sam Everard
24/02/13 - Burton Leonard Squirrel 0-3 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
With both sides in the relegation area ‘Bridge were looking to consolidate their recent improvement and they came good with goals in the second half which should keep them out of the drop zone. The importance of the fixture was obvious in the frenetic opening exchanges but the pattern of the game was never allowed to develop by some fastidious decision making and three bookings for the visitors. Lewis Barlow hit the bar in the first half with few other chances for either side until Jake Fletcher latched on to a Sam Everard pass to open the scoring just passed the hour mark with an astute chip from a tight angle. Buoyed by this ‘Bridge grew in confidence and with Richard Donohoe and Ryan Devine controlling midfield a second breakthrough was denied, in the main, by the excellent Graeme Summers. With ten minutes remaining and the promise of a goal Chris Chapman was relieved of his note pad duties and six minutes he delivered getting on the end of a Luke Fletcher cross for the second. Chapman was again instrumental in the third as he was thwarted by the excellent Summers but the keeper was unable to keep out the follow up from Devine to send Fisher and his troops home the happier of the two sides.
Man of Match - Richard Donohoe
10/04/13 - Kirk Deighton Rangers 1-2 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
After a poor opening half and losing a soft goal to Deighton’s centre back on 35 minutes ‘Bridge picked up their game after the break with Richard Donohoe and Stephen Coles getting more of a grip of midfield and linking play. They got back on level terms just past the hour mark through Luke Fletcher and a rare goal from Tommy Ekin, who chipped the advancing keeper, put them ahead twelve minutes from time. Deighton searched for an equaliser but with Steven Paffett and Sam Everard looking solid at the back and Alex Coombes coming up with a last minute goal line clearance they held on for the points.
Man of Match - Steven Paffett
17/04/13 - Sherwood 1-0 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
On a cold, windy evening the performance of neither side did little to inspire with a combination of ‘Bridge Saturday coming up with a late winner. Matt Butler in the home goal only had three efforts to deal with throughout the game coming from an Alastair Hogg clearance, Alex Coombes free kick and a late Luke Fletcher effort which reflected a lack lustre ‘Bridge but in truth Sherwood were not much better even though Hogg was a little busier than his Sherwood counterpart. The solitary goal came in the 83rd minute and was a reflection of the game with Steven Paffett attempted clearance to a Matt Thompson header squirming off his boot into his own net.
Man of Match - Stephen Coles
21/04/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 4-1 Atlanta - League
The high point of a frustrating weekend for the ‘Bridge faithful was this victory in the Claro League Knock Out by Wayne Fisher’s side against Atlanta. Bridge started off like a side on a mission, taking a 14th minute lead through Steven Paffett and only a fine save by Sam Moore from a Tom Ekin drive prevented a second. The home side continue to have the majority of the play but found the safe hands of Moore and a determined Atlanta defence hard to break down leaving them with a narrow lead at the break. Seven minutes into the second half Hogg spilled an innocuous Sylvester Rowe free kick converted by Johnny Nelson to level matters which brought an instant response from Fisher with the introduction of Lewis Barlow and Dan Clayton. Their impact was almost immediate as successive Clayton corners saw Barlow beaten to the first one but on the second occasion Luke Fletcher out jumped Moore to put his side back in front and 8 minutes later he latched on to an incisive Clayton pass to round Moore and slide home his second from a tight angle. Atlanta tried to respond but a buoyant home side were determined not to give anything away and from a loose ball in the area Clayton ensured the victory 15 minutes from time with ‘Bridge’s fourth. An assiduous midfield display from Stephen Coles pushed Fletcher all the way for the MOM award but in the end it was Fletcher’s all round performance and brace that gained the plaudits.
Man of Match - Luke Fletcher
03/05/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-0 Scholes - Knockout Cup Final
After their exploits, although trophy less, of season ‘Bridge’s expectations this time round have not being fulfilled until their victory at Station View on Friday night gave Wayne Fisher’s side their first trophy under his tutelage. ‘Bridge forced their opponents on to the back foot from the start but in Scott Wood and Gaulton Cuffy Scholes had two unwavering defenders and Luther Dore & Alex Baddams provided positive outlets on the break. Jimmy Kilroy flapped at an early ‘Bridge effort but then proved his worth saving from Jack Herron, when through on goal, and a stinging drive from Mark Burniston as ‘Bridge enjoyed plenty of territorial advantage but without the end product of a goal. After the break there was a definite sea change with Scholes pressing much higher up the pitch and condensing the space they had allowed Bridge in the first half and it took a brilliant save from veteran keeper Alastair Hogg to keep out a Dore effort that looked destined for the top corner. It was time for a change with the introduction of Dan Clayton giving ‘Bridge fresh impetus and it was during this period in the ascendency that Clayton fired through a ruck of players for the eventual winner. As Scholes pushed for an equaliser the game opened out more but ‘Bridge were unable to find that elusive second and it was Scholes , who somehow failed to capitalise on a glorious opportunity, set up by the hard working Brian Crampton. The final whistle brought considerable relief in the ‘Bridge camp, especially for Manager Fisher, who was steadfast in his team selection and it was the team ethic that carried his young side (the big man excluded) through.
Man of Match - Alex Coombes
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