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Boroughbridge AFC Reserves Match Reports 14/15
August to December
16/08/14 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 1-4 Field Reserves - League
Following a satisfactory Harrogate League season Richard Donohoe's induction into West Yorkshire League management got off to a disastrous start as his side found themselves two goals down after only five minutes. The season was barely two minutes in when an innocuous looking cross from Liam Carroll was headed in at the far post by an unchallenged Danny Walker and three minutes later Liam Lambert added a second with a drive from the edge of the area that nestled in the bottom corner of Jordi Halifax's net. Passes went astray as 'Bridge were temporarily shell shocked but they were given some belief on 11 minutes by a superb run and strike from Matt White which was followed by Liam Bannard heading over a Wayne Fisher cross. Halifax then made a point blank save from Lamar Lindo after a Jack Herron mistake which the player quickly rectified by clearing the rebound off the line, and this was followed by Carl Canoville heading a Paul Scaife effort off the line after Ash Richardson's initial attempt had been blocked by 'keeper Luke Hirst. Subsequent to the action packed opening 25 minutes the game settled down and it was not until the 69th minute that Field added a third through Lindo to put them back in control. Halifax saved well from Calvin Rowe and a 25 yard effort from Lambert only to concede ten minutes from time as a Carl Allen mistake let in Ben Goodison for the fourth.
Man of Match - Liam Bannard
18/08/14 - Wetherby Athletic Reserves 7-1 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
If 'Bridge had any illusions following their promotion last year the reality of life in Alliance Division One was brought to bear with this heavy defeat at The Ings. In contradiction of the final score it was the visitors who had the better of the early chances as Paul Scaife rounded 'keeper James Senior to see his effort blocked on the line by a defender and Senior then saved well from Liam Bannard only for the train to be derailed as the home side rattled home six goals before half time. Neil Dickie, who went on to grab himself a hat-trick, missed a glorious chance to put his side ahead on 12 minutes, shooting wide from two yards out with the goal at his mercy but four minutes later Matt Lombard picked up a long throw to fire past Jordi Halifax from the edge of the area. Dickie then smashed home his first into the top corner from outside the box and on 26 minutes added his second from a free kick before Sam Jackson got in on the act heading home a Tom Frost cross. Not yet demoralised Scaife rifled home a penalty after he had been brought down by Joe Wilks but the respite was brief as Joe Barden headed in the fifth and Dickie capitalised on a Donohoe error to complete his hat trick before the break. 'Bridge did not let their heads drop and Scaife and Ash Richardson both had decent chances before 'Bridge lost possession in the middle of the park and Halifax could only parry Scott Westerman's 25 yard drive leaving Lombard to add his second.
Man of Match - Paul Scaife
23/08/14 - Ilkley Town Reserves 1-2 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
With manager Richard Donohoe away on holiday Dave Snelling was thrown into the hot seat as his side travelled to Ilkley looking for their first points which they achieved with a peach of a strike from Steve Warburton in the 72nd minute. Snelling had James Bottomley, Stevie Coles, Craig Peacock and Luke Fletcher back in his squad for the first time this season together with new signings, 'keeper Mike Davies and defender Greg Pickles, and after a cagey opening it was ‘'Bridge who took the lead on 15 minutes. The passage of play began with a through ball from Fletcher to Scaife which was deflected for a corner subsequently taken by Peacock and after a brilliant save from Alex Wormall to Fletcher's initial effort the 'Bridge striker was able to convert the rebound. There was little to choose between the two promoted sides as Steve Smith fired wide from a long through ball by Ben Taylor quickly followed by a 'Bridge counter attack ending with Pickles heading over a Peacock corner before the home side gained parity on the half hour mark. A penalty, duly converted by Lewis Wilkinson, was awarded for an infringement rarely given even at professional level when Fletcher was adjudged to have held an Ilkley player from a corner and two minutes later only an excellent save by Davies from a Sipho Ncube effort kept the sides level at the break. Fletcher missed a good chance early in the second half and 'Bridge went close to regaining the lead on 56 minutes when Scaife and Warburton linked to set up Coles who rattled the home bar with Wormall well beaten. As play oscillated from one end to the other Davies saved well from Andy Whieldon and Wormall tipped over a Fletcher drive subsequent to the winner on 72 minutes. Initially Wormall pushed a Scaife effort for a corner which was cleared to Warburton who gave the 'keeper no chance with a screamer into the top corner from 25 yards out and as both sides ran out of steam late on ‘'ridge were able to return home with their first points of the season.
Man of Match - Mike Davies
30/08/14 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 4-0 East End Park Reserves - League
'Bridge were looking to build on their performance of last week but with Greg Pickles, Steve Coles, Steve Warburton, Luke Fletcher, Matthew White and MOM Mike Davies all unavailable to him Assistant Manager Dave Snelling was forced into several changes which, paradoxically, worked out well for him in the end as two of his replacements were separated by one vote for MOM. Snelling could not have asked for a better start when in the second minute Liam Bannard linked with Paul Scaife who had his effort well saved by Nicky McGuire only for Ollie Bone to snap up the loose ball for the opener and on six minutes a move started by Liam Corbett involving Steve Kirby, Scaife and Bannard ended with the latter's cross being stabbed home by Bone at the far post. The visitors' riposte was denied by Corbett diving at the feet of Adam Higgins and on 11 minutes 'Bridge went further ahead through a corner played in by Kirby knocked on by Bone for Tom Ekin to open his account. Park continued to look threatening and Corbett was forced into another good save from Gary Thomas, followed by Jack Herron clearing his lines to maintain a 'Bridge lead that was consolidated on the half hour mark when Kirby and Bone combined for Ekin to get his second from the edge of the area. The visitors continued to create the odd chance with the best of these falling to Captain Thomas again thwarted by Corbett who stood tall to deny his astute chip and at the other end the half ended with Scaife shooting tamely when put clear by Bone. The second half lacked the intensity of the opening 45 minutes but still both sides continued to create chances and the visitors again should have opened their account as Higgins, Tony Coates & Craig Nicholson were either off target or denied by Corbett and Scaife, who on another day could easily have had a hat-trick, lost his personal battle with McGuire, the Park 'keeper, coming out on top with two superb second half saves.
Man of Match - Liam Corbett
06/09/14 - Brighouse Old Boys Reserves 3-1 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
The result typified the unpredictability of 'Bridge's season as they travelled to Brighouse with only three of the players who had gained them victory last weekend and without the services of a regular goalkeeper they were forced to play the injured Mark Burniston between the sticks. After an uneventful opening fifteen minutes Ash Richardson and Ben Johnstone set up Paul Scaife who volleyed just wide only for sloppy play in defence to let in Mike Barrow but Burniston proved he was up to the task with a good save. Richardson should then have done better when he was played in by Mattie White before the home side opened the scoring five minutes from the break through Graeme Tait who converted from close range following a goalmouth scramble. A similar goalmouth scramble in the 65th minute almost realised the equaliser for the visitors with Alex Combest, trying to make a name for himself before his trip down under, twice denied by Jason Hibbert in the home goal but eight minutes later Brighouse struck again through a Paul Taylor header following good link play between subs Peter Kuleczko and Vaughan Wagstaffe. White then rattled the post from 20 yards from a Nathan Rainbow through ball before Taylor set up Wagstaffe with a free header to put the game to bed. Paul Scaife capitalised on a long ball over the top to chip home a consolation goal for 'Bridge who will need a greater commitment from players if they wish to remain in Alliance Division One.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston
13/09/14 - Aberford Albion Reserves 0-0 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
With their Bunker Hill ground beset by badgers the game was switched to 'Bridge with the draw a reasonable outcome but Steve Warburton will reflect on a glorious opportunity he missed at the opening of the second half to seal the points. Playing the game as their home fixture Aberford certainly started the better with Jamie Hadland orchestrating play whereas 'Bridge were slow and predictable. It was Hadland who had the first shot on target after 14 minutes which was comfortably dealt with by Mike Davies who was in action again on 27 minutes when a Steve Kirby cross field ball was intercepted by Tom Walker only for the Albion forward to fire straight at the 'Bridge keeper. Ash Richardson had the best chance for 'Bridge and the half finished with a Daz Wickam free kick that sailed over the bar. 'Bridge should have taken the lead within a minute of the restart through a defence splitting pass by Tom Ekin picked up by Matt White and from his cross Warburton somehow contrived to miss the target from a yard out. Ekin then volleyed narrowly wide as the 'Bridge enjoyed their best period but they were given a cautionary warning from a quick Aberford counter attack on 61 minutes forcing Davies to push away another Hadland effort. Luke Fletcher responded by heading over a Harry Maltby cross but neither side were able to create that decisive opening as defences on both sides held sway.
Man of Match - Scott Barnes
27/09/14 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 1-4 Headingley AFC Reserves - League
With five players returning from the first team squad the previous week 'Bridge had every reason to go into the game with confidence which proved to be injudicious against a visiting side who were the better in all areas of the park. The warning signs were there from the 10th minute when Liam Corbett and Luke Fletcher combined to clear a Dan Evans header off the line from a Kieron Grant free kick and on 18 minutes Bridge lost the ball in the opponents' last third and four passes later Grant, at the second attempt, converted a Matt Lofthouse free kick. It was not too long before they added a second again from a free kick that was only partially cleared and when Matt Lofthouse put in an innocuous looking cross the home defence seemed to be in a state of inertia leaving Dan Evans to fire home from eight yards out. 'Bridge best chance to get back into the game came to Paul Scaife on 34 minutes from a Luke Fletcher knock down but his effort was high, wide and still travelling when Headingley added their third provided by Matt Harris and cooly finished by Grant. A through ball from Jake Fletcher found brother Luke but Jordan Clarke was quickly off his line to smother the opportunity to maintain the three goal cushion at the break. In the opening 15 minutes of the second half the visitors could easily have doubled their tally as ‘Bridge were cut to pieces with Corbett saving from Mike Smith, Lofthouse rattled the post and such was their complacency that Lofthouse gave up an open goal to pass to Grant who dallied long enough for his shot to be blocked. Paul Scaife could have had a penalty on another day when he was brought down on the hour mark and two minutes later he linked up with Stephen Coles who crossed for Harry Maltby to bring an excellent save from Clarke. Any aspirations 'Bridge might have had of a comeback were cascaded into the blue yonder on 65 minutes when a Clarke clearance was not dealt with and Lofthouse carried the ball through to strike home the fourth. The score was given a degree of respectability when Clarke dropped a Maltby cross to leave Scaife with a tap-in but this should not detract from an indifferent performance and 'Bridge will certainly have to show a 100% improvement if they expect anything from their County Trophy visit to Old Modernians this coming Saturday.
Man of Match - Harry Maltby
04/10/14 - Old Modernians Res 3-2 Boroughbridge AFC Res - County Trophy
'Bridge exited the County Challenge Trophy at the first round stage and the subsequent reward for the next round of an arduous trip to Springhead which is situated on the Lancashire border. The usual spate of backwords left Manager Richard Donohoe with a below par squad but they had the first opportunity through Harry Maltby who was denied by a fine save from James Sykes after beating he offside trap. On 15 minutes Paul Green headed over a Mods corner and from the resulting Liam Corbett goal kick Luke Fletcher flicked the ball on for Paul Scaife to beat his marker and Sykes for the opening goal. The home side were enjoying plenty of the possession but it was 'Bridge who were having the better of the chances with Fletcher shooting straight at the 'keeper from a Jack Herron through ball and Scaife failing to take advantage of a defensive mistake with a tame effort. This proved pivotal on 31 minutes when a Herron clearance fell to James Douglas and his effort looped over Corbett to send the teams in level at the break. Barry Pryce tested Sykes at the start of the second half but it the home side who took the lead on 51 minutes from a Dan White cross shot following a long ball out of defence. A sharp retort from 'Bridge saw the industrious Stevie Coles and Fletcher both hit the post from successive Steve Kirby crosses only for Mods to increase their lead on 65 minutes when Paul Green got on the end of a Joe Clapham cross. Five minutes later Scaife reduced the deficit latching on to a long Corbett clearance to grab his second and was inches away from his hat-trick when unable to get any purchase on a Fletcher cross three minutes later. This proved to be their last clear cut chance and now they have the League Trophy and Hulme Cup to focus on in the next two weeks before the reality of maintaining their Alliance Division One status.
Man of Match - Stephen Coles
11/10/14 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 3-0 Rothwell Town Res - League Trophy
'Bridge started their League Trophy campaign with a workmanlike performance and a deserved victory over their Alliance Division Two opponents with the reward of a trip to Field Reserves in the next round. Harry Maltby was prominent as 'Bridge won the early battles only for a misunderstanding in defence to allow Calvin Park an early chance which was safely pouched by Liam Corbett. Two minutes later 'Bridge took the lead with a superb 60 yard Scott Barnes pass picking out Paul Scaife who was able to beat 'keeper Ross McKenna from 12 yards. A free header by Park to a Sam Strangeway free kick failed to trouble Corbett and thereafter the home side dominated the half but failed to exploit a raft of chances especially Scaife who shot wide with the goal at his mercy after an excellent pass from Steve Kirby. Little changed after the break as Stephen Coles had a header cleared off the line, Luke Fletcher shot tamely at McKenna, Scaife fired over from 10 yards before more good play from Barnes picked out Fletcher and this time he cooly slotted the ball past the advancing 'keeper. This was on 55 minutes and three minutes later, from a Kirby free kick, he struck again with a superb take and volley that nestled in the bottom corner. 'Bridge continued to have the better of the chances with McKenna by far the busier of the two 'keepers with fine saves from Coles, Ash Richardson and Jack Herron but Corbett also kept himself alert and produced an excellent fingertip save late on to a Paul Bjelic drive. Following their poor performance at home last time out this was a confidence boost for Donohoe's side which they will need as they go into battle against Ripon Red Arrows in the Hulme Cup before a daunting trip to Beeston in the League at the end of the month.
Man of Match - Stephen Coles & Jack Herron
18/10/14 - Ripon Red Arrows 3-4 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - Hulme Cup
When these two clubs met in the Semi-Final stage of the Hulme Cup last year it was 'Bridge 'A' team that went through on penalties and it was a similarly close call when 'Bridge Reserves travelled to Camp Close for a place in this year's last four. With 'keeper Liam Corbett cup tied and Scott Barnes unavailable Manager Richard Donohoe brought Lee Deardon and Connor Freeman into the side and they could not have asked for a better start when Arrows failed to deal with a Freeman throw and Stevie Coles scored from the ensuing scramble. The fillip of the early goal was self-evident and after Luke Fletcher failed to capitalise from a Paul Scaife through ball 'Bridge went further ahead from a Scaife penalty on 17 minutes when he was brought down as he latched on to a Harry Maltby pass. Five minutes later it was the turn of Maltby to score from a Craig Peacock cross and only an excellent save from Mick Farrell prevented Scaife adding his second. Arrows best chance to reduce the deficit came on 29 minutes when a cross from Nick Horsburgh fell to Jamie Thomas who was unable to hit the target from 12 yards out and it was left to 'keeper Farrell to produce another good save to again deny Scaife before the break. A long throw from Arrows gave the second half a similar start to the first half but this time it was Coles the saviour as he cleared Thomas's goalbound effort off the line. The home side were certainly giving it their best shot and were rewarded on the hour when a mistake by James Bottomley let in Pete Scott to run through, and score and eight minutes later an Ash Buckley corner was headed home by Tom Harker. The determined fightback was 'abridged' three minutes later when Ash Richardson turned in a near post Scaife corner and Scaife and Aaron Weinhardt both had efforts saved as 'Bridge regained some of their composure. A free kick by Scott was turned over by Deardon and two minutes from time Harker was on hand when the 'keeper fumbled a Buckley shot but it was a little too late and it is 'Bridge who go into the Semi-Final to play Kirkby Malzeard Reserves.
Man of Match - Jack Herron
25/10/14 - Beeston St. Anthony's Reserves 5-0 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
'Bridge's trip to St. Anthony's Road was more in hope than expectation only for a promising opening half to dissipate by conceding three goals in a ten minute post interval spell. The home side who have won the Alliance Division One six times in the last eight years started off like Champions forcing 'Bridge on the defensive but opportunities were limited with the best of these falling to Matt Boyes who was wide to a ball fizzed in by Luke Boden. It took nearly twenty minutes for 'Bridge to get anywhere near goal with Ash Richardson gaining a corner from a superb through ball from Harry Maltby but without an end product and just past the half hour mark Boden fired in the opener from a Floyd lay back. An effort from Scott Barnes hit the home post in a rare 'Bridge attack and in the last minutes of the half Joe Hill poked a Dave Smith cross wide before forcing Liam Corbett to tip over his free kick. Under pressure for most of the half 'Bridge could well be satisfied with their work ethic and organisation but within the space of ten minutes the game was lost as the home side took control. From the kick off they gained a free kick headed home by John Wardropper at the far post and within a minute Boden skipped by his marker to add the third and on 55 minutes Smith smashed home the fourth from a corner. Paul Scaife had an effort deflected by 'keeper Paul Graham and Barnes volleyed wide but is was the home side who had the last say when Jordan Garden slotted home four minutes from time to complete the scoring.
Man of Match - Jack Herron
01/11/14 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 5-0 Brighouse Old Boys Reserves - League
Similar to the first team the Reserves completed a score volte-face from the previous week and even if the margin of victory was somewhat flattering it should act as a confident boost for Richard Donohoe's side as they go into two difficult away fixtures in the coming weeks. Despite their long journey the visitors started the brighter and 'Bridge had to scramble away a Dan Addy corner in the third minute, and it was Addy who again forced a good save from the outstretched legs of Liam Corbett soon afterwards. The home side then produced an excellent back to front move involving Corbett, Connor Freeman and Donohoe who released Scott Barnes but he was unable to force the ball home after rounding keeper Dave George. Graham Tait was off target with a 30 yard free kick and Chris Wdowczyk brought another good save out of Corbett before 'Bridge took the lead against the run of play. Harry Maltby was just off target on 34 minutes when collecting a Paul Scaife pass and three minutes later he put his side in front and an interval lead with a close range header from an Ashley Richardson cross. Brighouse started the second half like they had done the first but with Steve Kirby, James Bottomley, Jack Herron and Freeman giving little away in defence, ably supported by Corbett, there were few clear cut chances that came their way exacerbated by the loss of their pivotal midfield player Glen Lee in the 67th minute. 'Bridge to this point had been content to absorb the pressure and try and catch them on the break a ploy which worked to their advantage with two goals in as many minutes. On 72 minutes Aaron Weinhardt with his first touch was thwarted at close range by George only for Kirby to show a greater determination to win back the part clearance and his cross was met with a sweet volley by Barnes for his first of the season, and a minute later Scaife released Weinhardt who calmly slotted home for his first. 'Bridge introduced Jack Campbell, another 16 year old, to the fold for the last fifteen minutes and he played a part in the fourth releasing Freeman from inside his own half and his powerful run and cross was met by a superb diving header from Scaife who made it a brace two minutes from time when George was only able to palm away Tom Ekin's effort.
Man of Match - Steve Kirby
08/11/14 - Hunslet Club Reserves 5-2 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
Alliance Division One is proving to be a steep learning curve for Richard Donohoe's relatively inexperienced side conceding a nap hand of goals in consecutive away fixtures albeit against sides in the top three positions in the league. They fell behind after only nine minutes when new signing Igor Van Dunem linked up with Craig Tawton to fire into the bottom corner before quickly restoring parity through Jack Herron who smashed home from close range after Craig Peacock flicked on a Paul Scaife corner. Unfortunately they could not hold onto this for very long losing the ball in the attacking third and a quick break from the home side resulted in Ryan Gosney setting up Danny Walker for his first of the afternoon. Jack O'Malley missed a great chance to consolidate Hunslet's position but it did not take them long to increase their lead as Walker latched on to a long through ball to fire home. 'Bridge did manage to reduce the deficit before half time through Ashley Richardson who knocked in the rebound after a Scott Barnes effort came back of the post only to concede immediately after the break when Walker completed his hat-trick. Scaife forced a good save from Houghton as 'Bridge responded and on the hour mark Richardson missed a great chance when heading wide from a Herron cross, which proved more costly when Gosney smashed in a half clearance from the edge of the box minutes later. With time running out Liam Corbett produced a fine save to deny Walker his fourth and in the last minute Barnes was denied when Houghton pushed his effort on to the bar. It does not get any easier for 'Bridge as they face a challenging trip to Whitkirk this Saturday before hosting divisional leaders Oxenhope Recreation the following week.
Man of Match - Jack Herron
15/11/14 - Whitkirk Wanderers Reserves 1-1 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
After being second best for most of the second half Manger Richard Donohoe was well satisfied with the point even though they had a glorious opportunity five minutes from time to snatch victory. The open exchanges certainly went the way of the home side but 'Bridge were resolute and it was Whitkirk 'keeper Tony Greensmith who was first to be seriously tested producing a fine save to a Paul Scaife effort. Harry Maltby and Craig Peacock also tried their luck before sloppy play from Steve Kirby allowed Wayne Hickson in and it took an excellent tackle from Jack Herron to arrest his mazy dribble into the box. The home side then missed a glorious opportunity to take the lead with a woeful effort from Mark Whittam after he had been put through by Tim Waldock and on 34 minutes it was 'Bridge who took the lead as Ben Mudd released Scaife down the left and his lovely outside foot cross was headed home by Ash Richardson. 'Bridge defended well as Whitirk looked for the equaliser and they were undone in injury time when an unfortunate rebound of Herron left Whittam in the clear and this time he made now mistake to send the sides in level at the break. The second half in comparison was a scrappy affair of limited opportunities but with the experienced Wayne Hickson and Paul Graham leading the home attack 'Bridge had to remain vigilant and after absorbing a period of sustained pressure they had a great opportunity to snatch all three points. On 86 minutes Scaife put Aaron Weinhardt through who had his first shot saved by Greensmith and ballooned the rebound over the bar to leave the points shared.
Man of Match - Ben Mudd
22/11/14 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 3-0 Oxenhope Recreation Reserves - League
Going through their routines forty five minutes before kick-off made the visitors' intentions to maintain their position as League Leaders clear from the outset which they carried into the opening exchanges with Will Lee and Lewis Hopkinson dominant in midfield and the returning Gareth Ritson a constant source of problems on the wing. It was eleven minutes in before 'Bridge had their first noteworthy shot as Paul Scaife curled an effort wide but generally they were being forced into last ditch tackles as their lack of composure on the ball gave the advantage back to their opponents. With Greg Pickles and Scott Barnes beginning to get to grips in midfield the turning point came in the 36th minute when Ben Mudd dispossessed Tommy Thompson to lay the ball up the line to Connor Freeman and his cross totally deceived 'keeper Nick Hudson as it floated over his outstretched arms into the net. The goal was just the fillip they needed and from some good build up play four minutes later Harry Maltby was felled by Rob Pullan in the area and Scaife confidently stroked home the resultant penalty. The visitors were clearly stunned and 'Bridge took the confidence into the second half as Barnes tested Hudson and Scaife ended a mazy dribble by firing straight at the 'keeper. Oxenhope showed their potential when Craig Norris glanced a Lewis Hopkinson cross just wide of the upright only for 'Bridge to respond immediately as Barnes sent Scaife free for his second of the afternoon. Liam Blacka was off target with a shot from distance as the visitors tried to respond and even though they shaded the territorial advantage they left themselves exposed at the back and 'Bridge spurned some good late opportunities.
Man of Match - Greg Pickles
29/11/14 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 2-2 Leeds City Reserves - League
The visitors fresh from their ten one victory last week looked to have the points in the bag at the break but an animated second half from the home side saw them take a merited point. City looked confident on the ball from the off taking a deserved lead on 18 minutes as a ball from Luke Johnstone put Danny Berry clear down the right and when his cross came in Kyriakos Kyriakopoulos was on hand for a simple tap in. 'Bridge were lacking the cutting edge of the previous week as City continued to dominate the ball but they remained resolute and Paul Scaife brought a good save out of Ben Raper after being set up by Greg Pickles. This was in the 35 minute and a minute later disaster struck for 'keeper Liam Corbett whose outfield skills let him down when he tried to take on Kyriakopoulos leaving the City striker to pinch the ball and add his second of the afternoon. They reached the break, nonetheless, without any further mishaps and it was a refreshed 'Bridge who started the second half and in the fourth minute Raper produced a good reflex save from a Harry Maltby header after Luke Fletcher had knocked down a Steve Kirby cross. City however continued to pose a threat but with Corbett confidently handling anything that came his way and Ben Mudd and Jack Herron assured at the back there was little to choose between the two sides. Herron made a good block to deny Kyriakopoulos on the hour mark and at the other end Raper twice denied Scaife before 'Bridge reduced the deficit on 68 minutes when Fletcher knocked home a Scaife cross. The 'Bridge striker was denied by another good save by Raper minutes later to his 25 yard free kick with the pivotal influences on the points coming in the last few minutes. On 88 minutes a Danny Berry effort from the edge of the area hit the post and was cleared and two minutes later a mistake in defence let in Maltby and though his effort was fumbled over the line by the 'keeper no goal was given and it was left to the predatory Scaife to secure parity.
Man of Match - Ben Mudd
06/12/14 - Robin Hood Athletic Res 1-3 Boroughbridge AFC Res - League
Eight points from their last four games has put Richard Donohoe's side up to the giddy heights of fifth in the table and even though they have played more games than most the Manager would rather have the points in the bag than play catch up later in the season. 'Bridge did not start the game very well looking disjointed and unable to string any passes together but fortunately the home side posed no immediate threat either and it was 14 minutes for the first real chance to arrive with a Paul Scaife header grabbed on the line by 'keeper Chris Brown. The game was fractious and lacked any sort of cohesion and it was Scaife again, this time from a Steve Kirby free kick, who forced another good save from Brown. A further disruption in play for an injury should have resulted in the opener for Robin Hood on 33 minutes as they caught 'Bridge napping from the free kick only for Elliott McCalvey to glance the ball wide from 6 yards and six minutes later it was the visitors who got the important break. Scott Barnes won his challenge in midfield and played the ball to Luke Fletcher who skipped by his man to play in Scaife for the opener, and he should have had his second a minute later only to over hit a misplaced pass from Hood's Tom Irvine. Five minutes after the interval it was back to all square when Jack Fisher beat Liam Corbett at his near post but the lead did not last long as Barnes laid the ball out wide to Liam Bannard who played it on to Scaife down the channel and when his cross came in Barnes was there to bundle in the second. The home side responded positively and from 67 minutes for a six minute period it became the Liam Corbett show as he saved well with his legs from Danny Blacker then made a fine save from Mark Temple Baker to rescue Barnes after his poor clearance, before an excellent double save to thwart Paul Stafford and Temple Baker from eight yards out to end the spell of pressure and maintain 'Bridge's narrow lead. On 75 minutes the usual switch of Aaron Weinhardt for Harry Maltby paid dividends within four minutes from a quick break involving Weinhardt, Fletcher and Scaife who rolled the ball into the path of Barnes for his brace. Scaife then set up Fletcher for a one -on-one in the last minute only for Brown to twice block his efforts but by then ’Bridge were home and dry.
Man of Match - Liam Corbett & Scott Barnes
13/12/14 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 2-2 Aberford Albion Reserves - League
'Bridge welcomed Aberford Albion Reserves to Aldborough Road looking to build on a series of results which has seen them slowly and quietly climb their way up to fifth in the West Yorkshire Alliance Division One. Albion, on the other hand, made the trip sitting bottom of the table, but with a strengthened hand after having been able to draft in players from their postponed first team match, and were first to strike as Paul Hodges turned the ball home across goal with just eight minutes on the clock. The goal livened the hosts up to the task at hand as they realised they weren't to have things all their own way, and the response was almost immediate as Aaron Weinhardt at the far post headed a Connor Freeman delivery back across goal which just crept into the left-hand corner of the net to restore parity. Game on, or so it seemed until Richard Donohoe's side were found napping once again just five minutes after their breakthrough, giving Lee Drury the time and space he needed to restore Albion's lead, but that would be it for the visitors in the first half with 'Bridge once more responding, only this time unable to find the breakthrough they needed. First Phil Wix was denied in a double save from the Albion 'keeper on 23 minutes, and several more one-on-one opportunities came and went before the half time whistle. The second half began much like the first, only with Albion unable to convert their opportunity seven minutes into the half leaving Scott Barnes to restore parity for the hosts once more in riffling home a loose corner ball in the box. As the game wore on both sides had their chances to get what would have been an important three points but for different reasons, with Albion finishing the game looking dangerous on the counter attack as 'Bridge went forwards in search of the winner. Two all was the final scoreline, however, a result which lifts Albion off the bottom of the table on goal difference but sees 'Bridge down to sixth in the table after three points for Leeds City Reserves against Headingley AFC Reserves.
27/12/14 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 6-2 Ilkley Town Reserves - League
'Bridge continued their unbeaten sequence which now stretches to six games with a scoreline that was an injustice to the visitors who played their part in an open contest with some neat football at times but too often without an end product. Ilkley started the game on the front foot forcing a couple of early corners and free kicks in good positions only to fall behind after nine minutes when a Harry Maltby dribble was halted 25 yards out and from the resulting free kick Paul Scaife curled the ball past a despairing Alex Wormall. Maltby then fired wide after he was played in by Scaife and soon afterwards Matt White picked up a ball in midfield and drove at the Ilkley defence before releasing Scaife whose shot was deflected into the path of Scott Barnes to double the home advantage. On 28 minutes Tom Rennolds got his side back in the game from the penalty spot for a push by Jack Herron on Andy Crowther only to concede two goals in the next five minutes to put 'Bridge back in the driving seat. Another White run was arrested 25 yards from goal leaving Scaife to add his second with a well struck free kick into the top corner which was put in the shade a minute later by a driving run by Ben Mudd from inside his own half ending with a left foot finish from 30 yards out that even caught the cameraman out. The visitors had the last word of the half as Tom Smith forced a good save from Liam Corbett to a Sam Westerman cross and Ilkley started the second half very much like the first forcing Liam Corbett into two early saves before reducing the deficit through Westerman who was on hand to finish when the 'keeper could not hold a Smith effort. This was just past the hour mark but again 'Bridge hit back with two quick goals to ensure the fight back was short lived. On 65 minutes Barnes slotted home an incisive Craig Peacock pass and on 70 minutes Mudd struck again when a Scaife corner was punched clear by Wormall and the defender hit a 35 yards screamer that barely left the ground as it fizzed into the net. In the remaining minutes both sides had chances as the Christmas festivities began to take their toll but with twelve points from their last six games the victory was a good way for Donohoe's team to end the year.
Man of Match - Ben Mudd
10/01/15 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 2-2 Beeston St. Anthony's Reserves - League
'Bridge knew their recent run of form would be put to the test again a Beeston side coming into the game on the back of three successive victories showing 16 goals for and none against, and so it proved but they stood up to the test to come away with a deserved point. Paul Graham saved from Paul Scaife when he was through one-on-one in the 14th minute but generally, with defences on top, play was confined to the midfield areas and chances were at a premium. The breakthrough came a minute before half time and was well worth the wait as Phil Wix capitalised on a defensive mistake to free Scaife and when his cross was misjudged by Graham the ball fell to Luke Fletcher whose arrow like drive flew into the top corner from 25 yards out. Unfortunately they could not hang on to the lead for long as a loose ball fell to Nathan Floyd in the box and he did not need a second invitation to strike home the equaliser. It was now the visitors who were in the ascendency and Liam Corbett produced a magical save to deny a great 30 yard effort from Matt Tate but four minutes later the home side regained the advantage following an excellent run out of defence by Matt White who squared to Scott Barnes and his cross was neatly finished by Scaife with a side foot volley. The visitors, who have been Alliance Division One champions six times in the last eight years, showed they were not going to give it up without a fight and on 78 minutes Paul McMullen shot straight at Corbett when well placed before a minute later the 'Bridge keeper made an excellent point blank save to deny the winger. John Wardhopper put the resulting corner over the bar but made amends as he picked up White's poor throw to square for Floyd to level matters. Still the Beeston machine kept rolling and it was left to 'Bridge's Man of Match to secure the points with another fingertip save to keep out Wardhopper's 30 yard drive.
Man of Match - Liam Corbett
17/01/15 - Knaresborough Town Academy 2-1 'Bridge Reserves - Hulme Cup
Following their recent run of form 'Bridge were looking to overturn successive defeats by neighbours Knaresborough in the Hulme Cup but once more they had to reflect on what might have been and the archetypal school report from their Manager of 'Could have done better'. A snow flurry prior to kick-off left the Manse Lane pitch a little tacky but with both sides looking to pass the ball the battleground was in the midfield area and chances were confined to a Scott Barnes header and a slide rule through ball from Danny Powell to Jack Carr quickly smothered by Mike Davies in the 'Bridge goal. The clearest opportunity of the half arrived twelve minutes before the break when Phil Wix nicked the ball off Tom Harker only to find Conor Blair closing down his space to block the shot. Following the break it was Knaresborough who had the best of the early play and it took an excellent save by Davies to turn away a goal bound effort by Carr after he was again set up by Powell with the subsequent breakthrough coming five minutes later from a superb free kick by Powell that hit the roof of the net leaving Davies rooted. A good run by Harry Maltby ended with Paul Scaife having successive effort blocked but Bridge had to rely on Davies again in the 75th minute with another excellent save to deny the predatory Powell. The 'keeper had no chance seven minutes later, however, when the 'Bridge defence was cut open for Powell to add his second only for the visitors to respond almost immediately through Scaife who was on hand to finish good link up play between Barnes and Maltby. This set up a hectic last few minutes of severe pressure and several corners that the home side survived and in the last minute Scaife had a free kick from an almost identical position to that of Powell which he was unable to replicate leaving the Academy to go through to the final against the winners of Ripon City Reserves and Kirk Deighton Rangers Reserves.
Man of Match - Jack Herron
24/01/15 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 5-4 Hunslet Club Reserves - League
Topsy Turvy was the weather watch word for the weekend and it certainly applied at 'Bridge as the game swung back and forth before Paul Scaife came up with a controversial 95th minute winner against League leaders Hunslet. The early portents looked promising when Paul Scaife pounced on a defensive error to fire in the opener on four minutes and doubled his tally twelve minutes later finding the bottom corner with his drive when put through by Scott Barnes. Barnes was then guilty of losing possession almost immediately after the kick off to put the visitors back in the game as Ben Abel's long powerful shot squirmed under Liam Corbett's dive but this only lasted three minutes with referee Paul Lamb in a good position to see a Barnes header from a Scaife corner cross the line despite 'keeper Alex Houghton's valiant effort. In this oscillating encounter a Glen Thornton volley was just off target before a Steve Kirby back pass, on 28 minutes, was picked up by Ryan Donoghue, who rounded Corbett to slot home and on the stroke of half time they would have restored parity but for Thornton squandering an excellent opportunity. Five minutes into the second half a great recovery tackle by Ben Mudd denied Donoghue but the Hunslet striker was on hand two minutes later tapping in at the back post a Jack O'Malley corner to bring the sides level. A lull in scoring was arrested on 79 minute by an Abel penalty after Connor Freeman had brought down Craig Tawton and there was now a swagger in the League leaders play as they looked to consolidate their position. There was still time for another twist in the tale, however, and on 85 minutes Richard Donohoe intercepted an Ash Dempsey cross field ball to release Scaife who showed great composure to beat the advancing Houghton for his hat trick and then went one better five minutes into injury time latching on to a long Corbett clearance to chip the onrushing 'keeper. Pandemonium broke out as the despondent visitors convinced Scaife was offside had seen the points snatched from their grasp whereas 'Bridge were in a polar opposite animated state with a victory that took them to the elevated position of fourth in the table.
Man of Match - Paul Scaife
14/02/15 - Leeds City Reserves 1-1 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
With leading scorer Paul Scaife promoted to first team duty and James Bottomley and Craig Peacock nursing injuries, Luke Fletcher and teenagers Jack Campbell and Connor Freeman were called into the starting line up against a Leeds side looking to consolidate their position at the top of the League. An early defensive mistake was pounced on by Fletcher but after playing a one-two with Scott Barnes he was only able to fire his shot straight at Dominic Smith, and thereafter it was City very much on the offensive forcing 'Bridge to defend deep. Chances for the home side were at a premium and their only effort of note in the opening half hour was a long shot by Ashley Walker that failed to trouble Liam Corbett whereas from a rare 'Bridge attack on 41 minutes Barnes was unlucky to see his header from a Fletcher cross hit the bar. After the goalmouth inaction of the previous 40 minutes chances suddenly started to flow as Jonathan Wilson broke the offside trap to hit the opener into the top corner, a minute later Freeman's cross field ball was knocked back in by Greg Pickles and Jack Herron's effort was cleared off the line by Neil Wagstaff. From a quick counter attack Corbett then produced an excellent save to deny Luke Johnson and keep the home side advantage at one. City pushed forward in the second half to try and capitalise on their advantage but 'Bridge withstood the pressure and on 68 minutes, after a spell of attacking play, parity was restored when a Fletcher shot took a deflection to leave Smith stranded. As the home side pushed for a winner the game became more stretched and in the last fifteen minutes both sides had chances to pinch the points with Matt Coles, Liam Bannard and Jack Campbell all having good opportunities whist at the other end Mark Saunders was just wide with a 25 yard drive and then missed the target with a free header two minutes from time to leave 'Bridge unbeaten in their last nine league matches.
Man of Match - Jack Campbell
21/02/15 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 2-5 Whitkirk Wanderers Reserves - League
Protecting a nine match unbeaten League run the omens looked good for the home side when they took a ninth minute lead which was as good as it got and difficult to vindicate even when taking into account the absence of key players. The pattern of the game was dictated by a flat, lethargic start from both sides with a couple of half chances to Harry Maltby and a few dead ball situations the best 'Bridge could offer and it was no surprise when the visitors levelled seven minutes from the break. Over playing in defence gifted Whitkirk a corner which was cleared at the first attempt but when the second was played in deep by Ollie Mallinson an unmarked Russell Chalmers was able to head in at the back post and he then volleyed wide after latching on to a misdirected Steve Kirby header. 'Bridge nearly got the fillip of a second half goal with Paul Scaife just off target and minutes later Greg Pickles headed wide from a Kirby free kick only for the walls to come tumbling down in a five minute spell just past the hour mark. 'Bridge could have no argument about a thunderous shot into the top corner from Mikey Nelson but his second resulted from a poor Luke Fletcher pass and on 66 minutes a weak Chris Chapman header handed Phil McClone their fourth. It took the home side until the 81st minute to construct anything noteworthy with Scaife hitting the post after collecting a through ball from Richard Donohoe and from an almost identical move a minute later Scaife round 'keeper Ben Potter to reduce the deficit. Pickles headed wide a Freeman cross a minute later but the brief recovery disseminated on 86 minutes when Steward and McClone combined for the former to put 'Bridge out of their misery.
Man of Match - Steve Kirby
28/02/15 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 1-2 Wetherby Athletic Reserves - League
Following their disappointing performance of last week 'Bridge welcomed back the services of Ben Mudd, James Bottomley and Matt White in addition to last week's 'A' team hat-trick hero Tom Hepworth to face a buoyant Wetherby side, already County Trophy Semi-Finalists and coming off the back of a ten match winning run. From the off 'Bridge were the more incisive of the two sides with Greg Pickles and White both narrowly off target with early efforts, and their decisive approach was rewarded on eleven minutes when 'keeper Andy Duffy could only push out a Harry Maltby cross and Mudd was on hand to smash home from 12 yards. The setback served as a trigger for the visitors to up their game as Jack Cheetham and Neil Dickie both went close before parity was regained on 32 minutes when Dickie latched on to a superb Scott Westerman cross to strike home. This knocked the confidence of the home side and in the space of two minutes before the break Adam Carter could have had a hat-trick, initially bringing a good save out of Liam Corbett, then heading wide a delightful Dickie cross before finally shooting wide from close range when set up by Rick Houlton. The visitors carried their momentum into the second half and went ahead on 55 minutes when Corbett misjudged a Westerman cross which Houlton finished off from a tight angle. A change of shape and a determined response from 'Bridge had Wetherby on the back foot with Pickles again just off target after linking with Connor Freeman and on the right good play between Kirby and Maltby ended with Hepworth bringing a god save from Duffy. A similar move ended with Pickles seeing his shot deflected and with 'Bridge now in the ascendency a great turn and matching shot from Hepworth brought the best out of Duffy to keep the Wetherby lead intact. The last ten minutes failed to produce any further clear cut chances and even though this was another defeat the reaction of the Wetherby players was fair indication of the proximity of the contest.
Man of Match - Greg Pickles
07/03/15 - Headingley AFC Reserves 3-1 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
After their excellent unbeaten run 'Bridge's season has taken a downward spiral with a hat-trick of defeats where they should have been expected to come away with something from at least two of these. The problem is manifested in the Manager's notes for the open twenty minutes which precised reads that they made a good start but it has the feel of a dead rubber - all a bit scrappy now, lacks quality, a lovely sunny day though. The mood changed slightly on 28 minutes when a quick one-two on the edge of the box produced a good save by Liam Corbett that was undone minutes later when he went into dribbling mode and lost out to Steve Roberts for an easy tap in. Jack Campbell responded by firing over a Harry Maltby pass but there was little else to excite in a sterile first half. Headingley opened up the second half with a couple of good chances that failed to find the target before they doubled their advantage on 53 minutes from a corner scrambled away to Dan Evans who thumped the loose ball into the roof of Corbett's goal. Connor Freeman breathed some life into the 'Bridge performance when his corner was put into the net by a home defender who then made amends on 70 minutes clearing a Jack Herron effort off the line, but it was the home side that had the last word as sub Danny Burns rounded Corbett to secure the points.
Man of Match - James Bottomley
14/03/15 - East End Park Reserves 2-2 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
A raft of back words across the spectrum of the club left Manager for the Day Dave Snelling with few choices and to get a side on the pitch he brought 'A' Team Assistant Manager Alastair Hogg into the side giving regular 'keeper Liam Corbett the opportunity to demonstrate his forward skills. There was also a vast difference in the experience of the side with two of the defensive unit amassing 99 years between them and six of the outfield players totalling a similar figure nevertheless it was 'Bridge who almost got the perfect start as Ben Blakey's through ball beat the offside trap only for Corbett to have his effort cleared off the line by Dan Coombes after rounding 'keeper Matty Simon. By the 9th minute however they found themselves two goals down as first a long ball over the top by Ben Coates was knocked home at the far post by his brother Anthony and Anthony then turned provider when Ash Hubbard beat Steve Kirby to his cross before steering the ball past the advancing Hogg. Bridge were having difficulty getting a foothold on the game with Kirby clearing another dangerous situation and a minute before the break Blakey was on hand to clear after Hogg spilled a good run and shot by Liam Douglas. Hogg then blocked a Douglas effort to rescue a mistake by his young defender Connor Freeman in the early part of the second half which was key as 'Bridge, from this point, started to get some momentum to their game. On 65 minutes a long throw by Blakey was flicked on by Greg Pickles only for Corbett's overhead kick to go straight to Simon but a minute later a good run and pass by Harry Maltby found Jack Campbell who played in Corbett to finish from 16 yards out and on 78 minutes Kirby converted from the spot after Corbett was brought down following determined play from Tom Hussell. There were few clear cut chances after this until two minutes from time when Hogg tipped over a shot by Craig Nicholson and from the subsequent corner Ben Coates rattled the post.
Man of Match - Connor Freeman
11/04/15 - Oxenhope Recreation Reserves 5-2 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
In the opening minute Jack Campbell had a shot blocked and Jake Fletcher fired the rebound wide but thereafter it was one way traffic as the hosts went three nil up after twenty minutes with little resistance from 'Bridge. On three minutes Graham Robinson played in Thomas Thompson to set off the scoring spree and only two great saves from Liam Corbett in the next five minutes prevented the contest being over. Against a lightweight midfield and with the benefit of a strong wind the home side were dominant and it did not take them long to increase their lead as Jonathan Clewes calmly slotted home the second which was followed by Leroy Hickman heading in at the back post with the 'Bridge defence again in disarray. 'Bridge survived the rest of the half and with the wind in their favour reduced the deficit on 49 minutes as Luke Fletcher fired home a flick on from brother Jake. Any chance of a comeback dissipated on 70 minutes when a shot from Graham Robinson deflected of Hickman who was in an offside position and they added the fifth two minutes later as Bill Lee ended a good move involving Hickman and Robinson. 'Bridge did get some consolation for their long journey home with a great finish from Jack Campbell to a Richard Donohoe pass but with only two games left 'Bridge still need a point to make them mathematically safe from relegation.
Man of Match - Ben Blakey
18/04/15 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 1-3 Robin Hood Athletic Reserves - League
This defeat left 'Bridge still needing points to keep them mathematically safe from relegation and avoid a poor end to the season which has seen them gain two points from their last seven games. They started the game well enough with Scott Barnes just off target with a header only for Richard Donohoe to put his 'keeper under pressure with an over hit back pass that was eventually scrambled away. Mark Temple-Baker then fired over for the visitors before the effervescent Jack Fisher was just wide of the mark as Hood came more into the game taking the lead on 22 minutes through Fisher who out jumped Steve Kirby to head home an innocuous looking cross from Tom Irvine. Hood 'keeper Zac Ryan appeared uncertain as he tipped a Scaife chip over the bar and at the other end Liam Corbett produced a magnificent save to deny Fisher his second and was then in the right place from the resultant corner to gather Temple-Baker's header. With no further clear cut chances and forty five minutes on the clock the visitors struck again through Paul Stafford who was left with an easy tap in to a Fisher cross but their two cushion was reduced within a minute as Jack Campbell crossed for Scaife to cut the deficit. After the break opportunities were few and far between as Bobby Allen and Ben Mudd were resolute at the heart of the ‘Bridge defence and similarly Chris Brown and Simon Gould gave little away for the visitors. The nearest ‘Bridge got to tying matters was on the hour mark when a fierce Scaife drive was tipped on to the post by the fingertips of Ryan and any lingering hopes of an equaliser disintegrated in the April sunshine four minutes from time as Stafford was left with an easy chance after Liam Bannard failed to deal with another right wing cross. 'Bridge now face a trip to Field this coming Saturday and will be looking to end on a high after a galling last few weeks of results interspersed with a barren three week spell of no fixtures.
Man of Match - Ben Mudd & Bobby Allen
25/04/15 - Field Reserves 1-1 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
The dry bobbly pitch was not conducive to good football but the end result was the key for 'Bridge with the point gained ensuring their stay in Alliance Division One. After an evenly balanced opened 15 minutes 'Bridge began to enjoy the better of the game and deservedly took the lead eight minutes before the break. They broke up play in midfield from where Tom Hussell picked out Paul Scaife's run into the box and when his shot deflected off Darryll Leach, Jack Campbell was on hand to take a touch before passing the ball into the net. The buoyed visitors experienced a good spell up to the break with Leach just beating Jake Fletcher to a through ball from Scaife and Harry Maltby firing high and handsome with another opportunity. Field started the second as 'Bridge ended the first and on 48 minutes a fantastic reaction save from Liam Corbett prevented Shane Hamilton restoring parity. The home side continued to have the better of the game but Corbett and his defence stood firm with 'Bridge having a great chance to consolidate their position only for an unmarked Scaife to miss the target from a Fletcher cross. The game was well into overtime when Hamilton was able to equalise from close range which was unfortunate for the excellent Corbett who had made another good save to keep out the initial effort from Ben Baker. Although disappointing to drop two points at such a late stage other results went in 'Bridge's favour and they can look back on a fluctuating season of highs and lows with gratification at the progress made especially the development of the younger players in the squad.
Man of Match - Liam Corbett
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