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Boroughbridge AFC 'A' Match Reports 13/14
August to December
21/07/13 - Boroughbridge AFC XI 2-4 Kirk Deighton Rangers - Friendly
In a fixture that is fast becoming a staple of both sides' pre-season preparations, Kirk Deighton had the killer touch that mattered to beat a 'Bridge combination side of both the 'A' and Sunday sides. The opening message of intent from the visitors came on 24 minutes, and resulted in their going one to the good, with a chance to add a second going just wide of the mark three minutes later. If 'Bridge Manager Wayne Fisher had asked his troops for a response, even he couldn't have imagined the kind of response Mark Burniston would give him in the 37th minute. In a piece of classic counter-attacking football Alex Coombes moved the ball out of defence to Burniston, who proceeded to run almost the length of the pitch, skipping through tackles en route, before firing into the top left-hand corner to restore parity. A move of such quality would not be out of place at a much higher level, and Burniston's delight was evident. The goal provided 'Bridge with momentum, which the Fletcher brothers looked to exploit when they linked up in the 45th minute, with Luke on the wing passing to Jake whose shot drifted just wide of the post.

The momentum continued into the second half and just two minutes in Paul Scaife thought he was through on goal, only to be judged to be offside. One wonder-goal in a match is something to be appreciated, but two is something to applaud, and Richard Donohoe would provide the 22 strong Aldborough Road crowd with just that in the 48th minute when he unleashed a thunderbolt that was destined for nowhere but the top right-hand corner, although from Donohoe's celebration, or lack of it, you wouldn?t have know he'd just scored one of the goals of pre-season. The jubilation turned to despair six minutes later, however, when the 'Bridge box turned into something of a pinball table. Sam Everard's clearance was picked up by the visitors, who fired straight at Josh Donnelly in the 'Bridge nets. Donnelly managed to keep out the initial shot, but couldn't do anything about the rebound and after all their hard work 'Bridge were suddenly back to parity. Deighton were now in a ascendency and three minutes after drawing level took the lead with Donnelly beaten in a one-on-one situation. The home side were increasingly sitting deeper and deeper, no better demonstrated when Jake Fletcher crossed straight to the 'keeper, partly in hope and partly in frustration, after being given no support to his 69th minute foray down the wing. Kirk Deighton added their fourth from short range on 81 minutes, bringing the visiting scoresheet to two for Tom Dickinson and one each for Mikey Large and Eddie Collins, and had chances to add a fifth in the closing minutes. An 84th minute one-on-one with Donnelly was missed, and both Stevie Coles and Tom Hussell were called into action to clear off the line in the 86th and 87th minutes respectively, closing out what was a disappointing display from 'Bridge's youngsters, albeit with the caveat of two magnificent goals.
26/07/13 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 5-1 Helperby United Under-17s - Friendly
'Bridge 'A' were watched by a bumper crowd numbering over 50 on this warm Friday evening encounter against Helperby Under-17s. Their performance did little to raise the mercury any further, but Richard Donohoe's men got the job done in the end, with late goals flattering the hosts. 'Bridge started with intent and Sean Corbett won a free kick in a dangerous position on eight minutes. He couldn't convert,however, firing straight at the 'keeper and seven minutes later Jack Ayre latched onto a rebounded shot but fired wide of the mark. Despite being on top of the game, 'Bridge's passing was poor and the 28th minute drinks break gave Donohoe a chance to try and rally his troops. The substitution during the break would have the biggest effect, however, on 40 minutes when Rob Ekin pounced on a rebounded shot to fire into the net.

Chris Chapman had a chance to pad the lead as the second half began, but fired high and wide of the mark and Helperby were back on terms ten minutes into the half after a deft Olly Foreman chip, set up by Harry Maltby, found the back of the net. This would be their last stand as the heat of the day took its toll and the visitors began to tire. 'Bridge, on the other hand, had more stamina than their opponents and despite their poor passing continuing, began to stamp their mark on the game. Wayne Fisher retook the lead for his side in the 66th minute with a shot from the left, and Ayre saw his 70th minute effort saved. The result was still not secure though with only a solitary goal the lead, but in the final ten minutes 'Bridge accelerated away from their opponents. First Sean Corbett found the net on 81 minutes and then Liam Bannard added a fourth goal five minutes later. Corbett completed the scoring and his brace after the final kick of the game by heading home Ayre's cross. The result on paper is a boost to 'Bridge's pre-season preparations but Donohoe will know he has to work on passing on the training field if his side are to challenge this season.
31/08/13 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 4-0 Kirkby Malzeard Reserves - League
'Bridge 'A' completed a hat-trick of wins for the Club on the day as they put four goals past Kirkby Malzeard Reserves for no reply, although they left it late before securing the points. Sean Corbett fired a message of intent in the 25th minute when his shot was deflected wide following a mazy run, and just three minutes later Jack Herron saw his shot cleared off the line by the visiting defence. After this early pressure, 'Bridge found their breakthrough in the 40th minute when the Malzeard 'keeper fumbled Alex Coombes' shot and Jack Herron followed up to hit home. 'Bridge picked up in the second half where they had left off in the first and in the 50th minute Richard Donohoe saw his shot cleared off the line. Two minutes later and Ollie Bone saw his shot saved but the next 'Bridge goal was not far away, coming in the 55th minute as visiting defender Morton put Bone's rebounded effort into his own net. From here 'Bridge were able to relax into the final third of the game, and Tom Ekin's 60th minute effort went just over the bar from 25 yards out. Coombes had an effort saved in the 65th minute, before Man of Match Bone was again unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in firing just over the bar. 'Bridge secured the points with ten minutes to go when Herron hit home after a strong run by Kyle Wall, and Ashley Richardson padded the lead further when he headed home with five minutes to go. The result gives Donohoe's men six points from their opening two matches with eleven goals already having crashed into their opponents' nets, leaving them second in the table on goal difference.
Man of Match - Ollie Bone
07/09/13 - Addingham 2-5 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
'Bridge made a nightmare start to their trip to Addingham, conceding an Isiac Parkinson goal after just five minutes, but quickly regrouped to record a third victory in three Division Two fixtures. After the early setback, 'Bridge set about their task in a workman-like fashion, and in the 22nd minute were unlucky not to restore parity as Lewis Barlow saw his header cleared off the line and Stephen Coles fired the rebound over the bar. Three minutes later the hosts reminded 'Bridge of their threat as Jordi Halifax was forced into a save with his opponent through on goal, but after their 'keeper's save 'Bridge employed a nice piece of counter-attacking football to advance back up the pitch and hit home through Ollie Bone after a defensive mix-up. This goal gave Richard Donohoe's men the momentum they needed to keep the pressure up, and Chris Chapman would shoot over the bar on the half hour mark before Bone added his second by lobbing Paul Hunt in the Addingham net after a through ball from his gaffer. 'Bridge would carry this lead into half time, and found themselves two goals to the good just five minutes after the restart when Nabil Boudabuza turned Steve Kirby's long throw into his own net. Bone completed his hat-trick in the 70th minute via a through ball from Coombes, and the provider turned scorer ten minutes later as Coombes employed some fancy footwork to receive Coles' through ball and finish across the 'keeper. Addingham added their second with three minutes to go through Parkinson, but it did little to alter the final result as Donohoe's squad climb atop the Harrogate & District League Division Two.
Man of Match - Ollie Bone
14/09/13 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 5-2 Helperby United - League
With three wins out of three so far this season in the newly re-structured Harrogate & District Division Two, Richard Donohoe's men came into this match looking to continue their perfect start to the season. They made less than a perfect start to the match, however, and within three minutes were a goal down after Josh Donnelly was beaten at the near post by Jim Heales. Donohoe's young side are learning their trade fast though, and didn't let their heads drop, taking just four minutes to restore parity as Steve Paffett played a long ball to Ollie Bone who continued his fine form in front of goal in heading home. From here the match settled into a steady rhythm, and after Alex Coombes had given 'Bridge the lead with a header from Steve Paffett's 21st minute corner Bone twice missed the target, first from a 30th minute Donohoe free kick which was fumbled by the visiting 'keeper and hit over an open goal by 'Bridge's premier marksman, before the woodwork was rattled by a header from a 40th minute Rob Ekin cross. The second half began as the first had ended, with the home side on the attack, and Lewis Barlow saw his shot go high of the target. Bone then fired wide from a Sean Corbett through ball five minutes later, and Chris Wood completed a hat-trick of efforts off target with his 70th minute header from a Corbett corner. Entering the last quarter of an hour of the match the 'Bridge lead looked vulnerable, despite all of the pressure, but any worries were alleviated in the 80th minute when the hosts finally got a second half header on target, with Bone the scorer from Corbett's corner. The former completed his hat-trick from a Kyle Wall through ball five minutes from time, and the lead became four four minutes from time as Rob Ekin was brought down and Bone smashed home his fourth from the penalty spot. There was just enough time left in the match for Tom Gamach to score a last minute breakaway consolation for the visitors, but it was too little too late with 'Bridge having already secured the points with their last gasp goal flurry. Donohoe's side move onto twelve points in Division Two as their 100% start to the season continues.
Man of Match - Ollie Bone
21/09/13 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 6-0 Ripon Red Arrows - League
Both sides came into this game full of confidence after promising starts to their respective seasons with the added spice of a local derby making the opening exchanges a competitive affair of few opportunities. Chris Chapman had a header cleared of the line by Carl Lonsdale and Alex Coombes fired over from 25 yards with Arrows the closest to scoring on 27 minutes from a Ben Beadle effort to a Jamie Duncan corner that rattled the post with Jordi Halifax beaten. Three minutes later 'Bridge got the all important first goal, again, from a dead ball situation as Luke Fletcher headed home a Stevie Coles corner and from the next home attack, a minute later, Blayne Oglesby produced a great save to deny a 30 yard drive from Ollie Bone. Buoyed by the success 'Bridge were now more fluent in their play and just before the break doubled their advantage with a second Fletcher header, this time, to a Coombes corner. Kyle Wall looked to have settled it for the home side when he headed home a Coombes cross five minutes after the interval until a couple of substitutions threw their defensive organisation out of kilter for a couple of minutes, player-Manager Richard Donohoe blocking a shot to salvage his poor pass and a Chris Chapman last ditch tackle denying Jamie Fell a definite goal scoring opportunity. Any anxiety was alleviated in the 61st minute when Fletcher latched on to a through ball from Bone to fire in his hat trick goal and thereafter it was substitute Sean Corbett who stole the show. On 72 minutes he rattled the bar from a Coles cross, had a shot well saved by Oglesby following a one-two with Richard Donohoe, before volleying home a cross following good link up play between Bone and Wall. Arrows were now a spent force and Corbett delivered the coup de grace in the last minute sweeping home his second after being set up by Man of Match Fletcher.
Man of Match - Luke Fletcher
28/09/13 - Burley Trojans 7-3 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League Cup
The inevitability of withdrawals higher up the pecking order was just what Manager Richard Donohoe did not want and by the time he entered the field of play for the second half the contest and their place in the League Challenge Cup had disseminated in the autumn sun. It only took the home side nine minutes to open up the 'Bridge rearguard with left foot chip from Simon Walker giving 'keeper Jordi Halifax no chance. Burley propensity to play the ball from the back was made easier by a 'Bridge looking indolent and disorganised allowing the home side to use Tom Ross as the catalyst for Lee McGowan who grabbed a brace in a three minutes spell, firing home from the edge of the box and then rounding Halifax for his second. There was only 20 minutes on the clock and left foot strikes from full Back Dave Healey on 28 minutes and winger Ben Garnham seven minutes later put a rampant home side out of sight. Ashley Richardson managed to reduce the deficit with a tap in after an Ollie Bone header came back off the post but the margin was back to five within two minutes as Ross powered home a through ball Tom Hunter. The introduction of Donohoe, aligned to his half time team talk, brought a different dimension to the game as 'Bridge pressed higher up the pitch, Chris Chapman won his battle with Ross and collectively the team worked much harder. They were rewarded with a second from Richardson who fired home from 20 yards out giving Tim Fendyke little chance and despite McGowan going on to complete his hat trick 'Bridge made the last, even if inconsequential contribution to the goal-fest as Lewis Barlow knocked home a Bone cross.
Man of Match - Richard Donohoe & Ashley Richardson
05/10/13 - Helperby United 1-3 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
'Bridge's short journey up the road to Helperby was a much sterner test than anticipated but with key players missing they put in a workmanlike shift to maintain their good start to the season. They were further hampered by the late arrival of two players leaving Assistant Manager Dave Snelling, standing in for the absent Richard Donohoe, in a quandary, but his decision to play his two subs was vindicated in the opening 20 minutes. Jack Ayre's early cross shot was cleared off the line by James Mannion and on 19 minutes the other sub Lewis Barlow headed home a deep Steve Kirby free kick. Neither side, however, were able to get much rhythm into their game and the only shots of note before the break were a run and 25 yard drive from Ollie Bone well saved by Jamie Slator, and the 'keeper then pushed a Tom Ekin shot from the edge of the box round the post. Helperby started the second half more positively but it was the visitors who looked the more likely as Alex Coombes had a shot hit the post and another cleared off the line before they were caught square by a through ball from Dan Marston latched onto by Lee Heeles to fire in the equaliser. It was now game on and 'Bridge were given the opportunity to go ahead after Ashley Richardson was adjudged to have been fouled in the area and from the resultant penalty Kirby kept his composure to add their second. The home side, exasperated by the decision, tried to get back on terms and only good positioning by Nathan Rainbow to clear an 88th minute effort from Steve Ferguson saved 'Bridge who were then able to add a third a minute later as Bone latched on to a through ball from Kyle Wall to put the game out of reach.
Man of Match - Steve Kirby
12/10/13 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 4-3 Addingham (a.e.t) - Alverton Trophy
'Bridge enjoyed a league victory at Addingham in the early part of the season but the visitors had obviously reinforced their ranks since then as they gave the home side a torrid time in the opening stages with Andrew Brightman and Steve Hunt a constant threat. Thanks to some good saves from Jordi Halifax it was the half hour mark before Addingham made the breakthrough with Martin Fox wriggling his way to several challenges to nudge the ball past Halifax. Hunt then flashed an effort over the bar and the clock was on forty minutes before the visiting 'keeper Paul Hunt was brought into action tipping a Tom Ekin effort over. It was only a brief respite as Halifax denied Ian Bancroft and Fox before he was beaten again right on half time by a Brightman volley from just inside the box. Manager Richard Donohoe's rallying cry at half time took effect almost immediately as James Bottomley put through Tom Ekin only to shoot tamely at the 'keeper, but on 51 minutes Ollie Bone got them back in the game flicking a Steve Kirby free kick over the 'keeper, and two minutes later Chris Chapman headed home an Alex Coombes corner. As the game swung back and forth both sides created the odd opportunity until the 70th minute when sub Richard Holmes fired just over with only Halifax to beat and two minutes later he hit the stanchion with a great effort from the edge of the box. Bone had an effort scrambled off the line before the end of normal time and in extra time he fired past the post after a jinking run into the box and at the other end Brightman did likewise ahead of Andy Stephenson smashing the ball into his own net from an attempted clearance. The second half of extra time brought an equaliser within two minutes as Kirby's cross-shot beat the flailing Paul Hunt, but the visitors still looked the likely winners as Brightman flashed an effort wide and Halifax made a great save to deny Steve Hunt. As the dreaded penalty shoot-out loomed it was 'Bridge who had the last word as Stephenson made amends for his error by slipping in Bone to poke home the winner and his side into the next round. Donohoe was full of praise for his players' endeavours and character in coming from behind on two occasions but also acknowledged they were lucky to win against a much improved Addingham side with the respective goalkeepers making the marginal difference.
Man of Match - Ollie Bone
19/10/13 - Kirkby Malzeard Reserves 1-3 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - Hulme Cup
Carrying an injury from a couple of weeks back and with Stephen Coles and Jack Herron promoted to the Reserves, Manager Richard Donohoe was able to welcome back youngsters Tom Hepworth and Ben Johnstone to his starting line up but knew his side would have to steadfast to progress against a Kirkby side principally stronger on their own patch. 'Bridge made a positive start with Alex Coombes looking a threat down the left hand side and after Ollie Bone had clipped the bar with a long range effort Ash Richardson put a far post header wide from a Coombes cross. Dave Henstock scuffed a good chance on 22 minutes for Kirkby and shortly afterwards Joe Mills drifted his way into the box only to pull his shot wide. An injury to Chris Wood in between these opportunities unsettled the visitor's rhythm which was alleviated on 31 minutes as the home defence failed to deal with a long ball from Chris Chapman leaving Ollie Bone to beat Mike McCann from close range. The half finished with Bone having a front post header well saved by McCann and Mills hitting over a pull back from Lewis Day.

A half time rocket certainly energised the home side and following Mills failure to capitalise on good work from Slater Kirkby got their reward ten minutes into the half with a near post header from sub. Luke Wilson. Encouraged by the vociferous support of their Chairman it was Kirkby now in the ascendancy and Jordi Halifax denied Mills with a close range save as 'Bridge soaked up the pressure. Their ability to break quickly was key for the visitors with Tom Ekin on the should do better card as he tamely side footed a good cross from Bone before Sean Corbett picked up a ball on the halfway line beat his man slipped the ball wide to Bone and when his cross came in Corbett had made up the yards (or metres) to fire home from close range. This knocked the stuffing out of the home side and 'Bridge were content to sit back before Bone put the result beyond doubt latching on to a through ball from Ekin to round McCann and slot home for the last action of the tie. Chris Chapman, assisted by the returning Hepworth, walked the MOM with a commanding performance at the heart of the defence in overall a much better performance from 'Bridge with their reward a home semi-final tie.
Man of Match - Chris Chapman
26/10/13 - Wetherby Athletic 'B' 0-6 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
'Bridge started confidently and Chris Chapman atoned for an early missed opportunity on 16 minutes with a through ball to inform striker to smash into the roof of Matt Fearnley’s net. Tom Ekin, Sean Corbett, Ben Johnstone & Nathan Rainbow were linking well in the midfield areas and it was no surprise when the visitors added to their tally with a clinical finish from Bone from an Ash Richardson flick. Wetherby attacks by comparison were spasmodic and 'Bridge added to their tally six minutes before the break with Richardson springing the offside trap to a Kyle Wall pass to slot home the third. The commitment continued after the break with Bone just wide from a Coombes cross and three minutes into the half Richardson followed up a Bone shot for his second with a header to a Coombes corner completing his first hat trick for the Club. Not to be outdone Bone latched onto an Ekin through ball for his hat trick on 59 minutes to complete the scoring and allow Manager Donohoe to give the subs a good run. The home side to their credit kept battling and in the last ten minutes Chris Powers fired over from a good position and 'keeper Jordi Halifax ensured a clean sheet by denying Connor Buckley in the last few minutes.
Man of Match - Ollie Bone, Ashley Richardson & Ben Johnstone
02/11/13 - Bramham 1-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Looking to maintain their excellent start to the season 'Bridge travelled to Bramham where it took a freakish last minute equaliser to dent their 100% record. There was a good balance to the opening exchanges as Ollie Bone hit the bar with Mark Tasker well beaten and Kyle Wall failed to get the better of the 'keeper when put clear by Bone. The home side's best opportunity in this phase of the game fell to Germaine Woodley who took an extra touch two yards out with the goal at his mercy allowing Manager Richard Donohoe, on his return to the side from injury, to get in a last ditch tackle and clear the danger. For the remainder of the half 'Bridge were rarely troubled and even though they enjoyed the better of the possession they failed to create any clear opportunities against a resolute home defence. 'Bridge started the second half where they left off and six minutes in went ahead with a front post header from Ashley Richardson after Kyle Wall flicked on a Steve Kirby cross. This forced Bramham to open up more but it was the visitors who created the better of the chances with Kyle Wall striking a Carl Allen pull back wide and Sean Corbett fluffing his touch at the back post when well positioned. Nevertheless it looked like a 'Bridge victory until the last minute when Bramham won a soft free kick 20 yards out taken by Jake O'Donoghue which did not seem to have the legs to trouble Jordi Halifax until it took a nasty bobble and bounced over his head. The delight of the home side was obvious with their ensuing celebrations but the disappointment for 'Bridge was allayed by the knowledge that one of their nearest challengers had failed to make inroads into the points gap. It does not get any easier though for Donohoe's charges who face another tough trip and testing pitch when they travel to improving Bramhope this Saturday.
Man of Match - Tom Hepworth
09/11/13 - Bramhope 0-2 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
After their disappointment of last week 'Bridge did not expect any favours from their trip to Bramhope who were unbeaten at home in the League this season and had cracked in twenty goals in their last four games. The absence of Kyle Wall left Manager Donohoe to bring in Sean Corbett to an already slight midfield but they made light work of a sticky playing surface taking the lead on five minutes through Corbett who was in the right place to volley home an Ollie Bone cross. This was just the fillip for 'Bridge and Bone followed up his goal with a powerful run and shot, safely held by 'keeper Alex Warrington, who then managed to scramble away a deep cross from Steve Kirby when under pressure from Bone. The game was not all 'Bridge and the home side had their own playmaker in Jamie Mason who worked the channels well and was instrumental in setting up their best chance of the half which fell to Bryn Shorney only to be denied by a near post save from Jordi Halifax. The second half continued in similar vein, quite an open game but few chances as the centre back pairing of Chris Chapman and Tom Hepworth ably supported by the experienced Kirby and Player-Manager Richard Donohoe proved a proficient defensive unit for the visitors. With chances at a premium every opportunity was vital and the points probably swung on two pivotal incidents in the last twenty minutes as a stretching Mason was just wide with a header and three minutes later Bone fired home 'Bridge's second from a Barry Pryce pass. Bramhope continued to work hard only to find 'Bridge a resilient outfit who all put in a good shift for a confidence boosting clean sheet which should augur well for their third hard trip on the trot, this time at neighbours Ripon Red Arrows.
Man of Match - Chris Chapman
23/11/13 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 4-3 FC Harrogate - League
November has proved a tough month for 'Bridge's 'A' team, facing consecutive fixtures against sides immediately below them in the League which was exacerbated on Saturday by 'keeper Jordi Halifax getting a last minute call up to the Reserves who, earlier, had also taken Carl Allen and Ben Johnstone from their ranks. Manager Richard Donohoe was able to bring in Lee Dearden for his first game of the season and give a rare start for Andy Stephenson leaving Kyle Wall, Jack Ayre and Matt Coles on the bench, and it was the home side that enjoyed the early pressure with Sean Corbett forcing Stephen Warren to tip his effort over the bar. 'Bridge were having good periods of possession and Warren made good saves from Alex Coombes and a hand stinger from Tom Hepworth, but then nullified all his good work by fumbling a Tom Ekin shot which was pounced on by Ollie Bone to hand Corbett an easy tap in. Warren made amends with a good save from Bone and as the game levelled out so did the score in the 32nd minute when a free kick from Darren Sparkes looked to be going into Dearden's arms until Hepworth diverted the ball into the opposite corner. The goal, although against the run of play, was a fillip for the visitors who went on to take the lead on the stroke of half time when Steve Kirby and Chris Chapman failed to clear the danger and from Cal Johnson's cross Adam Johnson got an innocuous shot away that dropped agonisingly into the bottom corner. The visitors went into the break the more confident and should have added to their lead when Leon Redman latched on to a poor clearance only to pass up the opportunity by shooting straight at Dearden, whereas Bone, ten minutes later chased a long Hepworth clearance to beat the advancing 'keeper and head over him to square matters. Both sides seem to adopt attack as the best form of defence with Chapman blocking a Johnny Hewison goalbound effort, Warren denying Ash Richardson before 'Bridge took the lead on 75 minutes through Bone running on to Richardson's flick to smash his effort into the bottom corner. As the game oscillated to and fro Bone and Richardson were only just off target with further strikes and Harrogate failed to take advantage of a goalmouth scramble before Richardson knocked in a Kyle Wall cross five minutes from time. 'Bridge looked home and hosed until Hepworth, under pressure from Hewison, managed to grab his second of the afternoon albeit any censure from his colleagues looked to have missed when the referee awarded a corner. With the ball nestled in the bottom corner honesty prevailed and the decision overturned to give 'Bridge some anxious last moments to survive. With the teams directly below them sharing the points 'Bridge stretched their lead at the top of the table but this was another tough test and an important part of their learning curve as they approach the halfway point of their season.
Man of Match - Tom Ekin
30/11/13 - Ripon Red Arrows 1-4 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
After starting the season with four victories Arrows form has dipped in recent weeks but 'Bridge knew there was no room for error which was vindicated by a home team whose performance did not reflect the final score. 'Bridge started confidently with Ollie Bone narrowly wide in the 5th minute from 20 yards out and they took the lead ten minutes later with Kyle Wall putting Sean Corbett through and his pull back left Bone with a tap-in. Arrows 'keeper Ian Cullen was in action minutes later saving well from Bone but as the home side settled they began to assert more control taking charge of the midfield area with Ashley Buckley causing all sort of problems for the visitors. On 30 minutes a mad goalmouth scramble was eventually cleared by Chris Chapman but five minutes later Arrows deservedly levelled with a great 35 yard strike from Jamie Duncan that left Jordi Halifax grasping thin air. 'Bridge looked disjointed and Player-Manager Richard Donohoe, who certainly had a good view of events from his defensive position, decided a change was required reverting back to a 4-4-2 system to negate the Buckley threat. Two minutes later 'Bridge were back in front with a well taken goal from Chris Chapman taking down a Steve Kirby free kick, beating his defender and slotting home. Before the break a good save from Cullen denied a Bone header only to be beaten ten minutes into the second half by the same player with a twenty yard drive which camouflaged an indifferent display from the visitors and alleviated some apprehension. Arrows would not lie down and Brett Chambers was just off target with a flashing drive after Chapman and Tom Hepworth got in a tangle and Buckley headed wide a long Jamie Wilson throw. 'Bridge survived this threat and on 75 minutes they made the points save when a Kirby penalty went in off the underside of the bar after Corbett was brought down in the box after adroitly wriggling his way out of a tight situation.

As alluded to earlier this was a much tighter game than the score suggests and a reminder for 'Bridge there is no room for complacency when the two sides meet in three weeks time in the semi-final of the Hulme Cup. Their experienced defence was again pivotal to the victory and promising substitute appearances from Matt Coles and teenage debutant Connor Freeman a reminder to all that places are not guaranteed. Bone pipped Kirby for the Man of Match award which underlined the consistency of these two players and their reliability when the team are not at their most fluent. 'Bridge will be put to the test again this weekend in the quarter final stage of the Alverton Trophy when they visit Bramham who are also flying high on the back of their League cup success again Premier Division side Pateley Bridge.
Man of Match - Ollie Bone
07/12/13 - Bramham 2-4 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - Alverton Trophy
Results breed confidence and this was evident from both these sides with Bramham coming into this game on a high after defeating Premier League side Pateley Bridge and 'Bridge stretching their unbeaten run at Ripon Red Arrows without playing well. Manager Richard Donohoe again had to shuffle his pack moving himself into midfield alongside the robust Andy Stephenson to replace Kyle Wall on Reserve team duty and the absent Tom Ekin. The opening exchanges were tentative with the first shot of note coming in the tenth minute as Corey Gilmore fired wide with Ollie Bone responding for 'Bridge forcing a good save out of Mark Tasker and then just off target from the edge of the area. The best chance of the opening exchanges fell to Germaine Woodley who capitalised on an Alex Coombes error to round 'keeper Jordi Halifax only to finish tamely allowing Tom Hepworth to retrieve the situation and Hepworth was in action again on 21 minutes with an excellent recovery tackle after Woodley had slipped in Ryan Dowson. Ashley Richardson had a couple of good efforts for 'Bridge who after a shaky start shaded the last part of the half with Carl Allen doubling up to support Coombes and Sean Corbett proving a constant threat on the opposite flank in the face of a few rash challenges. 'Bridge continued their improvement after the break and on 50 minutes Corbett produced a tasty cross which was dispatched by Bone who then turned provider five minutes later linking up with Richardson to consolidate their position with a deft touch over the 'keeper. Bramham riposte was almost immediate and only a fine save to a Liam Ratcliffe free kick from Jordi Halifax and a subsequent clearance from Richardson prevented the home side opening their account. The adage of two one being the most dangerous score was never tested when 'Bridge went into a three nil lead on 65 minutes from another great move down the right involving Corbett and Bone. On this occasion the 'keeper could only poke it out to Donohoe who curled the ball adroitly into the far corner from the edge of the box with Tasker shouts of 'Wide' causing hilarity to some but incredulity to others who have seen him shoot before. Bone then fluffed a great one on one opportunity before he combined with Corbett to put Richardson in the clear to bag his second with a great early finish. 'Bridge looked home and hosed until Chris Franklin, who had been inconspicuous for the first 75 minutes, suddenly burst into life proving a constant threat and setting up Marshall for their opener and four minutes from time Woodley evaded the offside trap to lob over Halifax from ten yards out. Credit to Bramham for the perseverance but for 'Bridge it was a solid display spoiled by a lacklustre last ten minutes. Stephenson and Corbett shared the Man of the Match award with the former showing some smart touches to go with his solid tackling and Corbett adding some steel to his undoubted skilfulness.
14/12/13 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 4-0 Hampsthwaite United Reserves - League
Even though Manager Richard Donohoe had Tom Ekin and Kyle Wall back in his squad he stayed loyal to the side that had returned with an excellent result from Bramham the previous Saturday. The windy conditions were not conducive to good football and both sides struggled in a scruffy opening with Ash Richardson shooting over for the home side and minutes later Paris Boyd swooped on a Chris Chapman error only to fire wildly over with a colleague better placed. Donohoe then had a shot tipped over by James Arthur (not the infamous singer) who was in action shortly afterwards tipping an angled Carl Allen drive on to the bar before Aidan Sutcliffe tried his luck firing high and wide for the visitors. The home side were dominating possession but chances came and went with a Richardson effort blocked, Sean Corbett shooting wide and Allen missing the target from two gilt-edged opportunities to leave the scores frustratingly level at the interval. The pattern continued after the break with Ollie Bone in the thick of the action but unable to gain that vital breakthrough. Within two minutes of the restart he latched on to a through ball from Richardson only to see his chip hit the bar, he was then denied by Arthur in a one-on-one, next was a header to an Alex Coombes cross that hit the bar before seeing the 'keeper pull off another good save to his angled drive all in the space of ten minutes. It was Donohoe's turn to be frustrated by the 'keeper and the pressure was beginning to mount on 'Bridge as Bone headed over from inside the six yard box, but his perseverance was rewarded in the 68th minute sliding in an Coombes cross at the second attempt. Sutcliffe was a little nearer the mark with a 25 yard effort that flew just wide but with the visitors having to come out of their defensive formation 'Bridge were able to find more space and on 75 minutes a one-two between Bone and Wall resulted in the latter chipping home the second. A third followed soon afterwards as Bone converted an Ekin cross only for Halifax to concede a penalty in the 82nd minute bringing down Andrew Ward, but the perpetrator made amends by saving Ward's spot kick. Three minutes from time a mazy run from Coombes was halted in the area to leave captain Kirby to show how it is done and consolidate their position at the top of the tree. This week 'Bridge are looking for your support when they host Ripon Red Arrows in the semi-final of the Hulme Cup with the prospect for the winners a daunting final against West Yorkshire League Division One side Knaresborough Town - an anomaly of the system.
Man of Match - Alex Coombes
21/12/13 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-3 Ripon Red Arrows a.e.t. - Hulme Cup
'Bridge win 3-1 in penalty shootout
After two victories in the League and ten goals for against one conceded 'Bridge had every reason to feel confident when the semi-final pairing was made apart from the scheduling which was the day subsequent to 'Mad Friday' and the demeanour of some of the host players did not epitomise much pre-match self discipline. Back words further up the line, together with the withdrawal of centre back Tom Hepworth with an abdominal injury exacerbated the problem leaving Donohoe to fill the vacant gap and bring in Chris Wood who had been out for several weeks to take on the full back role. After a cagey opening Kyle Wall produced a good save from Ian Cullen and Alex Coombes fizzed a free kick over the bar before 'Bridge went ahead on 18 minutes when a partly cleared free kick was played back in by Tom Ekin for Chris Chapman to head in the opener. Arrows hit back within three minutes to curtail their elation when Ross Wilson was given time and space to collect a Ryan Ezard cross and fire past Jordi Halifax. The rest of the half was nip and tuck with the teams going in at the break on level terms but within a minute of the restart the home side regained the lead with a scrambled effort from Ash Richardson to a Tom Ekin corner. Déjà vu or so it seemed as four minutes later a corner from Jamie Duncan picked out Ashley Buckley and his powerful header from ten yards out regained Arrows parity for a second time. After recovering from the setback 'Bridge should have wrapped the game up as chances came and went for Ollie Bone, Tom Ekin was denied by the legs of the 'keeper, Wood had a header cleared off the line and Andy Stephenson stung Cullen's fingers with a powerful drive. In contrast Halifax had little to do as Donohoe got in the way of a Wilson drive and minutes from time good build up play from the visitors released Wilson but he delayed his shot giving the 'Bridge defence the opportunity to clear the danger. Extra time followed and after a goalless first half 'Bridge went in front for a third time started by Halifax with the ball moved from Wood to Coombes to Lewis Barlow and his pass found its way to Bone to chip the advancing Cullen. Barlow failed with an excellent chance to put the game to bed and it was left to Jamie Duncan to complete the scoring latching on to a Steve Kirby clearance to hammer the ball past Halifax from fully thirty yards. After a gruelling 120 minutes it was down to the penalty shootout and Halifax gave the hosts an great start by saving the opening penalty, which he repeated with excellent stops to penalties three and four and with Kirby, Chapman & Coombes all converting theirs it was 'Bridge who have the onerous task of facing Knaresborough Town who will also host the final.
Man of Match - Jordi Halifax & Andy Stephenson
11/01/14 - Pool AFC 'A' 0-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
With the reserve fixture cancelled it would have been easy for both Managers to have strengthened their sides but credit to them as they stuck by the selected players with 'Bridge coming away with the points in one of their most unconvincing performances of the season. The pitch was clarty and uneven in places exacerbated by a strong wind blowing down the pitch and neither side were able to come to terms with the conditions resulting in a lack of cohesion between the defence and midfield units from both teams. Tom Ekin had the best chance of the opening exchanges when he was through one on one only to be denied by keeper Joe Culverhouse and in the 22nd minute 'Bridge suffered the setback of losing leading scorer Ollie Bone through injury. His loss was alleviated three minutes later when Ashley Richardson headed home a Sam Everard cross and Chris Chapman should have eased the situation with two good chances before the break. Pool who had rarely threatened in the first half now had the advantage of the wind and with the game into the last quarter and 'Bridge hanging on to their slender they began to assert some pressure. Tom Hepworth cleared a dangerous situation after Jordi Halifax was forced to palm away a Dean Herron effort as the home side sensed they could get something out of this game. From a rare 'Bridge attack in the last few minutes Andy Stephenson missed a gilt edged chance to seal the points which would have proved costly if an unmarked Jack Wood had hit the target from a Jonathan Beckford header. The return of Tom Hepworth was a bonus for 'Bridge but they missed the midfield nous of Player/Manager Richard Donohoe who in turn is hoping that the injury to Bone is not too serious.
Man of Match - Tom Hepworth
08/02/14 - Bramhope 0-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - Supplementary Cup
'Bridge had only played one fixture since the 21st December which at best could be described as unimpressive but had the consolation of going into this Supplementary Cup fixture with a strong bench and the knowledge that they were the only team to come away from Old Lane this season with a victory and a clean sheet. A cold blustery day together with a clarty surface were always going to negate good football and predictably, with the wind advantage, it was the home side who forced the early pace resulting in Mark Thomas testing Jordi Halifax in the 'Bridge goal. In truth both sides were having difficult coming to terms with the conditions and it was not until the 14th minute that the visitors had their first opportunity through Ollie Bone who fired over from a through ball from Sean Corbett. Penalty area activity continued at a premium as the respective midfields slugged it out for supremacy and brief periods of dominance by the home side were curtailed by a steadfast 'Bridge defence. Their only chance came late in the half with a quick break prompted by Jamie Mason but Halifax was swiftly off his line once again to deny Ben Whittaker. The second half, likewise, was bereft of quality but the home side played better against the elements with Thomas and Whittaker more prominent in midfield along with the adept and diminutive Lewis Young who was a constant threat up front and similar to the opening minutes of the 1st half they had had a good opportunity only for Mason to fire over. Chances, though, were limited as both defences held sway with Steve Kirby Chris Chapman, Chris Wood, for the visitors, ably supporting Tom Hepworth who was doing an excellent job marshalling the powerful Young. Richard Donohoe had his 20 yard drive well saved by Barney Wan but as the game entered the final ten minutes it was always going to be a touch of brilliance or a mistake that decided the tie. Unfortunately for the home side it proved to be the latter when the 'keeper fumbled a shot from Jack Herron and Jake Fletcher was on hand to stab home the loose ball. With teams from Division One also in the competition 'Bridge, realistically will face sterner opposition but credit to both sides who on the day gave their all in the most difficult of conditions.
Man of Match - Tom Hepworth & Jordi Halifax
01/03/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-3 FC Harrogate - Alverton Trophy
Their passage to the Alverton Trophy semi-final had not been the easiest with hard earned victories over Addingham and Bramham and 'Bridge knew they were in for another hard battle against FC Harrogate whom they had beaten by an odd goal in a league fixture earlier in the season. The task was exacerbated by backwords further up the chain depriving manager Richard Donohoe of key players and after an evenly balanced opening it got worse with a clinical finish from Johnny Hewison to an incisive through ball from Ben Charles-Hill. 'Bridge had barely recovered from this setback when a Chris Jones corner was met by a powerful Leon Rodman header for the second and it took an excellent save from Jordi Halifax to thwart James Rodriguez minutes later. A Steve Kirby free kick flicked on by Ash Richardson and finished by Ollie Bone reduced the deficit only for the home side to be indebted to Halifax minutes later as he denied Rodman at point blank range with Steve Allen firing the loose ball over the bar. Bone and Sam Everard both had half chances as the half finished with 'Bridge looking to square the game. It was Halifax who was the busier of the two 'keepers after the break denying Rodman before being beaten by Rodriguez as he latched on to a ball over the top from Chris Milner and it took another point blank save from the 'Bridge keeper to deny him his second. The introduction of Wayne Fisher and Lewis Barlow gave the home side fresh impetus and Barlow was unlucky to be denied by the outstretched leg of 'keeper Stephen Warren. 'Bridge always looked more of a threat from set pieces and the visitors were lucky to survive a sequence of corners where Chris Chapman rattled the bar, Richardson had an effort blocked on the line and others were frantically scrambled clear. As the clock ran down Andy Stephenson produced a thunderbolt of a shot that rocketed into the top corner but it all came a little too late leaving the visitors deservedly elated and the home side licking their wounds from their first defeat of the season.
Man of Match - Sam Everard
04/03/14 - Knaresboro' Town Reserves 2-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - Hulme Cup Final
'Bridge came into this Hulme Cup Final knowing that they were very much the underdogs, with their opposing Knaresborough Town Reserves team not only ranked much higher in the league structure and with home advantage but having already knocked out 'Bridge's Reserve side and beaten fellow Harrogate & District League Division Two members Pannal Sports 'A' nine nil en-route to the Final. In the end, however, the match was not the case of damage limitation that many had expected, with Richard Donohoe's young side giving an excellent account of themselves and pushing their hosts all the way.

The match started out very much with the form book as Town were straight on the attack, winning a series of corners in the opening five minutes, forcing Jordi Halifax into action in the 'Bridge nets in the sixth minute and easily dealing with the one 'Bridge foray into their half. The opening quarter of an hour saw the hosts keeping a high tempo, a pattern that was to continue throughout, but sixteen minutes in the visitors showed that they weren't going to lay down and roll over for their opponents as Alex Coombes broke and in 'Bridge's first real chance of the evening fired high and wide of the target from the left. This proved to be only a minor break in the early Town offensive, however, with Halifax forced to parry away before making a save from Tom Beasley in the 22nd minute. ...more
Man of Match - Jordi Halifax
22/03/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-0 Pool AFC 'A' - League
Following an excellent start 'Bridge's season has become disjointed through a combination of inclement weather and the protracted unavailability of their pitch. Fortunately with both West Yorkshire Leagues sides away they were able to use the main pitch entertaining Pool for only their fourth game of 2014, but with 'keepers Jordi Halifax and Lee Dearden unavailable and Giacomo Bonato only registered in the WYAFL Manager Richard Donohoe was forced to put on the keepers' jersey. 'Bridge had some decent chances in the first half resulting in a combination of good patches merging with periods of tetchiness and it took a goal just before the break to settle them down. The home side were the better in the opening exchanges as Tom Ekin fired wide, Alex Coombes was off target with a header and it was approaching the half hour mark before visiting 'keeper Will Sampson was tested with a stinging 25 yards drive from Chris Wood. Donohoe was brought into his first serious action of the match as Chris Chapman did not deal with a Jack Wood cross but Wayne Wormesley, from ten yards out, failed to get direction or power into his effort leaving Donohoe with an easy save and on 36 and 40 minutes Ollie Bone and Jamie Norris Green respectively tested Sampson and Donohoe. Bone was proving an increasing handful for the Pool defensive pairing of Julian Horbury and Graham Dobson and on 42 minutes he forced Sampson into a save low to his left following a through ball from Sean Corbett before alleviating the tension on the stroke of half time latching on to a through ball from Ekin to fire in the opener from 10 yards out.

Pool started the better of the two teams after the break with Chris Jones shooting straight at Donohoe and the 'Bridge keeper then quickly of his line to thwart Wormesley but with Tom Hepworth assured at the heart of the defence 'Bridge began to regain the initiative but without the important second goal. Coombes got the better of his defender only to shoot wide whilst at the other end Jones headed wide from a Green free kick prior to Bone heading home a superb Andy Stephenson cross nine minutes from time. Injuries and departures further up the chain had stretched the Club resources which paradoxically gave teenagers Aaron Weinhardt his debut and Mattie White some more game time and both showed a refreshing potential. The victory maintained 'Bridge's lead at the top of the table and this Saturday Donohoe will have to try and cobble a side together for their trip to FC Harrogate which has reappeared as a fixture after being shown as 'postponed' on the H&DAFL web site for the last three weeks.
Man of Match - Tom Hepworth
29/03/14 - FC Harrogate 1-0 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Stretched resources combined with what was defined as a 'clerical error' left 'Bridge with the spine of their side missing but in a game that ebbed and flowed they gave it their best shot going down to a single goal conceded in the early part of the second half. The opening thirty minutes saw little in the way of clear cut chances with the three best opportunities coming from dead ball situations i.e. a Leon Rodman header from a corner cleared off the line by Aaron Weinhardt, Ash Richardson wide with a header to a Steve Kirby free kick and Alex Coombes completed the hat trick when his header to a Tom Ekin corner was also cleared off the line. The best chance in open play came in the 39th minute via a through ball from Steve Allen only for the usually reliable Johnny Hewison to fire wide and three minutes later 'Bridge responded with Chris Chapman unfortunate to see his header rattle the post to leave the game all square at the break. It did not stay like this for long as four minutes into the second half Ekin was dispossessed on the edge of the box and Rodman fired in the opener. 'Bridge were unlucky not to grab the equaliser when Richardson hit the post from a Kirby free kick, Weinhardt hit the rebound at 'keeper Stephen Warren before putting the second ricochet over the bar but any good fortune they thought might have deserted them returned a few minutes later as a Ben Charles-Hill effort rattled the bar and seemed to have bounced just over the line with the referee not in a position to award a goal. 'Bridge battled hard to sustain their unbeaten league record and Sean Corbett tested Warren late on but over the ninety minutes the home side did enough to warrant their victory and 'Bridge will now have to pick themselves up for a tricky run-in of games.
Man of Match - Aaron Weinhardt
05/04/14 - Pannal Sports 'A' 2-2 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
One point from six is certainly not title winning form and either 'Bridge are going backwards or Pannal A improved considerably from the side that were defeated ten nil by mid-table Helperby last Saturday. 'Bridge had Tom Hepworth and Ollie Bone returning to their starting line up and following an early chance to Chris Chapman they put themselves on the back foot conceding two sloppy goals in the space of five minutes. On 16 minutes Mick Billington lifted a free kick over the advancing Jordi Halifax and Chapman, trying to clear his lines, sliced the ball into the net and Halifax then brought down Jack Watson leaving Damien Stanton to hit home the ensuing penalty. To their credit the visitors enjoyed plenty of possession but the pressure exerted was predictable and one dimensional leaving 'keeper Adam Clark to collect most things that came his way and anything else was squandered by a lack of composure in front of goal. Richard Donohoe headed a Coombes corner wide before their efforts were rewarded on the stroke of half time when Coombes pulled the ball back from the by-line for Ash Richardson to pass into the bottom corner from 12 yards. Watson was thwarted by Halifax blocking his shot after latching on to a long clearance in the early part of the second half and thereafter it was déjà vu the first period as Donohoe has his effort smothered by Clark, the 'keeper then turned a 25 yard effort from Coombes round the post before Chapman, unchallenged, headed over from four yards. As time passed the odds of an equaliser looked stacked when Sean Corbett skewed a Lewis Barlow cross wide but similar to the first half their perseverance was rewarded in injury time when Tom Hepworth glanced home a Kirby cross. A point gained or two points lost is the conundrum for Manager Donohoe and the answer to that should be made clearer over the next two games, both at home, when they take on second placed Bramham (Thursday) followed two days later by Addingham.
Man of Match - Alex Coombes & Tom Hepworth
10/04/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-2 Bramham - League
After looking title favourites for most of the season 'Bridge's poor sequence of results continued with this home defeat at the hands of a strong Bramham side who now lead the Division. Ben Johnstone brought an early save from Mark Tasker and Jordi Halifax produced an even better save to deny a goalbound drive from Adam Field but the opening exchanges were frenetic and opportunities limited. Tom Ekin, twice, and Steve Kirby both had well struck efforts just off target with the best chance of the opening half gifted to Matt Fisher who was unable to take advantage thanks to the alert Halifax. Within two minutes of the restart Field missed a glorious chance to a centre from Marcus Stapleton but he made amends two minutes later as he provided the cross for an unmarked Luke Francis to head in the opener. 'Bridge were struggling to get their game together and it was the visitors who were in the ascendency as Jake O'Donoghue volleyed wide which was followed on 66 minutes by a Simon Dale thunderbolt which had goal stamped all over it until Halifax somehow managed to claw it on to the post and Hepworth cleared away the immediate danger. Two minutes later this action looked pivotal as Bone flicked on a Chris Wood cross and Ash Richardson's brave header put the home side back on terms. The lead only lasted seven minutes when the ball hit a raised Richardson hand and sub, Matt Lombard, who was the best player on the park, coolly stroked home the penalty. Ollie Bone headed an Alex Coombes cross over as Manager Richard Donohoe rang the changes but 'Bridge had been out manoeuvred on the night which was reflected in the Man of Match with all votes going to players in the defensive unit.
Man of Match - Jordi Halifax
12/04/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-0 Addingham - League
Less than 48 hours later 'Bridge were back in action again and knew that anything less than maximum points would scupper their chances of the League title and would also put their promotion aspirations in jeopardy. The opening half was nip and tuck with most of the play confined to the midfield areas but after an early Ollie Bone chance it was Jordi Halifax who was the busier of the two 'keepers. He made a great save from Steve Hunt on 21 minutes, on 37 minutes blocked a close range Darryl McIntyre effort and two minutes before the break produced another excellent piece of keeping to thwart a Matt Gibson drive. Bone was also denied a close range effort before the break by 'keeper Paul Hunt who similarly blocked an Ash Richardson header on the hour mark but had little chance of stopping an Alex Coombes drive to a Richardson cross that nestled in the bottom corner on 62 minutes. The breakthrough achieved 'Bridge went for the second goal only to see Richardson and Bone both denied by the post within the space of two minutes to leave the home side the more nervous as the game went into the last ten minutes. Sensing there was something in it for them Addingham pushed forward but with Craig Peacock and Sam Everard resolute in defence they were restricted to few opportunities with the best chance falling to Steve Hunt who analogous to the first half was denied by the excellent Halifax.
Man of Match - Jordi Halifax & Sam Everard
19/04/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-0 Bramhope - League
'Bridge came into this match knowing a win was essential to keep themselves in the hunt for the Division Two title and with the tough task of the visit of third-placed Bramhope, but come full time it was all smiles with both promotion and valuable momentum secured. After an open set of early exchanges Richard Donohoe's men grabbed the momentum with a moment of what some will call brilliance, others luck, as the visiting 'keeper mis-judged Sam Everard's long range effort and was left motionless as the ball passed his left shoulder at pace to hit the back of the net. This was in the 20th minute and just eleven minutes later the lead was two as Paul Scaife had time to compose himself from six yards out before hitting home across goal from the right. This goal gave 'Bridge the cushion they needed, and despite Tom Ekin unlucky not to add a third early in the second half as his long range effort ricocheted off the underside of the bar and bounced the wrong side of the goal-line before being cleared away, Donohoe's side saw out a largely uneventful final 60 minutes to keep themselves a solitary point behind Bramham in the title race and move nine points clear of Bramhope to secure the all important promotion to Division One.
24/04/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 0-2 Wetherby Athletic 'B' - League
'Bridge's Thursday night hoodoo continued with this defeat by Wetherby 'B' which was a complete turnaround from their earlier meeting when they came away with a six nil victory. Key to the change was the inclusion of Johnny Hadley and Andy Maxted both regular players in the West Yorkshire League, and it was the pace of Hadley and the guile of Maxted which were a constant source of trouble to the home side and instrumental in the defeat. 'Bridge were the first to threaten with Kyle Wall thwarted by keeper Matt Fernley but it was the visitors who struck the decisive opener as Hadley capitalised on a defensive mistake, albeit at the second attempt, to beat Jordi Halifax. The home team struggled to get any pattern to their game and it was the visitors who should have added to their tally when Sam Schofield shot over from ten yards after being set up by Tom Kirk. Four minutes into the second half Hadley reacted the quicker to a long throw and went through unmarked to add his second and eight minutes later Maxted was just over with a well struck 25 yard drive. A blocked Chris Wood shot to a Steve Kirby free kick was the best on offer from the home side and only good 'keeping by Halifax to efforts from Maxted and Kirk kept the score to two. A late 'Bridge rally saw Fernley tip a Richard Donohoe shot round the post and Luke Fletcher head wide but on the night they were second best leaving Bramham in the driving seat for the Divisional title.
Man of Match - Craig Peacock
26/04/14 - Hampsthwaite United Reserves 0-7 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Three teams out on the day and the start of the cricket season did not augur well for 'Bridge only for once the intervention of the weather and a late kick off allowed them to utilise the services of Mark Burniston and Josh Donnelly as they looked to maintain their outside chance of the Divisional title. Similarly the home team also took the opportunity to strengthen but it was the visitors who started the better with Ollie Bone latching on to a long ball from Burniston to slot past the advancing Charlie Trelcar. Tom Bell then sliced a Burniston cross over his own bar before Ash Richardson headed home a cross from Steve Kirby who had linked up with Bone. Richardson should have added a second moments later which became less significant when a Donnelly long kick, five minutes before the break, evaded everyone leaving Bone to smash home a volley from the edge of the box and a minute later an Alex Coombes corner was headed in to his own net by Charlie Hartley. A good first half performance was made better by Alex Clark who headed his side's best chance off the 'Bridge line just before the break. The second half continued in much the same manner and with Andy Stephenson winning the midfield battles they added to their tally with Bone slotting home a Chris Chapman pass before fortuitously seeing his cross fly into the top corner. A solid team display was consolidated four minutes from time when Jake Fletcher finished off a Sean Corbett through ball leaving 'Bridge with the knowledge that they now need Bramham to drop points when they visit FC Harrogate.
Man of Match - Andy Stephenson
03/05/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 8-1 Pannal Sports 'A' - League
Until they lost their pitch at the beginning of 2014 'Bridge looked to be a shoe in for the Divisional Title but thereafter, circumstances on more than one occasion prevailed against them which did not deter them from finishing the season off in style. They started off well with Ollie Bone hitting the bar with a header in the 18th minute only to be rocked back three minutes later as Mike Tuohy latched on to a Sam Everard mistake to free Damien Stanton for the opener. This certainly knocked the cohesion from the home side as disorder and individuality crept into their play until the 36th minute when a Steve Kirby cross from a short Alex Coombes corner was headed home by Bone and two minutes before the break the striker out muscled his marker to volley in his second. It was a different story in the second half as 'Bridge got more fluidity into their game and added the third with a flowing move completed by a Sean Corbett volley to a Coombes cross. Within minutes of entering the fray Jack Herron produced a good save from Adam Clarke and the 'keeper repeated this to an Ash Richardson effort but this time Herron was on hand to smash home the loose ball. Coombes was next on target firing into the top corner after Clarke fumbled a Corbett cross but the 'keeper was getting little protection from his defence and saved Pannal further embarrassment with two excellent saves in the space of three minutes. He was left exposed again on 75 minutes as Herron capitalised on a Richardson through ball for number six and after a snap shot from Stanton went wide Richardson added a brace with assists from Tom Ekin and Chris Chapman to complete a trophy less but highly satisfactory season for Manager Richard Donohoe.
Man of Match - Andy Stephenson & Alex Coombes
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