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Boroughbridge AFC Sunday Match Reports 13/14
August to December
18/08/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 7-3 FC Boston - League
'Bridge were without a win over FC Boston in six years coming into this opening fixture of their 13/14 campaign, having picked the ball out of the back of the net thirteen times in meetings between the two sides last season, but in this encounter at Aldborough Road they turned the tables and an assured team performance meant the winless streak was broken in style. Wayne Fisher's side opened brightly with Fisher himself linking well with fellow striker Dan Clayton up front, and it was Clayton who opened the scoring on 20 minutes after he turned his defender on the edge of the box and drove the ball into the bottom corner. The visitors weren’t going to let 'Bridge have things all their own way, however, and Chris Plews restored parity just six minutes later after he was given too much time from 20 yards out. This failed to shift the momentum away from the home side though and the lead was returned to 'Bridge on 35 minutes when pressure from Alex Coombes forced a Boston defender to put the ball into his own net after a driving run from Stevie Coles. Dan Clayton added his second three minutes later by curling the ball into the top corner from 25 yards out to ensure 'Bridge would go in at half time with a lead to match their first half performance. Fisher's men picked up in the second half where they had left off in the first and in the 47th minute the lead was three after Alex Coombes glanced home a Clayton cross at the near post. 'Bridge enduring a brief wobble around the hour mark as first Paul Scaife tapped the ball home on 58 minutes after not being tracked through the box, before Robert McDermid reduced the advantage to just one goal after finding space in the box to fire past Ryan Haswell in the home goal. This just served to motivate the home side, however, and with ten minutes to go Alex Coombes toed in a Clayton corner at the near post to ease the pressure. Coombes would complete his hat-trick in the 88th minute when he broke through the offside trap and hit home via the near post, and Clayton would add his third of the morning when he slotted home after a one-two with Carl Allen on the edge of the box. The mid-second half wobble will have caused concern for Fisher, but his team showed the tenacity and spirit to fight back and recover to finish the stronger side. Clayton was inspirational in his man of match performance, and Fisher could easily have had a hat-trick of his own on another day. 'Bridge mustn't rest on their laurels though with a number of tough games in the coming weeks.
Man of Match - Dan Clayton
25/08/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 4-4 Showbiz Whites - League
An opening two goal salvo gave 'Bridge an excellent start but Showbiz proved to be a resilient outfit and it was the home side that needed a last minute equaliser to square matters. Alex Coombes was again on target for 'Bridge, turning his defender and slotting home after Tom Bland spilled a Dan Clayton effort, and it was his through ball that set up player-manager Wayne Fisher to chip home the second, both goals coming in the opening 25 minutes. The visitors pulled one back ten minutes before the break, Sam Thwaites finding the bottom corner from the edge of the box, and within a minute of the second half they were back on terms as Ali Bowles dispossessed Steve Kirby and gave Josh Donnelly little chance with his well placed shot. Five minutes later they went in front with another clinical finish from Bowles before Fisher restored parity from the penalty spot when a powerful run from Mark Burniston was abruptly ended in the area. Bowles completed his hat-trick nine minutes from time and looked to have won the game for his side until a last gasp equaliser from Luke Fletcher who headed in at the near post after a Paul Scaife free kick was put back across goal by brother Jake.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston
31/08/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 2-4 Sherwood - League
'Bridge Sunday were looking to continue the good run of results set by their Saturday colleagues, and to further their own run of good form in this match against Sherwood, but in the end the task proved just too much as they fell to a four two defeat. After some early pressure form the visitors, it was Connor McDaid who had the first attempt of the match as his shot across goal from the left went well wide. Dan Thirkell showed his intent in the 22nd minute as his shot sent Josh Donnelly in the 'Bridge goal diving, but two minutes later and 'Bridge showed they weren't going to lie down as Paul Scaife won a throw in, with Luke Fletcher's acute shot from the resulting throw saved by Matt Butler in the Sherwood goal. Just a minute later and 'Bridge had the lead as Lewis Barlow delivered to Fletcher, who turned and hit home. This gave the home side a boost of momentum, and in the 35th minute Scaife threaded a free kick through to Fletcher whose shot was parried by Butler and eventually cleared by the visiting defence. Sherwood shot wide of the mark in the 43rd minute, before a quick offensive move saw Barlow fire wide of the left-hand post with just Butler left to beat. Despite 'Bridge's momentum they couldn't make it to half time with a lead as in the last kick of the half Thirkell broke and side-stepped Alex Coombes before firing into the back of the net.

This gave Sherwood confidence coming out into the second half, and Donnelly was forced into two diving saves early in the half. At the other end of the pitch Mark Burniston's mazy run ended in a weak Scaife shot at Butler, and Tom Ekin's 58th minute shot was deflected behind for a corner which would come to nothing. With the game finely poised, the next goal came for the home side on the hour mark as Fletcher headed home a Scaife free kick awarded on the edge of the area for a foul on the latter. This only seemed to galvanise the visitors, however, and after a 66th minute shot off the inside of the crossbar which gave Donnelly a few nervy moments, Sherwood's substitute brought the 'Bridge 'keeper off his lines in the 68th minute before passing to Thirkell who fired home through the 'Bridge defensive line. Two minutes later and Sherwood had the lead as Donnelly could only tip James Bradley's goal-bound shot from the edge of the box into the net. As the game continued to ebb and flow, Fletcher shot straight at Butler in the 75th minute and Scaife delivered a good cross in the 80th minute only for Kyle Wall and Jake Fletcher not to be able to get a touch to it. In truth, however, the hosts never really looked like restoring parity, and with eight minutes to go Craig Robinson firing just wide of the right-hand post for the visitors. All that remained was for Thirkell to deliver the coup de grace, and seal his hat-trick, in the second minute of added time when he fired into the top right-hand corner to end 'Bridge's unbeaten run in competitive fixtures in the 13/14 season.
Man of Match - Kyle Wall
08/09/13 - Wetherby Athletic 1-2 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
This was not a scintillating performance from 'Bridge who were outplayed for most of the game with the home side's profligacy in front of goal proving their downfall. After surviving some early pressure 'Bridge took the lead on 24 minutes as Paul Scaife brought down a long ball from Craig Peacock to put in Dan Clayton who gave Darren Hooper no chance with his bottom corner finish. Josh Donnelly pulled off a good save to deny Dave Pawson and with the home side continuing to fall at the last third barrier it was the visitors who held the half time advantage. The pattern of the game changed little after the break with an excellent advantage played by referee Matt Sowerby proving to be 'Bridge's undoing as Brian Blewett took full advantage to smash home the equaliser on 57 minutes. At this stage the likely outcome looked to be a home victory but it was the visitors who struck next with eighteen minutes remaining with Clayton putting in Scaife who finished in clinical fashion to give his side the points.
Man of Match - Craig Peacock
15/09/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-5 Kirk Deighton Rangers - League
The picture was not much different from last week only on this occasion a lacklustre performance from 'Bridge was punished by an animated Deighton side who simply wanted it more. 'Bridge got the fillip of a 19th minute goal as a Paul Scaife shot hit Alex Coombes but luck was with the home side, the ball rolling nicely to allow Coombes to hit the opener over keeper Ed Lord. Deighton's response was immediate, Ben Burt forcing a fine save out of Josh Donnelly, followed on 22 minutes by Jonathan Hadley smashing a 25 yard drive under the diving Donnelly, and two minutes later they were ahead, Hadley exchanging passes with Mick Large, who beat the 'Bridge keeper with a delicate chip. Deighton held the lead up to the break and in the opening minutes of the second half 'Bridge introduced Jake Fletcher, Dan Clayton and Tom Ekin to freshen things-up, but a strike from Liam McEntee put his side in control and further goals from Large (67) and McEntee (82) left Deighton with the points and 'Bridge to reflect on a topsy turvy start to the season.
Man of Match - Kyle Wall
22/09/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-2 Bardsey - League
'Bridge certainly weren't intimidated by a strong Bardsey side who were looking to preserve their 100% start to the season and in the end it was an 81st minute penalty that separated the two sides. The first half was a tasty affair with some robust challenges that on another day would certainly have seen red but no action was taken leaving the sides with a full complement, no goals and all to play for in the second half. The deadlock was finally broken in the 57 minute as Danny Maw fired in the opener for the visitors with 'Bridge's sub Paul Scaife making an immediate impact putting his side back on level terms within two minutes of his introduction. As the battle intensified Maw drew a tackle from Sam Everard inside the area and Daniel Stimpson stroked home the resultant penalty to maintain his side's winning start to the season.
Man of Match - Craig Peacock
29/09/13 - FC Boston 0-5 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
After being second best to FC Boston for a number of years 'Bridge turned the tables with a surprising League double that yielded them twelve goals in the two games. The early stage of the game were dominated by the home side with the final pass and profligacy in front of goal from the usually proficient Gerard McCargo & Chris Plews their downfall which was exacerbated by a Chris Wood cross shot that evaded Nigel Hutchinson to give 'Bridge the lead. This settled the visitors which in spite of an early injury to Mr Dependable Richard Donohoe paradoxically gave them the edge as Luke Fletcher moving inside and the wing play of Lewis Barlow and Alex Coombes gave them more options going forward. The game was an open affair but 'Bridge were the more clinical in the final third and the link play of Barlow and Coombes with the strike force of Jake Fletcher and Paul Scaife enabled the latter two to grab a brace a piece. As the goals flew so did their confidence and probably they could have grabbed a few more but they were also fortunate to keep a clean sheet as their defence was breached on quite a few occasions. One such incident allowed a free kick from eight yards out following a back which somehow the 'Blue Line' managed to keep out. The game, in the last ten minutes, became a low key affair with the home side looking to individual inspiration whereas 'Bridge, whilst trying to keep possession, seemed unfamiliar with how a team should close the game down.
06/10/13 - Pudsey Amateurs 3-5 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - County Sunday Cup
'Bridge were on the road again in the County Sunday Cup with a trip to Pudsey Amateurs who were members of a Claro Sunday League few years back but now ply their trade in the Bradford Sunday Alliance League. The game, as the scoreline suggests, was a vacillating affair with one side holding sway and then the other before 'Bridge got a two goal cushion ten minutes from time to take the sting out of their opponents. Paul Scaife with a hat trick and a Mark Burniston brace gave 'Bridge the upper hand and a reward of a home tie against Leeds Combination side JB Celtic in the next round.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston
13/10/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 3-3 Harrogate CSC - League
'Bridge came from behind twice to secure a deserved point in an acrimonious battle against Claro League rivals CSC which saw the visitors Matty Whitehead sent off for two bookings. The home side had 'A' team keeper Jordi Halifax making his Sunday debut but before he had chance to acclimatise he was beaten twice in the opening six minutes by Ben King and Chris Lamb respectively. Danny Marsh was likewise making his debut for the visitors and one of the first things he had to do was pick a 25 yard thunderbolt from Mark Burniston out of his net. As the tension increased so did the venom of the tackling and one particular incident against midfielder Stephen Coles resulted in his early exit from the field and before 'Bridge had time to adjust King had got his second to restore the two goal cushion. CSC looked like they would take this advantage into the second half until a reckless challenge in the area on Burniston allowed Paul Scaife to step up and reduce the deficit. There was little respite in the second half with both 'keepers playing their part until Marsh was beaten again on 76 minutes as Scaife headed home a Dan Clayton cross. CSC were then reduced to ten men following Whitehead's dismissal but 'Bridge were unable to break down their resilience to leave the two sides to share the points.
Man of Match - Ryan Haswell
20/10/13 - Sherwood 3-2 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
Sherwood put 'Bridge under the cosh in the early stages until, Paul Scaife, against the run of play, latched on to a Jake Fletcher flick to chip the advancing Matt Butler. The visitors then enjoyed their best spell of the game only to fall to a sucker punch as Dan Thirkell ghosted in at the back post to equalise. The game was an open affair and five minutes after Scaife had blasted over from a Fletcher nod down 'Bridge were caught out by an incisive through ball from James Bradley and Byron Littlefair rounded 'keeper Josh Donnelly to slide home from an acute angle. It was déjà vu two minutes later as Sherwood again exploited 'Bridge's rearguard but this time Donnelly produced a great block to thwart Littlefair and three minutes before the break it was the home side's line that was breached by an excellent defence splitting pass from Alex Coombes capitalised on by Scaife to stab home his second. Eight minutes into the second half Sherwood got a lucky break when a nothing ball got a bad bounce off Craig Peacock which Littlefair made the most of going on to smash his second past Donnelly from eight yards. This gave Sherwood the edge and it was now their craft and guile against a resilient dogged 'Bridge with some good chances created by both sides bringing the best from the respective 'keepers. On the balance the result was about right but 'Bridge missed out on a point when Chris Chapman headed over a Scaife free kick late in the game.
Man of Match - Jake Fletcher
27/10/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 5-6 Hornblower - League Cup
A 21st birthday bash and a night and morning on the 'Toon' was not ideal preparation and 'Bridge paid the consequence of their laissez-faire attitude with an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Division Two Hornblower FC. This seemed unlikely in the early stages when a tenth minute penalty for a foul on Phil Wix was converted by Steven Paffett, but thereafter 'Bridge were haphazard, constantly giving the ball away, and putting unnecessary pressure on a rickety defence. Five minutes later it was Lee Fagg's turn to score from the spot after a foul by Craig Peacock on Alex Benson and soon afterwards Benson rattled the bar resulting in an easy tap in. An undulating first half took another twist on 25 minutes as Jake Fletcher pounced on a loose ball to hit home the equaliser and Kyle Wall then put his side in front from close range after Chris Chapman flicked on a Steve Kirby free kick. The goal bonanza continued as sloppy defending allowed Benson to draw the teams level only for the home side to take the lead for the third time when Fletcher turned in a cross from Alex Coombes, but worse was to follow as Rob Mortimer was allowed time to turn and hit home his side's fourth and in added time got his second courtesy of a Josh Donnelly error. The second half from the home side was much improved but with such a low starting point that is barely complimentary and it was the visitors who defended well and played on the break resulting in a clinical finish from Benson after he was set up by Fagg twelve minutes from time. 'Bridge practically laid siege on Tom Cullen's goal for the last ten minutes only to miss a glut of chances and by the time Mark Burniston headed home the fifth it was a case of a little too late.
Man of Match - Craig Peacock
03/11/13 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 2-3 JB Celtic - County Sunday Cup
After last Sunday's disappointing performance culminating in Wayne Fisher's side exiting the League Cup at the first hurdle to lower league opposition, 'Bridge were looking to bounce back by progressing in the County Sunday Cup against a JB Celtic side who came with a very strong traveling support. The hosts got off to a bright start with Paul Scaife firing over the bar on six minutes before seeing yellow five minutes later, and Jake Fletcher shooting into the side netting from an acute angle having had options to pass in the twelfth minute. Celtic quickly grew into the contest, however, and had their first attempt on 22 minutes with the ball being fired into the left-hand side netting of Mark Burniston's goal from a tight angle. The second booking of the morning came on 26 minutes for 'Bridge, and in hindsight perhaps was an early sign of the frustrating time Wayne Fisher's men were to have of things, which was compounded just a minute later as Matt Dalton hit home from short range to give the visitors the lead. Another Celtic shot found the side netting on the half hour mark, and Burniston was called into action to make a good save before Jake Fletcher's 35th minute effort found its way straight to the visitors' 'keeper. A half time line-up shift saw Burniston move out into a defensive role, with Fisher donning the gloves, and after the 56th minute introduction of Tom Hussell, Burniston advanced into a more attacking role which gave 'Bridge the impetus they needed going forward with the 'keeper-turned-attacker looking like he would cause the Celtic defence all kinds of problems. By the time this switch was made, however, 'Bridge found themselves in a two goal hole as Dalton broke free from his marker and fired home across goal from the right. This added to 'Bridge's urgency, and at the other end of the pitch Burniston's real first chance came on 63 minutes as he found himself momentarily un-marked at the near post, but with his back to goal and under pressure from a Celtic defender before he had time to turn. Six minutes later he'd got his side back into the contest though, as he fired a pacey long-range effort goal-wards, with the ball slipping through the up-stretched arms of the Celtic 'keeper and into the net. This gave 'Bridge a bit of momentum back, and just a minute later Burniston almost turned provider as he knocked a ball in from the wing only for Paul Scaife to turn it around the far post. Five minutes later, however, Scaife made amends as he fired home from the left, much to the enjoyment of the home support who finally showed they could match the noise of the vocal visiting crowd. There was one more twist still to come in this encounter though, and it came just three minutes after 'Bridge had clawed their way back into the match as the ball was crossed from the right and Ben Binns found himself in space at the far post and able to tap home. Cue wild celebrations from the visiting support who thought they'd seen their side almost throw it away, and despair from the hosts who couldn't muster anything in the final quarter hour to get themselves back in the game again, going out of their second cup in as many weeks with a whimper and another well below par performance that could have been much worse had it not been for the strong first half goalkeeping display and excellent second half attacking exploits of the ever-versatile Burniston.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston
15/12/13 - Harlow Hill Club 3-2 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - District Cup
Played at Aldborough Road
After their victory against bottom of the pile FC Harrogate the prior weekend, 'Bridge Sunday were looking to carry the form into their District Sunday Cup tie against lower-league opponents Harlow Hill Club, but in the end were left to rue a nightmarish start that left them with too much to claw back, falling agonisingly short. With the tie switched to Aldborough Road mid--week to enable the fixture to be fulfilled without postponement, 'Bridge had gained an unexpected home advantage, but it was the now visitors who came out of the blocks firing by rattling the woodwork as early as the sixth minute. It didn't take long for Harlow to make the small adjustment needed to find the breakthrough with Josh Donnelly in the 'Bridge goal only able to get enough of a touch to divert a tenth minute Clive Cliveson free kick further into the corner of his net. The visitors doubled their advantage a mere five minutes later as the hosts once again fell to a set piece, this time Ross Marchant the scorer in heading home at the far post from a corner. 'Bridge were playing poorly at this point and struggling to string passes together, whilst in contrast the visitors were belying their Second Division status with an assured performance. Indeed, they ensured things would go from bad to worse for Wayne Fisher’s men just nine minutes after their second goal as Sean Paul unleashed a long range effort that left Donnelly a mere spectator as the ball sailed into his bottom right-hand corner for three nil. The only way for 'Bridge from here was up, and they did manage to even the game out as half time approached, but not to the extent they looked likely to get back into it. Fisher's words at the interval had just the desired effect, however, with 'Bridge emerging in the second half looking an entirely different team from the one that had contested the first half. Within five minutes Paul Scaife had fired a warning of intent in forcing the Harlow 'keeper to tip over the bar from just outside the box before demanding a fingertip save from the visiting stopper to keep his clean sheet after the ball had found its way out to Scaife from the resulting corner. The mini-rally proved to 'Bridge that they could match their opponents, but they still found themselves three goals in arrears, and it wasn't until the 67th minute before Kyle Wall headed home the home breakthrough goal from short range. This galvanised 'Bridge, but with the Harlow defence holding firm it would be another sixteen minutes before the second goal came, this time courtesy of captain Sam Everard who led by example to fire home a Lewis Barlow corner from short distance. 'Bridge threw everything they had at the visitors in the final seven minutes in search of the equaliser to force extra time, and even had the ball in the back of the net from a Tom Hussell free kick in injury time only to see it ruled out for a foul on the 'keeper, but as the final whistle blew Harlow could celebrate a victory in which they got the job done, striking when it mattered and holding on until the last.
Man of Match - Kyle Wall & Chris Wood
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